St. Finn Barr Weekly Bulletin

Week of May 3rd to May 7th

Dear St. Finn Barr Families,


For the second week in a row, we celebrated our second-grade communicants as they received their First Holy Communion. Just as we did last week, Mrs. Longa, Father Raymond, and I were blessed to witness such great joy as our students' marked this event in their faith journey.


We are truly blessed to walk with one another especially in these events that run deeper than the day-to-day routine.


Grateful does not even begin to explain how I feel about the teachers that dedicate their lives to the students at our school. As many of you know, I grew up in a household of teachers. My parents both taught for 40+ years, and my sister and brother-in-law are both educators as well. I know the work and dedication required of educators, especially in the parochial school system. Because of this knowledge, I consider myself incredibly blessed and humbled to lead such an extraordinary faculty.


The work required of our teachers this past year cannot be summed up in a simple weekly bulletin. The teachers at St. Finn Barr Catholic School did not skip a beat when they transitioned from the regular school day to a 100% remote school day to a hybrid learning model.


While I know so many of you noticed this and appreciated it, I want you also to understand that not a single teacher even expressed any hesitation or negativity during those transitions because they saw the whole picture. They understood their mission, and they wanted to be sure each student in their classroom would continue to receive the support, care, and education they so deserve.


I am completely re-energized when I have the opportunity to either join a classroom for a time or catch up with one of our teachers before or after the school day to hear about the learning and growth that occurs in the classroom daily.


This week we celebrate our teachers with Teacher Appreciation Week, and they are so deserving of such a week.


If there is one thing that I would like to communicate as we walk into the week ahead, it is this: We have a magnificent group of educators that work with our children each day. Their commitment blesses us. Please join me in not only thanking them for the work they do before the school day begins, during the school day, and after the school hours, but join me in praying for them that the Lord would renew their spirits, continue to guide them, and bless them for their work in carrying out His mission.


As I mentioned earlier, I know the work of teachers. I've had the opportunity to work at various schools around the nation. When I mention my gratitude for the teachers at St. Finn Barr Catholic School, I mean it, and I am so grateful I get to walk alongside them as they work with your children to ensure they will be critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and compassionate children of God.


May God's blessings be with them and you in the coming week. May we continue to celebrate the great things happening in His church. And may you feel God's unconditional love as you encounter all that the week has in store for you.

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Welcome, Father Raymond!

Please click the video below to watch an interview with Father Raymond! We are so excited for all that is in store for St. Finn Barr Catholic Church and School as we welcome him to campus and continue to pray for Father McCain's healing.

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Upcoming Events at St. Finn Barr Catholic Church

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Prayer, Reflection, and Action for Racial Justice

At the beginning of Lent, I invited you to join me in a daily devotion reflecting on the readings of Lent through the Ignatian Solidarity Network. I found those brief moments of reflection during the day to be incredibly powerful and, if you joined me, I pray that you did too.


Since I first invited you to join me in those reflections, our nation has experienced many instances of violence.


My heart is so heavy that we continue to see repeated patterns of violence, tension, and acts of hate. There are times that I feel so helpless and defeated that I'm not sure how to take steps to help our nation move forward towards a place of true peace and reconciliation.


Once again, I invite you to join me in 21-Days Racial Equity Challenge. This 21-day email campaign will provide daily resources to learn, pray, and act on various issues related to racial justice and equity.


As I have mentioned before, our diversity makes our community so strong and so beautiful. In the weeks to come, please be on the lookout for a post regarding ways to celebrate this diversity and learn how to support one another.


My prayers are with you, our students, our city, and our nation. I invite you to join me in the prayer our students pray at the end of each day:


Oh Lord, in the example of St. Joseph, help us to be builders of peace and instruments of reconciliation. Amen.


Morning Assembly Topics for the Week

Looking for ways to engage with your child on topics covered in school? Each morning our school community comes together (virtually this year!) to join with one another in reflection and prayer. Our student body president, Jack Mireles, leads the students in a reading and a reflection from Pope Francis Family Devotional, while Ms. Kimble connects the daily reading with things that are occurring in our school life.


Each week, Ms. Kimble will share the reading for Monday through Friday in this new section of our Weekly Bulletin. We invite you to join the conversation and ask your students their takeaway from each morning assembly's reflection!


Monday: Never Abandoned

The Church, as a mother, never abandons the family, even when it is downhearted, wounded, and humiliated in so many ways. Neither when it falls into sin nor moves away from the Church; she will always do everything to try to care for and heal it, to call it to conversion, and to reconcile it to the Lord.

~General Audience, March 25, 2015


Tuesday: Finding the Strength We Don't Have

At times … the heart no longer finds the strength to love…. But it is precisely in the darkness that Christ lights the fire of God’s love: a flash breaks through the darkness and announces a new start.

~General Audience, April 1, 2015

Wednesday: Love is a Promise

To want to form a family is to resolve to be a part of God’s dream, to choose to dream with him, to want to build with him, to join him in this saga of building a world where no one will feel alone, unwanted, or homeless. As Christians, we appreciate the beauty of the family and of family life as the place where we come to learn the meaning and value of human relationships. We learn that “to love someone is not just a strong feeling—it is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise” (Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving). We learn to stake everything on another person, and we learn that it is worth it.

~Address, Prayer Vigil, Philadelphia, September 26, 2015


Thursday: Living to Give and Take with Extraordinary Paths

By the grace of God children in grave difficulty are often given extraordinary parents, ready and willing to make every sacrifice. But these parents should not be left alone! We should accompany them in their toil, and also offer them moments of shared joy and lighthearted cheer.

~General Audience, April 8, 2015


Friday: What the Angels Tell the Lord

The Lord judges our life according to what the angels of children tell him, angels who “always behold the face of the Father who is in heaven” (cf. Mt 18:10). Let us always ask ourselves: What will the children’s guardian angels tell God about us?

~General Audience, April 8, 2015



Best,

Ms. Megan Kimble

Principal

St. Finn Barr Catholic School

Preparing young, diverse minds for the future

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