As we begin week 10, we are called to both GRATITUDE and REMEMBRANCE.
On the heels of Thanksgiving, we are thankful for our many blessings, including the amazing start to our academic year and the incredible weather we experienced (until Oct 23rd that is!). We rejoice in the accomplishments of our students and the joy that resonates in classrooms throughout the schola. Anyone who has heard our adhoc Barbershop Ninetet (as they call themselves) singing in the hallways cannot help but smile!!
One of the immense blessings for me this past month was the celebration of Mass at Evanston Summit Retirement Community. As part of the Dying To Meet You project in our diocese, this community was selected to represent the vulnerable in our midst who often do not have access to a full Sunday Mass experience. Our senior choir was chosen to participate because of our focus on beauty. The goal was to elevate the Mass to the best it can be. Mr Edwards led a small contingent of the senior choir (due to space limitations) and the result was incredibly beautiful. What a gift our young people are!
Our staff met on the 23rd for a full day of professional development at Mount St Francis Retreat Centre. We began the day with Mass, followed by 5 separate sessions and a lovely lunch! It was a wonderful opportunity to come together without the stresses of the day to day and dig deeper into the significance of classical education and how we can best help the students in our care. I am grateful for each member of our team.
As we begin Allhallowtide today, we remember our loved ones who have passed before us, rejoice in the saints who are already with our Lord and pray for all the souls still in purgatory, awaiting purification.
On Friday, Novmber 10th during morning assembly, our community will take a moment to remember those who sacrificed for our freedom. All are welcome to join us.
Lord God of Hosts be with us yet, Lest we forget - lest we forget!
- Rudyard Kipling