FROM MY DESK TO YOURS #5
September 11, 2016
“The Heart of St. Paul … Growing Together in Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue”
Dear St. Paul Families:
Where were you at 9:37 a.m. fifteen years ago? It’s a question that we ask each other with each anniversary of September 11th. I was at school in a classroom with 29 kindergarteners. My immediate reaction was that of protection of these little ones, but also fear. Fear of what was actually happening. Fear for my child in middle school. Fear for my son and daughter away at college. As we met later in the library and ate lunch, glued to the television, we joined hands and prayed together. Prayer in a public school you may ask. Yes, teachers of all denominations joined hands and prayed as our principal and assistant principal led us in prayer. You see our prayer was for our safety, for the Holy Spirit to give us the power to make it through the day with our students, treating it as a normal day, not telling our students about the events of the morning, and giving us the strength to be with our students and for us to not show fear as to frighten them. The following day we met before school and prayed together again because we knew that our students may be asking questions that we would not be able to answer. We truly placed our hearts and minds in God’s hands, just as the picture above depicts. I have never felt so close or bonded to our community of teachers than I did after we bowed our heads in prayer that day. We supported and helped each other get through the following days and weeks after the incident and the closeness and support remained. It is a memory and a powerful moment that I will never forget.
The lesson that I took away was to never doubt the power of prayer. It didn’t matter what faith we were, what church we attended, whether we were Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, or non-denominational, everyone joined together and prayed. We accepted each other for who we were, God’s children asking for help. It amazes me how the virtue of acceptance rang loud and clear to each of us.
Whenever I feel those Negative Energy Vampires trying to take control, I turn to prayer. How blessed are we that at St. Paul we can open each day in prayer, open each meeting in prayer, build our school community through prayer? Prayer is our source of Positive Energy. It brings communities together. It brings classrooms together and most of all it brings families together.
Stop and say a prayer for those victims and families of 9/11. After that day, the world was never the same, I know that I wasn’t. Until next week,
With blessings from my heart,
HATS OFF TO THE FOLLOWING:
v Mrs. Kidd’s Seventh Grade Math Class – This class rose to the challenge given to them by Mrs. Kidd with each student scoring 100% on their first Math test. That is AWESOME!!!
v Our VBRD Committee and Mrs. Serati – Our “Kick Off Program and Mass” for our virtues was beautiful. Now let’s start earning those “bus tickets.”
v To the students who sang “God Bless America” at the Cardinals game last Thursday evening. You represented St. Paul very well.
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, September 12
o Fundraising for the IDF Walk begins September 12 – 16
§ For a $1.00 donation you will receive an Awareness Bracelet that can be worn at school as
a Thank You from Team Elise. The donations will be placed in Team Elise (Elise McCarthy)
who will represent St. Paul School in the IDF Walk on October 9th at Queeny Park. If you
would like to join Team Elise and walk with her representing St. Paul, please sign up and
let her parents know that you are walking with Team Elise. The link for the sign up is in
our Friday Weekly Bulletin.
o 6th grade Coalition Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – Café
o Technology Meeting – 6:00 p.m. – Parish Conference Room
o Board of Education Meeting – 7:00 p.m. – Parish Conference Room
Tuesday, September 13
o SURGE – 5th grade – 3:15 p.m. – Room 206
Wednesday, September 14
o All School Mass – Sponsord by Mrs. Kidd’s Sixth Grade
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MR. JASON
o 8th Grade Right Start Meeting – 7:00 p.m. – Most Sacred Heart School, Eureka – Library
Thursday, September 15
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MRS. CLODIUS
Friday, September 16
Saturday, September 17
o Parish Community “Food Truck” Night – 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Upper Parking Lot – Sponsored
by St. Paul’s Mother’s Club