Article by Phoenix writer Brooke Federico ’24:
The Lenten Season commemorates the 40 days Jesus fasted in the desert, not once surrendering to the temptations of the devil. Every year during the Lenten season, students are challenged to be the best version of themselves by performing acts like staying kind, being on top of school work, helping around the house, and going to Mass. In addition, students at Kellenberg memorial attended Reconciliation in the auditorium on March 2nd during their religion periods. The Act of Contrition is recited and then students waited in line to speak with the priest and confess their sins. Reconciliation is an opportunity for students to confess their sins to Jesus, receive Penance, and be resolved of their sins. As Junior Julia Chiariello stated, “Though it can be a nerve-racking experience, Reconciliation allowed me to feel closer to God and more connected with my faith. I feel forgiven and renewed.” It is a sacrament that restores one’s bond with Jesus Christ.