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April 21, 2000 Issue
Virtue L Reality

Togetherness seen as key to Easter

Weekly stations and being nice to others makes Lent special

By Sarah Vande Hey

The most important key that is celebrated on Easter is togetherness. Our family celebrates the Easter feast together each year.

As we pass through Lent, my Mom, Dad and I try to attend Stations of the Cross, which is celebrated every Wednesday at our parish, St. John-Sacred Heart. My parents and I try to be extra nice to each other during this special season.

It is especially important for us to attend Mass at least once a week which usually isn't a problem. The week before or the week of Holy Week, my Mom, Dad and I attend the sacrament of Reconciliation. On Holy Thursday, we go together to Mass to commemorate the Last Supper. On Good Friday, we also attend Mass and last year, I was able to more fully participate by being an altar server.

Our Lenten season comes to the end as we celebrate Easter Sunday. The first thing I do when I get up is search for my Easter basket. My Mom and Dad don't like to give me a lot of candy, but it is the meaning that counts. Then, we attend 10 a.m. Mass, in which I am able to take part in the youth choir. This is my favorite day of the year. I love the songs that we get to sing.

When Mass has ended, we go home and relax. Later in the day, my parents and I celebrate this day with my Dad's side of the family. Some years, we go out to brunch with my grandparents and the rest of the family and other years, we go to my grandparents house for a fry-out. It is really fun to visit with the rest of my family, which I am unable to see on a weekly basis.

(Vande Hey is a junior from Sacred Heart Parish, Sherwood.)

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