Saint Rita School
St. Rita School is thrilled to announce that our principal, Mary Pat Schlickenmaier, has been awarded the 2015 National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Elementary Schools Department Distinguished Principal Award.
This national award is presented to only nine awardees across the United States. …(read more in the letter, below)
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A Note from the Principal
Tomorrow we celebrate the feast of our dear patroness, Saint Rita and her story is quite an amazing and inspiring one for all of us at Saint Rita School! The Catholic News Agency has one of the more succinct biographies of our special saint:
Known in Spain as “La Santa de los impossibiles” (the saint of the impossible), St. Rita has become immensely popular throughout the centuries. She is invoked by people in all situations and stations of life, since she had embraced suffering with charity and wrongs with forgiveness in the many trials she experienced in her life: as a wife, widow, a mother surviving the death of her children, and a nun.
Born in 1386 in Roccaparena, Umbria, St. Rita was married at the age of 12 to a violent and ill-tempered husband. He was murdered 18 years later and she forgave his murderers, praying that her twin sons, who had sworn to avenge their father’s death may also forgive. She was granted this grace, and her sons, who died young, died reconciled to God.
The saint heard the call to become a nun in the Augustinian convent at Cascia, but was refused entry at first. She asked the intercession of Sts. Augustine, Mary Magadalene and John the Baptist and was finally allowed to enter the convent where she lived the last 40 years of her life in prayer, mortification and service to the people of Cascia.
For the last 15 years of her life she received a stigmata-like thorn wound in answer to her prayers to be more profoundly conformed to the passion of the Lord Jesus. Rita was bedridden for the last four years of her life, consuming almost nothing except for the Eucharist. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 70 on May 22, 1456.
On the 100th anniversary of her canonization in 2000, Pope John Paul II noted her remarkable qualities as a Christian woman: “Rita interpreted well the ‘feminine genius’ by living it intensely in both physical and spiritual motherhood.”
St. Rita was canonized in 1900 by Pope Leo XIII. She is the patron saint of impossible causes, sterility, abuse victims, loneliness, marriage difficulties, parenthood, widows, the sick, bodily ills and wounds.
The children will start their day tomorrow at a Mass in honor of Saint Rita and then head off to Field Day — what an exciting day! Please have your children here at school by 8:10 at the latest so we can get everyone organized to go to Mass and then board our buses. Thanks to the amazing work of Mrs. Trigg and Mrs. Reardon we have secured enough buses to take all the children and their teachers (and any parents who would like to go this way) up to Fort Scott all at once. Hooray! Please have your student dressed in their PE uniform and send them along with a labeled water bottle — sunscreen is recommended as well. Plan on picking them up in carpool line about 12:45. And remember there is no Extended Day program on Friday. Monday we will observe Memorial Day and there will be no school.
Happy Feast Day, dear Saint Rita, from your loving sons and daughters!