Mr. Lyall's Line October 19, 2017

Mr. Lyall's Line
 
Thank you to everyone who attended conferences.  This is an excellent way to communicate with your child's teacher.  Please feel free to contact the teachers anytime to request a conference.  Communication between the teacher and the parents is essential for student success.

For the last few weeks, I have been posting excerpts from an article on the Spirituality of Stewardship.  I hope you have found this information useful.  This week Father Kemberling ties the virtues he has been talking about the time, talent, and treasure.  This is the section on "time."

Time

 

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4;10

The Spirituality of Stewardship deals with time, talent and treasure. As we look into the core values of identity, trust, gratitude and love, we understand how to be good stewards. We remember who we are. We trust enough to let go and let God. It is a sign of our love to give the best by putting God first in our lives and in our spending. We love God as he loves us. We express our love of God by giving of our time, talent and treasure.

As St. Peter said,

“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 1 Peter 4:10.

 

Time

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

 

Time is a gift from God. In stewardship spirituality, we think of time and talent as connected. One has to spend time giving of one’s talent. So the two are obviously linked. But reflecting upon time alone gives further insights into the spirituality of stewardship.

 

The timelessness of God is found in the “Glory Be” prayer.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Yes, God’s world is not like our world. Time is a creation of God. Time is for our created world. It’s limited, and it will have an end. We clearly hear in Scriptures that Jesus will return at “the end of time.” Since time is a creation of our world, perhaps time has been created solely for our human benefit. This is a staggering thought in the light of the millions and billions of years that have passed before human existence. Perhaps time was created so that the phrase, “In the fullness of time, God sent His only Son to be our Redeemer,” would take on greater meaning. In comparison to the vast amount of time that has passed before us, a relatively short time has passed since Jesus made the announcement, “This is the time of fulfillment; the kingdom of God is at hand.”

 

We have learned from science that time and space are intricately connected since they are a function of each other. Since God is timeless, He is also space-less. The world of the afterlife, where God lives, has no time. It has no space. God’s world is not like our world. These are qualities of our world that need to be appreciated for the gift that they are. I believe that when we no longer have them, we will appreciate them for the gift that they are.

 

I believe we will be able to look upon all of our time and how we spent it. How we prioritize our time will reveal our motives and intentions. We will remember the hours we spent watching movies or television. Time spent with family will be compared with time spent working. The time spent with God will stand out in a special way. Will this review of our time betray us and reveal us to be hypocrites?

 

Time spent in prayer is time well spent. In the beginning, God took six days to create and on the seventh day He rested. As a reminder, these are divine days, since an earthly day was created on the fourth day when God created the sun and the moon. Scripture tells us in Psalm 90 that a thousand years is like a day, and a day is like a thousand years. Whatever these divine days mean to God, who has no time, He took the seventh day and made it holy.

 

We imitate God since we have seven days in our week, with Sunday the day set aside for rest. Six days may be considered ours but the seventh day belongs to God. That is why Sunday is called the “Lord’s Day.” The main reason for the prohibition of work is so we would have the time to pray. I like to say, “Remember the days when to miss Mass on Sunday was a sin? Well, it still is.” Yes, the primacy of Sunday being a day of prayer is important in stewardship spirituality. Please note that attending Saturday evening Mass is a fulfillment of our Sunday obligation.

 

In stewardship spirituality, we fulfill an obligation of being thankful for this gift of time by giving a portion back to God in prayer. The portion that is given back to God is called the tithe. The first ten percent of this gift is to be given back to God in thanksgiving. In respect to time, we would be asked to give the first and the best of it. Sunday being the first day of the week has a special place in our time marked out for prayer. The one-tenth portion of a day is two hours and 24 minutes. Being conscious of the amount of time we spend in prayer will allow us to pass the best of our time ever mindful of it being a gift to us.

 

Well, that’s what many people in religious orders do. For those who already have a dedication to a prayer life, wouldn’t it be wonderful if added to that spirituality was the understanding that the time spent in prayer is that of being a good steward accepting, receiving and giving back the gift of time that God has given to us? It gives greater meaning to a prayer life. You might say, “I’m doing this as a gift back to God.”

 

This is particularly true for me as a priest. There may be two or three days a week when I get to tithe two hours and 24 minutes of time back to God. I’m celebrating Mass. I’m hearing confessions. I’m praying the Rosary. I’m leading a group in prayer. When I do that and it starts to seem burdensome to me I remind myself, “Wait a minute, this is my opportunity to tithe this time back to God in thanksgiving for what God has done.” I’m being a good steward of time. When I realize that I’m saying, “Wait a minute. Where is the present moment in this?” Then it gets me deeper into the prayer that I’m praying. The distractions become something further away. When we become aware that distractions are part of interfering with the present moment, then we deepen our prayer life.

