Diocese of Las Vegas

September 28, 2015 - Volume 1 - Issue No. 5

This Week ....

Homework assigned by Pope Francis: "Before going, I want to give you some homework. Can I? It is just a little request, but a very important one. Please don’t forget to pray for me, so that I can share with many people the joy of Jesus. And let us also pray so that many other people can share the joy like yours. " — Pope Francis speaking to students at Our Lady Queen of Angels school in East Harlem

So when Pope Francis arrived in East Harlem to visit Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic School, many people might view this moment as a sort of “pilgrimage,” a nod to the “relic” that is Catholic schooling in the United States. But that would misunderstand Pope Francis and his pontificate.

If there’s one theme the Holy Father has made the animating feature of his ministry, it has been the abiding need to reach out to those on the margins of society — and to do so boldly. By visiting Our Lady Queen of Angels, a small K-8 school that serves 290 kids — Francis is drawing attention to a community that has been serving marginalized children for more than a century.

Francis’ visit is no empty gesture. It’s an invitation to each of us — calling us to go out to the world, to the periphery, and bring life and hope to the people who need it most. Nothing in American Catholicism offers a more vivid testament to this mindset than our Catholic schools, which have served — and will continue to serve — as indispensable instruments of human formation and social transformation." -- A reflection on Pope Francis' visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels in East Harlem by Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., ACE's founder and the Hackett Family Director for Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives (for Father Scully's entire reflection - see the link under Catholic News and Resources).

Have a wonderful week!

- Cathy

Catherine Thompson


The Diocese of Las Vegas

Serving 3,900 students in 7 schools across Southern Nevada.

It is official ... fall has arrived ... along with lots of special events!

Here are some of our upcoming fall events - complete with great food, games, entertainment, carnival rides, raffles, silent auctions, and more:

  • St. Christopher's 62nd Fall Bazaar (October 3rd and 4th)
  • St. Anne's Fun Fair (October 17th and 18th)
  • Our Lady of Las Vegas Harvest Festival (October 24th)
  • St. Francis de Sales International Parish Festival (October 25th)
  • St. Elizabeth Anne Seton's Boo Bash (October 31st)

Gaels Theatre Guild is currently casting their Winter Musical, The Music Man ...

A message from Elena Ferrante-Martin, Department Chair of Performing Arts ...

Gaels Theatre Guild is currently casting our Winter Musical, The Music Man and we are seeking children between the ages of 8 – 12 to join us as cast members in this production. We are requesting that you share the electronic flyer (distributed last week) with the appropriate demographic of families within your community. Thank you for your support with our ventures.

Auditions will be held at Bishop Gorman High School's Jim 3 House of Performing Arts on Saturday, October 10th (beginning at 8:30 AM and ending at 10:30 AM).

For more information: eferrante-martin@bishopgorman.org or 702-476-4111.


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