Next week we will host Freshmen Registration Night for our incoming class of 2021 and their families. We are thrilled with our numbers for next year and welcome 320 new Troubies, our largest class! Please keep these new families in your prayers, that their transition to our community will be filled with peace and joy.
On Monday, March 13th, students do not have school due to faculty and staff participating in a Lenten Retreat. During this time, we will come together as a faith community for renewal and refreshment. Please keep our faculty and staff in your prayers as we ask for God’s grace to grow in holiness, continue our important work of educating your daughters, and advance God’s kingdom.
Happy Lent! I know this isn’t normally something we say, but Lent is a time of hope as we take the next 40 days to turn inward and prepare for Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. I pray that you are your families grow closer in your walk with the Lord through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. May this be a season of spiritual growth for our entire community!
You and your families are cordially invited to attend our Ash Wednesday Mass THIS Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in our gym. Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, a season of fasting, praying and alms giving. Ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us and are a symbol of our penance, reminding us to purify our hearts and grow in holiness so we will be prepared to celebrate Easter with great joy. We look forward to celebrating this beautiful liturgy with you.
At Wednesday’s assembly, our guest speaker, Rochelle Whellums, spoke to our Troubies about habits. She said, “Habits are powerful. Be aware of your habits today because today you own them. Tomorrow, they own you.” Her message about how habits shape our lives highlighted the power of our words on others. She gave our students the opportunity to stand up individually and express gratitude to friends, siblings, and adults on campus for the impact those people have had in their lives. It was a powerful, joy-filled and emotional time for everyone. I am reminded of St. Teresa of Calcutta’s words, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” I can think of no better habit than loving our neighbor, and that is what our SF community is all about!
Next week our Troubies will attend a Wellness Assembly and hear noted national speaker, Rochelle Whellams. Rochelle is a speaker, educator, and youth leadership trainer. Rochelle’s speeches, workshops and retreats have inspired, educated and entertained young adults across the Western United States for over 10 years. Most of her programs center on individual accountability, action, and attitude. She will emphasize to our students the importance of being aware of oneself, choosing a deliberate course of action, and having a “GET TO” (Giving everything to the opportunity) attitude.
Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, a day when we celebrate love, devotion and romance; but did you know that this is the feast day of St. Valentine of Rome? Valentine is believed to have lived in the third-century Rome and was imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians being persecuted by the emperor Claudius. He was executed after refusing to renounce his Christian faith. St. Valentine is the Patron Saint of bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, and young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses and his feast day is celebrated on February 14th. (http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=159) St. Valentine, pray for us! St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
What a great week this was! Thank you for joining us for SWAP Day today and experiencing a day in the life of a Troubie! We loved visiting with you and celebrating our SF community. As we end National Catholic Schools Week, we reflect on the many gifts we have been given, especially the gift of an all girl Catholic education in which we graduate young women who change the world.
Happy Catholic Schools Week! We will be celebrating our Pax et Bonum Mass tomorrow at 10 AM in the gym. We would love to have you join us for this wonderful liturgy.
Last week students were given envelopes in homeroom to return at Mass to place in the collection baskets. Every dollar brought in will be added to our SF Scholarship Fund. Donations will help us fulfill the goal of allowing as many young women as possible to reap the benefits of a St. Francis Catholic High School education. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
The last couple weeks of storms have made driving to work and school a bit treacherous, the wind and rain causing flooding and power outages. However, the rain has also hydrated our fields, filled our lakes and caused snow in the Sierras. Let us remember to be grateful for the gifts God has given us. After years of drought, we rejoice in the blessing of water. In his prayer “The Canticle of Brother Sun,” St. Francis of Assisi wrote, “Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water, which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.” We sing God’s praises for the gift of water.
St. Francis High School is in the process of renewing our accreditation from the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Last spring, parents completed initial surveys that were quite extensive. WCEA/WASC has since added a few survey items to the protocol updated in Fall 2016 that we need to provide. Please help us fulfill our requirements by completing this short survey no later than TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017. THANK YOU!
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