This Week at SHOJ

October 9, 2020

From Mrs. Rhodes

My pastor at John Paul II had a great message in the bulletin last week. I thought I would give you a break from my messages and share his message (with his permission of course).

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Phil 4:6

Saint Paul’s call to prayer over anxiety cannot be repeated enough. We live in anxious times. The weight of the world’s needs and problems seem overwhelming, and we can be tempted to discouragement and fear. However, as Christians, we cannot be anxious in the same way as the world is anxious. Underlying the anxiety of the world is a lack of faith. For us with faith, experiences of anxiety are an opportunity to rely more on God, and not to doubt God’s love and providence. The Catechism of the Catholic Church Paragraph 2732 explains: The most common yet most hidden temptation is our lack of faith. It expresses itself less by declared incredulity than by our actual preferences. When we begin to pray, a thousand labors or cares thought to be urgent vie for priority; once again, it is the moment of truth for the heart: what is it real love? Sometimes we turn to the Lord as a last resort, but do we really believe he is? Sometimes we enlist the Lord as an ally, but our heart remains presumptuous. In each case, our lack of faith revels that we do not yet share in the disposition of a humble heart: “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5 Let us acknowledge our anxieties and face each one with the gift of faith. Let us renew our trust in Jesus Christ amidst every challenge and storm. Let us rejoice in the access we have to our Heavenly Father, with prayer, petition, and thanksgiving. Be no afraid? Christ has overcome the world. Fr. Andrew Strobl

Best Wishes Miss Boggs

We have been blessed to have Clara Boggs student teaching in 5th grade the first quarter. We wish you the best for your bright future.

Flier for Uniform Orders

Support Cancer Research in Children - Oct. 14 bring a donation ($1, $5, $10, etc.) to school and wear your favorite tee shirt with your uniform bottoms.

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