|The school community was busy in the month of September! The students have been doing a great job preparing the liturgies for Mass, we celebrated our first Baptismal blessing, had Blessing of the Bibles for the 6th grade class, and we celebrated our patron saint, St. Gabriel last week at Mass. We even had our parent meetings for the second grade and eighth grade classes as they are busy preparing for First Reconciliation and Confirmation. Please keep the second graders and eighth graders in your prayers as they prepare for these important sacraments.
In October we will be honoring Mary, our Mother, at the Living Rosary on October 21st in the afternoon. Please join us as the 5th grade students lead us in prayer as we honor Mary. Look for a note home in the weekly Eblast as time draws near.
Safe Touch Curriculum
||As a caring Catholic community and as part of our on-going commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children, the Archdiocesan Child Safety Committee has developed a school-based curriculum for grades K-8 that contains practical, helpful information to help children protect themselves from dangers that exist today.
Now that adults who work with children have participated in the “Protecting God’s Children” program, the next step is to equip our students with the skills necessary for them to participate in their own personal physical safety.
The objective of this curriculum, entitled “Safe Touch” is to teach our children self-protection skills. Children will learn body safety rules in an age-appropriate and non-threatening manner. The “Safe Touch” curriculum approaches safety issues in a respectful manner, connecting our Catholic values with information to keep our children safe. The curriculum has been update to include technology safety and to provide more information for you as the parent. A letter was sent home last week explaining more of the program. Lessons will be taught in the classroom in the month of October.
“Whatever you did for the least of my people, you did for me.” –Matthew 25:31-36
||For October, we will focus on Sheltering the Homeless.
Home. It plays an important part in our lives. Have you ever wondered where you were going to sleep at night? There are nearly 100 million people in the world who have to ask that question every day. Homelessness today takes on many diverse forms, and how we respond to the corporal work of mercy to house the homeless must be equally creative. Rarely and with few exceptions are we able to actually open the doors of our own homes and bring in the homeless. But we are able to see to it that they do have a ‘home’. We can also see to it that they receive many of the human amenities that we associate with our own homes.
Our Junior High Houses will be plarning tomorrow during Activity Period. What is plarning? Plarn is short for “plastic yarn.” Plarn is made by cutting plastic grocery bags into strips, which are then strung together into a single long strand. The students will do this and then crochet the bags and make plastic bedding for the homeless. Thank you to Mrs. Ronshausen’s Patrick House and Sr. Gail Buckman for leading this activity.
Dear God, all people on earth are your children. Help us see our brothers and sisters in the face of every stranger we meet. Teach us to welcome them as we would welcome our brother, Jesus. We ask this in his name. Amen. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” HEBREWS 13:2
Hebrews 12:2 Genesis 18:1-9 Luke 2:1-7 Matthew 2:13-15
*Donate items to a homeless shelter.
*Donate furniture to St. Vincent DePaul.
*Donate food to food pantries.
*Volunteer or make a card for someone who is lonely.
-Ideas from The Catholic Kid’s Guide to Stewardship and Beautiful Mercy; Dynamic Catholic
Come join us for 8 a.m. Mass each week.
Join us on October 20th as we celebrate October Baptismal Birthdays.
Please come join us as the 5th grade students lead the school community in the Living Rosary on October 21st at 2:10 p.m. in church.