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November 1. 2017 A.D. (All Saints Day)
Dear Parents and Guardians,
November is shaping up to be an exciting month at St. Peter School. We begin the month reverencing All Saints Day, one of the six Holy Days of Obligation in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, reverencing the Holy Days of Obligation is the fourth of six precepts: “The fourth precept (“You shall keep holy the holy days of obligation”) completes the Sunday observance by participation in the principal liturgical feasts which honor the mystery of the Lord, the Virgin Mary, and the saints” (par. 2043). Ordinarily, St. Peter School will reserve holy days as days for fun activities, Mass, spiritual activities, and a refrain from ordinary school activity. However, this year St. Peter School will be closed in observance of this Holy Day- all parents are encouraged to make every effort to bring their children to Mass in observance of this precept. On account of All Saints Day, and subsequently, All Souls Day (Nov. 2nd), the students will be engaged in activities that accent the liturgical emphasis on the Church in Heaven and the Church Suffering (the poor souls in Purgatory). These activities will include studying the lives of the saints (especially within the context of the study of history), Christian artwork, and daily prayers for deceased members of the St. Peter’s School and Parish communities.
Additionally, there are many other noteworthy activities for this month:
- St. Vince DePaul Thanksgiving Food Drive- this will be a school wide effort launched the week of Nov. 6th through Thanksgiving week to increase the stock of canned goods in our St. Vincent DePaul food pantry at St. Peter Parish.
- Catechesis on the the Four Last Things: set within the context of the communal recitation of the Holy Rosary, faculty, students, and our friends at the St. Peter Senior Center will reflect on various passages of the Catechism of the Catholic Church concerning Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and Judgment- all core doctrinal teachings of our faith that are accented in the Church’s liturgy in November and into Advent. This will take place on Tuesday, November 21st at 1:30 in the church. The rosary and reflections will be led by the school principal.
- School Mass- while St. Peter School celebrates Mass with St. Peter Parish each Friday at 9 AM, we wish to draw attention to two special dates: Friday, Nov. 3rd, marks the First Friday Mass of the Month, traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; secondly, we will also celebrate Mass Tuesday, November 21st at 9 AM.
- Saints Casting Saints Project: 6th Grade students have been creating facial casts of their favorite Saints in Art Class. They will display their finished products, in honor of the saints, later this month after the 9 AM Sunday Mass. The date is TBD, depending on when exactly they finish.
- Senior Center Partnership: Students in grades K, 2, 4, 6, and 8 will be spending time at different points in the month with our Seniors who attend the Senior Care Center at St. Peter Parish. They will be engaging in a variety of wholesome academic and spiritual activities with them!
- Poe Theater Project: Students in St. Peter School’s 8th grade will be offering a variety of recitations, and simple dramatizations of different selections from Edgar Allen Poe, the famous American poet and author who they have been studying of late. They will place particular emphasis on aspects of virtue and vice in these selections. This event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 21st, from 12:45-2 pm in Pastor’s Hall. Parents and family members of the students are welcome to attend, as the performance will be put on for students in 6th and 7th grade.
- 8th Grade Fatima Cultural Project: 8th graders will continue their dialogue with students from the College of the Sacred Heart of Mary (Fatima, Portugal) concerning the relevance of the Fatima message today (see video on this page!)
- Theological Virtues recognized this month: Students will compete for weekly recognition in the following theological virtues during the month of November: Faith and Hope.
- Book Fair: our annual book fair will take place during the week of November 6th-10th; Family Night is on Thursday, November 9th!
- End of 1st Marking Period: Nov. 10th; conferences Nov. 20th-22nd (report card release at that time).
Mr. Saffioti, Principal
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