Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for joining us for our Family Mass on Sunday. It was wonderful to see so many participate, showing our connection with St. Mary’s parish community. Thank you Mr. Gokingco, and our 8th graders, for your beautiful preparation of our Eucharistic celebration. Thank you Mr. Mason and our school choir for your heavenly voices. Please join us for our next Family Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe on March 8th at 10:15 a.m.
Hopefully, this bout with ice days will be our only time this year. I hope all were safe and warm on Monday and Tuesday. We are allowed up to two days for inclement weather therefore we will not need to make up Monday and Tuesday.
Please join me in welcoming our newest future Falcon. Micah Pearl Haenel was born February 19th. Congratulations to mom, dad and sisters, Victoria and Natalie.
During Lent, the Knights of Columbus 3444 and the KJT Society 114 will be sponsoring Fish Fry Fridays at the KC Hall in Temple. The funds raised will be donated to St. Mary’s Catholic School. We certainly want to do our part to support this event and have been invited to help each week.
Thank you to Mrs. Burdine, Mr. Smith and the God Squad girls, for taking charge of last week’s event. This Friday, Mrs. Phillips and some of her fifth graders will do their part and help out. We have created a sign-up list in the office for each week. The lists will be filled on a first come first serve basis. You may also call the office to place yours or your child’s name on the list.
The remaining dates for the Fish Frys are Feb. 27th, March 6th, March 13th, March 20th and March 27th. These are perfect opportunities to earn Christian service hours and give back to our community. A flyer has been attached to this newsletter. Students have been asked to wear their uniforms to represent the school.
This Saturday, our second graders will be celebrating their First Penance at 9:30 in the church. Congratulations!
I will be out of the office the remainder of the week, attending a conference in Dallas, for the principals in the Diocese of Austin. You may continue to reach me by email if you need to.
A Smile From Father Steve
“Peace and forgiveness starts with a smile.”
·The Catholic school climate, mission, and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·A faith-based orientation builds coherence and integration of schools and school community (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·Students demonstrate higher academic achievement in Catholic schools (Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Sander, 1996).
·Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote and earn higher wages (Dee, 2005; Neal, 1997).
·Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).
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