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From the Principal’s Desk
September 17, 2018
HOLY HAPPENINGS AT HOLY REDEEMER SCHOOL
At my last writing I shared some of the values of a Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Your child can develop a sense of purpose and value.
Your child can receive a high quality education.
Today I will share two more values.
Your child can join a welcoming community. Archdiocese of St. Louis Catholic Schools offer a nurturing and accepting community that is rooted in the Gospel message of love and acceptance, no matter your culture, faith, diverse needs or economic status. Scholarships are available to ensure Catholic education is an affordable option. We promote a strong faith community, centered upon the family, and we exist to ensure our children will succeed not only in school, but in life.
Your child can feel secure in a dynamic future. Archdiocese of St. Louis Catholic schools provide a variety of opportunities which allow students to explore their interests and pursue their talents. Whether it is academic, athletic, artistic or beyond, students’ learning experiences allow them to feed their desire to excel and aspire to their calling. Since 65% of today’s grade school children will have jobs that do not yet exist, students need to learn how to think critically, problem solve, explore, and experiment. Co-curricular opportunities ensure a holistic learning experience that encourages students to give back to their communities and excel in life beyond the classroom.
This year I will continue my practice of sharing some of the things I observe when I visit the classrooms. On a recent visit to the fifth grade religion class, they were studying the sacraments, specifically Holy Orders and Matrimony, which are sacraments at the service of communion. This discussion led to the students sharing some of the ways the school community has served others: collecting canned goods for Operation Food Search, collecting money, canned goods, and school supplies for Webster-Rock Hill Ministries, and packing care packages for the Missouri National Guard that is deployed overseas…
When I visited the first grade classroom they were involved in a lively and active vocabulary lesson of high frequency words. The students tapped, clapped, drum rolled, opera sang, and stomped out the spellings of these vocabulary words before using them in a sentence. Everyone was having a great time while fully engaged in their learning.
If you would like to learn more about Holy Redeemer School or schedule a personal tour, please contact the school office at 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.
Though they might be out of sight, they are not out of our thoughts and prayers. I am speaking here of our sick and homebound parishioners. Their lives are more closely bound to the cross of Christ, and each time I visit with them, I ask them to offer up their prayers and their sufferings for all of us here at Holy Redeemer. Some of our friends are just temporarily confined to their beds, recovering from or preparing for surgery. Others are at home or in extended care facilities for the long term. Still others have been placed in hospice care. Currently there are three of our parishioners who are in hospice care, so they and their families need our prayers especially. We have over two dozen extraordinary communion ministers as well as Stephen Ministers who bring comfort to those who need our ministry. One of the prayers we pray when we administer the Sacrament of Healing reads this way: “Let us entrust our sick brother (sister) to the grace and power of Jesus Christ, that the Lord may ease his (her) suffering and grant him (her) health and salvation.” If you know someone in the parish who is either confined to their home or has moved to an extended care facility, and who is not being visited either by a priest, a deacon or a communion minister, please let us know at the rectory. We will do our best to reach out to them. In the meantime, the next time you celebrate mass, remember those who are sick in your prayers, as well as those family members who care so lovingly for them.