Montana Catholic Schools Weekly

December 14, 2014

Where You Stand

Last week, Fr. Patrick Beretta delivered the homily at Butte Central Catholic's All-School Mass at St. Patrick's. He asked three students to the altar to demonstrate the unusual acoustical properties of the church. If a person stands next to an arch, he/she can whisper and will be heard across the church on the other end of the arch. However, a student 5 feet away will not hear the sound. "It all depends where you are standing," said Fr. Beretta.

Where are you standing? As we near the completion of this busy 5-month stretch of every school year, are you even still standing? Are you exhausted? Many of us have faced difficult challenges this fall and those challenges threaten to knock us our feet or to make us resentful.

Even if we're not exhausted, we can tend to gravitate toward the noise. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. When we do this, we miss the whispers and can sometimes miss the essential in lieu of the compelling.

I have always found the Christmas break to be a time to regroup. I usually have a few books I want to tackle (this year's list includes "The Energy Bus," How Pope Francis Leads," and "Teacher Man"), and I take the time to change my perspective. To that end, I will be taking a break from the weekly newsletters until January. I plan to unplug for a few weeks.

I'll be changing my place in hopes that I can hear the whispers.

Dr. Tim Uhl, Superintendent

Superintendent's Schedule

Monday: Missoula meetings & MCS Advisory Council 5:30 pm

Tuesday: office (Helena

Wednesday: meeting with Bishop Thomas; Great Falls Study Commission 5:00 pm

Thursday: Great Falls chancery 8:15 am & other Great Falls meetings

Friday: office (Helena)

This week: 570 miles

Last week: 450 miles & 375 newletter views

This year: 16,217 miles

Bishop Warfel's Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Monday, January 26, 2015
10:00 am,Hays Mission School
2:00 pm, St Jude Thaddeus School (Havre)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
9:00 am, All School Mass, Holy Spirit, Great Falls
2:00 pm, St Mary School (Livingston)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
10:00 am, All School Mass, Billings
1:15 pm, St Charles Mission School (Pryor)

Thursday, January 29, 2015
9:00 am, Pretty Eagle School (St. Xavier)
1:30 pm, Sacred Heart School (Miles City)

Friday, January 30, 2015
10:00 am St. Labre All School Mass (Ashland)

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