 

Making time to pray can be seen in this story:

During the lunch hour, the president of a large factory wanted to talk to his company’s manager about an urgent matter, but the manager’s secretary said, “He is at a conference as he is every day at this time.” “But,” said the impatient official, “Tell him the president wants to see him.” The secretary firmly replied, “I have strict orders not to disturb him when he is in a conference. Angrily, he brushed the secretary aside and opened the door to the manager’s private office. After one look, he backed out slowly, gently closed the door, and said, “I’m sorry. Is this a daily occurrence?” “Yes, every day he spends 15 minutes in such a conference,” said the secretary. The president had found the manager on his knees before an open Bible. Of course, the 15-minute daily conference was with God.

 

Sometimes people feel distracted when they pray. Understanding the relationship of prayer to time can be helpful in this matter. Experiencing time in relation to the present moment is a critical idea in understanding time as a gift. It is even more important when we see the link of time to prayer. Time can seem elusive because we view time as being past, present and future. As hard as it may seem, time is only experienced in the here and now. There is the constant temptation to live time as if it were either in the future or the past. When we begin to think like this, we rob ourselves of the present moment and we lose peace and serenity. By living in the future, we experience worry and fear. By living in the past, we are plagued by guilt and shame. Only in the present moment is there any relief. Finding that present moment is where we also find the presence of God.

 

When we try to seek to live in the past without the involvement of God in the present moment, we fail miserably. Historians have a noble profession but have always found their efforts ultimately take on meaning in relation to the present. Planners and developers dream dreams that ultimately have their meaning also in the present. Living in the here and now means adopting spiritual principles that recognize time as a gift.

 

In our modern society, we have many timesaving devices, yet less time than ever! Over-activity and the pursuit of leisure activities rob us of the present moment. Being busy has us scurrying about, causing a lack of focus and priorities. We become too busy to pray. Some are too busy to attend Sunday Mass. Time gets hijacked by the business world. Time is money, and no losses will be recorded by the industrious. This kind of utilitarian way of thinking wickedly transforms time into being a measure of production and efficiency. Time becomes a curse and not a blessing. The pursuit of pleasure also makes time into a commodity. Our hedonistic tendency needs time to experience gratification. Of course, one can never get enough, as temperance is a casualty of the pursuit of pleasure. God is lost or forgotten because the gift of the present moment becomes irrelevant.

 

These threats need to be consciously addressed as we reclaim the present moment out of respect for God. Time is a gift, a gift from God. True peace and serenity will not be found in deed or gratification but in God. The spiritual principle of stewardship resets our priority upon the primacy of God as creator. We are creatures of His created order, an order of time and space. Past and future have their places as do fear and shame. Emotional freedom is found in the here and now and recognizes life as being lived in the present moment.

 

Stewards of all that God gives us, we are ever conscious of the gift of time. We don’t find time to pray, we make time to pray. Time spent in prayer is balanced with the time experienced each moment of our lives. When we are too far ahead of ourselves, we know that we will experience fear and worry. When we are too far behind ourselves, we will experience guilt and shame. The good steward acts rightly, loves goodness and walks humbly with his God. (Micah 6:8)  First things are done first and one thing is done at a time. We stay focused upon the primacy of God and see every moment as a gift. In all things may God be glorified.

 

Time, in stewardship spirituality, is more than time spent in giving of our talents. It is an attitude that stays focused and unafraid. Being God-conscious in all that we do keeps us ever linked to the present because only God is found in the here and now. This spiritual understanding of time is important to understanding and embracing the spirituality of stewardship.

 

This week's teacher feature is on Theresa Walker.

 

Have a nice weekend.

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line October 13, 2017

Mr. Lyall's Line
 
This week we have really experienced the Kansas weather.  Cold and rainy, hotter than normal, and windy.  It sure does drive home the point to be prepared for all situations.  It seems that fall is here.

For the last few weeks, I have been sharing an excerpt from a large article written by Rev. Andrew Kemberling, V.F. on the spirituality of stewardship.  Here is this weeks installment on LOVE.

Love

“And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor 13:13

We have identified the three core values of identity, trust, gratitude and now we come to the last core value of love. Scripture tells us that there are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love. (1Cor 13:13) As God loves us, we love God. Love is the requirement of the Christian. It is NOT optional.

 

I often remind people that love is also in our language as another word––it’s called charity. When people hear charity they immediately think money! When you think of love you don’t think of money. But we say faith, hope, and love: faith, hope, and charity. Charity and love are the same things; they are interchangeable. We use them all the time in theological context. But if you’re going to move it into a spiritual context, that means if you are going to love, you are going to have to give.

 

Charity, therefore, is the requirement of a Christian. Love is not self-seeking. Love itself requires one to give. One cannot love if all one does is receive, receive, receive. Think about it. If in our family relationships, all that we do is receive, would we call that love? No. Love, therefore, requires us to give, to give of ourselves. To give time to God in prayer is an exceptional sign of our love.

