Students, parents bond in school’s Lenten retreat
A St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School student praying over her parents during the school retreat.
A hundred and twenty students of St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School (SACPS) together with 80 parents came together for a Lenten retreat organised by the school.
The March 31 retreat, which was focused on Faith, Hope and Love, was in line with the school’s theme for the year.
The highlight of the event, held at the school, was the parent-and-child reconciliation session.
Fr Johnson Fernandez invited the families to reflect on the words of St Paul to the Corinthians before getting them to do a short examination of their lives as a Catholic family.
He then led parents and children in a prayer as they laid their hands on each other. Participants also reflected on the roles they play in the family during the session.
Many parents said they found the session moving, and resolved to bless their children on a daily basis and pray together as a family every day.
Mrs Julianne Soh, a parent, shared that the Gospel can be summarised in one sentence, “God loves me”. She said her family will try to deepen their faith by reading the Bible together.
Some of the students who attended the retreat said they wished that other Catholic students in the school could have chosen to attend it so that they too could grow deeper in their understanding of faith, hope and love.
By Perpetua Ho and Chantel Beins
Students with their artwork based on biblical quotes.