Last night was our Commencement Ceremony at Memorial Auditorium which was a beautiful and holy event where we honored our Troubies in the Class of 2017. It was the culmination of an amazing four years of faith, excellence, leadership and service. Watching our 244 graduates cross the stage in their white robes, I was moved by their joy and sisterhood. I am proud and confident that they will leave SF and live the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, being models of Pax et Bonum in the world. Congratulations to the Class of 2017 and their families!
This is my last newsletter as Principal as I move move full time into the President’s position. We have appointed a new Principal, Mr. Elias Mendoza, and we warmly welcome him to our community. Read more.
This week was full of joy and some tears as we celebrated our last school-wide Mass, honored students at our Awards Ceremony, including our Pillar Award recipients, and welcomed our new senior class at the Junior Family Mass and Commissioning Ceremony. These beautiful and holy traditions in the life of an SF Troubadour mark important milestones for our girls and their families. What a beautiful week it was! With final exams beginning today, I ask that you keep our Troubies in your prayers, that they do their best on these assessments and finish the 2016-17 school year strong!
Our Junior Family Mass is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m. in the gym. We are inviting you to celebrate this special Mass honoring your junior daughter. Please join us for a reception following the Mass hosted by our Parents’ Guild.
Your daughter should check in with her homeroom teacher upon arrival. The collection at Mass will support the scholarship fund for our sister school in Ghana. We thank you in advance for your generosity. There will be opportunities for family photos both prior to and after Mass. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
We just finished two weeks of AP testing and are down to the final days of school. This weekend is Junior Prom and Senior Ball, and we pray for fun, safe nights for all our Troubies! On Monday we will have our last school-wide Mass, and I encourage you to attend this beautiful liturgy in which we celebrate an amazing year and say goodbye to our beloved seniors. Mass is at 10:10 in the gym. We hope to see you there.
As we enter into the spring season of proms, balls and graduation parties, I would like to ask you to talk to your daughters about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Most parents are woefully unaware of the choices their children are making regarding these substances. Please talk to your children about saying no, and don’t be afraid to ask the questions that will keep them safe: Who are you hanging out with? What are your friends’ phone numbers? Who are their parents? Will they be supervising? Where do they live? Children need parents who are willing to set boundaries, even though kids push against them. Sometimes doing the right thing doesn’t always feel good, but out of love and concern for the safety and well-being of our kids, sometimes we have to be the “bad guys.” Let us pray that all our children will be safe this season.
We head into the second week of AP testing. Please pray for our students who will be taking these high stakes tests.
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.
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