A culminating Lenten experience for NFA students was a powerful dramatic rendition of the Stations of the Cross presented by the sixth grade. Riley McGowan (Chestnut Hill), Maddie Burns (Chestnut Hill), Chase Rotelle (Hatfield), and Casey Stephenson (Mt. Airy) lead with prayer and gesture as other students enact the “shadow box” presentation. The interactive age-appropriate reflections helped the youngest to the oldest experience the solemnity of the passion of Christ. At that time, students collected their rice bowl offerings; a symbol of their personal sacrifices for others. “As a sponsored work of the Sisters of St. Joseph, our offering to ‘dear neighbors’ across our country and world is central to our school’s mission,” said Sr. Mary Helen Beirne, NFA’s Head of School. (Photo courtesy of Terri Hutsell)

A culminating Lenten experience for NFA students was a powerful dramatic rendition of the Stations of the Cross presented by the sixth grade. Riley McGowan (Chestnut Hill), Maddie Burns (Chestnut Hill), Chase Rotelle (Hatfield), and Casey Stephenson (Mt. Airy) lead with prayer and gesture as other students enact the “shadow box” presentation. The interactive age-appropriate reflections helped the youngest to the oldest experience the solemnity of the passion of Christ. At that time, students collected their rice bowl offerings; a symbol of their personal sacrifices for others. “As a sponsored work of the Sisters of St. Joseph, our offering to ‘dear neighbors’ across our country and world is central to our school’s mission,” said Sr. Mary Helen Beirne, NFA’s Head of School. (Photo courtesy of Terri Hutsell)

Norwood-Fontbonne Academy students put their faith into action during Lent. In collaboration with Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl program, students offered prayers and collected coins throughout the liturgical season.

“Lent is a time for prayer, reflection, and sacrifice among Catholics worldwide,” explained Erin Wallin, NFA fifth-grade teacher who coordinated the school-wide effort. “At NFA, we embody this tradition by sharing and collaborating with others in a way that has a sustainable impact.”

Impoverished countries such as Kenya, Guatemala, Haiti, and the Philippines, as well as our own Santa Fe, N.M. are the focus of this year’s much needed support. Students learned about each of these countries and how their sacrifices can make a difference in the lives of others across the country and around the globe.

Cardboard rice bowls could be found throughout the academy’s campus as a symbol of Lenten sacrifice and hope. The idea is for individuals to perform extra chores, give up something such as candy or snacks, and/or do something extra to raise the coins for the rice bowl.