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CJC Commemorates Lent as a Community

The College commemorated the Season of Lent in a variety of ways this year through its Lenten Project, spearheaded by the Catholic Activities (CA) Wing of the 43rd Student Council. The theme of this year’s Lenten Project was ‘Come as you are’. It invited Christians and Catholics to reflect on the love of God and be reminded that God is constantly calling them back to himself no matter what state of life they are in. The Lenten Project also aimed to invite the rest of the college community to reflect on the call to do good to those around them.

The Season of Lent began with a reflection delivered by Fr. Gregory Tan ,SJ, our College Chaplain. He explained the significance of lent and invited the college to renew their relationships with God and the people around them during the season of lent. 

A Lenten Booth was also set up in the Foyer to explain the significance of lent as well as its spiritual practices. There were also interactive elements like the Lenten offering board, which provided a platform for members of the CJC community to pledge their Lenten sacrifices. 

Throughout the season of Lent, the CA wing also invited staff and students to participate in the Lenten Instagram reflections. Participants were asked to submit photographs and captions depicting what lent means to them. These entries were then uploaded on the CJ.Veritas Instagram account, to be shared with various members of the College Community. In terms of liturgical and devotional prayer, the College hosted an Ash Wednesday Mass to mark the start of lent and also a Stations of the Cross session. 

The climax of the Lenten Project was the Lenten Evening held on the 23 March 2018. During the evening, the more than 100 participants were invited to come before the Lord with their strengths and weaknesses, and surrender themselves to His gracious love, forgiveness and grace. The Program featured an Evangelical Dance choreographed by Emma Ng from 2T02. This was the first time the College partnered the Office of Young People of the Archdiocese of Singapore to organize an event of this nature. The Lenten Project concluded with a Paraliturgy on the Washing of Feet done on Holy Week. 

All in all, these factors came together to bring forth a meaningful Lenten journey that further develops spirituality in our college community.

Read Catholic New’s report on our Lentern Evening here.