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From the Principal’s Desk
October 16, 2017
Holy Redeemer School Happenings
*On Thursday, October 12, we sent two teams to the Math League competition. Math League consists of mixed 6-8 grade students who compete with other schools to solve math equations. Team 1 earned a blue ribbon and members were: Claire Girsch, Maizy Sadlo, Courtney Byrne, Henry Doran, Sam French, and Lilly Sadlo. Team 2 earned a red ribbon and the members were: Maggie Ahlheim, Kate Graf, Joe Regina, Clare Mank, Ellie Girsch, and Addy Girsch. Way to go, Math League!
* On Saturday, October 14, I had the privilege to give a school tour to the Class of 1977. At least a couple of times a year I tour former students, their spouses, and former teachers. They love to see the many changes to the building since the 2005-2006 remodel and learn about the current curriculum. I have heard many fond memories shared of their time together at Holy Redeemer. It is great to see some of them have remained close after all the years. I cannot help but wonder what memories will be shared by our current students when they return to tour with some future principal. I pray they will be happy memories! If you know of a group or organization who is planning a reunion, please have them contact me to schedule a tour: 314-962-8989.
*We have two special upcoming Masses that we hope you can attend. On Thursday, November 9, at 8:15 is our KISS Mass (Kids Invite Someone Special). On Friday, November 10, is our Veteran’s Day Mass. Please join us as we celebrate the many sacrifices made by our veterans. I hope to see many of you at these special Masses.
If you have any questions about our school or would like to schedule a tour, please contact Pam Galluzzo at 314-962-8989.
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Holy Redeemer Parish School of Religion (grades 1-8) acts as a support for the students and families of the parish as they live out their Baptismal call and give witness to the Good News in word and deed. It is the desire of the program to incorporate the students and their families into the faith life of the parish community.
As the days grow shorter we can’t help but think of the shortness of our own days. Moving through fall and winter has us thinking about our own mortality. In two weeks (November 5) the parish will pray at the 9:00 Mass for all those whose funeral or memorial Mass we have celebrated in the past year. I encourage our parishioners to join us at this Mass to support those who lost a loved one.
I just recently read a number of books about dying and caring for those who are dying: Being Mortal, When Breath Becomes Air and A Bittersweet Season. Reading them in succession reminded me of how important it is not just for us individually but for our family and loved ones to have in good order the details concerning the last things. Appointing someone to have durable power of attorney and medical power of attorney is essential so that our advanced medical directives are carried out if and when we can’t make those decisions for ourselves is very important. If one intends to donate his or her body to medical research, those papers have to be completed in advance. Needless to say, our wills need to be updated periodically. For example, in my own case, now that my brother has died, I need to revise any number of my will’s details. I especially encourage those of us who are a bit older to have plans for our funeral, memorial mass or burial prepared and readily accessible. For some people managing all these details for a loved one at the time of death is not a big problem, but for some others overwhelmed by the loss find these matters especially difficult. Besides, having these matters in good order minimizes the stress and disagreements that often arise in families about decisions to be made how things at the end should be handled.