Today, on All Saints’ Day, there has been a lot of talk around school about Saints. In our faculty reflection this morning we talked about how God is calling each of us - expects each of us - to become a saint. We watched a video about two things we can do to become more saintly. Then at Mass Monsignor talked about Saints. He talked about how the Saints surround Jesus, just as we do when we go to Mass. He talked about how God expects even the youngest of us to act in a saintly way.
How do you see your children? Some of you may see absolutely nothing that resembles a saint in your child, and some of you may see your child as a “perfect saint.” Likely, neither group is right. There have been many times when I have told a mom or dad about something wonderful their child did here at school - or when I just told them that their child was doing a great job. Some parents look at me, and remind me of their names - as if I were mistaking them for the parent of a good kid. Others lament that they don’t see those same good behaviors at home. I like to remind parents that it’s always more important for our children to act “saintly” out in the world than it is for them to be good at home. After all - parents have to love their kids regardless. I’m pretty sure the advice I gave my children about public behavior was not in any of those parenting books that I meant to read. I told them, “Don’t embarrass me by acting badly at school or in public, or you’re in big trouble.”
However we see them - however others see them, your children are exceptional. They try really hard to do the right thing. Of course they make mistakes, and sometimes even try to cover those mistakes with fantastic tales. If the children who enter these blue doors every day aren’t saints-in-the-making, then there is no chance for the rest of us. Their hearts are pure; they trust in Jesus; they are eternally optimistic; and they are quick with a “sorry” or a pat on the back for a friend. I wish I could be half as saintly. If we watch, they can teach us a lot about becoming saints.
“Saints are those who managed to love more than we did.” Cerin
Dates to Remember:
2 All Souls Day prayer service, 8:00am, school gym
3 First Friday Mass 9:00 am
End of 1st quarter
6 2nd Quarter Hot Lunch Starts
7 Book Fair Preview Day for Students & Open to all from 3-6:00 pm
8 Report Cards go home
Book Fair Open 7:30am-12:30 pm & 3-6:00 pm
9 12:10 Dismissal for Students
Parent Teacher Conferences 1:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Book Fair Open 7:30-9:30am & 12-6:30pm
10 12:10 Dismissal for Students
Parent Teacher Conferences 1:15pm - 5:45pm
Book Fair Open 7:30-9:30 am & 12-4:30 pm
14 Make up Picture Day
15 HSA Board Meeting, 7pm
17 Mass at Noon
18 Shepherd Foundation Mass at Holy Redeemer, Kensington, 5:30, all recipients
should plan to attend.
22 Grandparents’ Day, 9 am - 12:10 pm, Early Dismissal, NO ASC
23-24 Thanksgiving Break
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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