- Day School
- Parish School Religion (PSR)
- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
- HR Youth Ministry
From the Principal’s Desk
June 10, 2019
HOLY HAPPENINGS FOR HOLY REDEEMER SCHOOL
I pray everyone has had some time to relax with family and friends during this short start to summer break. I hope that the rest of your summer allows you time to create some wonderful family memories. At school we are trying to tie up any loose ends from the past year and get prepared for the coming year. Enclosed you will find your child’s final report card.
First, I would like to thank the staff for another wonderful year. Your hard work and dedication to your students makes Holy Redeemer the wonderful school that it is. In addition, I would like to thank all of the many volunteers who make our day-to-day operations possible. Daily we have parents coming to work in the health room, do recess duty, serve lunch, read to students, check out books in the library, attend/drive on field trips, deliver snacks…. The list is endless. We are so grateful because without your help we would not be able to offer these services. The Holy Redeemer community is truly blessed!
Before we close this school year, I will review some of the accomplishments from this past year. During this past year we continued our work with our Professional Learning Communities (PLC) with three area schools. We worked with project-based learning with the help of the $40,000 Beyond Sunday Grant we were awarded. Project-based learning develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills as the students work to find solutions to problems presented by the teachers. Professional Learning Communities and Project-Based Learning are currently considered best practices in education. With such a dedicated and devoted staff your child will receive a challenging and rigorous education as the staff continues to challenge themselves as well. This summer staff members and I have committed to various education classes and workshops to improve our craft. Our hope is that by continuing our education we will continue to offer a strong program to our students.Read More
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.
Although I have been out of the dating game for quite a while, I know that a first impression, though at times deceiving, is a crucial thing. With that in mind, here are a few of my first impressions of Holy Redeemer.
One of the most impressive things about this parish is that it is outward, it sees its place in the context of a larger world. At times, church can be very inward, insular and thus, narrow minded. Not HR. With its connection to Haiti and Sts. Peter and Paul, Holy Redeemer recognizes that the faith we proclaim has to be lived out, has to be shared, has to extend beyond borders. With its Stephen Ministry and St. Vincent de Paul Society, it recognizes the need to reach out to others, especially those who are wounded and hurting. I am sure that I am only scratching the surface here, because you do not need a committee to share your faith, but this mission orientated aspect of the parish is very exciting and, to my mind, vital.
Second, Webster Groves in general has a feel of a strong, proud community, and I would like to think that Holy Redeemer is near the center – geographically and spiritually – of that community. Because of prior plans, I missed the big parade on the Fourth, but that was emblematic of a community that takes pride in itself. Just walking around the neighborhood, seeing how people take care of their houses and gardens (we need to talk about that next week) and how no two houses look the same, yet they all seem to belong, speaks of a neighborhood that is both stable and strong. Coming from another strong community, Washington, MO, I was pleasantly surprised by the small town feel.
Finally, and this is not a criticism, I found it peculiar when people show up for Mass on the weekends. I would look out ten minutes, five minutes before Mass and the church would be empty. I would stand in the back ready to start and there would be a few more people, but it would still be sparse. I walk up the aisle, bow to the altar, turn around and, Voila! There you are! The flip side of this is how hardly anyone leaves early and a lot of you stick around to chat and visit. So I will take it.