Dear Parents and Students,
We had a reflective Mass here for Ash Wednesday in which our Star of the Sea students participated fully. Thank you to the student choir, Mr. Kraehling and Miss Ascoff, and Fr. Mathias for starting us all on the Lenten journey. That morning during prayer, the student council reminded the students to pray more intentionally, fast from unkind words and actions and give more friendship. We will be praying the Stations of the Cross and celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent as well.
Don’t forget, this Wednesday, March 13th, is our next Parent Club meeting at 7 pm in the auditorium. Please join us.
Re-enrollment forms went out last Thursday evening at our Town Hall Meeting. If you were not able to attend, the form is included in our weekly email blast. Please return forms by the 15th of March. Thank you.
Our 8th graders will be on retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains, a few days consciously set aside for God and perhaps a change of focus. The 8th grade retreat is a deliberate way of stepping outside of the normal routine and withdrawing from the noise and pressures of life in a beautiful natural setting.
A retreat can be an unforgettable experience for a Catholic of any age but perhaps they are needed more for teenagers and young adults these days in their busy and stressful lives. Many of our students live in a world where, because of social media, friends, school, sports and home are no longer separated. They are more connected to others in some ways but not as connected in others.
Teens, and really anyone of any age, who have the opportunity to go on a retreat should take advantage of the opportunity. Some of the greatest insights of the retreat experiences I was involved with as the 8th grade teacher came through the students themselves. My very first retreat as a student at St. Ignatius was so important that it actually planted the seed for me to do what I do now, which is to show God’s love to others and to lead the Star of the Sea School community closer to Christ and his church.
Take care and God bless,
Mr. David Gallagher