The Blessed Times

2016 December Newsletter

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

The mission of Blessed Sacrament Catholic School is to provide, within an active Christian learning environment, quality education and formation of the whole person by nurturing the development of each child’s talents in the love and service of God and community.


We are a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization who admits students of any race or national origin to programs and activities of the school with all rights and privileges. Equal opportunity and access is provided to persons without regard to race, national origin or gender in the implementation of employment policies and procedures.

From the Principal's Desk....

Dear Blessed Sacrament Families,


Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. It was a welcomed opportunity to spend time with friends and family. We now find ourselves preparing for the Christmas season. As Christians, however, we cannot de-emphasize the liturgical season of Advent - the time of anticipation and preparation.


In the Latin American culture, Las Posadas are celebrated for nine days during Advent leading up to La Noche Buena (Christmas Eve). It is a tradition that brings neighbors together reenacting St. Joseph and the Blessed Mother’s quest to find suitable lodging for the birth of the Messiah. As the Gospel of St. Luke explains, the Holy Family encountered rejection after rejection before a compassionate innkeeper finally offered his stable to Christ’s parents. Once the couple is offered lodging, the neighborhood begins a festive celebration where food, music, dancing and a piñata are included.


Two thousand plus years later, people are still faced with a decision to “reject” or “accept” the Christ-Child and His parents. The quest for compassion and dignity, however, go beyond the stable quarters in Bethlehem. We encounter human hearts on a daily basis who are seeking the same acceptance as Christ’s parents did on that cold winter evening. As we make ready the way for Christ’s birth this Christmas, let us pause and take time to examine the “St. Josephs” and “Blessed Mothers” who are yearning for that welcoming smile. Perhaps it is a grieving widow, a homeless family, an elderly parent, a terminally ill relative, or an overly active child. It can also be an estranged spouse, lonely coworker, a depressed parishioner, or someone struggling with their faith. As we begin to accept these travelers may we too, as the One Body of Christ, celebrate with them in finding whatever shelter they are seeking. After all, at one time or another we find ourselves either knocking on someone’s door or opening the door to see who has arrived at our doorstep.


As we collectively and individually prepare to welcome the Christ-Child, I would encourage you to participate in the various activities sponsored by our parish. These events have been planned by various individuals and ministries and will assist in preparing our hearts and minds for the joyous celebration of Christmas.


In closing, please know that I am most grateful for your presence within our faith community of Blessed Sacrament. May the Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe watch over you and your loved ones this festive season.


In Christ's peace and mercy,

Michael Fierro

Principal

FAITH FORMATION

Welcome Home

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Academic Excellence November 2016

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Monsignor O'Gorman, Mr. Fierro and the Blessed Sacrament Faculty and Staff congratulate the students below for demonstrating amazing Christian virtues and excellent manners during the month of November!

PARENTS AS PARTNERS

Family Engagement: Free Parent Training Classes

Struggling Readers

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon


The Distracted, Disorganized or Frazzled Child: How to Promote the Skills for Success in School and Life

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon


For more information and additional sessions, visit www.esc20.net/parentresources


How to Register:

Contact Lori Williams at (210) 370-5466 or lori.williams@esc20.net

BULLDOG COUNTRY HAPPENINGS

BULLDOG ATHLETIC PROGRAM

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Each of the volunteer opportunities counts towards your annual required parent service hours. Each parent must complete at least 10 hours of service each school year. Consider volunteering a half-hour or hour on a weekly or monthly basis. One time volunteering is also welcomed!


Cafeteria Lunch Duty

Monday through Thursday

10:45 a.m. through 12 noon

Contact: Ms. Davina Aguilar


Recess Supervision

Monday through Friday

11:15 a.m. through 12:15 p.m.

Contact: Ms. Davina Aguilar


Library Organization

Monday through Friday

Will Work Around Your Schedule

Contact: Mrs. Lela Reyes


Parish Bulletin Stuffing

Fridays

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Contact: Mrs. Norma Wilbanks


Parish Money Counting

Mondays

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Contact: Mr. Robert Esparza


Project Wisdom Readers

Tuesdays through Fridays

7:55 a.m. (T-H), After Mass (F)

Contact: Mr. Michael Fierro


PE Class Assistants

Monday through Friday

Various Times

Contact: Mr. Andrew Torres

EXTRACURRICULAR CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Chess Club

Mondays - 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Parish Hall - Room 201

Sponsor: Deacon Mark Harden


Cub Scouts

Every Other Monday - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament School Cafeteria

Sponsor: Mr. Paul González


Girl Scouts

Tuesdays - 3:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Parish Hall - Room 201

Sponsor: Mrs. Debra Palmer


Handbell Choir

Thursdays - 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Music Room, Building C

Sponsor: Mrs. Dorothy Marton


School Choir

Wednesdays - 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

Sponsor: Sister Misty Garriga, CDP

SCHOOL CALENDARS AND IMPORTANT FORMS