This Week's Newsletter
Dear St. Finn Barr Parents, January 6, 2017
One of the most centering responsibilities in my role as principal of a Catholic school is my work as a minister of faith. To witness our students grow in faith is one thing: incredible yes, but certainly “on the docket.” Yet, to watch faculty, staff members, and parents reconnect to or build their faith lives as a result of their engagement with the St. Finn Barr community carries a whole new meaning. Among other reasons, this principle is the “secret sauce” that has made Catholic schools remain relevant in a rapidly evolving world – the education people come to receive is grounded ultimately in the Gospel message – love -- which is the baseline for all operations. This is the reason Catholic schools welcome families of various faiths –any person who is educated under the principles that prioritize love and recognize our most critical interdependence can go into the world to “be the light.”
Every year at this time, I like to share a “Litany of Welcome” (from pastoralplanning.com). I am so proud to work within a community of families, teachers, staff, and students who are committed to living the Gospel values within a culture that says, “Welcome!”
Litany of Welcome
Who are you? Are you divorced? Are you married with kids, worrying for them and committed to their welfare? Are you married for the second, or even third time? Are you a single parent struggling to make ends meet? Are you gay or lesbian? Well, whoever you are, you belong to us because you belong to Christ. Christ is the host here today. Christ sets this table of Word and Bread. And Christ welcomes all. Are you lonely? Are you a widow? Are you a single man or woman who would prefer to have a spouse? Are you disabled or disfigured? Have you run out of luck? Are you living with shame? Have you been a prisoner? Well, whoever you are you belong to us because you belong to Christ. Christ is the host here today. Christ sets this table of Word and Bread. And Christ welcomes all. Are you a newcomer here? An immigrant, maybe? Are you from another faith tradition? Are you full of doubt today, like Thomas? Has it been a while since you darkened the doorway of this church? Or are you a regular here, full of faith and enthusiasm for the parish? Well, whoever you are, you belong to us because you belong to Christ. Christ is the host here today. Christ sets this table of Word and Bread. And Christ welcomes all. All people of good will are welcome here: that’s the really good news! If you’ve been away, you can come back; if you’ve been living in darkness, you can come to light; if you haven’t been able to believe without seeing Him, look around you: the Body of Christ has come to Mass today. Sinners are welcome. Saints, too. Everyone is welcome to come to Christ: My Lord and my God, indeed.
IN THE NEWS:
Thank you! On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, thank you so much for the festive Christmas gifts, treats, cards, etc. We are always blown away by the gestures of kindness from all of you, especially during the holiday season.
Licensed Contractors: We have reached the final design stages of our bathroom renovation project and are nearly ready to collect bids from a licensed contractor for the work this summer. We would prefer to work with a school family if possible to support our community. If you are or know a contractor who may be interested in the job, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scrip Reminder: We are well into the school year, and this is a gentle reminder that all participating families are required to generate $3000 in Scrip funds by April 30th.
Here is a sneaky way to “double up” on Scrip points…. First, order Visa Gift Cards through our Scrip coordinator (and skip the $5 activation fee, a major perk!!)
Then, visit Shoparoo (www.shoparoo.com)
- SHOP: for any product at any store
- SNAP: take a picture of your receipts
- EARN: Shoparoo sends a check to the school!!
Families who have not completed their obligations by April 30th will be expected to pay 10% of the remaining balance in cash as their buyout from this fundraiser. BEST OF LUCK!
Catholic Schools Week Jan 26-Feb 2: Let’s get excited! Catholic Schools Week is just around the corner...this is a week dedicated to who we are as a Catholic School. We have events scheduled throughout the week (see below)….more details to come!
SAVE THE DATE:
Jan 7 Kindergarten Assessment Day 9am-2pm (by appointment)
Jan 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (School Holiday)
Jan 21 SFB Parish Clean Up Day (Volunteer Opportunity)
Jan 29 Catholic School’s Week Kickoff: 10am Mass & Open House
Jan 31 Science Fair 6pm
Feb 1 9:30am Grandparents Day Prayer Service & Reception
Feb 2 1:30pm Peace Parade w/Archbishop Riordan Marching Band.