From the Principal's Desk (10/22/21)

Dear Parents,
This week we welcomed Monsignor Haut to Epiphany Catholic School. Msgr. Haut will be celebrating our school Masses and parish Masses while Fr. Bob is on a well deserved vacation for a few weeks.
Yesterday, Monsignor spoke to the students about the story of Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus was a blind man who kept asking everyone including Jesus to help him. He "pestered" Jesus to heal him of his blindness, and Jesus did! Monsignor said that much like Bartimaeus, God continually "pesters" us by telling us how much he loves us over and over again. In turn, he calls us to love others.
I tell the students that it is easy to like our friends and classmates who like what we like and share common interests. It sometimes becomes more challenging to like and be friendly to those who do not share common opinions or are not always friendly to us. We, I tell them, are called to love our neighbor, and in this case our classmates and siblings even when we don't agree with them, and that can be hard to do sometimes. At best, we should take the opportunity to put into practice the commandments that God has given us and to love Him and love one another, forgiving the mistakes that each of us will make at times.
This week, Mrs. Romero and I have been speaking to the classes about All Souls Day and Dios de Los Muertos, which are celebrated at the end of October beginning of November. We explained that both honor and remember those loved ones that have passed away. We told them that we can share our memories of these people and their importance in our lives, and through these stories, they live on in us. It was great to hear what the students had to share about people whom they loved, and who were special to them.
A couple of weeks ago, Fr. Bob announced at one of our school Masses that every student would be receiving a Bible to keep, and share at home with their families. Those Bibles were passed out this week and your student will be bringing the Bible home and using it in the upper elementary grades and middle school classes with Sr. Philomina. We thank Fr. Bob, and look forward to hearing about the stories read from the Bible to the younger students, as he encouraged them to ask their parents to read with them.
Have a wonderful weekend. I hope that you will be able to join us next Friday night for our Fall Fest at Epiphany.
Yours In Christ,
Rita M. Klenk
"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11