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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.
The story is told of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on a camping trip.
As they lay sleeping one night, Holmes woke Watson and said, “Watson, look up into the sky and tell me what you see.” Watson said, “I see millions of stars.” Holmes asked, “And what does that tell you?” Watson replied, “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Theologically, it tells me that God is great and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it tells me that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. And what does it tell you?”
Holmes answered, “Somebody stole our tent.”
There are many people who can theorize and speculate in life, but often they are not very keen about the everyday practical things of life. Such is the case with Christianity. We can teach a great deal about the ideas of faith, but how do we really live it out, how do we share of our lives in the most concrete and practical terms. The Scriptures today offer us some help as they talk about faith in the most basic matter of fact ways: Serve the poor.
Such was also the message of St. Vincent de Paul. Vincent lived in the seventeenth century and the core and center of his ministry was service to the poor. Vincent not only pledged his life to that ministry, but also began a religious order dedicated to the work among the poor. There are two very practical things that Vincent taught. First, he reminds us to look upon the poor with the eyes of faith. Even though they may look rough and unrefined, they have taken the place of Christ who chose to become poor. Second, Vincent says bringing good news to the poor was the essence of Jesus’ message. Vincent felt this need for the service to the poor so strongly, that he told his brothers that nothing should come before that service. If you are praying and someone comes in need, use your service as your prayer. “God is not neglected if you leave him for such service.”
In case you didn’t notice, there are ample opportunities around Holy Redeemer to serve the poor. Why not get involved yourself?
St. Vincent de Paul’s feast day is this Friday.