Hello St. Paul Families,
This week is Holy Week, a most sacred time of year. We commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. The season of Lent, the season of sacrifice and self-denial is about to come to an end.
It begins today with Palm Sunday. On Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, which occurred several days before his death. The people of Jerusalem spread palm branches on the road to welcome Jesus as he rode into the city. During this liturgy, palms are distributed to the community and blessed. It continues with the reading of the Passion – the story of Jesus’ suffering and death.
It continues with the Triduum, which is the three day period marking Jesus’ death and burial. It begins on Holy Thursday and concludes as Easter begins.
On Holy Thursday, we re-enact the Last Supper, the meal Jesus shared with His apostles on the night he was betrayed and arrested. At the Mass on this day, the priest washes the feet of twelve people, just as Jesus did. We also celebrate the institution of the Eucharist, a central sacrament of the Catholic faith.
We observe Good Friday as the day Jesus was crucified and died. It is the most serious and somber day on the Christian calendar. A service is held at three o’clock, the hour he died. It is the only day of the year that we do not celebrate Mass. The communion we receive at this liturgy was consecrated the night before. We also venerate the cross, showing honour and respect for the sacrifice Jesus made for our sake. Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence from meat for Catholics.
Holy Saturday is a vigil. It takes place after sundown. We keep watch for the expectant rising of our Saviour. It is the most beautiful liturgy of the entire Church year. It begins in darkness and then there is a lighting and blessing of the new fire. The Easter candle is lit and carried into the church, where it is used to light candles held by the members of the community. The Liturgy of the Word leads us to reflect on the entire story of our faith. On this night, people who have been preparing for months are received through Baptism and Confirmation into the Catholic Church.
This brings us to Easter Sunday the MOST important Christian holiday, surpassing even Christmas.
- Morning Prayer Leaders: Focus on Faith Theme – CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING: Promotion of Peace – Grade 2 students
- SAVE THE DATE Grade 3 and 6 Parents:
- Grade 3 EQAO Assessment – May 21, 22, 23
- Grade 6 EQAO Assessment – May 27, 28, 29
Please refrain from booking any vacations and/or appointments etc. during this time. Thank you!
- 50th Anniversary Update – We still need your help! Staff and students are preparing for our 50th Anniversary Mass and celebration on Friday, May 10th. We are creating a visual decade display (Walk Down Memory Lane) of the last 50 years of Excellence in Catholic Education in our school gymnasium. We asking to borrow any photos/memorabilia from the past 50 years. If you or any of your loved ones have some photographs/memorabilia that you would be willing to share with the school – please drop it off at the main office or email Mr. Costa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to have your name and contact information clearly printed on the back of the photo/item so that it can be returned after our decade display. Please feel free to share this information with any St. Paul staff/student alumni as the event is open to everyone. Click here –> SAVE THE DATE – 50th Anniversary at St. Paul School
- 50TH ANNIVERSARY MASS AT 10:30 – ST. RAPHAEL CHURCH
- WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE RECEPTION 11:50 – ST. PAUL SCHOOL GYMNASIUM
- Did You Know? Salad Bar is coming to St. Paul School. Stay tuned!
- Volunteers Needed for Our Salad Bar – We are looking for a few volunteers to help with our Salad Bar launch. If you have a valid Police Check on file and are able to help out on Wednesday’s from May 15th June 19th, please contact the office.
- Promoting Well-being: Stress – One in five children will struggle with poor mental health. Stress is often a contributing factor.
Simple steps to help calm your child
- Spend time with your children: Laughing and having fun together as a family is a great stress buster.
- Be a good role model: Show your children how to stay calm, even when you are feeling stressed.
- Maintain routines as much as possible: Morning routines get the day off to a good start while bedtime routines help kids relax. This is often the time when kids will want to chat about their day.
- Promote a healthy lifestyle: Healthy food, physical activity and adequate sleep helps the body cope more easily with stress.
- Check in with your child frequently: Ask about things that they may be worrying about.
- Limit extra curricular activities: Running from activity to activity creates stress on the whole family.
- Reserve free time: A calendar can help your family stay organized. If you are having trouble finding down time, schedule it in.
Yours in Catholic Education, N. Costa
Parents who have a JK or New SK child starting Kindergarten at St. Paul School in September 2019 are invited to attend our Kindergarten Orientation Evening in the school library on April 23rd at 7:00pm.