Dragon Tales  Weekly Newsletter
March 23, 2017   
 
Dear St. George Families,
 
I wonder if we realize what we're praying for each time we recite the "Our Father" "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. " What are we asking God to do? To forgive us to the extent that we forgive others! To treat us exactly the same. Ouch. I wonder if we really want God to do that.
 
There's a story of an older man who dies and meets St. Peter at the pearly gates of heaven. St. Peter has the man's resume in front of him, and he's looking it over. "To get in", Peter tells the man, "you have to have accumulated 1000 points over the course of your life. State your case" "OK," the man thinks, "I've been pretty good, I think I can reach that standard," so he says to Peter, "Well, I've been a faithful husband to my wife for over 50 years."  "Excellent, " says St. Peter. "That's one point." The man gulps--one point? "Uh, I've been a good father to my children, provided for them well, raised them in the faith."  "Yes you have," Peter says, "I can see that here in your resume. Another point. " Panicked now, the man says, "I've been a faithful Catholic all my life. I've kept the Sunday obligation, tithed to my church, and supported the Church in its various ministries."  Peter says, "Yes, you've been quite admirable in this regard. Another point. " "Three points?" the man says in utter despair. "A good husband, good father, faithful Catholic, and all I have is 3 lousy points? Who can get into heaven, then, unless God has mercy?"  As soon as he says this, the pearly gates swing open wide. "997 points," St. Peter says. "Welcome, good and faithful servant."
 
God is merciful. God forgives. Fortunately, the dominant image of God the Father from the New Testament is not one of a judge who metes out justice, giving us what we deserve, but the Father who stands on his porch, waiting for his prodigal son to return home, and upon seeing him, runs to greet him and ends up throwing a big party for him!
 
But most of us, I believe, have a different view of things. It's like our lives are a cosmic seesaw, with good on one side and bad on the other. If we die, the seesaw better be weighted down on the good side, in which case we're going to heaven. If it's weighted on the bad side, we're going to hell. It's as if God is a giant Santa Claus, "checking his list, checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty or nice."
 
But thinking in that way suggests that we ourselves are responsible for our salvation--that we can "earn" it by being good. We can't. Only God's grace can save us. Only God's mercy can save us.
 
But that is very good news, because God is merciful. No matter who we are, no matter what we've done, God forgives us. Whatever sins weigh us down, if we ask God for forgiveness, he forgives us completely. Completely! He doesn't just drag it to the trashcan of our computer drive, where it can be retrieved if we open up our trash. It's erased, and gone for-ever. FOR--EV--ER (for those of you who have seen Sandlot).
 
So that's the good news of Lent. It's very good news! God stands on the porch, scanning the horizons like a hopeful Father, hoping that we will return to him, that we will come home. May God give us the grace this Lent to make that journey back to him.
 
God bless,
 
Jack Nelson
Individual Spring Portraits
by Barberito Photographer s
MONDAY, MARCH 27TH  

*  NEW THIS YEAR
*  Pre-paid orders only
* Portrait order forms sent home with students
* Portrait order forms must be submitted to homeroom teachers on or prior to picture day
* No Late Orders
* On-line ordering not available for this portrait program
* Students taking spring casual portraits may dress in free dress clothes. All free dress outfits must meet SGS attire regulations (no cutoff shirts, blouses, dresses, or jeans with holes/rips/tears). Modesty should be the goal when choosing portrait attire.
* Students may remain in their portrait attire or change in to their uniform for the remainder of the school day
* Find more details on the yellow flyer and/or the school picture flyer sent home with students  

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER 

Friday, March 24
     School Liturgy, 8:00am
     Lenten Offering during Mass (Grades DK/K, 1, 6, and 7 - see below)
     Academic and Behavior Awards following Mass 
 
Monday, March 27
    Spring Individual Casual Portraits (NEW!!! - See Details Below)

Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31 
    
ACRE Testing, Grade 5
Tuesday, March 28     
     4th Grade Class Mass
Wednesday, March 29
     Stations of the Cross, 8:00am, Church
     6th Grade Reconciliation
Wednesday, March 29 & Thursday, March 30
     ACRE Testing, Grade 8
Friday, March 31      
     Lenten Offering during Mass (Grades 3, 4 & 5 - see below)

Wednesday, April 5
     Homeroom Class Pictures
     Stations of the Cross, 8:00am, Church
     Living Stations Practice (Main Case only), 2:45pm
Thursday, April 6
     Living Stations Practice, 2:45am
Friday, April 7
     School Liturgy, 8:00am    
     Lenten Offering during Mass (Grades 2, 8, Faculty and Staff - see below)
     Kindergarten Retreat 
 
PRINCIPALS FOR THE DAY
 
Luke, Marissa, and Noah LaCour enjoyed their role as Principals for the Day on Tuesday, March 21st.
SGS students were treated to popsicles and wore out-of-uniform attire to celebrate this special day.
Many thanks to the LaCour family for supporting the St. George Auction. 
HOME & SCHOOL BOARD
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2017-2018 BOARD

 
The SGS Home & School Association is a service and support organization for the school whose members include all parents of the school. Each year, a new Board of Officers is elected.  All officers are expected to serve for 2 years.  
 
Please consider nominating yourself or someone else to a Board position. The available positions for the 2017-2018  school year are:

Secretary - Shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings of all organization, and of meetings of the Board of Directors, and shall publish these minutes to the general membership prior to regularly scheduled meetings. He/she shall keep files of the records of the organization and shall conduct such correspondence as pertains to that office. Please contact the present Secretary with questions, Jen Parfait ( jparfait@lsu.edu )
 
Assistant Special Event Coordinators (2) - Shall assist the Special Event Coordinators in all capacities (planning and coordinating events throughout the year such as Grandparents Day, Teacher Appreciation  Luncheon, etc.) for one year and assume the office of Special Events Coordinator the following year. Please contact the present Assistant Special Events Coordinators with questions, Courtney Morel ( courtneymorel@gmail.com ) & Ellen Bourgeois ( ellenbourgeois@gmail.com )
 
Please send your nominations to Charlene Lauman ( charlene.lauman@sgschoolbr.org ) by April 6. In the event there are several candidates for each position, each candidate will be notified and listed on a ballot for the members of Home & School (all parents) to vote.


YEARBOOKS (2016-2017) ON SALE NOW
PRICE INCREASE AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!


  • Yearbooks for this school year are on sale now!
  • Online orders only!
  • www.yearbookforever.com enter St. George School in search bar
  • PRICE $45
CAFETERIA NOTES
  • March cafeteria payments are due now.
  • All school meal payments are due in advance.
  • Please remember to send extra funds for seconds and extra items.
March Lunch prices are: Full price - $58.00, Reduced price - $8.00
March Breakfast prices are: Full price - $36.00, Reduced price - $6.00

 
S PIRIT DAY ~ FRIDAY, MAY 5th 
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Plans are underway for making this year's Spirit Day the best ever!
This is a wonderful fun-filled day for all! To make this day a huge success for our students, we will need lots of parent volunteers.
  • We ask you to please consider signing up for at least 2 fifty minute shifts.
  • Please keep in mind that all volunteers must have completed Volunteer Certification. Information regarding Volunteer Certification can be found on the SGS website under the  "Parents" section.
  • When you arrive on campus, please be sure to sign in for your shift at the sign in table located to the left of the Administration Building.
  • Please arrive and sign in fifteen minutes before your shift.
  • You will be given a wristband and further instructions at that time.
  • Thank you for sharing your time and talents for this special day, and we look forward to seeing you on May 5th!
KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON  
IN ST. GEORGE CHURCH PARISH?
 
Keep up with the happenings around St. George by reading the St. George Catholic Church Bulletin HERE . 
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