Gobble, gobble, Saint Amelia families!
It’s November, which means Thanksgiving is nearly here, and I know we’re all looking forward to a couple of vacation days at the end of the month. But there’s still plenty of work and fun to be had before we get to that.
Speaking of fun, I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who helped out with our annual Race for Education, our Back-to-School Picnic, and our first HSA meeting last month. It has been a wonderful start of the new year for everyone and I’m grateful for all of your support – what a fantastic community we have here at Saint Amelia!
We’re ending October with our Trunk and Treat and kicking off this month with events that are both spiritual, fun and educational – November is one of the busiest months here at St. Amelia School. This year we will be sponsoring a Veterans’ Day Prayer Service in the St. Sebastian Gym, a Family BINGO Night, Parent Teacher Conferences, and Thanksgiving.
Eighth graders have been spending a day at various Catholic High Schools for shadow day, preparing for the Catholic High School Entrance Exam on Saturday, November 18, 2017. All students, please remember, that there is no school on Friday, November 10th, in observance of Veterans Day. It may be a day off school, but please take a moment to remember those who have served our country so we might live in freedom.
November, the time of harvest and the beginning of the Earth’s winter sleep, begins with a double feast in remembrance of those who have died. The saints, people already “harvested” into God’s kingdom, are remembered on November 1, All Saints’ Day. On November 2, we pray for all family members and friends who have died. We pray that they too are numbered among God’s holy ones. Each saint has something to teach us about living as faithful Christians, and we rely on them to pray for us. We know that they will ask God to strengthen and protect us. Let us all take this special time of year and teach our children more about our saints. This day is a solemnity, the highest rank in the Church’s order of celebrations. It is also a holy day of obligation, which means that Catholics participate in the Eucharist on this day if they can. These honors show us how important it is to be an active member in the sacred exchange of love and support that exists between those who have died and those who are still living on this earth.
Wishing you all a wonderful month and a very Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope you know how thankful I am for all of you!
James Mulé Principal