A super “souper”

Advancement Director Lauren Hayden (L), Physical Education Teacher Megan Blackburn (R) and baby William were gracious hosts.

St. Joan of Arc’s new advancement director Lauren Hayden was at it again on Friday March 11th, with a Stone Soup-inspired Lenten “Souper” event. It was held at 5:30 in the SJA parish hall as a way to bring our church and school closer together.

Students from each grade brought in a different ingredient to contribute to our “community soup,” just as the villagers do in the folktale Stone Soup.

Lauren’s mix of vegetable broth, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, green beans, onions, corn and peas was the perfect Lenten Friday dinner, especially accompanied with whole grain baguettes and fresh green salad. Sharing a meal with my students, their parents, my awesome co-workers, and other SJA parishioners was even better.

After the meal, the adults and older students attended Stations of the Cross while Lauren read our school library’s copy of Stone Soup, complete with Caldecott-award winning illustrations. The children were excited to get to spend an evening together and were reminded of the importance of caring for each other as Jesus did for us. I hope this is a tradition we can keep up every Lenten season.   

Eva and Hope color Jesus carrying the cross.


Best friends Danny and Collin were happy to spend a Friday night hanging out together.

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