Dear Eagle Parents,
This year as I prepare for Thanksgiving, I will count my blessings. I am most thankful for those in my own family and those in my St. Dominic Catholic School and Parish community. I am blessed to be a part of the lives of so many. Your children are daily reminders to me of the wonder and awe in God’s creation.
In the last months, I have seen the goodness of our students. Third, Fourth and Fifth grade provided food and prepared lunch for SOMI house. Eleven couples participated on the Toy Bowl Court. The Booster Club hosted a volleyball tournament for all area schools and our teams did very well. Our 6th and 7th grade volleyball teams won the tournament. Four of our teams participated in the Toy Bowl games on November 2nd and the Div. II boys’ and girls’ soccer teams and DII flag football team were victorious. Our cheerleaders wowed us with their performances at the games during the Fall pep rally. The Jr. CYO hosted the Halloween Trunk or Treat which was fun for all. The PK-2nd Halloween parade and Blessing of the Children was cute as always. It was joyful to watch our littlest Eagles have fun in their costumes. The 1st grade Pumpkin Project celebrated the early literacy skills of these talented students. On All Saints Day the 5th grade students processed into our church in their saints shirts. Fr. Driscoll reminded us that we are all called to be saints. It is a lofty goal, but one that is worthy of our utmost efforts. He told the story of St. Nicholas Owen a carpenter in England that constructed “priest holes” to protect clergy from persecution and death.
We held a Veteran’s day ceremony on November 11th and our Boy Scouts collected flags for a retirement ceremony. We sent about 200 Boxes of Joy to children in impoverished areas of our world. The PTO has raised the funds for the last piece of playground equipment which we hope will be installed over the Christmas Break. The Scholar’s Bowl team participated in a regional match and performed very well against Hankins and Alba Middle Schools.
Also, Preschool and Kindergarten will celebrate their Thanksgiving feasts tomorrow. Watching these little Eagles is a strong reminder of all the innocence and beauty of children. Our students wore their favorite team jerseys today in a time honored tradition in preparation for the Iron Bowl. I have been so proud of our teams’ sportsmanship during the fall season. We are truly blessed to have the “best of the best” at our school.
The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered tomorrow at 8:00 AM. Our school faculty and students will attend and we invite you to join us. It is a wonderful way to begin the Thanksgiving holidays and remember that the source and summit of our lives is present in the Eucharist. We will dismiss grades K-8 at 12:00 for the holidays. Preschool will dismiss at 11:30.
I’d like to share a prayer with you that I will be sharing with our teachers and staff.
Thank you, Father, for having created us
And giving us to each other in the human family.
Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows,
For your comfort in our sadness,
Your companionship in our loneliness.
Your presence in our gladness
Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow
And for the whole of our lives.
Thank you for friends, for health and for grace.
May we live this every day and always be conscious
Of all that has been given to us.
I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving and a holy start to the season of Advent which begins on Sunday, December 1st.