Tomorrow we begin the Easter Triduum. The Easter Triduum is a single, continuous celebration of the Paschal Mystery: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and ends with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday. The three days are sacred time. In addition to participating in the liturgies, we try to observe the spirit of the time by setting aside normal activities like work, entertainment, and food (fasting). We do all this so that we might spend time with Christ: to serve, to suffer, to die and to rise with Him.
On Holy Thursday, April 21st at 2:30 P.M., the seventh and eighth grade with the help of the whole school will be putting on a Passion Play in the gym. Everyone is invited to come participate in this special remembrance. Good Friday, April 22nd,is a no school day. Archbishop Valazny has asked for all Catholic schools to have this day off so that it may be a special holy day for families. Please help your child to remember Good Friday with special activities, especially during the hours from 12 noon to 3:00 P.M. when Jesus suffered and died on the cross for us.
Easter Monday, April 25th, is a no school conference day. Teachers will be available for parent conferences from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Conferences on this day are optional. If you would like to schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher on this day, please prearrange the conference by calling the school office or your child’s teacher.
Please remember to continue to send out jog-a-thon forms. These forms can be mailed or emailed out to potential sponsors until the day of the jog-a-thon, May 5th. I will continue to give a candy bar to students for every five pledge sheets sent out through May 4th. If you have emailed pledge sheets or sent them out on your own, please write me a note saying how many so that your child can receive his or her candy bars. Our goal is to increase the amount we make from this fundraiser back to the $10,000 that we made in the past. This can be done if every child receives at least one sponsor. Currently, kindergarten is ahead with 70% of the students having sent out pledge sheets, and fourth grade is in second place with nearly 50% of the students having sent out pledge sheets.
Would you like a chance to win $3000 towards your child’s school tuition? Then purchase a raffle ticket for the Visitation Tuition Raffle! Raffle tickets may be purchased in the school office for $25, and the winning ticket will be drawn at the auction.
May our faith grow during this Lenten season, and I wish you a very blessed Easter!
Carol Funk, Principal