January 25, 2019
Today at Mass, we celebrated the conversion of St. Paul and yesterday was an important day for our priests. It was the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of Salesians. In his homily today, Father Rinaldi explained how patron saints are parental figures and how our priests try to act like St. Francis de Sales. We are very fortunate to have such strong yet gentle role models in our Oblate priests.
St. Paul started his life as a persecutor of Christians. On the way to Damascus to persecute more Christians, he fell from his horse and Jesus spoke to him. He converted to Christianity and became an important preacher of our religion. St. Francis de Sales preached in Switzerland and France. He went to many places in the Alps region where Christians were not welcome at the time, but he persisted in spreading the Word of God. Both of these men decided to be good Christians and good followers of Jesus. They are wonderful examples of how we can get to Heaven, love the Lord each day to the fullest, and remember that He is the most important. They both said yes to God’s calling and we are called to do the same.
Catholic Schools Week – Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated next week. The theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Believe. Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” We will be having different activities throughout the week.
- Sunday, January 27th – Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass – Church – 11:00 A.M.
- Monday, January 28th – Knowledge Bowl at 1:30 P.M. in the Gym – Parents Welcome!
- GO ORANGE DAY – Students can show their school pride by adding as much orange as they can to their regular school uniform, including face paint and temporary hair color.
- Tuesday, January 29th – Teacher Appreciation Day
- Student Council is providing lunch for teachers.
- Wednesday, January 30th – School Spirit Day
- All students must wear their gym uniforms and sneakers to participate in fun activities and relays organized by Mrs. Orensky.
- Thursday, January 31st – Student Appreciation Day
- The entire school, students and teachers, will be going to see Mary Poppins Returns at Penn Cinema on the Riverfront. Students will ride the bus and watch the movie with their church buddies. All students will receive a snack pack with popcorn, drink, and fruit snacks.
- Students may wear their gym uniforms for this event.
- A huge thank you to our generous Home and School Association for covering the cost of this event!
- Friday, February 1st– 8th Grade vs. Parents Volleyball Game in Fournier Gym at 1:30 P.M.
- Admission to the game is one canned good which will be donated to the St. Patrick Center.
- All parents are welcome to attend!
- All students may dress down on this day!
Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Winners! Yesterday, our school spelling bee was held with each classroom winner competing against one another. Our classroom winners were Nah’la Queen (1st), Eliana Manzanillo (2nd), Nora Farrell (3rd), Faith Jah (4th), Lena Padovani (5th), Andres Lorenzo (6th), Diana Lorenzo (7th), and Olivia Segeda (8th). These amazing spellers went through many rounds. The winner of our school spelling bee was 5th Grader Lena Padovani. Lena will represent St. Anthony’s at the State Spelling Bee held at St. Mark’s later this year. Way to go, Lena!
Financial Aid for the 2019-2020 School Year – Financial aid packets are now available in the main office. All parents applying for financial aid to our school MUST apply to the Diocese first. Please be aware that without a completed application to the Diocese, a family will not be considered for financial aid through our parish education fund. Please contact Mr. Shields or Mrs. Serio with any questions.
*Reminder – Financial aid packets have to be completed and submitted by March 4th.
Yearbooks – Yearbooks for the 2018-2019 school year can be purchased online by visiting http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01128770. Each yearbook costs $25 until January 31st. The cost starting in February will be $30. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Seehusen at email@example.com
Sacrament Save the Dates:
- March 11th – Confirmation Registration for 2019 – Ballad Room – 6:15 P.M.
- Parents and candidates must attend.
- April 7th – 2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
- April 28th – 2nd Grade First Communion Practice –Church – 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.
- May 3rd – Practice Day for First Communion – School – 7:45 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. – MANDATORY
- May 4th – First Communion Celebration – Church – 10:00 A.M.
- Students must report to school at 9:15 A.M.
From Home and School:
- Save the date for Italian Night! Come join us on Saturday, March 3rd when St. Anthony’s Home and School Association will be hosting Italian Night. Come indulge in delicious Italian food and drink while listening to stories and music of Frank Sinatra. Tickets cost $35 and include appetizers, salad, Italian entrees, dessert, beer, wine, and soda. To purchase tickets, contact Elizabeth Alfieri at (302) 593-8773 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also purchase tickets online by visiting https://www.squareup.com/store/sapgs .
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“Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.” ~ St. Francis de Sales