StJP Principal Newsletter

October 16, 2015

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Helping Hands

St. Joseph's Protector launched the Helping Hands Service Program. The goal of this program is to teach and instill in our children the importance of serving, caring and giving, and how it should become an important and natural part of their daily lives. The program not only supports our school's mission statement, but also the message Pope Francis repeated, during his historic visit to America.

Instead of choosing a variety of charities to help all year long, Helping Hands will support ONE LOCAL charity through various monthly activities and fund raisers. Selecting one charity will help to reinforce the charity's message with the children, while the local aspect immediately connects their actions of giving to a powerful positive result. They see, they hear and they learn how their good deeds can have impact.

This year Helping Hands is supporting The Breathing Room Foundation. Based in Jenkintown, PA, their mission is to provide care and support to local families affected by cancer. The foundation strives to provide a family "whatever it is that will allow them a bit of breathing room" from their daily struggle with cancer. This coming spring, our 7th and 8th graders will be integral in the selection of the charity StJP will support during the 2016-2017 school year.

Since the program's launch in September, the classrooms have "adopted" an assigned Breathing Room family which they will support all year long, have raised over $350 during our first Tag Day (There will be a Tag Day each month - next tag day is October 28th! See details attached), collected several boxes of winter warmth items and have said many prayers. In November, they will collect food donations to create the perfect, stress-free Thanksgiving dinners for their families. They will also be making Thanksgiving centerpieces with their prayer partners during their monthly service project activity, which is always held after each First Friday Mass. In December, the children will make Christmas cards, ornaments and have the opportunity to donate a gift to their families.

The StJP Daily Protector

Thank you to our students that are participating in our school Newspaper. It is so exciting to read the articles you write.

Annual Fund

Total Commitments to date: $13,284.00

We are certainly well on our way to reaching our goal!

We ask everyone to kindly participate in our Annual Fund. Any gift amount is critical to reaching our goal, so that we can continue to provide and enhance programs and resources for our students.

If you are adding your annual fund donation to your FACTS tuition plan please send in your signed Annual Fund envelope before the end of the month. Your signed envelope is your authorization for payment.

Our October 23rd Event is Almost Here!

We are hoping you can spare 30 mins that evening to help out.

If you are able to volunteer some of your time that evening please email Liz Sabato .

Home and School Events

Uniform Swap

Wednesday, Oct. 21st from 5:00-7:00pm in the Chapel House will be a uniform swap. Purchase gently used uniforms items at discounted prices. Donations of outgrown items in good condition are gratefully accepted and/or can be swapped piece for piece.

Clothing Collection November 7th and 8th!

A fundraiser that does not cost anything and will benefit the school and your entire family. We are collecting used clothing, linens, household items, books, shoes, belts, handbags, stuffed animals and hard toys. All items must be in tightly tied plastic bags. There will be two convenient drop off locations: StJP school gym and Immaculate Conception Church Conahan Hall. Items will be accepted after all Masses on Saturday and Sunday.
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WHO: All 5th and 6th grade members of St. Luke and Immaculate

Conception CYOs and students at StJP

WHEN: Sunday, October 25th at 6:30 PM

WHERE: Valley of Fear at Phoenix Sport Club

301 W Bristol Rd, Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053

Cost: $19/person

Please arrive no later than 6:30 – and please note that the Phoenix Sport Club charges a parking fee so carpool if possible!

After the hayride, we will gather for s’mores and snacks in the picnic area. A snack bar is available and if you wish to contribute a snack or drinks to share, please let us know on the form below.

Please keep in mind that it is a HAUNTED hayride, and may be a little intense for some! Check out if you want more information.

Please return the form below, with cash or check made payable to St Luke CYO or Immaculate Conception CYO, to the StJP office, St. Luke Rectory or Immaculate Conception Rectory by Thursday October 22.


CYO Haunted Hayride

Student Name:


I can chaperone (chaperones will need to purchase a ticket)

Chaperone Name: Email Address:


I can contribute the following snack for the group:

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