Christmas 2023 Edition
Merry Christmas from St. Therese School & Parish
Dear St. Therese families,
What a week we've had at school! Am I the only one who is wondering how it's already December, let alone Christmas break? Thank you to everyone for attending the Christmas Concert last night! It was a joy to see the Church full of our kids, families and friends.
If you ask me, our students are our best teachers. When I'm having a tough day, or when I can't think of anything original to write in the newsletter, I go hang with our little ones at recess and chat with them in their classrooms, and I always leave cheered up and inspired. This month I have heard lots about giving thanks and gratitude from the kids. I love that our kids and their teachers continue this conversation throughout the year; It's not just a topic for the week before Thanksgiving.
I would be remiss if I did not say how grateful I am for everything about the St. Therese School and Parish community. Thank you for sharing your children with us and trusting us with their spiritual and academic growth. Thank you to everyone who supports the school, helps out, volunteers, cheers for the Eagles at CYO games, and anything in between. Thank you for making the sacrifices, going the extra mile, working the extra job and all that you do, to send your children to St. Therese.
On behalf of all of us at school, I wish everyone the merriest Christmas! It's such a busy time of year, but I hope everyone has a chance to sleep in, rest, reflect, pray, and spend time with loved ones. Have a blessed Advent season and a joyful Christmas.
We will see you on January 3rd when we return.
With overwhelming gratitude and joy,
Father Gabriele's Installation Mass
Sunday December 17th at 10 a.m., with a community potluck to follow.
Please join us in officially welcoming our awesome new pastor, Father Gabriele White, this Sunday. After mass, join the community for a potluck lunch reception. If you plan to join the party, Father Gabriele mentioned that he would love to have each family bring their favorite homemade dish or secret family recipe to share with all, the food that is; you don't have to share the recipe.
We hope you can make it!
Counselor's Corner with Mr. Sonny
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
If there is one thing I have learned about people after my many years of studying the human brain it’s that as similar as we all are, we are all, even within the same circles and cultures, very, very different. Each of us has different needs in regards to finding our most mentally healthy moments. I think there is a lot of societal pressure placed on the “shoulds” of winter break. Anyone who has worked with me for more than 10 minutes knows that I don’t really work in “shoulds”, but I do have hopes for others. My hope for each and every one of us is that we allow ourselves the space to do that which brings us the most mental health as possible during this break. This is my main thing that I, personally, celebrate during this time; the space from obligations to take a pause from those that pull on my mental health for a re-centering. So, whether you’re like me and some of the most joyous moments will be staring at a screen (playing games) in your room for hours and maybe spending quality time with a friend, or two over the break, or you’re like a co-worker I was talking to the other day who finds their absolute enjoyment from the fulfillment of being surrounded by family, or from, like me, completely ignoring anything that has to do with work all the way to beginning to prep for the second half of the school year, and/or to all who fall anywhere in between, or up, down, left or right from those on the graph, I wish us all a merry mental health break however that looks for each of us as individuals. See you in 2024.
Get Involved and help with Lunar New Year!
****Please note that in previous communication, there was a mistake in the body of the email on the date. The date is this Sunday, December 17th! Come join us!