Weekly Letter (Sep 24, ’18)

Dear Star of the Sea Families,

This past Thursday Miss Ruiz and the third grade had a very special visit from two Carmelite sisters, Sister Scholastica and Sister Gianna. Carmelite sisters are religious women completely dedicated to serving God and the Church. The sisters care for the elderly, staff and administer at schools and child care facilities, and conduct retreats so that people can grow closer to their faith. The Carmelite sisters spent the morning with the third graders praying, singing, and discussing the religious life.

If you stop and think about it, we, as a school, have a lot in common with the sisters. We both pray daily together. We both express our faith through good works and service to the community. But the most important thing we have in common is our devotion to Mary, Star of the Sea, our guiding light who remains with us as we attempt to live in union with God and to respond as she always did, in complete devotion to Jesus.

I spent a lot of time this week visiting classrooms and spending time at lunch and at mass with the students This is what I saw. I saw a first grader after school in the yard burst from the group of waiting classmates and jump joyfully into her father’s arms. I remember when my son used to do that, though now it would likely break my back. I saw the 7th and 8th graders with their little mass buddies guiding them in the ways of the liturgy and helping them to calm their wiggles and focus on their faith. I saw all of my faculty and staff members working tirelessly to be the very best they can be and share their passion for learning with their students. It is my hope that the Star of the Sea community can glimpse even a glimmer of the same, so keep your eyes open. It is a beautiful thing to see!

Take Care and God Bless,

Mr. David Gallagher

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