September 20, 2017
Next week Wednesday, September 27, the first phase of our electrical service updates will be completed. Mid American energy has brought the additional power to the school, and the next step is connect it to the new panels that were installed over the summer. Due to the switch over, we will be without electricity beginning at 1:00 PM. Since we have 1:00 PM Mass and a 2:15 dismissal, the loss of electricity will not affect instruction. The only affect it will have on our school day will be the loss of bells for dismissal and end of day announcements/prayer, which is very manageable. Teachers will dismiss students based on time on their classroom clocks and pray as a class.
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John Campagna, a graduate of St. Paul’s, was the recipient of the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics Army Pediatrician of the year award. He received this yesterday at the convention in Chicago. It is great to see our graduates doing great things!
This year we are focusing on a virtue each month as part of our Bully Prevention Program. This month our virtue is responsibility. Teachers will be addressing this virtue in Religion class, class meetings and at all teachable moments. Please help us reinforce this at home as well.
Dip. “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”
You have probably been doing this as you enter a Catholic church since you were old enough to reach the Holy Water Font. But do you know the reason why Catholics dip their fingers in Holy Water and then make the Sign of the Cross? Well, although Holy Water is used for many reasons, including the blessing of religious articles, homes, etc., its most important use is during Baptism. When you were baptized, the priest (or deacon) either poured Holy Water on you, or immersed you three times, while saying “(Your Name), I baptize you, in the name of the Father (dip), and of the Son (dip), and of the Holy Spirit (dip).” The Rite of Baptism for Children (p.xi) states that “Baptism incorporates us into Christ and forms us into God’s people. This first sacrament pardons all our sins, rescues us from the power of darkness, and brings us to the dignity of adopted children, a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit.” So, when we walk into a Catholic church and bless ourselves with Holy Water, it is a way of recalling our baptism. It brings us back to what has brought us there in the first place. It is a reminder of who we are, and to whom we belong. (Retrieved from https://yfdmoncton.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/why-do-catholics-bless-themselves-with-holy-water-as-they-enter-church/ on September 20, 2017)
It’s time to vote for St. Paul’s Preschool and Daycare again!
Go to https://vote.localsloveus.com/quad-cities/ and vote for St. Paul the Apostle under “Services” preschools and daycare. If you voted last year, just by signing in, your vote automatically will go to St. Paul’s.
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