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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
Our love for and devotion to Mary renewed, as it always is when we celebrate one of her feasts– most recently her Assumption on August 15th–we take a moment to reflect on her role in our salvation. I have always had a fondness for the title which the Greek church gave her: Theotokos, a name meaning God-bearer. Not only does it call to mind her physical birthing of Jesus, but reminds us that we too can bear God in our lives. We in the west often refer to her as the model for the church. As she was simple and trusting, as she rushed out of herself to be at the service of others, so we seek to be the same. The parish offers a number of devotions to the BVM. Every Tuesday after the 8:00 Mass we pray the devotional prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Help; our children gather regularly to pray the rosary, and each year at the beginning of May we have a crowing of the BVM. Last Saturday we celebrated the funeral of one of the priests of our Archdiocese, and as is our custom, we sang as the final hymn the Salve Regina. It’s one of my favorite prayers. I pray it every night before I sleep, and I pray it for someone who is dying. It is a prayer worth knowing, even committing to memory. Here is the form in which I learned it from my own mother; others might know it with slight variations:
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs of mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate your eyes of mercy toward us. And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
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.