I’m pleased to send this February greeting on the feast of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes. Remarkably, the effects of this apparition, both as to the devotion it inspires and the miraculous cures it causes, continues and even multiplies over time. There’s a beautiful lesson behind all of this, rarely so observable to even the worldly eye, how the only things that last are the things of God. As Dom Marion puts it, “The days, the months and the years pass by, and the only thing that remains is God and what we do for Him.” It’s a remarkable statement, and a great consolation in times of trial. I can challenge you to name any evil, great or small, and you can challenge me, in light of this truth, to say whether it, too, shall pass...
It’s a beautiful and Providential arrangement that this month we also honor the Chair of St. Peter, the immovable “rock” upon which the unchanging Church is founded. When the gates of hell will have exhausted their strength, this structure will remain. Why? Because it’s the work of God, depending directly on His authority, His power, His will for us. So what if there are crosses and challenges, even grave ones? Aren’t they the hallmark of divine love and the Church’s work? And for those who persevere, the lesson is never lost.
United in prayer,
Fr. Frank Riccomini
January came and went with great swiftness this year. This month is often packed with recovering from the Christmas holiday and celebrating St. Sebastian and St. John Bosco’s feast days. We have started our St. Patrick’s Day raffle already and have had some success coming back. Ticket packets are still available as are locations. Please contact Mrs. Liz Ruiz.
Students and staff are busy this month preparing for the Around the World Festival which is scheduled for March 5th, please save the date to come and share in the festivities.
Our three grade 9 boys had the honor of representing the three kings on the day we celebrated Epiphany. They spread their gift of cupcakes to the students with a special crown for one lucky student per class which they wore for the day while singing “We Three Kings.”
GLENBOW MUSEUM FIELD TRIP - GRADE K – 2
Students and teachers alike loved the museum. There were a lot of displays to see and things to explore including Canadian and around the world historical artifacts, plenty of gems/stones, and examples of Indigenous culture. The first Thursday of each month is free for everyone to enter from 5 to 9 pm.
2019 has started off as a hands-on month for the Grade 4/5's. In Science the 4/5's used their ingenuity and engineering skills to construct their own cars. They then had to add a "turbo boost" to their cars to make them go faster. Through this process, the class learned about force and gravity. In Social Studies the class learned what it was like to be in the fur trade, thanks to Maximus, who brought in authentic red fox fur for the students to see and handle.
ST. JOHN BOSCO’S FEAST DAY
The feast of St. John Bosco was an enjoyable day, commemorating the feast of our patron. Students were active in learning activities including composing and memorizing poetry, making small rosaries, and acting out skits all about St. John Bosco. We did our best with the grade 6/7 boys serving and the grades 8/9 students singing during a High Mass. We enjoyed an Italian feast in his honour with spaghetti, garlic bread, and Neapolitan ice cream with chocolate covered cookies. We would like to thank those parents who took the time to prepare the meal and all the teachers who concentrated all their efforts in remembrance of our patron saint.
ST. SEBASTIAN’S FEAST DAY – CELEBRATED JANUARY 21
The school’s tradition in honouring the patron saint of athletes is to provide an opportunity for the students to learn some martial arts. This year we again focused on self-defence. Mr. Jung, a black belt, dedicated his time to this day. This year we were able to separate the boys and girls to give a more appropriate focus for the grades were given their own time with Mr. Jung and Mr. MacFarlane, along with our generous volunteer, Andrea Frayn.
SCHOOL FEASTS/UP-COMING EVENTS
February 4, 2019 Parent Advisory Council – 6:30PM – CANCELLED
February 15, 2019 PD – No School
February 18, 2019 Family Day – No School
February 20, 2019 Hot Lunch - Pizza
February 27, 2019 St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows - $2 Hot Chocolate Sale
March 5, 2019 Around the World Festival
March 6, 2019 ASH WEDNESDAY – Mass and Ashes
March 7, 2019 St. Thomas Aquinas – Narrative Contest
March 8, 2019 Report Cards go home
March 15, 2019 Parent – Teacher Conferences 1PM – 6:30PM – No School
March 19, 2019 St. Joseph Feast Day
March 20, 2019 Hot Lunch – Hot Dogs
March 29, 2019 PD – NO SCHOOL
St. Blaise – February 3
St. Valentine – February 14
St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows - February 27