 

The good steward understands that our charitable giving is based on the key idea that we have a need to give before we give to a need. Our need to give is our response in love. We give back what is not really ours. God does not want all of it back––not yet. He will when we die. He does not want half of it back, like the elderly man who won the million dollars was willing to do. No. God asks a tithe back in thanksgiving for what God has done. He asks us to give of our time, talent and treasure. As God loves us we love God. When God sees our response in love, God gives us even more. God cannot be outdone in generosity.

 

The love we have for God is manifested in setting nothing before our relationship with him. Out of love, our first priority is God. We don’t let things get in the way. Remember, God made us; we don’t belong to ourselves. If we don’t belong to ourselves, then the things we have are not even ours. They are lent to us. Just as when we rent something, there is a real owner, and that owner is God. This is particularly true when it comes to spending money entrusted to us. Put God first before paying any bills or setting any money aside.

 

When we rent something, we have to return it, give it back. Renters can be careless, which shows lack of respect for the owner. An even greater insult is for the renter to use an item and never to return it. That’s stealing from the owner. God is the owner, and we are the managers of his treasure. God, however, says, “Keep 90percent; use it even though it is not yours. Give back only 10percent––a tithe.” A tithe is not what’s leftover, or the table droppings. It is the best portion, the first portion. It is a sign of our love to give the very best.

I ask you wives, would it be love if all your husbands ever did was receive, receive, receive? No. That’s not love. You need to give. It must be mutual giving. That’s what we believe marriage is. It’s a covenant of mutuality. It means you give and you receive. You receive and you give. You learn how to give back and forth. And the requirement of the Christian is to love. The requirement of the Christian is to give. You need to learn to give.

 

What do you give? Well, we believe there are a number of things you can give but we have categorized these as time, talent and treasure. Often, we think that giving is optional. It is not optional. Love requires us to give; it’s part of loving. You can think your way through love, but when you act your way through love you have to give of yourself. For those of you who are married, you entered a covenant of receiving and receiving. You love each other. You know how to give. You give of yourself. You don’t give 50/50. You give 100/100. You give your whole self. And by giving yourself, you hold nothing back and you become even greater because you’re giving yourself away. That’s what the sacrament of marriage is about. It’s a beautiful image. And it really is born out of this image of love.

 

Love is important in stewardship spirituality. It is expressed in giving. If we say we love God, why is it hard to give to the collection basket at Church? Why do so many make excuses when people do not give? This, to me, diminishes the value of love. If people give, even as little as it is, it teaches them to focus on someone else rather then on himself or herself. It focuses on a relationship, a deep and loving relationship with God. Remember first core value of identity––that God created us for Him.

 

One way to look at love as a requirement of the Christian is what Scriptures tell us in the Old Testament: “do not come empty-handed when you come to the altar.” In biblical times, there were the three times a year when they were required “to celebrate a pilgrim feast’ to God (Ex 23:14). They didn’t come empty-handed. They had to give, “the choicest first fruits of your soil you shall bring to the house of the Lord your God.” Ex 23:19.

It was a way of life then in the Old Testament, and it’s a way of life for us now. To explain this further, I would like to go back to that identity issue. One of the images we came across while promoting stewardship as a way of life in the Philippines was this idea of the spousal image of identity. Remember what scriptures teach us: God has married us; we are married to God. We are His spouse. In addition, Jesus calls himself as the “bridegroom” and the Church is his bride. The Church is our spouse. That’s a beautiful image.

 

Of course, we also have another image which is more accepted within the church and that is: “the Church is our mother.” It’s a beautiful image, a very beautiful image. Indeed, the church provides for and feeds and looks after us just like what a mother does for her child. It’s very tender, and there’s trust and the sense of security.

 

Let’s face it though, little children grow up. And when you grow up, you don’t marry your mother; you don’t marry your father. You marry your spouse; you marry your husband; you marry your wife. And if you can see the Church not as just your mother, but as your husband or as your wife, then you also see an obligation that comes with loving a spouse––loving a wife or a husband. It is in that spousal relationship that we challenge a poor parish to ask: “How would you treat your wife? Would you treat your wife this way by giving her nothing?” You would go out of your way to make sure she had everything she needed.

Remember, that’s what spirituality is––applying it––asking people to take seriously that the Church is their spouse. Are you in love with your spouse? Look at her. Look at him. Are you in love with him? Are you only thinking you love him? Are you showing your love for your spouse?

 

Even the poorest people know about marriage. They know that image. You don’t have to explain it too hard. They get that one real fast because they know what it is to have a husband and a wife. They know how to be good to their spouses. When they think of the Church as their spouse, they learn to now to treat the Church with that same understanding.

 

Remember, love is a requirement of the Christian. We love, and then we know how to love, especially those of us who are married. They know how to love. If they can understand the kind of love there is between husband and wife, they can transfer that to the Church. That’s an important start, but it’s just a start.

I hope you have been enjoying Father Kembrling's message.  Incorporating the virtues is truly the way to a stewardship way of life.

 

Don't forget to read the teacher feature this week on Ann Vaughn.  Ann is our lead teacher and has been here at St. Pats for her entire career.  Very impressive.

 

Happy Fall!

