Today, our 3rd grade students had the chance to experience school life in the 1800's at Mount Gilead!
For the past semester, our middle school students, under the direction of Mrs. Nolan had the opportunity to join the "Escape Room" elective class in which they design, plan, create, and build and Escape Room from the ground up. This year, using the theme "Inside Out", our students crafted a fun and challenging room for our students, staff, and parents to enjoy! They even got our own Father Matthew involved in building some of the sets needed to make this room authentic
This is one of the fun classes our middle school students have the opportunity to take each year!
Yesterday at our school mass, Father Matthew talked with us about how people know we are a Catholic school when they walk through our doors. Our students said things like: "Because we have crosses in our classrooms", "Because we have religious statues", "Because we pray", "because we have religion class", "because we go to church", and "because we talk about God." Father agreed these were all great parts of our Catholic identity, and reminded students that the most important way people can tell that we are a faith filled school is that they see the way we treat each other, the way we care for each other, and the way we care for our world.
We are especially proud of our sixth grade students who led our mass, along with a 7th grade cross bearer, and our third grade students for serving as a choir and cantors!
Yesterday, our 4th and 5th grade students at the opportunity to experience 1880's school life when they visited Mount Gilead in Kearney, MO. Mount Gilead operated for over 100 years until it closed its doors in 1946. The present two story school was built in 1879. Historians believe that Mt. Gilead was the only school in the area to continuously hold classes during the Civil War.
Did you know our tithing parishioners are not required to pay any additional tuition for students to attend our school? As a current tithing parishioner, you are already qualified for enrollment at St. Patrick School!
If you'd like to learn more about St. Patrick School and the uniquely designed education your child will receive, we invite you to join us on Sunday, May 15th from 9:45 - 10:30am in the school lobby for a Prospective Parent Brunch. We'll have some pastries and coffee and share with you a bit about what makes St. Patrick different from the rest!
Yesterday, our 5th and 6th grade students attended the Blue Springs School of Economics where they ran their own city in an effort to gain real world experiences that will enhance their longterm financial understanding. Our students served in different career roles, learned about buying and selling, managing finances, and supply and demand. Leading up to this day, our teachers work hard to prepare our students ahead of time learning about economics, sales, employee relations, and more! We look forward to this opportunity every year!
Today some of our 8th grade students led us in a rosary as we prepare for Jesus's journey to the cross.
TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2022
SCRIPTURE 2 Corinthians 1:8-22 8 We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death so that we would rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10 He who rescued us from so deadly a peril will continue to rescue us; on him we have set our hope that he will rescue us again, 11 as you also join in helping us by your prayers, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. 12 Indeed, this is our boast, the testimony of our conscience: we have behaved in the world with frankness and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God - and all the more toward you. 13 For we write you nothing other than what you can read and also understand; I hope you will understand until the end 14 as you have already understood us in part - that on the day of the Lord Jesus we are your boast even as you are our boast. 15 Since I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a double favor; 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on to Judea. 17 Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to ordinary human standards, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? 18 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been “Yes and No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not “Yes and No”; but in him it is always “Yes.” 20 For in him every one of God’s promises is a “Yes.” For this reason it is through him that we say the “Amen,” to the glory of God. 21 But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us, 22 by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.
DEVOTIONAL “But . . . but . . . But I thought God would never give me more than I could handle?!?”
It is a common misconception, but the challenges we face each day are not given to us in proportion to our strength or our ability to navigate such problems. I don’t know how or why this became passed off as gospel truth, but you don’t have to look any further than the Garden of Eden to see that God knows we are limited. We are finite. It’s not good for us to be alone. Paul starts our reading today by empathizing with the Church in Corinth in the hardships they are facing. This small group of Christ-centered folks finds themselves burdened beyond their ability.
Paul tells them of his woes, not because he wants their sympathy, as a catalyst for action, or for any other desire. He tells them so they know that when they hit their limit, when they have nothing left in the tank, when death seems like a possibility, that God is still faithful.
Despite Paul’s words to the Church, we are tempted to make our lives seem easier or better than they are. We cling to silly things and shield ourselves with aphorisms that fly in the face of our true circumstances. It is not weakness to need help. It is not unfaithful to struggle. Telling the stories of our hardships allows us to also tell the joy of God’s provision, and God’s strength to bring us through times that would have otherwise destroyed us.
PRAYER Father God, teach us to be more honest in all our dealings, so that we might be the vessels of your glory, for the whole world to see. Let us welcome others into the challenges we face so that they might pray for us and rejoice with us when the victory is yours. Help us to be transparent to our communities. Forgive the ways we try to hide. Amen.
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Today our 8th graders and their Kindergarten buddies led us in the Stations of the Cross.