FROM MY DESK TO YOURS #21
January 8, 2017
“The Heart of St. Paul … Growing Together in Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue”
NATIONAL MIGRATION PRAYER
MERCIFUL AND LOVING FATHER, we beseech you, open our hearts so that we may provide hospitality and refuge to migrants who are lonely, afraid, and far from their homes.
Give us the courage to welcome every stranger as Christ in our midst, to invite them into our communities as a demonstration of Christ’s love for us.
We pray that when we encounter the other, we see in her the face of your Son, when we meet a stranger, that we take his hand in welcome.
Help us to live in solidarity with one another, to seek justice for those who are persecuted and comfort for those who are suffering.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Dear St. Paul Parents and Friends:
The week of January 8 -14th has been selected as National Migration Week by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. The theme for National Migration Week 2017 draws attention to Pope Francis’ call to create a culture of encounter, and in doing so to look beyond our own needs and wants to those of others around us. In the homily given at his first Pentecost as pope, he emphasized the importance of encounter in the Christian faith: “For me this word is very important. Encounter with others. Why? Because faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do what Jesus does: encounter others.” Please keep this group of people in your prayers this week and the weeks to come.
This week at St. Paul we will be celebrating Grandparents’ Day on Wednesday, January 11th. We will begin our celebration with Mass at 8:00 am. The children will meet their grandparents/special friend in the back of church and then proceed to Mass with their grandparents/special friend. Each child will be sitting with their special guest. If your child does not have a special guest, they will sit with their classroom teacher as usual. Parents will be in the back lobby to assist the grandparents and children. After Mass, they will proceed to school and spend time with their grandchildren in their classrooms. Remember, if your child’s grandparents cannot attend; they are more than welcome to invite a special guest. (i.e. Godparent, aunt, uncle, parent) We do not want any child to feel left out.
Last Thursday we experienced our first snow day of the school year. It was a bit of a surprise to me since initially it did not seem as if we would have one. When inclement weather hits our area, there are a few things that I do to determine whether to call off school. First, I am in contact with Rockwood and am notified of their decision as soon as it is made. I also watch the Fox, Arnold, and Northwest areas because so many of our families live in those areas. I also have a few staff members who live in that area that I text to check the roads. This past Thursday would have been a good day for a late start, but since I did not review the late start procedures, I didn’t see that as an option this time. In all honesty, I would prefer a late start over calling an entire day so let’s review how it works.
If you look in your St. Paul Handbook on the very first page you are given inclement weather directions. If I call a SNOW DAY … that means that we are out for the entire day. If I call a LATE START, or SNOW SCHEDULE that means that our doors open at 9:45 am. and school begins at 10:00 am. THERE WILL NOT BE KIDS CLUB IN THE MORNING OF ANY LATE START DAYS. If for some reason, you do not receive a phone message, our new system will also send you an email on your personal email address, and we will make sure that it is broadcasted on all three TV stations. I will also send out a Fast Direct. Please make sure that we have your main phone number on file in the office so that everyone receives the weather message. For the most part, last Thursday ran smooth with a few glitches; but I want to make sure that we have all the correct phone numbers so that we don’t have any problems the next snow day.
Until next week,
With blessings from my heart,
HATS OFF TO / OUR VIRTUES IN PRACTICE:
~~Thank you to the many parents that have made planning Grandparent’s Day a new tradition at St. Paul
~~Thank you to the many parent volunteers who will be assisting our guests and students on Wednesday.
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, January 9nd
o 8th grade no school – Luke 18th Retreat
o Technology Meeting – 6:00 pm. – Parish Office
o School Board Meeting – 7:00 pm. – Closed Session
Tuesday, January 10rd
o 5th grade SURGE – after school
o Pretzel Sale Money due
Wednesday, January 11th
o Happy Grandparent’s Day
o All School Mass – 8:00 a.m. – Prepared by Mr. Vegely’s 4th grade
Thursday, January 12th
o Field Trip – Kindergarten / First Grade
Friday, January 13th
o 8TH grade Pretzel Sale Delivery
Sunday, January 15th
o Mother / Son Dance – Sponsored by Mother’s Club – 6:00pm. – 9:00pm
Monday, January 16th
o NO SCHOOL IN SESSION – Martin Luther King