St. Luke Weekly Memo
February, 1 2021
Sometimes I’m grumpy – or selfish. Sometimes I say things that aren’t so kind. Those aren’t things I’m proud of, but I must admit I make those mistakes sometimes. In this week’s Gospel , Jesus meets a man who has an “unclean spirit.” It is almost as if there was a ghost that had taken over the man’s body and was making him act in ways that he shouldn’t have. So Jesus tells the spirit to be quiet and get out of the man’s body – and guess what? It does! It comes right out of his body. The word “spirit” can mean a ghost, like in his story – but it can also describe our attitudes – or the ways that we think. The more I thought about this story, I realized that Jesus helps me to remove unclean spirits too, just like the man in the story. And he can help you. When I’m feeling grumpy, or selfish – or I’m tempted to do or say something unkind – I try to think about what Jesus would do. And when I do, I almost always manage to change my way of thinking. I leave the wrong – or unclean – thoughts behind and replace them with better ones.
Will you try to do the same this week when you’re faced with a challenge?
Saint of The Month: St. Therese of Lisieux
At the age of 14, on Christmas Eve in 1886, Therese had a conversion that transformed her life. From then on, her powerful energy and sensitive spirit were turned toward love, instead of keeping herself happy. At 15, she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to give her whole life to God. She took the religious name Sister Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Living a hidden, simple life of prayer, she was gifted with great intimacy with God. Through sickness and dark nights of doubt and fear, she remained faithful to God, rooted in His merciful love. After a long struggle with tuberculosis, she died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24. Her last words were the story of her life: "My God, I love You!"
She loved flowers and saw herself as the "little flower of Jesus," who gave glory to God by just being her beautiful little self among all the other flowers in God's garden. Because of this beautiful analogy, the title "little flower" remained with St. Therese.
Bell Let's Talk Day
This year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign shines a light on the actions that we can all take, because now more than ever, mental health matters. Whether you’re staying virtually connected with a family member, working directly with patients in recovery, investing in access to care or even just taking care of your own mental health, every Canadian can play a part in their communities, workplaces, schools and at home. As a school community we are encouraging students and staff to show their support by wearing blue. Student's displayed messages for support for menatl health intiatives because when it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts.
Shrove Tuesday is Coming! Order your Pancakes!
Shrove Tuesday is the day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. It is the day when we are encouraged to go to confession in preparation for the penitential season ending Easter Sunday. Lent is a time of abstinence. Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren't allowed in Lent.
In the old days there were many foods that observant Christians would not eat during Lent: foods such as meat and fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods. So that no food was wasted, families would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that wouldn't last the forty days of Lent.
The need to eat up the fats gave rise to the French name Mardi Gras; meaning fat Tuesday. Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.
This year, Shrove Tuesday lunch will be catered to the students by McDonald's. To ensure that we are adhering to Alberta Health Guidelines the following items will be individually packaged.
Kindergarten to Grade 4: 3 pancakes, milk, and apple slices
Grade 5 - 8: 3 pancakes, sausage, milk, and apple slices.
Pancakes will be served at lunch tims. Students that require more lunch then the above order will need to bring additional items on this day. To assist with the ordering please complete the following form for each child no later than February 7. FORM FOR PANCAKES
Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten, and KinderPlus Progams
Come join our St. Luke Family!
Independence, initiative, decision making, creativity, the ability to learn, relationships and feelings of self-worth - all have their beginnings in early childhood. We believe that each child is unique and, together with parents as our partners, we build upon children's natural curiosity and spontaneity, encouraging and supporting them as they take their first step into school. To register for Kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year, your child must be 5 years old by December 31, 2021. This program will run Tuesday/Thursday and alternating Fridays. For more informaiton on registration for the Kindergarten Program visit our EICS Kindergarten site.
The St. Luke Pre-Kindergarten program is a Catholic faith infused, student-centred, play-based program in literacy and numeracy rich learning environment. Our Pre-Kindergarten program supports all students to learn and grow by working alongside our experienced and caring staff. Our Pre-Kindergarten program is taught by a knowledgeable and caring certified teacher and strives to ensure all students enjoy their first school experience and are excited to work and learn with their friends. Children must be 4 years old by December 31, 2021. Please note there will be a cost per month to attend this progam. This program will run Tuesday/Thursday and alternating Fridays.
St. Luke will be offering an optional full day, fee-based program, Kinder Plus, to complement our Tuesday/Thursday Kindergarten program.This program will meet the needs of families and children by providing a full day instruction running on the opposite days of our Kindergarten program: Monday/Wednesday and alternating Fridays. Kinder Plus will compliment the Kindergarten program through the enhancement of skills such as problem solving, social interactions and project based learning. Contact the office for more information and for registration instructions. Please note there will be a cost per month to attend this progam.
If you have any questions in regards to any of our programs please call our office at 780-992-5920.
School Council/Parent Association
FACEBOOK -Join Us!
If you haven’t already, please join our brand new School Council and Parent Association Facebook page! We are excited to offer this official space to share news and updates about events, fundraising, and more!
Link to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/399511261038435
OUR NEXT MEETING
Please join us Monday, February 22nd, 2021 at 6:30pm for our next virtual School Council and Parent Association meeting.
School Fees 2020-2021
Please log into PowerSchool for this year's school fees. School fees have now been added to your Powerschool account and are now due. Payment can be made by debit or credit card by visiting your PowerSchool account.
All field trips involving bussing are cancelled for this year. However virtual field trips and other in class activities may still occur and with notice will be charged accordingly to your account. Please contact the office if you require any assistance.
Dress for the Alberta Weather!
Monday, Februry 1
- Kindergarten Registration opens!
Tuesday, February 2
- Praise and Worship at 9:00am. Please join us! Click here
Wednesday, February 3
- EARLY OUT - School ends at 2:00pm
February 4th & 5th - Teachers Convention NO SCHOOL for these two days.
OLPH (Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish)
St. Francis of Assisi Parish
St. Francis of Assisi parish is administered by Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sherwood Park. Please contact the parish for confession times and more information.
Clergy: Reverend Jim Corrigan, Pastor
Mass Time: Sunday 11:00
Email Address: StFrancisAssisi.Tofield(at)caedm.ca
5523 - 50 Street Tofield, AB T0B 4J0
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