With you in Christ,

 

Mr. Lyall

Mr Lyall's Line October 6 2017

Mr. Lyall's Line
Thank you to everyone that helped with the softball fun day.  This was a great experience for our students.  We appreciate your willingness to help and participate for the benefit of our kids!
 
Please do not forget to sign -up for conferences through Sign-up Genius.  Conferences have been changed from the original calendar due to the Discovering Christ Seminar.  They will be Tuesday and Thursday, October 17th and 19th.  Times are 3:30 to 7:00 day.  Junior high and special teacher conferences will be held in the gym this year.  No appointment is necessary, just come and go as you need to for each teacher.  Please call Tammi Osner in the school office if you should have questions. Thank you.
 
This week I have shared with you the third part of the article from Father 

Andrew Kemberling, V.F.  It discusses the spirituality of gratitude.

 

Gratitude

 

Praise the Lord! O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

 for his steadfast love endures forever. Ps. 106:1

“We thank God the Father, through Christ in the Spirit, for the gifts of creation, salvation and sanctification.” CCC, No. 1352.

Trust and acceptance naturally lead to the next core value of gratitude. Coming to the realization that enough is enough is fueled by acceptance. It is an attitude shift of looking at what we have, not at what we don’t have.

The greatest gift is our relationship with loved ones. People are more important than things. We come to accept that God has given us just what we need. We come to believe that God does for us what we can not do for ourselves. And God’s way of providing is for our own good. Our detachment from material goods places them in their proper perspective. We appreciate them for what they are––a gift.

Gratitude fills our heart as we realize the wisdom and forethought God has in giving us what we need. If we don’t have it, perhaps we don’t need it. If God wants us to have something, we remember that nothing is impossible with God. What we have is shared with us by God and we appreciate his trust in us to be stewards of the good things of life. Our thanks to God is an offering in itself. It is our way of responding to the relationship founded upon God’s love.

 

Gratitude is like the fruit of the first two because as you start losing yourself, you start focusing on the things that you have been given. All of stewardship sees everything as a gift, a gift from God. Listen for the gift language in the Eucharistic prayer. You hear it all the time. “Oh God, we present these gifts to you and all the gifts that you’ve given us.” Thus in the Eucharist, “We thank God the Father, through Christ in the Spirit, for the gifts of creation, salvation and sanctification.” CCC, No.___ Indeed, God has given you every single thing in your life. Thus you won’t take anything for granted. You realize how God’s action and control has made everything happen in your life.

Gratitude is born out of trust because the ultimate trust is letting go of the control. God is in control. When you realize that God is in control and you realize he’s given everything as a gift, gratitude is born.

 

Greed and Envy

 

The opposites of gratitude are greed and envy. Greed and envy are qualities in our world that are destructive to gratitude because greed and envy want more, more, more. With gratitude we say, “I am not trying to seek what I don’t have. Rather, I appreciate what I already have.” It changes the focus. It’s like taking a 180-degree turn in gratitude. You start seeing a different picture.

Thus, you say, “I have this, and I have that,” and you begin to realize what you do have instead of being filled with covetousness, with avarice, and with wanting more. You appreciate what you have. You begin to say “I don’t need so much, I can live with less.” That’s what gratitude does. It helps you realize you can have less. You don’t have to have all that you want. Instead, you say “I have enough. In fact, I have too much already. Look at all God’s given me!” You start to take an inventory of everything you have and you say “I have more than I’ve ever needed!” And then you begin to realize, when you compare what you have to what other people have, that: “I am blessed; I am truly blessed.”

This is especially true for travelers from First World countries to Third World countries. You can be a real wimp when it comes to getting ready in the morning, with hot water and a shower readily available. This might not be the case in Third World countries and it could be a very hard experience for some. Thus, when you go home, you’ll be thanking God for hot water!

When was the last time you thanked God for that? It reminds you of how much we have, yet we take them for granted ––even the most basic creature comforts of life. I thank God for a private bathroom, and I thank God for drinkable water. Imagine not having potable water! Most often in Third World countries, you have to drink out of bottles. Thus, we realize how much we have in our country.

Gratitude is a quality of humility. We need to lose our selfishness and, perhaps, some sense of control, and we need to become humble. Humility does not focus on oneself; rather, it upon the ultimate. The ultimate is that God is God and He gives us everything we have. Then we realize we don’t need anything more because we already have so much now.

Everything we have is a gift. That means there’s this relationship of giving and receiving that’s very important to stewardship spirituality. God gives and we receive; and then on our part we learn how to give. Just as God gives us everything, we too, need to learn to give as part of this spirituality. This is not an intellectual process. These are actions that come from your heart. This is very moral––things you have to do. And so in this spirituality, gratitude means you need to be thankful. You cannot just think thankfulness; you have to act out being thankful.

 

Lastly, don't forget to check out this week's teacher feature.  Mary Meng is the headliner this week.

