Principal’s Message:  July 2017

As I write this message, families across our great nation are planning on celebrating Independence Day.As we celebrate our country’s 240th year of freedom, let us give thanks for the many blessings we have received.  

As a church, we celebrate the feast days of St. Thomas, St. Maria Goretti, St. Benedict, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. James, Saints Joachim & St. Anne, St. Bonaventure, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Martha and St. Ignatius of Loyola.

There seems to be many weights and measures in our lives. We weigh our bodies on a scale, we weigh our options when making a decision, and we assign numbers to things- we weigh them- to name a few. But, how does God measure our spiritual weight? Jesus tells us that the answer lies in how we treat and care for others. In Matthew 10, our Lord sends His disciples to the mission field to preach the Gospel to Israel, giving them authority to perform many of the same miracles He did. Preaching of the unlikely Messiah and healing the sick were to be the focus of their ministries. His assignment for them changed after His death and resurrection, however. Later these same Jewish disciples preached of the Risen Christ to everyone who would listen.

When I first studied Ki-Swahili in Tanzania I was young and, like many North American’s, “all about business.” My tendency was to rush into a situation and ask for what I wanted or say what I needed to say- not very culturally correct. After a time, I learned to first say “jambo” (hello) and ask how people were: I expressed interest in others then got to business. It wasn’t just about social graces, it was about showing genuine concern, a lesson I hope & pray I’ve learned at my present age.

So, during this month of July, spend some quality time with your loved ones and enjoy your vacation time before school begins again on August 9 th . God Bless you!!

Mr. Rieschick