OLM Parent Bulletin
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
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.
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!
Superstars of the Week
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 Santos8B: Lauren Benson
CSW On-the-Spot Essay and Art Contests are taking place this week.
Report Cards will be available online at or before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28th.
Catholic Schools Week Events
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
Monday, February 4th
Bible Bee at 1:15 p.m.
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!
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
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.
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 ownbooks 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