Here at VMCH, we embrace people from all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Our Catholic values including respect, compassion and inclusion, not only extend to how we treat the people we support, but each other. They also reflect the origins of a special UN-recognised celebration, running this week.
February 1 to 7 is World Interfaith Harmony Week. Established in 2010, the week is a focal point from which all people of goodwill can recognise that the common values they hold far outweigh the differences they have. The week promotes a strong stance of peace and harmony in various communities and it is something we here at VMCH are proud to support.
For those who identify as Christian, an important event on the calendar is approaching.
Commencing on February 14, Lent is the Christian season of preparation for 40 days before Easter. The Lenten season is a time when many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ: his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial, and resurrection.
The Lenten period leads into Holy Week, consisting of Holy Thursday and remembering the last supper of the Lord; Good Friday, remembering the crucifixion of Jesus; and Easter Sunday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.