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Principal’s Newsletter 4/29/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

Welcome back, and I hope you all had a blessed Easter!

The week after Easter break can be a bit stressful and intimidating for some of our students, as the realization of the semester and academic year is quickly coming to an end. Please reassure your daughter/s there is still time to meet their goals and finish the year strong. If there are any major stressors, please encourage them to speak with their teachers directly and avoid waiting until the last minute to submit major assignments and/or projects. It is also a perfect time to begin preparing for final exams.

Looking ahead on the calendar, keep in mind there are only 20 calendar days left until graduation, and nine school days left before final exams. Additionally, AP Exams begin on Monday, May 2nd, and I ask that you keep our Troubies in your prayers as they approach the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

We also ask that you keep Athletics Director, Mark McGreevy, in your prayers.  He has accepted a position with Sierra College.  We thank him for his time and dedication to the athletes and families of St. Francis.

Also, as we prepare for Junior Prom, Senior Ball, and graduation parties, I would encourage having a frank conversation with your daughters about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  It is also important to discuss the negative impact on their health and safety, if they are vaping.  Unfortunately, in my experience, many parents are often unaware of the choice/s their daughters are making with regards to these substances. At this time of year, we are asking for your assistance in reminding your daughters about saying “No” to these substances. This is not only for their safety today, but to protect them from repercussions that may affect their future.

Let us pray that with all of us working together as a team in support of our Troubies all our children will be safe during this prom, ball and graduation season.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
St. Clare of Assisi, pray for us!

In the spirit of Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 4/15/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

I pray that you and your loved ones have a blessed Easter. May the Lord open all our hearts to receive the gift of faith and live in the joy and hope it brings us.  In observance of Good Friday, I leave you with the following prayer:

Heavenly Father, we remember the pain and suffering of the cross, and all that Jesus was willing to endure, so we could be set free. He paid the price, such a great sacrifice, to offer us the gift of eternal life.

Help us never to take for granted this huge gift of love on our behalf. Help us to be reminded of the cost of it all. Forgive us for being too busy, or distracted by other things, for not fully recognizing what you freely gave, what you have done for us.

Thank you, Lord, that by your wounds we are healed. Thank you because of your huge sacrifice we can live free. Thank you that sin and death have been conquered and that your Power is everlasting.

Thank you that we can say with great hope, “It is finished…” For we know what’s still to come. And death has lost its sting. We praise you for making all things new.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
St. Clare of Assisi, pray for us!

In the spirit of Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 4/08/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

As the Easter Break officially begins this afternoon, I hope all of our Troubies are able to enjoy the well-deserved break. I know the next two weeks will most likely fly by, and the return to school on Monday, April 25th, will bring some trepidation, as our students realize the end to this academic year is only a few short weeks away.

The coming week embraces the holiest days of the year for all Christians: the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Pope John Paul II wrote in 1986: “We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of his Paschal Mystery – the mystery of his Death and Resurrection. We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!”

So together we pray, no matter how far or close we may be to one another: 

Draw us forth, God of all creation.

Draw us forward and away from limited certainty into the immense world of your love.

Give us the capacity to, even for a moment, taste the richness of the feast you give us.

Give us the peace to live with uncertainty, with questions, with doubts.

Help us to experience the resurrection anew with open wonder and an increasing ability to see you in the people of Easter.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
St. Clare of Assisi, pray for us!

In the spirit of Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 4/01/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

With the racial incident we dealt with this week, I am reminded of Bishop Soto’s Pastoral Letter – It is Right and Just: Journeying from Racism to Communion in Christ. Within his Excellency’s letter, he clearly articulates the social upheaval we have experienced in recent years that has awakened many of us to the persistent plague of racism. “This sin has no place in the Kingdom of God. The often-repeated supplication to the Father, “Thy kingdom come,” urges us to heed the King’s admonition in Matthew 25, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Mt. 25:40).” Based on this statement, it is necessary that we examine our own conscience as Catholics and people of faith. “The Word of God is a two-edged sword that pierces into our words, actions and omissions. In the sacred chamber of the soul, under the gaze of God, we must humbly and honestly probe the motives and consequences of our [own] personal conduct.”

As a comprehensive high school that draws from 75 different zip codes across the greater Sacramento area, I ask that you engage your daughters in dialogue about the recent racial incident. During the Lenten Season, it is an opportune time to pray, reflect, and recognize where we have been wounded and where we are guilty of wounding others. For this reason, the Lenten Season is a good time to approach Confession, the Sacrament of Penance. God desires us to seek his mercy and grace, so that we may be reconciled and return to friendship with Him.

The Diocese of Sacramento has designated every second Wednesday of March as a Day of Reconciliation and Unity. Reconciliation, in its deepest sense, means to “make friends again.” We must first seek that reconciliation with God himself. We must be the friends of God.  As we close out this week, I ask that you reference Bishop Soto’s message on the 2022 Day of Reconciliation and Unity

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
St. Clare of Assisi, pray for us!

In the spirit of Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/25/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

The month of March has felt quite long, and your daughters have probably expressed some comments about when Easter Break is going to get here. Well, after this week, that well-deserved break is only two weeks away, ten school days left!

We know that during this time of the second semester, emotions run high due to a multitude of reasons, and the realization that the end of the school year is only a few weeks away does not help. Please encourage your daughters to seek help if they need it from a teacher, Guidance, Wellness Counselor, or our Administrative team. 

We look forward to the sunny weeks ahead and beginning the transition of promoting our underclassmen, as our seniors prepare to graduate. 

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
St. Clare of Assisi, pray for us!

In the spirit of Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Principal’s Newsletter 3/18/22

Elias Mendoza

Dear St. Francis Families,

As we close the third week of March, it’s unbelievable the positive energy that fills our campus.  More students are resuming a sense of “normalcy” as previous COVID restrictions are slowly lifted. With the beginning of spring this weekend, I’m optimistic we’ll continue to see a decrease in COVID numbers, allowing us to enjoy some of our fun, community building activities and events for the remainder of the school year. 

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reflecting on our mission of educating young women. We are more than just a college preparatory school that focuses on academic excellence; we are also fostering the spiritual growth of our students. As a faith-filled community, we are committed to integrating faith into the learning process, promoting the gospel values of Jesus Christ, and providing opportunities for worship, while encouraging our Troubies to explore their own faith journey. As partners in education, we need your support to strengthen these important ties to our Catholic faith. 

These four years of high school  are a special time in your daughter’s life, and we’ll continue to work together to make their dreams a reality.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!

St. Clare of Assisi, pray for us!

In the spirit of Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal