September 21, 2014
This week, our eighth graders head to the Windy City for an amazing trip planned specifically to showcase many highlights in this major U.S. city. They will be exposed to well-known landmarks, structural masterpieces, art, culture, history—and near and dear to every eighth grader’s heart: shopping opportunities at Niketown and Chicago’s Magnificent Mile! From themed restaurants to Blue Man group, this trip couldn’t be better orchestrated and I pray our young people realize how fortunate they are that parents, grandparents, parishioners, friends, and faculty worked to make this happen. They will even conclude their trip with a private Mass at the Basilica before boarding the bus to head home on Friday. Fr. Eric will join this group en route, so being on their best behavior has added emphasis when your pastor joins in as a chaperone!
Dear Parish Family, please pray for our young people for their open minds, sense of adventure, attainment of knowledge and most importantly, their safe travel and return. May they be a reflection of Christ to the new people they meet and give Him universal glory as they worship together. Mrs. Sarah Carver and Mr. Bob Hornung, a special blessing to both of you for the extraordinary lengths you go to as educators, “parents,” and heroes to our eighth graders.
Some of our youngest students are working to recognize heroes in their lives such as policemen, firemen, and service men and women. Check out the creations of our Kindergartners as you venture to the gym or cafeteria this week. You would never guess we have been in school less than seven weeks by their writing and the details on each hero.
Dear Our Lady Students, Who is a hero to you? Who do you look up to and admire? If you could, how would you emulate this person? No one starts out as a hero—except Christ. He is our one true model of heroism who planned to save us from His birth. Please take time to reflect on the traits you want to see in yourself-- or you want Christ to see in you-- so someday you are a hero to a friend, younger sibling, community member or classmate.
Blessings to you,
Mary Ann Bennett