Thank you to all who attended or prayed for our Veteran’s Day program. It was a very uplifting day of remembrance. Each year, we are very gracious for the participation of many parishioners at this event. Thank you for telling your stories and connecting the lessons of war, service and sacrifice for our students.
We missed one talented student when we noted our Academic Olympic team for 2016-17. Seventh grader, Nathan Ross, also earned a spot on the quick recall team. Congratulations, Nathan, and I’m sorry we missed you in last week’s bulletin!
For the remainder of November, service and gratitude are the focus of our lessons and activities. Eighth graders have a Day of Service on Mon., Nov. 21 as they wrap shoe boxes and prepare them for shipment as part of Operation Christmas Child. Each student in Gr. 5-8 will fill a shoe box with toys and supplies for a needy child in a third world country, giving the opportunity to show love and evangelize the message of Jesus Christ. We will also fill these boxes with prayers of thanksgiving for all we have and for blessings on the recipients. Our eighth graders will participate in a prayer service, assist in helping Kindergartners with a Thanksgiving project and view a film about the love and compassion of a sister for her sibling with special needs.
Like most activities, to make something a habit, we have to practice it. Whether exercise, prayer, writing, athletics, singing, etc., to improve, we need to engage, develop skills and familiarity. Gratitude is the same; the more practiced, the better we are at seeing all we have to be thankful for. Many enjoy keeping a gratitude journal, making it a daily habit to thank someone new or developing an individual spirit of gratitude. Gratitude overcomes criticism and complaint. It embraces simplicity and acceptance. Gratitude brings peace of mind and heart. This is the habit we are encouraging at Our Lady.
Dear Our Lady Students,
Every day we are each given opportunities to be grateful for all we have and to make someone else’s day a bit brighter. A simple act of kindness, volunteering to help, a thoughtful card, some encouragement, noticing the extras your parents, teachers and grandparents do—these small things make a difference. Please take this week before Advent to be gracious, so serve someone else, to thank God.
Mary Ann Bennett
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