Over the next month we will hear the story of Jesus’ birth, the story of young Mary and loyal Joseph, the story of their journey, their trials and their incredible joy at the birth of their Son. It’s a family story. It’s the story of their little family, and the story of our family. If we think about it, each of our family’s stories reflects the story of the Holy Family.
How many times have we, as wives and mothers, needed our husbands to trust that we were doing what we knew in our hearts was right? How many times, as husbands and fathers, have you had to put aside what you wanted because your family needed you to be more than you thought you could be? The struggles we read about in the Christmas Story are familiar to all of us. Sometimes it seems like no one is listening and no one cares that we are lost or isolated in a world full of people who are just going along as if nothing important were happening. It’s during those times that we really need to lean on one another, isn’t it? It’s during those times that a stranger or a distant friend shows up to give us the gift of their care. Maybe they aren’t led to us by a star, but they show up just the same, and just when we need them.
Then, of course, when things seem like they will never get better, a little child changes our lives. A child reminds us that all of the struggle is worth it. A child reminds us that the world needs us - not just anybody, but us specifically - to change things, and make the world a better place for children. It seems like a lot to ask, doesn’t it? I mean, who thinks that one person actually can change the world? People say that all the time, but no one really believes it, right? Who are we to think that we have the power to change the way people treat one another? Who are we to think that we have a right to say to others, “We can do better than this!”? We are parents, and teachers, and brothers and sisters, and friends, and strangers. If we listen and look, we will see that our children can show us how to tell a new story - the story that the world needs to hear.
The problem with our world is that we draw the circle of family too small.” -Mother Teresa
Dates to Remember:
1 First Friday Mass, 9:00 am
2 Breakfast with Santa, 9 am - 11:00 am
Winter Wonderland Concert, 3:45 pm
CHRISTMAS TREE SALES BEGIN!
5 Band and Choir Concert, 7:00 pm
6 Progress Reports On the Portal
7 Seventh and Eighth Grade to “A Christmas Carol”
8 Mass at 9:00 am, Feast of the Immaculate Conception
15 Mass at Noon
20 Christmas Pageant, 6:30pm in the Church
21 School Opens at 9:00am, Dismissal at 12:10pm NO ASC
22-2 Christmas break
3 School Resumes
5 First Friday Mass, 9:00 am
10 HSA Board Meeting, 7:00m
12 Half day dismissal at 12:10pm
Mass at 9:00am
15 Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL
18 Career Day presentations, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
19 Mass at Noon
End of 2nd Qtr.
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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