Thankful, Grateful and Blessed
This is the time of year when we like to stop and count our blessings. That is especially true as 2020 has made many of us stop and think about what is truly important and how we are blessed in so many ways. One of my biggest blessings is my St. Rose family….from the students, to the staff, and all the families who support and love our school. It was truly a blessing when God led me down the path to St. Rose and allowed me to bring all of the school community into my heart and home. With the many trying times we have seen this year, let us take just a minute to stop and think about all God has given us and what wonderful adventures and times are ahead of us.
God bless all of you,
Father’s Message – January 12, 2021
I hope that everyone had a blessed Christmas Season. This past Sunday we had the scripture reading about the Baptism of Jesus. In the church this begins what we call “ordinary time” when we focus on the message of Jesus’ message and ministry to us. About half of the calendar year is devoted to this time. It is interspersed between the special times such as Christmas and Easter. In middle February we will begin the preparation for Easter with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday (Feb 17).
Ordinary Time is an opportunity to focus upon the ordinary day to day events in our lives. As believers in God, we should seek to look for the grace of God in the normal daily event and people that are a part of our lives. It is a time to stay the course that lead us to the special moments in our lives.
In this vein I want to encourage people to continue their conscientious efforts to follow the safe practices of physical distancing, the wearing of masks, and the washing of hands. As the process of vaccination gathers momentum we have the hope of beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I want to congratulate your efforts thus far which has enabled us to avoid the spreading of the virus at the school and parish. A number of individuals have tested positive from contacts outside the school and parish. All have cooperated by quarantining themselves in an appropriate way to prevent the further spread of the virus. With continued cooperation we hope and pray that we will be able to complete this semester with in person classes.
We are experiencing together this pandemic. We will get through this together by working together with each of us doing our part to protect one another.
We will continue to make every effort to keep ourselves centered upon God’s presence within us and among us. With God’s help, this can continue to be a great spiritual year for St. Rose of Lima School.