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March 19, 2014
It finally looks like Spring weather is arriving, but even more important than the weather is the Church season of Lent where we take the time to prepare our hearts for the joy of Easter. Why should we have to get ready for joy? The reason is that we can get distracted from God by many things- arguments, or the idea that life is not fair, or wanting something so much that we forget what is really important. During Lent we put God right before our eyes and stare in His direction. This year at Holy Redeemer during Lent we have as our school theme, CHOOSE JOY. In our prayer and class discussions we are praying that God opens our eyes to help us see the opportunities that present themselves where we can show kindness and love to others instead of being focused on the negative things we perceive in our own lives. When we see a friend, parent, or teacher who need our help, we will joyfully offer our help because this is the way we prepare our hearts so we are ready to celebrate the most important feast of the Church, Easter.
As you know for the past two years we have been evaluating our school and writing goals for the next five years based on the areas we discovered that we want to improve. As part of our evaluation we created a binder containing all of this information. In the office we have 8 copies of this binder. Parents are welcome to borrow one of these binders if they are interested in reading this document.
The original School Improvement Plan (SIP) team visit was cancelled due to inclement weather. The new dates are Monday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 25. We will begin these two days with an All School Mass at 8:15. We invite and encourage parents to attend this Mass to show the SIP team what a warm and welcoming community we are. This Mass is on our first day back from Spring Break, and we are requesting that all of the students be in their uniform that day.
If you have been in the building recently, you have probably noticed the new artwork. Recently we had a performing musical artist, Tony Artz, who shared his life story as he painted a picture of Pope Francis. Mrs. Corie McKean and Ben Witte acted as assistants to Tony and were able to create the painting with him. Tony is a young man who had a rough childhood , but he chose JOY by focusing his energy on his artistic talent instead of the negatives of his early life. The 20″ x 40″ painting hangs on the middle floor near the link to the Church. There also is a very nice view if you stand in the middle of the gym and look up to the second floor. This performance was made possible by our Target grant.
In addition to the new painting, we have 10 new framed character posters hanging throughout the building. These posters depict 10 virtues from our Virtue Based Restorative Discipline and our own students were used as the subjects. In the stairwell near the office we have a new and larger composite picture of the entire staff and student body. Take a look and see if you can locate your own children.
I also wanted to share a bit of good news about Math League. In all of the meets our students have attended this year, they have won blue ribbons. Recently, a group of seventh grade girls attended a Cor Jesu Math contest. Although there were 23 teams in attendance, Holy Redeemer’s girls placed first. Congratulations to all of the 6th-8th grade students who have represented Holy Redeemer so well this year. Math League will culminate with a championship competition hosted by Holy Redeemer on April 10 at 3:30 p.m.Read More
Parents In Partnership
Holy Redeemer School families are once again minimizing tuition increases with their annual “Parents in Partnership” campaign! Donations to “PIP” eliminated HR’s tuition increase altogether last year, keeping our school enrollment strong. ”PIP” donations are tax-deductible, voluntary, confidential, popular (67% participation), and often matched by employers. Most importantly, “PIP” helps to keep the cost of Catholic education affordable to all who seek it in our parish.
The larger HR community is welcome to donate to “PIP” as well. Pledge cards can be found around the church exits, and donations will appear on your end-of-year parish statement.
Appreciatively Yours in Christ,
The Holy Redeemer School Board
“He has risen as He said He would!” God has kept His promise to His people. This is not only some reality which has occurred in the past, it is happening now: Christ is being raised up in us. That’s a cause for great rejoicing. To all who share this Feast of the Resurrection with us, welcome, peace, and blessings. Easter, like Christmas, is one of those holy days when so many of our friends, and family and neighbors come to join us in the celebration. We are delighted to have you in our company, and it is my hope that in keeping with the spirit which Pope Francis has kindled, those who have felt alienated or distant from the church, might consider joining our parish again. May the reconciliation that God has made possible for us all be yours in abundance.
Please excuse the front lawn of church. In January we had the mother of all plumbing disasters, and we are still in the process of repair, recovery and restoration. The total bill for all that had to be done and will still be done is in excess of $50,000 (And you thought you had a big plumbing bill!). Recently a very generous anonymous donor stepped forward to offer a dollar for dollar match up to $20,000 for the donations which we could attract at our upcoming parish auction, Saturday, April 26th. Yet another incentive to attend our auction and help Holy Redeemer Parish. I will get the effort underway myself that evening with my own personal check for $1,000. It would be terrific if we could avail ourselves of this donor’s total gift offering.
Finally, if you were not able to fill out one of the volunteer forms for A Room at the Inn, there are forms at the doors of church which you can complete and drop in the collection basket. Or you can go to the website and find the form there as well. The opportunities to serve are many and varied, so there is probably a way for you to help our friends who are temporarily homeless.
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Weekday: M-F 6:15 & 8:15 a.m.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:
Saturday: 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
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.