OLM Parent Bulletin

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Reflection Corner

Jesus performs his first sign at a wedding feast in Cana. John 2: 1-11

Marriage and wedding feasts are metaphors used in Scripture to describe God's salvation and the Kingdom of God. Here at the beginning of Jesus' public ministry, John's Gospel seeks to establish that Jesus is going to re-interpret and fulfill Yahweh's promise to Israel. Jesus establishes the New Covenant. A hint about what this New Covenant will be like is made evident in the deed that Jesus performs. Asked to do something to address the awkward situation that the absence of wine at a wedding feast would create, Jesus' miracle produces vast quantities of wine—six jars holding thirty gallons each are filled to overflowing with choice wine.

This lavish response to a simple human need is a vision for us of the abundance of God's kingdom. It challenges us to respond generously when confronted with human need today. We respond as best we can, fully confident that God can transform our efforts, bringing the Kingdom of God to fulfillment among us.

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Humility is the Virtue of Month

The book of Proverbs 11:2 speaks about humility:

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.”

There is much we can learn from humbling ourselves – accepting, embracing, celebrating others and their gifts. By so doing, we discover and learn about the greatness of God’s creation. Stay humble everyone. Have a great day!

SLE Focus for the Month: RESPONSIBLE Catholic Christian Learners

OLM Students are Successful Catholic Christian Learners who . . . .

  • Live out the Gospel values
  • Develop lifelong learning skills
  • Express and utilize individual talents

Superstars of the Week

Congratulations to the following students:

Kindergarten Kian Arenas

First Grade: Ella Pascual

2A: Miguel Tinio

2B: Tiffany Zhao

3A: Ayana Davis

3B: Arielle Villarina

4A: James Samaniego

4B: Rudy Cayas

5A: Ryan Chan

5B: Izabella Vaccareza

6A: Eyan Pangilnan

6B: Olivia Rickert

7A: Aaron Vasquez

7B: Lana Villegas

8A: Lexie Santos

8B: Lauren Benson
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Graduation Pictures

Our Class of 2019 students in both 8A and 8B will be having their graduation pictures taken starting at 10:30 in the church hall on Wednesday, January 23rd. Save the date for graduation! Mass will be held on Friday, May 31 at 4:30.

CSW On-the-Spot Essay and Art Contests are taking place this week.

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Report Cards will be available online at or before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28th.

Morning Assembly

Our morning assemblies this week are led by 8B and Mr. Ryan. They lead the recitation of the Glorious Mysteries. Student participation and reverence is really being manifested so much in this new year. Thanks staff, teachers, parents, and students for all you do to help us model the faith of Mary requested by Pope Francis this month. Our Lady of Mercy, pray for us.

Catholic Schools Week Events

It's Catholic Schools Week! It's going to be quite a hectic week ahead of us. The following are our scheduled activities.

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

School Mass at 10:30 a.m.

OLM Book Fair Opens at 11:30 a.m. at the Hall

Refreshments at 11:30 a.m. at the Hall

Open House from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Community Appreciation Day

Classes prepare cards / letters of appreciation for our benefactors / community partners.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Parent Appreciation Day

Breakfast for parents will be served by the Snack bar in the morning

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Teacher Appreciation Day

Teacher Free Dress Day

Last day of Book Fair

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Student Appreciation Day

Student Free Dress

Geography Bee at 1:15 p.m.

Friday, February 1st, 2019

School Holiday for Students

Educators' Conference

Monday, February 4th

Bible Bee at 1:15 p.m.

Geography Bee

Our School Geography Bee will be held in the Church all at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 31st. The students in Grades 5-8 will be participating. Parents are welcome to attend!

School Mass

Appreciation and kudos for the beautiful celebration we had last Wednesday. Special thank you to our second graders, their teachers, Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Gotuaco, Ms. Gorman, Ms. Cynthia for all the preparations for last week's liturgy. "Know Jesus, Know Peace! No Jesus, No Peace!"

