At Mass this morning Father Dan told our children in order to have a meaningful Lent they must have the proper tools to work with. The tools are prayer, alms giving and fasting. The following are ideas you may wish to share with your child.
For students this means eating less of some foods, giving up others or going without a favorite activity. On Fridays we are asked to abstain from meat. Meatless Friday’s can be a great family tradition. Soup and sandwiches, bean burrito’s and Mac and Cheese are my favorites! Fasting reminds students that Jesus suffered for us and they are able to make sacrifices.
For our students this means sharing, this can be giving our time, talent or treasure to the poor or those in need. Students can also help out with the family chores, write letters to the homebound, help the elderly, or give a portion of their allowance to a charity. Sometime in March our student council will sponsor the annual Penny War! All the money raised will benefit a charity. This fun activity teaches students that service is worthwhile and can be fun!
The family that prays together stays together! Putting aside time to read scripture or praying the rosary can be beneficial to a family. It will develop a long lasting faith tradition among your loved ones. It will also give your student a focus for the day.
Father Dan ended Mass this morning with a reminder for all of us. He said nothing last forever, so remember to do good always! Go in peace and don’t run in the halls!
Deborah J.V. Nettell
Blessed John of Fiesole – The patron of Christian artists was born around 1400 in a village overlooking Florence. He took up painting as a young boy and studied under the watchful eye of a local painting master. He joined the Dominicans at about age 20, taking the name Fra Giovanni. He eventually came to be known as Fra Angelico, perhaps a tribute to his own angelic qualities or maybe the devotional tone of his works.
Pray For– Charlie DeGrange and his family; Jordan Halverson and her family. Jordan was diagnosed with a herniated cerebellum; 3rd grade class as they prepare for their First Reconciliation.
Congratulations– to the OLV Boys Varsity basketball team. They had a great season! Thank you to Tommy Martinez and Kiko Chavez for serving our community as coaches!
Prayer– Tender and compassionate God, You are our steadfast companion in the joyous times of our lives.
Mark Your Calendars!
2015-2016 FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION DUE APRIL 15, 2015. See attached flyer or stop by OLV Office for more information.
Kindergarten Orientation- February 19th at 6:00pm.
First Reconciliation for 3rd grade class- Saturday, March 7, 9:00am at OLV Church.
Last OLV School Mass – March 8th, 9:30am Mass at OLVChurch. Choir students should arrive at 9:00am. Students please wear formal uniform.
Town Hall Meeting- March 10th at 6:00pm. More information to come.
Sixth Grade Science Camp- March 9th through 12th – Sixth grade students will not have school on Friday, March 13th.
Report cards sent home– Friday, March 13th.
Peach Blossom – Friday, March 13th at 10am at Fresno State.
2nd Trimester Academic Awards– Tuesday, March 17th @ 8:30am
NOON DISMISSAL OPTIONAL PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES – March 18th – Please contact your teacher if you wish to have a conference.
Soup Kitchen/Living Stations – Friday, March 20th 6pm Soup/ 7pm Living Stations