- Day School
- Parish School Religion (PSR)
- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
- HR Youth Ministry
From the Principal’s Desk
November 3, 2018
HOLY HAPPENINGS AT HOLY REDEEMER SCHOOL
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
In this season where we see the beauty of God’s gifts all around us in the colors of the trees and the bounty of the harvest, it is good to take time to reflect on his many blessings. I am grateful for:
the wonderful staff who gives freely and tirelessly to provide a wonderful education and a safe place to learn for our students
our students who come to school each day filled with joy and a curiosity to learn
a pastor who supports our educational advances and challenges us to be our best
the parents of our students who volunteer in so many ways, for example, library readers, cafeteria servers, recess monitors, health room “nurses”, field trip monitors, snack providers…
parents and grandparents who donate their time and treasure so freely to our school
the parish family who supports the school through their parish donations
the youth minister and CRE who enrich our faith experiences at school
the School Board who diligently researches and helps implement programs in our school
families who financially support Parents in Partnership to keep tuition affordable in our school
the Technology Committee who has brought so many improvements to our program within the last five years
This is only a fraction of the many blessings God has showered on Holy Redeemer, and I pray that God will continue to bless you and your family.
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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.
This Wednesday some fifty of our second graders from both our day school and the PSR program will receive their First Reconciliation. As I told the parents of these children n their meeting, we don’t bring these little ones to the sacrament because they are awful sinners, but because we want them to have a familiarity with God’s mercy. Later in their lives–as it happens for all of us–there will come a time when they will very much need the full grace of this sacrament of forgiveness. We seek to develop habits of holiness in the children. It is important early on in life to develop the practice of examining one’s life to see where we have failed to love, how we might do better and then resolve to do so. The sacrament is for us; God doesn’t need to be satisfied. We adults know how refreshing it can be to confess our sin and frailty to God, and to hear a human voice speaking for God say: Whatever you have done or failed to do, I forgive you and will always love you. We humans claim to forgive and forget, but God really does. he does not remember or hold our sins against us. We pray for our children and many of their family members who will be receiving the sacrament on November 14th. And we also use the occasion to begin our remote preparation for the sacrament that hopefully many of us will receive at our upcoming Advent penance service. Perhaps the best way to begin that examination of conscience is by asking about being in right relationship with God, with myself and with others. I have come to believe that the Lord is not so much interested in a long litany of sins as He is in having us realize our need to change our minds. This is actually the meaning of the word repentance.