And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Dear STA Community,
A week from today is Good Friday- the day when Christians commemorate Christ’s death on the cross. As Catholics and as Christians, we’re asked to not only conceptualize Jesus’ experience, we’re asked to commemorate it. But how? How can we remember an event that we didn’t attend, didn’t see, didn’t experience first hand?
We can do our best to enter into the spirit of sacrifice, surrender and offertory.
There is one material thing that means more to the majority of American teenagers than any other single thing in the universe. Their cell phone.
And thus, in the spirit of Holy Week, we are inviting and challenging our community to remember, to sacrifice, to surrender cell phones for one school day. This “sacrifice” does not equate to Christ’s gift to us. It is, however, designed to remind us of it.
- On Wednesday, April 17, phones may be dropped off in the gymnasium by 8am. Phones will be collected by grade in boxes and held securely throughout the day. (Seniors with privilege can drop their phones off upon arrival in the Campus Ministry Center and collect them there upon early departure. Additionally, a smaller box will be available for phones of students who need to be dismissed early on Wednesday [for convenient and quick retrieval.])
- As always, parents who need to reach their child during the day can call the Main Office (603-742-3206) and we will connect you with your child promptly. Should you need it, our school nurse Erin Gauthier, has a direct line at 603-742-3206, ext 2222.
- We encourage students to not supplant one crutch with another. In other words, we hope they will choose to take a day off from their video game use, set aside other electronic devices. We challenge them to enter into relationship with those around them.
- Students will be offered a small wooden cross to carry with them throughout the day as a reminder, as a comfort, as a symbol.
We hope you can support your child in this initiative. Perhaps you or the entire family would like to join with us. To set down a cell phone for six hours may seem insignificant, but the challenge is large. And to do it intentionally in remembrance of Christ… well, this lies at the heart of lux in tenebris.
This challenge is not mandatory. And cynics suggest not to expect 100% participation. But we are a community of hope. And with hope, we cross our fingers that our students will acknowledge the bigger cross not just on one day... but on all days.
This, of course, would be the ultimate... Wednesday Gift.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -John 3:16