January 2, 2018
Christmas Wishes
From Pope Francis' 2016 Christmas message:
“Today, the Son of God is born, and everything changes.” Today we once more discover who we are! Tonight we have been shown the way to reach the journey’s end, and we must set out to see our savior lying in a manger. This child has been ‘born to us;' He was given to us, . . . And now, 2,000 years later, every man and woman has been given the mission of making the Prince of Peace known and of becoming His effective servant in the midst of the nations. . . We must not be laggards,” the Pope cautioned, “we are not permitted to stand idle.”
Yearbook Photos
We need your school photos! If you have taken pictures while at the school, Friday Mass, or attending any other events or sporting activities, and would be willing to share, we are building a library of pictures to be used in this year's school year book.  For more information or to send photos by email, contact Linda Houghton at  ms.lkh@me.co . Thank you in advance!
Substitute Teachers Needed
Saint Benedict School is looking for Substitute Teachers for grades JK to 8th. If you are interested, please contact the School Secretary, Pam Autry, at 804-254-8850, or pautry@saintbenedictschool.org for more information.  
Ticket Lottery for Bishop Installation Mass on January 12
The students and faculty of Saint Benedict Catholic School would like to welcome Bishop Knestout to Richmond. Parishioners, students and educators hoping to participate in the joy and excitement of the Mass of Installation for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s new Bishop Barry C. Knestout now have a chance to secure admission to the special Mass by entering a lottery. Seating for the 2 pm. event at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will be extremely limited so the faithful are encouraged to enter the drawing for admission tickets by completing the online form here: http://richmonddiocese.org/installation-mass-details/  The last day to enter the drawing is Friday, December 29, 2017. The drawing will be held in early January with two tickets awarded to each selected registrant. Those selected will have 48 hours to respond before the tickets are released to alternates. Tickets are not transferrable and may not be sold. Questions? Contact newbishop@richmonddiocese.org or (804) 622-5294
Saint Benedict School in Pictures:
Our 7th and 8th graders brought their voices, Christmas cards, and Christmas cheer to those at a Richmond adult care center.
And then there were donuts! A surprise trip to Crispy Creme brought smiles and cheers!
PTO News
Parents needing PTO volunteer hours but unable to help during the school day can earn hours by assisting with hospitality at the 8:30am and 11:00am Sunday masses at St. Benedict Church. Contact Mr. Cruess for more details.

Lunch service is in need of a few volunteers to serve lunch in January. If you can volunteer your time please sign up here:   January Lunch Service

Last call for your gently used uniforms for the upcoming uniform swap. Donated uniforms should be in good condition. All uniforms must be in a bag labeled with your name and number of items donated so that you can get credit.  The uniform swap will take place January 4th; from 4-5:30pm in the cafeteria.
January Mass Schedule

Friday, January 5
Class Choir: 3rd grade
Readers: Ella Douglas, Michael Purcell
Servers: Madeleine Lang, Brennan Shea, Griffin Lang

Friday, January 12 - School Mass Cancelled
(New Bishop’s Installation)

Upcoming Dates
Jan. 4 - Used Uniform Swap at 4:00pm in the cafeteria