The Faith-filled Fun of Catholic Schools Week
Salutations! How are you? I hope that you are doing well. Throughout our Archdiocese we are celebrating Catholic Schools Week. For those of you who graduated from a Catholic School, be it grade school, middle school, high school, college, seminary, or all of the above like me, it is a time to give thanks to God for the great gift of our faith in an educational context.

At Immaculate Conception School this week there are all kinds of fun activities and creative ways to commemorate this special time. You can take a glance at the calendar for the week online:

Some o f the highlights have included and/or will include a talent show on Tuesday, an open house on Wednesday, a volleyball game between the students and the staff today, and an all school dance tomorrow.

On Tuesday the 28th and on Wednesday the 29th there was also an online giving campaign to support the school financially called “Many Gifts, One Nation.” If you were not able to contribute or if you would like to give again please feel free to go to the school website and make a gift: (After a ll, as the school theme for this year states, “God loves a cheerful giver” - 2 Corinthians 9:7)

To conclude this week’s eNewsletter here is a prayer that I found online in regards to Catholic Schools and the education that it provides:
O Christ, our Teacher, we thank you for the gift of Catholic schools, where the message of your life, death, and resurrection is proclaimed, discipleship is modeled, worship of you is cultivated, and community is experienced.

Increase our zeal for ensuring that all children and families can benefit from an authentic Catholic education, and that Catholic schools grow in their ability to nurture the souls and form the minds of its students for generations to come.

We ask this through the intercession of Our Lady, Mother of Catholic Schools. Amen.

Grace in Christ,
Fr. James 
Trivia Question of the Week
How many times does the word “Lord/LORD” appear in the First Reading (2 Samuel 18-19, 24-29) for today’s Daily Mass?

A. 10
B. 9
C. 8
D. 7 

See the bottom of this newsletter for the answer.
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A. 10
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