Saturday, March 20, 2010

Week of March 22,2010

Reflection on the Fifth Week of Lent

The Midpoint of Lent

What if I'm at the midpoint of Lent and not much is going on?
I began with the best of intentions, but I am not sure what I'm doing or what I want to be doing. Can my Lent be 'rescued"? Can a six week journey be completed in the remaining next two or three weeks - waiting for my heart to be open? Of course, the answer is “yes.” It doesn't take long for God, when we are ready.

How to begin again
The first step to beginning again has already begun, if I have the desire for something real during Lent. A therapist once said that "we get better when we get tired of not being better." This isn't the same as "guilt." Feeling guilty for not doing much about Lent won't get us very far. What we need is a real desire - a real sense of expectation that God has something for me to hear, to learn, to change, and I want to be ready to listen.

This desire can co-exist with fear, with resistance, with bad habits that have been obstacles in the past. God doesn't need much of an opening to begin to free us and show us a transforming love.

A little desire is enough to shape deeper desires.
Once we can say we want to make something of these precious days remaining in Lent, then we can start naming some more specific desires.

For some of us, it is obvious. There is a big, glaring self-defeating pattern staring us in the face. Most of the time, however, it takes a little reflection, a bit of honest examination of conscience to really see what is getting in the way of my being a follower of Jesus.

Monday - 3/22 Feast of St. Basil of Anyca
Shopping bags are needed
this week in order to pack up
classroom desks so the the
classrooms may be cleaned and waxed.

- 3/23 North Manhattan Speech Contest
@ Incarnation School
9:00 AM

Wednesday - 3/24 World Tuberculosis Day
Feast of St. Catherine of Sweden

Thursday - 3/25 Stations of the Cross 10:00 AM
Easter Recess begins after recess today.
Students return to school on April 12th.

- 3/26 NO SCHOOL
Teacher Conference Day

Sunday - Palm Sunday
Mass for all students at 1:00 PM

School office will be open during the
Easter break from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
office will be closed Holy Thursday and Good Friday

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Week of March 15, 2010 Announcements

Lenten Reflection for the Fourth Week of Lent

Spring Cleaning for Freedom

So many of us have accumulated much more than we need. It bursts from our closets, overflows our shelves and clutters our lives. Lent might be a wonderful time to deliberately release ourselves from the many “things” we own by cleaning out our closets and simplifying our lives in a prayerful and intentional way.

On one level, this is ridding ourselves of things we don't need, or things that we hated to part with except that they are so "out of style." Certainly, many of us have many things that are "extra" or "unneeded" for us, but could be wonderful for those who can't afford to buy clothes at a store.

Another level of this journey into personal freedom is to ask ourselves how much I really do need. How many sweaters do I want to choose to have? How many jackets, sport shirts, dresses, shoes? How much jewelry? How much sporting equipment? How much electronic equipment? How many sets of silverware or dishes? How much of so many things we have in our lives?

We can get as serious and go as deeply into this as we desire to find fruit. This is not "should I get rid of what I don't need?" This is different, more faith-filled and takes us into giving up 'good' stuff -- perhaps stuff we are attached to -- because we want to experience the exercise of freedom. We do this because we sense that we are not free in some areas that are tremendously important for us, important for our salvation, and growing in freedom before the things of our lives can be a great grace. This freedom, too, will place us in greater solidarity with those who find such great happiness and joy in trusting in God, while having so much less than we imagine we could survive on.

What else might we do, that fits with my circumstances and the needs around us and in the world?

National History Day

We are proud to announce that Amanda Santana and Jonathan Romero, of the
seventh grade, were first place winners for their Digital Documentary:
Innovation in History Radiation Therapy.
Both students will now proceed on to the New York State competition that
will be held in Cooperstown, New York on April 30th.
We would also like to thank their teachers Mrs. Ramsey and Mr. Roberto Placido who
assisted the students in their endeavor.

Monday March 15th - Ides of March
Pi Day
New Moon
Tuition Payment for April due this week.

Tuesday March 16th - Feast of St. Julian of Antioch

Wednesday March 17th - Feast of St. Patrick,
patron saint of the Archdiocese of New York.
Green Day.
Students may wear green shirt, skirt, pants
and not wear their uniform. NO JEANS.

Thursday March 18th - Feast of St. Cyril of Jerusalem
The third quarter ends next Thursday.

Friday March 19th - Feast of St. Joseph
Mass at 9:00 AM led by the students of the 7th grade.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Week of March 8, 2010 Announcements

Reflection for the Third Week of Lent:

"Whoever wishes to be my follower must deny his very self,
take up his cross each day, and follow in my steps." (Luke 9:23)


Give up complaining. . . .focus on gratitude.
Give up pessimism. . . . . become an optimist.
Give up harsh judgments . .think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry. . . . . . . trust Divine Providence.
Give up discouragement. . .be full of hope.
Give up bitterness. . . .. turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred. . . . . .. return good for evil.
Give up negativism . . . .be positive.
Give up anger. . . . . . .be more patient.
Give up pettiness. . . . .become mature.
Give up gloom. . . . .enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Give up jealousy. . . . . .pray for trust.
Give up gossiping. . . . . control your tongue.
Give up sin. . . . . . . . turn to virtue.
Give up giving up. . . . . hang in there!

During this week Mr. Marcial will be testing
all students eyes for entry on
the SIS (Student Information System).

Parents are reminded the the SIS requires
passwords to be changed every 30 days. If
the password is not changed then the
profile will go into default and the office will
have to change them. The office will only change
or fix parents requests for passwords once a month
(usually at the beginning of each month.)
Parents are requested to please write down their
login and password and keep it in a safe place.
Mr. Woods reviewed the last login time that
parents have accessed their child's profile and
has found parent login time is very low and
some parents have never login during
this third quarter. Please keep abreast of your child's
progress by reviewing your child's grades at least once
a week.

Monday 3/8/10 - Feast of St. John of God
Third Grade will attend Mass and
the sacrament of Reconciliation will
be available for them after Mass.

Tuesday 3/9/10- Feast of St. Frances of Rome.
Test Paper distribution for students in grades
K-4 by Mr. Woods.

Wednesday 3/10/10-
Test Paper distribution for students in
grades 5-8.

Thursday- 3/11/10
Two weeks from today the third quarter ends.

Friday- 3/12/10 Early Dismissal Day
Dismissal at 12:00 noon
World Kidney Day
Faculty Meeting

Sunday -3/14/10
Turn clocks ahead one hour
12:00 noon - Confirmation Class
1:00 PM - Mass for all students