Written by Deanne Slaughter
At our student retreat last Friday, the Second Grade presented a skit on the ancient Advent tradition called the Jesse Tree, which highlights key people in Jesus' "family tree."
I invite you to take a look at our Jesse Tree in the school hallway. All the ornaments were made by our teachers and staff. Each one represents an ancestor of Jesus or a prophet that foretold His coming. We can learn important life lessons by getting to know the ancestors of Jesus, and a Jesse Tree is a fun, visual way your family can prepare for Jesus' coming during Advent. For more information visit www.loyolapress.com and search "Jesse Tree." Have a blessed Advent!
Written by Fran Hassing
Bury the dead. That is a tough Corporal Work of Mercy for a sixth grader at Holy Rosary to perform. Yet our wonderful sixth grade class certainly honored the dead without actually attending a funeral. On Friday the second of November the entire sixth grade class at Holy Rosary went to Rose Hill Cemetery to rake and bag leaves. With thoughtful and loving hands they gently brushed off headstones, knelt in prayer, and noted the fragility of life. I was so proud to announce to three different people walking through the cemetery that these were Holy Rosary students when they stopped to tell me how impressed they were to see such community service. Through out the rest of the month of November the sixth graders lead the whole school each morning in the "Eternal Rest" prayer.
Written by Anita Garcia
The second grade class at Holy Rosary had a coat drive during the month of October as their Corporal Works of Mercy service project, Clothe the Naked. The students made signs and went to the classrooms to help advertise this project. At the end of the month the Knights of Columbus sent a representative, Tony Koonce, to talk to children about the impact in the community. Tony then took the coats to Saint Vincent DePaul to be donated to families in need this winter.
Annually on November 1st, we celebrate All Saints' Day, in honor of all saints (known and unknown) of the Christian church. At Holy Rosary, this celebration can be seen school-wide. We start the day by attending Mass together, with each student dressed as a different saint. This year, at the end of Mass, our students paraded around and outside the church for all parishioners to join in the celebration. Following the parade, each class had different activities to learn about each of the saints in their own group.
In the Pope's message from the Vatican today, he said, "it is good for Catholics to let themselves be encouraged by the saints, who did not live their lives by “half measures.” To read more of the Pope's message, visit https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-on-all-saints-day-live-for-heaven-not-the-world-63455
On this day we celebrate the Feast Day of our beloved St. John Paul II.
To learn more about St. John Paul II, click here.
Prayer to St. John Paul II
Oh, St. John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the Church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading her along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus. Bless the young, who were your great passion. Help them dream again, help them look up to the heavens again to find the light that illuminates the paths of life here on earth.
May you bless each and every family! You warned of Satan’s assault against this precious and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth. St. John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family and every life that blossoms from the family.
Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions, wars and injustice. You opposed war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love: pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace.
Oh St. John Paul, from heaven’s window, where we see you beside Mary, send God’s blessing down upon us all. Amen.
Please join us in praying for The Roberts Family and the Foster Family.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let light your perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Save the Date! Our 35th Annual HRCS Auction and Wine Tasting Fundraiser will be held Satuday, November 3, 2018. It's our Jade Jubilee!
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