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line September, 22, 2017

Mr. Lyall's Line

 

September is moving quickly...with the temperature rising it is hard to imagine that Fall has arrived.  Soon the temperature will begin to drop.  We really like to take the students outside as much as possible so please make sure students are prepared for the temperature.  Whether a light jacket or heavy jacket or even hat or gloves is necessary, this is something we need when going outside to play in the days to come.  We appreciate you making sure your children are prepared.

 

The Fall Softball Valley 9 Fun Day Tournament will be October 2 in Haven.  We will have two teams playing in the tournament. We hope that everyone will have a chance to travel to Haven and see the kids play a little ball. A special thank you to Lynne Schreiner and Harold Hughes for volunteering to coach our kids.  

 

May God continue to abundantly bless all of us, our parish, and school.

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

 

Mr. Lyall's Line September 8, 2017

Mr. Lyall's Line

 

It seems that fall is arriving a little early this year.  With that in mind, please make sure your children come to school prepared for the weather.  We try to go outside as much as possible so the students have an opportunity to run and play and regroup, having a jacket that they can remove if necessary is always a good plan.

 

Along those same lines of preparedness is a good breakfast.  Here is some general information I found that really does help.

 

Your mother was right: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it give you the energy to start a new day, but breakfast is linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance.

Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts) can help give you:

A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals

Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom

More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity

Lower cholesterol levels

Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially so for children and adolescents. According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination.

 

It truly is the most important meal of the day!

 

Thank you to everyone who attended the first PTO Meeting.  We are excited about all of the wonderful things we can accomplish together this school year.  Your support is always appreciated.

 

Just a reminder that anyone can purchase the St Patrick Lanyard from the school office.  The cost is $5.00, and all proceeds go directly to the Drexel Fund.  Thank you for your support.  Contact Tammi Osner in the school office for more information.

 

Don't forget to check out this week's Teacher Feature on the back of the POST.  Galene SanRamoni, our Resource Room Director is in the spotlight this week.   

 

Enjoy this beautiful weather.  May the Peace of Christ be with all of you!

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line September 1, 2017

Mr. Lyall's Line

 

Thank you to everyone who was at Back-to-School Night.  I know the students really look forward to showing their parents their classroom and you meeting with their teacher.  Your support of our Catholic School is outstanding.

 

This year we again will be hosting Cleaning Days on the weekends once a month. The first Day is September 16th.  Please sign-up for this by using the Sign-up Genius.  We work from 9:00 to 11:00 and have had no trouble completing everything that needs to be done.  This is a wonderful way to have fellowship, work for the betterment of our school, and practice the stewardship way of life.  Thank you in advance for volunteering.

 

The Teacher Feature that I mentioned last week was inadvertently left off the back of the POST.  This week we will have two.  Please read all about Claire Elliot our new third-grade teacher, and Angie Brooks our new para-professional.

Each week I hope to share a "feature" article for each and every person in our school. 

 

As I announced at Back-to-School Night, if you take your child to the Orthodontist or the dentist, please ask for the pink card that they have so we can put this on file.  This will help us when we do dental checks in the future.

 

Additionally, we are trying to save on paper and printing costs, so if you do not need the printed copy of the POST, please let Tammi know in the office so we can remove you from that list.  It is printed for anyone who wants it in that form, but if it is not necessary, we would like to know that.  Thanks for your help!

 

I am sure many of you have already discovered that we have a Facebook page for our school.  We are trying to keep this as up to date as possible.  We hope you are enjoying this new communication tool.  Of course, our web page is also available to everyone as well.

 

The school year is definitely in full swing.  If you should need assistance with anything, please contact your child's teacher or me for assistance.  We are happy to help.

 

Please pray for all of the people and animals affected by the hurricane.  The devastation is very great.  May God heal everyone who has been affected in any way.  Prayers are needed for certain.

 

May God continue to abundantly bless all that we do!

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line August 25, 2017

Mr. Lyall's Line

 

Welcome back!  I am very pleased with the start of this school year.  The students are ready to learn and have been fantastic about listening and paying attention.  I am impressed!  We certainly are blessed!

The Eclipse on Monday was a huge success.  I watched the students enjoy viewing God's awesome power and fully participating in an activity that promotes a tremendous amount of learning and interest in our universe.  The teachers did a fantastic job of preparing the students so they could view safely and appropriately.  The addition of Moon Pies, Sun Chips, and a bottle of water made the event even more fun!  Thank you to the PTO and the Steven Tetrick Foundation for supplying the snacks and viewing glasses.  Thank you, too, to all the parents and former students who came back to help with this event.  I truly believe it was a great learning experience for everyone involved. 

 

Here are reminders for you to mark your calendars.  Back-to-School Night will be Wednesday at 6:30 pm. We will all start in the gym and then go to the classrooms.  I look forward to seeing everyone this evening.  I know the students get very excited to show their parents their classroom and all the wonderful things they are learning.  

 

This year I am trying to do a "Teacher Feature," on the back of the POST so you can get to know the teachers a little better.  This week is featuring our newest edition to our staff, Mrs. Claire Elliott.  Claire will be our third-grade teacher this year.

