Dear Families of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School,
HAPPY NEW YEAR! While there were certainly some great things that happened in 2020, the year will likely be remembered for the challenges and hardships we faced. Now, we start 2021 full of hope! It felt so great to come back to school this week. Seeing our dolphins in the classrooms and on Google Meets stirs up so much hope as we see these students eager to learn, eager to be with their friends and eager to grow in their faith in this new year. At our inservice day on Monday, the faculty and staff reflected on this being the Year of St. Joseph as declared by Pope Francis. St. Joseph holds a special place in my heart. When adopting a toddler from China, Aaron and I knew quickly we wanted to name our new son after the “adopted father” of Jesus --- this saint we have always seen as a quiet, humble, compassionate, devoted and honorable man. What a great role model for each of us as we embark on this year. Pope Francis once stated that he says a prayer to St. Joseph each morning. I thought you might also want to consider adding this prayer of his to your daily devotions:
Glorious Patriarch Saint Joseph,
whose power makes the impossible possible,
come to my aid in these times of anguish and difficulty.
Take under your protection the serious and troubling situations that I commend to you,
that they may have a happy outcome.
My beloved father, all my trust is in you.
Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain,
and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary,
show me that your goodness is as great as your power. Amen.
Only by His Grace,