On Wednesday morning, a group of anonymous Troubies posted affirmations on each and every locker on campus. “You are loved.” “You are talented.” “You are kind” were just a few of the comments left on lockers. In our Easter Mass on Wednesday, we recalled Jesus’ dying and resurrection, his great sacrifice out of love for us. The locker affirmations were awesome Easter blessings for our Troubies, reminding them of their uniqueness and beauty in God’s eyes and how much they are loved, by their Troubie sisters and by God. What a wonderful gift our girls were given!
The Easter season brings to mind thoughts of springtime, new life, and the Resurrection. Many, from St. Augustine to Pope St. John Paul II, have said we are an “Easter people.” We carry the joys of Easter with us in every aspect of our lives.
I would like to invite you to our Easter Mass tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26th, at 10:00 am in the gym. We love having our families join us for these beautiful, school-wide liturgies! Please be sure to check in at the front office prior to heading to the gym.
I would also like to encourage you to participate in our “Hands Up for Troubies” fund-a-need item. Funds raised will allow us to transform our gym space to enhance liturgies, athletics, assemblies, rallies, and other community events held in this space. We would like to purchase a new altar and liturgical linens, movable carpet squares to replace the tarp for the gym floor for events, new lights and safety features for the altar and bleachers. All monies brought in will help our entire community be engaged and inspired at our events. Even if you are not present at Revelry on Saturday, April 29th, you may still donate for this need by clicking here: http://www.stfrancishs.org/handsup
Thank you for your prayerful consideration and support of our mission!
As Lent comes to an end with the Holy Triduum this week consisting of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, and the Resurrection of our Lord on Sunday, we are reminded of Christ’s great love and sacrifice for us. May this be a time of reflection and gratitude for all we have been given. We wish you a beautiful holiday and pray that this Easter season bring an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to you and yours.
Our students are off on Easter holiday for two weeks, but faculty and staff are working for another few days next week. We will be sending another newsletter on Wednesday before school closes for the break. If you and yours are traveling this holiday, we wish you safe travels and joyful times with family and friends.
Spring is definitely in the air and happy Troubies abound! Our girls donned their neon today in honor of the Recognition Rally which had a “Golden Glow” theme. We honored our outgoing and incoming SBOs, arts, campus ministry, athletics, academic teams, clubs, and faculty and staff for their work in making this year a success. Mom Prom is tonight and promises to be another amazingly fun event. On Monday we will tape our school-wide lip dub at lunch, so be on the lookout next week for this fun video!
March has been a long month without a break. The days are longer. It feels as if Easter will never be here. During this season of Lent, let us remember that our God calls us to joy, despite the facts. Our model is Jesus who suffered, died and was buried, yet He rose again. We cannot have the Resurrection without the Crucifixion. So when the days become long and weary, remember that our Lord has a plan, and joy is, and will be, a part of it. We trust that all things work for good. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
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.
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