 

Lastly, attached to this weeks POST is an article written for Momentum Magazine by our Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Robert Voboril.  Momentum is the National Catholic Education Magazine for all Catholic Schools in the country. Mr. Voboril was named the National Catholic Education Association Superintendent of the Year.  His article details the spirituality of stewardship and the true benefits of stewardship in our diocese.  We are truly blessed! 

 

My prayer for this year is that we all see the benefits of the stewardship way of life and embrace all our blessings we receive from our Catholic faith.

 

May God continue to abundantly bless all that we do!

 

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line May 19, 2017

Mr. Lyall's Line

As we approach the end of yet another school year, I would like to

take the opportunity to thank all of you for your help, support and

interest this year. We have had another very busy and successful

year in school and you, as partners in the education of your

children, deserve much of the credit for that.

I would also like to say congratulations and farewell to our 8th-grade

class. This past Thursday these 13 students were promoted to high

school in a beautiful mass and ceremony. These students truly

have captured the sense of their Catholic responsibility in their

years here to serve and be hospitable. I am praying for each of

them as they open this new and exciting chapter of their life. Again,

congratulations, you will be missed.

We still have a few spaces in our summer program. Please contact

the office for more information.

Don't forget to sign into Sign-up Genius and say how may hot dogs

your family will need for the last day of school Field Day, Tuesday

May 23rd. The day starts with mass, and an awards assembly in

the gym immediately following mass. After this, the field day will begin.

I hope to see you there.

Information has gone home about the summer reading program at

the library. I highly encourage every student to take part in this.

Additionally, St. Pat's will be offering an Art Camp this summer in

July. If you would like additional information, please contact the

school office.

Next year calendars will be sent with the report cards on May 25th.

Registration will once again be done online. Registration is July

24th, 9:00-1:00 and 3:00 - 7:00. You will need your Powerschool

sign-in and passwords to complete the process. If you should

require assistance with this process, please contact Tammi Osner or

Val Rohlman at the school.

The first day of school will be August 17th.

Enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts. Have a wonderful

summer.

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line May 12, 2017

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Well, May seems to be moving rather quickly.  Before we know it we will be eating our picnic lunch on the last day.  Before I jump too far ahead, we still have many learning opportunities taking place in these final days.  The diocesan assessments in Religion and Technology are still underway.  Students still need to focus on these important checkpoints from the diocese. Also, students need to complete projects and study for the remaining classes and tests.  Additionally, the students are participating in so many activities outside of school.  Be sure to check the calendar for your student, as many great things are planned at all grade levels.

 

It is not too late to sign up for some summer learning at our Beyond the Bell Learning program.  Classes are available June 26th through the 29th and July 31st through Aug. 3rd.  Each session is $100.00.  Please call the school office for registration information.

 

Congratulations to our second graders as they received their first Holy Eucharist on last Sunday.  May they all enjoy God's abundant grace through the Eucharist.  Many Blessings to the entire second grade.  By the way, I loved all of the banners that each family made.  They were beautiful.

 

During this Easter season, I pray that the risen Jesus will continue to abundantly bless all that we do for children each day.  

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line May 5th, 2017

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As Catholic parents, we know that the soul is the only part of our child that will live forever but sometimes we put off nurturing it in favor of more immediate priorities.  Yet, it's important to build good spiritual habits while children are young, so they are ingrained into adulthood.  Consider these ideas for raising a strong healthy soul in your child's body:

 

Feed the soul like you would the body. Spiritual nourishment comes from attending Mass every weekend, receiving the Sacraments, and daily prayer.  Encourage prayer as a family, too.  

 

Educate the soul. Denying a child a proper academic education is unthinkable, so make sure to provide ample opportunities to learn about our faith through religious education programs.  Whether your child is in Catholic School or the parish school of religion, give religion homework the same priority as any other essential subject.

 

Show by example.  When we teach our child to ride a bike or tie their shoe, we do so by showing them how.  Make sure to also show your child ways to live the faith.  Discuss what you do to keep your own soul healthy and strong.

 

Daily exercise is key.  One only gets better with practice.  Make sure your child practices his faith every day.  Prayer and service to others are two everyday habits that start in childhood.

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line April 28, 2017

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Wow, where did April go?  Time sure does fly when you are having so much fun. Our students are doing such a wonderful job and I appreciate their hard work and dedication to being life-long learners. Thank you also goes to parents and teachers for supporting all of our students as they grow in faith and knowledge.

 

I am pleased to announce that we have multiple winners in the Valley 9 Art Fair.  Our students did very well taking home several medals and ribbons as well as best of show.  We are so blessed to have so many talented individuals in our school, a special thank you to Mrs. Hill.  A complete list of all the winners will be published in next weeks POST.  Way to go Crusaders! 

 

 

I would like to say a special thank you to Ms. Fisher for once again heading up our wonderful Talent Show.  We are so fortunate to have such a variety of talented and inspiring young actors, musicians, athletes and gifted children with great imaginations. Thank you for entertaining our school with your gift of talent. 

