My Dear Parishioners,
Happy Catholic Schools Week! Thank you to Mrs. Jaster, our principal, and all of her teachers, staff, and volunteers. Thank you also to our parishioners. Without your support of Catholic education, we could not fulfill this part of our mission as church. Our school is a real blessing to our families. It is a true community where we are, “Focused on Faith and Learning.” Our Mission Statement reads: St. Joseph/St. Robert School (SJR), with Jesus as our foundation and inspiration, prepares students to live fully His message of love, courage, and compassion. Our philosophy of academic rigor and relevance prepares our students to be contributing members of the Church and the global community. All are invited to check out the good things happening at our school by coming to our Open House, Sunday, Jan 28th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or Wednesday, January 31st from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Believe it or not, we are two and a half weeks from beginning our celebration of Lent. Ash Wednesday falls on February 14th this year (Happy Valentine’s Day!). In preparation for our celebration, I am asking that you bring your old palm from last year to Church where we can collect it and use it for the ashes. You can deposit your palm in the basket by the crucifix in the back hallway. Please take the palm out of any bags or containers and just leave the palm in the basket. The extra bags only add to the clutter. While I am on the subject it would be good for me to address a housekeeping item. I have noticed that some people like to leave certain items from home, on our back tables. I imagine that they do this with the idea that if they can no longer use them, perhaps someone else can. I am asking that you please do not leave anything on the back tables. This simply adds to the clutter and it detracts from the items that are approved to be there. I know that some people receive religious items, literature, and other things that they don’t want to throw away, but please do not leave them on the tables!
Finally, in preparation for Lent, I received copies of the latest Matthew Kelly book, Perfectly Yourself. The website googlebooks says: “Just be yourself! People say it all the time, but how do we actually live it? For more than a decade Matthew Kelly has been helping people discover the best-version-of-themselves. Now, in Perfectly Yourself, he addresses the opportunities and obstacles that we encounter once we decide to ask life’s big questions: Who am I? What am I here for? Focusing on nine powerful and practical lessons, Kelly shows us how to find lasting happiness in a changing world.” I am placing copies of this book on the back tables. Please feel free to take one copy per family.
May God Bless You,