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The liturgical season of Lent is a time of abstinence and personal reflection in preparation for Easter. The 40 day period of Lent (which does not include Sundays) is symbolic of the 40 days and nights that Jesus spent praying and fasting in the desert before starting his ministry.

This year, in the Ukrainian Catholic faith, the season of Lent began February 20, and continues until Easter, which is on April 8.   At IHMS, the 2012 theme for Lent was:  “Virtues of Character”.

Every year, the students of IHMS observe the season of Lent with a different Christian service project. For this year???s project, the school collected $ 2.00 from each student for the ???Children are Creative??? project at Welcome Home.   In addition, the grade 1-4 students of IHMS presented a Stations of the Cross prayer service in the school gym on Monday, March 12.

The liturgical season of Lent is an important part of school life at IHMS. Focusing on people less fortunate than ourselves helps us to prepare for Easter. It gives us the opportunity to improve ourselves and become more aware of our relationship with God. This is what Lent is all about – it helps us to become better people.

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