 

My prayers are with all of you as we wind this school year down.  Please continue to pray for the health and success of everyone in our parish and school.  St. Patrick, pray for us!

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

 

Mr. Lyall's Line April 20, 2017

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The Sedar Meal last week was a beautiful celebration to begin our Easter Triduum.  I would like to thank Pam Weber, Dana Weninger, Darla Harbert and Jackie Schonlau for all of your hard work putting together a wonderful meal.  We truly felt like the St. Patrick's family.

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday.  We now begin the home stretch to finish the school year with very few days off.  Please encourage your students to get adequate rest and eat a good breakfast so we can finish the year out rested and healthy.

 

 

With You in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

 

Mr. Lyall's Line April 13, 2017

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Holy Week

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the first joy of the season,

as we celebrate Our Lord's triumphant entrance into

Jerusalem where he was welcomed by crowds worshiping

him and laying down palm leaves before him. It also marks

the beginning of Holy Week, with the greatest tragedy and

sorrow of the year.

Jesus' triumphant return to Jerusalem is only one side of

the story.

By now many of the Jews are filled with hate for Our Lord.

They want to see him stoned, calling Him a blasphemer,

especially after offering proof of His Divinity during a winter

visit to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Dedication.

After this, Jesus went to Perea, where he was summoned

to Bethany. There he raised Lazarus from the dead, a

miracle which wins Him such renown among certain

Pharisees that they decided finally to end His life.

Jesus took refuge at Ephrem returning six days before

Passover to Bethany, triumphantly entering Jerusalem.

That evening, He leaves Jerusalem and returns Monday.

He spent time with Gentiles in the Temple, and on

Wednesday left for the Mount of Olives. Here he foretold

the apostles the events of the next several days, including

His impending death.

He returned to Jerusalem on Thursday, to share the Last

Supper with His apostles. He was subsequently arrested

and tried. He was crucified at Calvary on Friday, outside the

gates of Jerusalem.

He was buried the same day, and arose three days later, on

Easter Sunday.

All of this is done by our Lord for forgiveness of our sins,

and for life everlasting with Him.

God so loved us, that He sent His only begotten Son to die

for us, so that our sins may be forgiven.

May the Blessings of our Risen Lord on Easter Sunday fill

your hearts with much joy and happiness. We are so

blessed!

With You in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line April 7, 2017

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I think this rain has been a huge blessing for everyone.  It was just what the doctor ordered for our farmers.  Thank you, God, for this abundant blessing.  

 

Please send in your pre-registration as soon as possible.  We are anxiously preparing for the next school year.  This is important information in that planning.

 

Next week we will have our annual Seder meal with all of the students on Holy Thursday.  This is a beautiful celebration of the Passover and we ask that all students dress up for this meal.  Appropriate attire for Dress-up days is in the student handbook.  If you should have questions, please contact the school office. This has become a wonderful tradition here at St. Patrick.  Thursday is a 12:30 dismissal.  Good Friday there is no school, as well as Easter Monday.

 

Thank you to those who have participated in the clean-up days.  These monthly sessions have proven to be a huge blessing for our school.  We all appreciate your efforts to helps us maintain the school.

 

Don't forget that you must be trained through the VIRTUS program to drive on field trips.  This is a reminder for everyone, as many field trips are being planned for this spring.  If you need a date for a training session, please contact the school office for this information.

 

Peace to all of you these final days of lent.  Easter will soon be here.

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line March 31, 2017

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WHAT IS LENT: 

‘Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection.  In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism.  Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or volunteering and giving of themselves for others.  The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan.

 

After mass last weekend I had the opportunity to speak with a couple of different priests about Lent and the sacrifices that I was making.  I really was trying to get my mind around better ways to do some things.  It seems that I picked the perfect Sunday to do this as it was Laetare Sunday.

 

The fourth Sunday of Lent is rather unique; like the third Sunday of Advent ("Gaudete Sunday"), the fourth Sunday of Lent is a break in an otherwise penitential season. The vestments for this day will be rose, as they are on Gaudete Sunday in Advent, and flowers may adorn the Altar. This day is called "Laetare Sunday" (also "Rose Sunday" ), and takes its name from the opening words of the Mass, the Introit's "Laetare, Jerusalem."

 

My priest friends told me that this was the perfect Sunday to refocus my Lenten promises and sacrifices.  They reminded me that we all need to refocus, and maybe even change our plan to get closer to God.  I found these words to be very reassuring and dedicated my evening to my focus on what truly was important for me during this Lent.  It also reminded me of my human nature and the need for reassurance and perseverance.  It truly was a breath of fresh air for me.  

 

I encourage everyone to try this refocusing for Lent.  It truly is beneficial and in my case really helped me see the importance of my actions in lent.

 

May God abundantly bless each of you this Lent.

