As we enter the fall of the year, I always give thanks to God for so many things, one of which is the change to cooler weather. Another blessing is the chance to slow down and take a deep breath of the crisp fall air, before the crush of holidays press in on us. I hope that everyone can take some time, even if it is just one afternoon, to rest in the knowledge that God is in control.
BE ST. VERONICA - BE VIRTUOUS:
Below are the "I Will" statements the student will be practicing this month:
Believe in God, and all He has said.
Trust in God's promises.
Love God in all things.
Choose good in every situation.
Give both God and my neighbors everything they deserve.
Do my best to resist temptation and conquer fear.
Use things in moderation and for good.
RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES: PARISH AND SCHOOL:
Please join us if you can:
- Living Rosary (for world peace), Friday, October 13th at 2PM in the church.
- Parish Mission, Monday through Thursday, October 16 through the 19th at 9:00AM and 7:00PM. See the parish website for more information. Please note that Monday is geared to have students participate by bringing in Flames for Peace that they did in school. To make it possible for students to participate, there will be light if any homework on Monday. Also, be aware that on Wednesday there is a child presentation that will run concurrently with the adult program so please take advantage of that if you can.
HOW TO HANDLE SOCIAL MEDIA IN YOUR CHILD'S LIFE:
Last year we had the Clermont County Prosecutor, Mrs. Dottie Smith, do a presentation on Social Media to our junior high students during the school day and to our parents in the evening. We are glad to announce that we were able to get Clermont County to come back and repeat the presentations.
Social Media Parent Night - We have scheduled the Parent Night information session for the evening of Monday, October 23 (time to be determined). I very strongly encourage all parents whose children have cell phones or access to social media to attend. Parents will learn how social media can affect children, how what children do on social media can follow them into adulthood, and how you can help your children manage the temptations that present themselves every day.
Sometimes I wonder if children, aged 14 and below, have the maturity to deal with the 24/7 pressure of social media. Back in my day (the 1970s) when students experienced altercations at school or with their friends, when they got home they had a safe haven to deal with the feelings the altercations may have stirred up. Now, with internet phones, students are always connected; they never seem to have a place or time when they can be safe from criticisms, or gossip from well-meaning "friends".
Students also have that disconnect from seeing another person's face as they may be the one doing the criticizing or spreading the gossip. Snap Chat users can send a message and after a short amount of time it disappears - giving students the feeling that they can say/write whatever they want because it will be quickly gone. Not so, with the feelings those messages may create.
Do yourself, and your children, a favor and spend an hour learning how you can protect your children from the angst that often accompanies cell phone usage by children.
GIFT OF FAILURE: