January 11, 2010
It is finally warm enough to uncover the pansies planted just before the Snow Storm of 2009! At least they can receive a couple of hours of sunshine before I cover them again. It has been bitter cold! I’m sure all the teachers are eagerly awaiting those temperatures to get above freezing so the kids can go outside!!! Please make sure your child’s name is on all items of clothing, our Lost and Found is occupied with many objects that never seem to be claimed.
Tomorrow night (Tuesday), we have PTO meeting at 5:30 p.m. We appreciate your attendance and input on various topics concerning your child’s education. Plans for Catholic Schools Week, plus the upcoming Spring Soiree will be discussed.
Just before Christmas – attached to my Christmas note to you was a cling-on! We are hoping you are enjoying sporting the Villa Teresa Logo wherever you go! The PTO is to be thanked for such a powerful expression of school spirit– just think, you may be stopped and find many alumni that way – make sure you take their name and address (smile). You will receive an additional one when the next Alumni News comes out.
I would like to announce the coming of a very special event – several opportunities on several dates. Michael Reardon and Patrick Lane travel all over the world and proclaim the Gospel. Michael, at an early age memorized all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. He is returning to OKC to perform at several churches on several dates. It is something you won’t want to miss – very powerful! The performances are 7:00 p.m. and for the most part – he’s proclaiming Luke, except at Epiphany (Revelation). The performance includes musical and special lighting giving a very special experience.
They are Jan 12 (St. Francis – 1901 NW 18th); Jan 17 (St. Andrew’s in Moore – 800 NW 5th); Jan 19 (Sacred Heart – 2706 S Shartel); Jan 27 (Epiphany – 7336 W Britton Rd); Jan 28 (St. Eugene – 2400 W Hefner Rd).
Many of you picked up your report cards last Friday from the office. Thank you so much! We also have your DVD’s from the Christmas program. If you are still interested – we have order forms and can always order more. It was precious! What a very special program!
Other special events this month include: The Sanctity of Life Mass at Our Lady’s Cathedral, Wednesday, Jan 20 at 6:00 p.m.; our School Mass on Friday, Jan 22 at 9:00 a.m. Faculty Meeting Monday, Jan 25 (volunteer opportunity). Shannon and Sherman Gibson recently completed their twenty hours. Congratulations!
We have several new members to our Villa Teresa community. As part of the Archdiocese, we have a safe environment program that requires you to go through training in order to be a volunteer at our school, please feel free to call about setting up an appointment time for discussing this matter. We also quarterly remind our families of procedures to assure the safety of those entrusted to our care. “For the safety of children and the healing of victims, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City provides an Abuse of Minors Pastoral Response Hotline. Calls to this number will be answered by the Archdiocesan Assistance Coordinator who will offer to meet with the callers in person, if the caller so desires. Calls are confidential, with the following exceptions:
· Any allegation of sexual or physical abuse or neglect concerning those who currently are minors must be reported to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (1-800-522-3511)
· Any allegation of sexual misconduct must be shared with the proper authorities.”
Menu for Jan 11- 15, 2010
Monday, Jan 11 – Fajitas, peas and carrots, apples, milk
Tuesday, Jan 12 – BBQ, baked beans, oranges, milk
Wednesday, Jan 13 – Beef stroganoff, corn, apricots, milk
Thursday, Jan 14 – Egg rolls, sliced pineapples, milk
Friday, Jan 15 – Chicken and noodles, green beans, diced peaches, milk
Immersed in Christ (Feast of the Baptism of the Lord)
New Life, New Identity, New Call
INVENTORY: Baptism is more than a one time event. It is an event that changed our whole life and transforms every action of our day, every day. Baptism gives you a new sense of identity, a constant self-awareness that makes our every thought, word and action an experience of mystery.
INPUT: When Jesus was baptized three things happened – 1. “The heavens opened”. 2.“The Spirit came down”. 3. The Father said, “You are my beloved Son.” At our Baptism the Father speaks to us the same words he said to Jesus: “You are my Son (Daughter), the Beloved; on you my favor rests. When God speaks, and what he says “is so”; we become in the deepest truth the sons and daughters of the Father. We are no longer just human beings. We have become divine by the “grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Our self-awareness will gradually be transformed. Then “The Lord will bless his people with peace.” (Fr. David Knight, 2010).
Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-7; Luke 3:15-22; Acts 10:34-38
INSIGHT: What do you understand better about Baptism after reading this?
INITIATIVE: Put a glass of water where you work to remind you of Baptism.
Monday, January 11, 2010
by Sr. Veronica