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the contestants and winners of this year's Spelling Bee:

First grade to third grade:

Champion: Sofia Carrion, 3A

Second Place: Isabel Reburiano, 3B

Third Place: Nikko Seegmiller, First Grade

Fourth grade to eighth grade:

Champion: McKenna Seegmiller, 8A

Runners-up: James Dimayuga, 6A and Benjamin Balleza, 7A

McKenna Seegmiller, our upper division champion, now moves on to the stage of the national competition.

Thank you to our Spelling Bee team, Dana Sargenti, Mary Ann Vasquez, and Nancy Andre!

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Vatican announces plenary indulgence, papal blessing for Walk for Life West Coast

The Vatican has granted a plenary indulgence and a papal blessing for those who participate in the Walk for Life West Coast, including those who are sick and infirm and praying along with the participants in the January 26 rally and walk along Market Street.

All those present at the Walk for Life rally will receive a papal blessing, conveyed by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, and with that a plenary indulgence, according to a letter from Vatican. Those who participate in "sacred celebrations" associated with the Walk throughout the dioceses of the area will also receive the plenary indulgence.

"The Apostolic Penitentiary...graciously grants to His Excellency, the Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone...the faculty to impart the Papal Blessing with the accompanying Plenary Indulgence on the 26th day of January, 2019, the day of the annual event called Walk for Life West Coast, after the Divine Sacrifice has been offered at the Cathedral, to all Christ's faithful who are present, who are truly penitent and compelled by charity, and who participated in the same sacred rites," according to a December 21 letter signed by Mauro Cardinal Piacenza, Major Penitentiary, of the Apostolic Penitentiary, and received this week in San Francisco.

The Walk for Life, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, draws more than 50,000 people to San Francisco's Civic Center. The day officially begins with a Walk for Life Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral. The rally is at 12:30 p.m. and the walk along Market Street begins at 1:30 p.m.

A plenary indulgence is the expiation of temporal punishment for sins already forgiven, and can be applied to souls in Purgatory, to oneself, or to another person still living. It is a free gift of God's mercy, and theologically demonstrates the Church as a communion of those living, as well as those in purgatory and the saints and angels in heaven.

"We are delighted with this news—what a wonderful gift and opportunity for all Catholics!" said Eva Muntean, co-founder and chair of the Walk for Life West Coast. "The Walk for Life West Coast and its surrounding events are true corporal and spiritual works of mercy to those who have been unjustly deprived of life and to those women who suffer so much from the pain of abortion."

A plenary indulgence removes the temporal punishment of already forgiven sin. The Walk for Life plenary or complete indulgence is granted with the three usual conditions of sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion, and prayer for the intentions of the pope, which should be completed within several days of the actual event of participation in Walk for Life.

The Vatican granted the plenary indulgence at the request of Archbishop Cordileone. A similar indulgence was bestowed on the March for Life in Washington, D.C., this year. This is the first time a plenary indulgence was given to the Walk for Life West Coast.

"We are inexpressibly grateful that the church has recognized this and we hope the news spreads far and wide," Muntean said, noting that a plenary indulgence for the Walk is an act of mercy for all participants in the Walk.

The Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption will be livestreamed at sfarch.org. For more information: sfarch.org/walk-for-life-west-coast

For more information about the Walk for Life: walkforlifewc.com

PTO Meeting

Come to our PTO meeting at 7:00 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, January 23rd, at the Church Hall. Hear about the exciting activities we have in store for everyone in the coming months. See you tonight!

Mass and Open House on Sunday

Our Catholic Schools Week Parish Mass is at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, January 27th. It is being sponsored by the students and teachers in our Fifth Grade. We hope to see you all!

Immediately following the mass, the Book Fair opens at the Church Hall. Light refreshments will also be served for our everyone.

Our Open House runs from 12:00 noon till 2:00 p.m. We invite all of you, including your relatives and friends, to come and visit our classrooms, spend time talking with our teachers and learn more about all the great work that we do at our school. We especially ask that you to invite families who might consider sending their children to our school. Do send them our way and we'll provide them important information about our school. Thank you!

Book Fair Coming on Sunday

Dear Parents and Families,

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

· Set the example. Let children see you read.

· Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.

· Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own

books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Dino-Mite Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: January 27 – January 30

Save the date!

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