Saint Rita School

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Saint Rita School:
CFC # 33521
United way # 8703
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A Note from the Principal


     Our week began with an beautiful feast of Our Lady — the Feast of the Immaculate Conception — and ended on Friday with another special Marian feast celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The familiar story of the “beautiful lady” appearing to a poor Aztec named Juan Diego is an account to share with our children, who love to hear of how Our Lady turned roses collected in Juan Diego’s cloak into a beautiful image of herself, an image which survives to this day and is a beloved icon of our Blessed Mother’s love. For his unfailing faith and obedience to the requests made by Our Lady, Juan Diego was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002.  Pope John Paul II praised Juan Diego for his simple faith nourished by catechesis and pictured him (who said to the Blessed Virgin Mary: “I am a nobody, I am a small rope, a tiny ladder, the tail end, a leaf”) as a model of humility for all of us. As we begin our third week of Advent on Sunday, let’s remember Our Lady of Guadalupe and her faithful servant, Juan Diego, who through his simple acceptance of the messages of the Blessed Mother was honored as the first Roman Catholic indigenous American saint.

      Friday evening we assembled for our annual “Lessons and Carols” Advent concert which traced the story of salvation using Scripture and beautiful hymns to inspire our anticipation of the birth of the Christ Child.  The children were joyful and reverent while singing carefully selected Advent carols as our eighth grade readers shared the Scripture selections.  Our sincere thanks to Mr. Cho for designing, preparing and directing such a lovely program which he so aptly described as the “crown jewel evening at Saint Rita” — and special thanks also goes to Miss Klosterman who has spent the last few weeks helping to prepare our older students for the concert, aided by Miss Tillotson and Ms. Lebet.  Miss Victoria Park, a new friend to Saint Rita, provided beautiful accompaniment for the concert.  

     Next week our finalists from grades four through eight will compete in the National Geographic Bee on Friday, December 19th at 10:15 am in the school hall — parents are welcome to join us.  A reminder that our Christmas Holidays are from December 20th through January 4th and we will return to school on Monday, January 5th (2015!) with a full day schedule.  Interims for grades 1-5 will be send home with the students on Friday, December 19th.  Interims are no longer issued for grades 6-8 as middle school parents now have access to the parent portal in Powerschool.  

     This Sunday the Church celebrates Gaudete Sunday.  The term Gaudete refers to the first word of the Entrance Antiphon, “Rejoice”. Rose vestments are worn to emphasize our joy that Christmas is near, and we also light the rose candle on our Advent wreath.  As Christmas draws near, the Church emphasizes the joy which should be in our hearts over all that the birth of our Savior means for us.

      May our Advent journeys bring grace and peace into our hearts and homes at Christmas.

      Mrs. Schlickenmaier


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