The JOY of the Lord is my strength.
Message from Mrs. Schroeder–September 2021
While summer is definitely my favorite season, fall runs a close second. September is the start of warm days and cool nights, apple cider, caramel apples, and sweatshirt wearing! It is also the time of year when we celebrate all we are thankful for in our lives.
This time, in the school year, comes with settling in and getting back to hitting the books. St. Rose is excited to start with a new reading program in grades 1-5. This is the first time, in a long time, that St. Rose has had a consistent program that was brand new. We also welcomed some new staff to our building: Mrs. Houpt, Mrs. Langenderfer, Mrs. Calo, and Mrs. Atwood.
Another new program that we started this year is a Character Development program to help build leadership skills, deal with emotions, and be the best we can be every day. This program includes a workbook for the students to use in class and several new character development books have been purchased for the teachers to use with their students.
This year our school theme is CHOOSE JOY! We can find joy in our day, every day, if we look around us and choose to see it. Our bible verse this year is “The JOY of the Lord is my strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
Please go out and find the joy in your world! You can have a joyful day or not….the choice is yours!
Father’s Message – September 23, 2021
Fall is upon us! Leaves are changing color! Crops are being harvested! The pollen count is up! We can look forward to St. Rose’s Trunk or Treat and perhaps some Fall Festivals! This is a time to enjoy the fruitfulness of life!
It is also a time to reflect upon both the challenges and blessings of life. All of us have been challenged by the Delta variant. Few, if any of us, are not tired of the disruption to our lives.
Our faith invites us to glean something of spiritual value from the challenges and sacrifices of the moment. Through a generous faith, we can transform the challenges into spiritual blessings. A period of sacrifice can remind us of what matters most in life. Take time this Fall to spend some time in prayerful reflection with God. Rediscover the depth of God’s love even in these moments of trial. A crucifix, (a cross with Jesus upon it) is a powerful symbol of God’s desire to be with us in our times of trial.
These are great lessons for each of us to take home!