Living in Lent

Lent began on March 6 this year, Ash Wednesday. It lasts 44 days and ends the first day of the Triduum, April 18. The word Lent comes from the Old English word, “lencten” which means ‘’spring.” It also comes from …

Diocese invites students to reflect on vocation

Every year the Office of Vocations of the Diocese of Orlando sponsors the Focus 11 retreat to be attended by students eleven years old and those in the 11th grade. Focus 11 allows these students to reflect on their …

A Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe

Seventh grade students from St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School in Altamonte Springs set out on a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando, Friday, February 8. They went to learn more …

A Personal Reflection on the “Our Father”

When you pray the “Our Father”, do you understand what each phrase of the prayer really means? In the seventh grade religion class at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School in Altamonte Springs, we have been analyzing and reflecting on what …

Young saints

Attending Mass each week is one of the blessings of attending a Catholic school. At Resurrection Catholic School in Lakeland, seventh graders teach second grade “Mass buddies” about the saints. Recently, Resurrection’s middle school theology teacher, Mrs. Marie Clark, assigned …

Teens serve the community

Almost a year ago, 100 Teens Who Care Lakeland was introduced to the Lakeland community. The teens’ mission is to come together to raise money for local charities. At the beginning of each meeting, every member gives $10 to the …

Catholic Social Teaching and Fair Trade

Students from St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs, walked into the Parish Life Center and saw beautiful displays of delicious chocolate and coffee, colorful woven bags, intricate handmade pottery, wooden artifacts, and much more. It was the final step …

Sharing the Wealth of Books

Imagine a world where there are no books and no magical lands to explore. The first-graders at St. Joseph Catholic School in Winter Haven discovered that some towns in Africa do not have libraries or access to books. They decided …

STEM project proves IncrEdible

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, so what better way to protect this temple than to eat healthy early on in life? This past March, a group of sixth-graders from St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School in Altamonte Springs …

St. Francis’ Feast Day Honored with Blessings and Science

Middle school students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Winter Haven kicked off their STREAM project with Father Rony Parakkal, S.D.V. blessing pets in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi’s feast day. Many different pets were blessed including dogs, a …