OLM Parent Bulletin

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Reflection Corner

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We celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. In yesterday's Gospel, as in the other Gospel accounts of Jesus' baptism, we hear John the Baptist address the confusion of the people who thought that John might be the Messiah. In response, John contrasts the baptism that he performs with the Baptism that Jesus will inaugurate. John the Baptist says that he has baptized with water, but that someone will come and baptize with the Holy Spirit. The type of baptism that John performed was not yet a Christian Baptism; it was a preparation for Christian Baptism through which sins are forgiven and the gift of the Holy Spirit is received.

The baptism of Jesus is considered a manifestation of God in Jesus, another “epiphany.” On this, the last day of the Christmas season, our Gospel reveals to us Jesus' relation to God: the son of Mary and Joseph is also God's own Son.

As we prepare to begin Ordinary Time, reflect, today, upon the words of the Father at the Baptism of Jesus. Hear the Father speaking to You about the divinity of His Son. Turn your eyes to Jesus and prepare yourself to follow Him and to heed every word He speaks. He was sent into this world to draw us to the Father, allow Him to fulfill that mission in your own life.

Prayer: Lord, I believe that You are the Son of the Eternal Father and the Savior of the World. I believe that You have brought about a new era of grace and truth and that I am called to follow You wherever You lead. As we begin this liturgical season of Ordinary Time, may it be a time of extraordinary grace in which I daily heed Your voice. Jesus, I trust in You.

From Loyola Press.com and Catholic Daily Reflection

Humility is the Virtue of Month

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 Sofia Wilkom

First Isla Irabon

2A Caitlin Jacinto

2B Tristan Gonzales

3A Lauren Valencia

3B Olivia Peneyra

4A Jacob Palanca

4B Julian Molejona

5A Audrey Bello

5B Jarren Jacinto

6A James Dimayuga

6B Katherynne Ursua

7A Ben Balleza

7B Elina Moeller

8A Andrei Magno

8B Bonnie Chan

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First Quarter Block and Star Recipients

First time Block Letters and first star went to William Langley in 7B. Bianca David of 8B and Marina Viray in 7A earned their first star. Brandon Chongco, 7B and Lindsey Delery of 7A earned their second star. Andrea Abraham of 7B received both her second and third star. A fourth star went to Krista Mananquil of 8B. Leilani Bleacha of 8A earned her 5th star. And from 7B we have Aeden Perez earning both his fifth and sixth star. Congratulations to you all and thanks for all you do for Our Lady of Mercy School. Wear your OLM Blocks and Stars with Bulldog Pride!
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Morning Assembly

Our morning assemblies this week are led by 8A reciting the Sorrowful Mysteries. Student participation and reverence is really being manifested so much in this new year. Appreciation to everyone for helping helping us model the faith of Mary requested by Pope Francis this month. Our Lady of Mercy, pray for us.

Chocolate Sale Winners at Dave and Buster's

Winners of the trip to Dave and Busters field trip had a great time last Monday. They all came back excited to share stories about all the fun activities they had. The pictures say them all!

School Mass

We are having our school mass at 10:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, January 16th. Sponsoring the mass are our second grade classes. As always, we invite all of you to come an join the celebration. Come and meet our new Associate Pastor, Fr. Gabriel.

Spelling Bee

Our School Spelling Bee is taking place on Friday, January 18th following this schedule:

Grades 4-8: 8:30 AM

Grades1-3: 10:30 AM

Shout out to Mrs. Dana Sargenti, Mrs. Mary Ann Vasquez, and Mrs. Nancy Andre for once again taking the lead in this year's Bee. All parents are welcome to attend.

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

We will have a PTO meeting at 7:00 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, January 16th. We look forward to seeing you all!

Applications for School Year 2019 - 2020

We officially started accepting applications for school year 2019 - 2020. Please do share this information with friends and prospective families.

Book Fair Coming up Soon!

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

Thank you to all who have volunteered to help at the Book Fair!

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

Monday, January 21st, is a school holiday in Martin Luther King, Jr., day. Have a great long weekend!