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From the Principal's Desk                  

Plant an act; reap a habit.
Plant a habit; reap a virtue or vice.
Plant a virtue or vice; reap a character.
Plant a character; reap a destiny.
-William Makepeace Thackeray

October 11, 2017
Dear Families:
As Christian role models, we must strive for a life that models good choices, accepts consequences for choices made and encourages decision making based on gospel values. A key way adults model faith is by emphasizing the importance of regular attendance at Sunday Mass. The weekly readings are integrated into the classroom religion curriculum; students prepare on Friday for Sunday Mass with a discussion on the themes of the Liturgy of the Word.  On Mondays, students discuss the readings, and their reactions to and reflections on what was read and heard at Mass. They are then challenged to live these values.  Students who have not attended Mass during the weekend are unable to participate fully in these lessons. Please journey with the pastor, teachers and me and attend Sunday Mass regularly. You are planting acts that will carry your children through life. I encourage you to use the book "Celebrating Sunday for Catholic Families" to lead family discussions or as a way to start a conversation about what was heard at Mass. We still have a few copies available at $2.00 each. Contact Mary McLinden if you'd like one.

It was great to see all the athletes at Mass last Sunday.  Almost all the volleyball and baseball teams were represented and Father Ulysses gave such a nice "Blessing of the Athletes" at the conclusion of the liturgy. Thank you to all the coaches who attended Mass and thank you for your commitment to coaching for OLMC School.

Daily, the teachers, aides, staff and administration work hard to present an educational environment where quality instruction is mixed with Catholic values and Christ's teaching. Last Wednesday, we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi as a school community. Father Ulysses blessed our pets and we  heard again the story of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, merchants and ecology and founder of the Franciscan Order. After St. Francis's conversion, he was so loved and holy that he became a saint two years after his death. "Francis truly embodies a life of love, compassion and peace. While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart."

October is the "Month of the Holy Rosary" and  each morning at Assembly, the second grade is leading the school in saying the "rosary" and hearing the story of Jesus. In our abbreviated version of the rosary, a vocal prayer, we reflect on the Life, Death, Passion and Glory of Jesus and his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Thank you, Mrs. Scherba and second grade for coordinating this prayer experience.

Teresa Anthony