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall 

 

Mr. Lyall's Line March 16th, 2017

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First, I want to thank the many individuals who put together the St. Pats Dinner and Raffle.  The countless hours of preparation and hard work for our parish and school are truly a gift of the Holy Spirit.  I am so impressed by the efforts.  Thank you for the gift of your time, talents, and treasure.  I assure you that your effort does not go unnoticed and we appreciate all that you do.  Every penny raised will directly help our parish, students, and school.

 

Next, I want to thank everyone for their generous contributions to the Drexel Fund.  We raised over $2,000 this year.  That is fantastic!  This money assists all Drexel schools in the Diocese, as well as St. Patrick.  Because of the success of this campaign, I received a makeover on Wednesday.  I must admit, the students did a fabulous job, and had plenty of fun making me beautiful.  (NO EASY TASK!) and (Ugly step sister comes to mind)  When I looked in the mirror, I saw an Aunt of mine...scary!  A good time was had by all.  I certainly hope that your support of the Drexel fund continues for the benefit of our Catholic School.  Thanks for your donation.

 

Spring break is March 19-26th.  I hope you enjoy this time off with your families.  Please be careful if you are traveling.  See you on Monday, March 27th.

 

If you did not have a chance to conference with your child's teacher, please make sure you contact them to accomplish this task.

 

Lastly, please send your pre-registration for the 2017-2018 school year in as soon as possible.  Thank you. 

 

May God continue to bless our efforts during this Lenten season

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line March 10, 2017

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This week St. Patrick once again hosted the Valley ( music festival.  Many schools participated, including, Holy Spirit, Goddard, St. Mary, Newton, Partridge, Yoder, St. Paul Lutheran, and St. Joseph, Ost.  Everyone did a fantastic job and we were treated to beautiful choirs, enthusiastic bands, and soloists who have a tremendous future in music.  I would like to thank the many teachers, parents, and volunteers who work very hard to make this festival happen each year.  It is a privilege to host this event, and we are happy that everyone comes to St. Patrick for a great day.  Thanks, too, for the wonderful food in the hospitality room.  The PTO and parents really out do themselves each year.  Lastly, thanks to our Student Council who help do whatever is necessary to make sure everyone has a good time at our school.

 

Next, kindergarten screening took place last week.  Parents, please come register for the coming school year if you have not done so already.  If you know of a student who did not get screened and would like to come to St. Patrick, please have that student's parents contact the school office.  Kindergarten round-up will be, Friday, April 28th.

 

Preschool is filling quickly.  If you know of someone or you yourself need to pre-register for these classes, please call the school office immediately.  Slots fill quickly and we are close to capacity.  Thank you.

 

Please send back your preregistration forms for all other grades.  We use this information for ordering and planning for the next school year.  It is very important.

 

Don't forget to join us for the St. Patrick Dinner this Sunday. Great food, fun prizes, and excellent community. The doors open at 3:00.  I hope to see everyone there.  

 

May the merciful God bless us abundantly during this Lenten season.  St. Patrick, Pray for us!

 

With you in Christ, 

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line March 3, 2017

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February has really gone quickly. The old saying of blink and you will miss it seems to apply this time of year. March brings us lent, St. Pat's Dinner, Raffle ticket sales, testing, spring break, and many other interesting milestones.  It too will move forward very quickly.  

 

On Friday of last week, our student council delivered 120 lunches to a men's winter homeless shelter in Wichita.  The students raised the money by having a breakfast in the cafeteria for all of us to attend. Using the money from this event, the students, along with Mrs. Dana Weninger, formed an assembly line and made lunches of ham and cheese sandwiches on a hoagie bun, cookies, chips, oranges, granola bar, and a bottle of water.  The students delivered these lunches and took a tour of the winter shelter, and the Lord's Diner.  The students were praised for their hard work and dedication to Catholic social teaching and the needs of others.  What is most impressive is that the students wanted to know what else they could do to help.  These students truly know the meaning of assisting people in need.  I was very impressed with their efforts.  Additionally, the students attended Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  This truly was a beautiful day filled with multiple blessings.  I am proud of our student council.  Keep-up the excellent attitude and generous spirit of stewardship.  You are a true example of love of neighbor.

 

We are now focused on Lent.  Ash Wednesday reminded us all of the need for prayer, alms-giving, and sacrifice.  Please join us in our Forty Miles in Forty Days program.  It is a great way to participate as a family in a Lenten activity.  I look forward to participating every year.  If you should require additional forms, or need another form, please contact the school office.

 

Raffle tickets went home for the St. Patrick Drawing last week.  Students seem excited to once again participate.  Please sell those tickets.  Every penny of the raffle benefits our students, teachers, and school.  Thank you for your generous support and participation.  The dinner will be held on Sunday, March 12th.  I hope to see all of you there...additionally may the luck of the Irish be with you for a wonderful prize from the raffle.  St. Patrick, pray for us!

 

Please remember that Pre-enrollment packets were mailed or sent home already, please make this a priority and send it back to school as soon as possible.  We are getting ready to start ordering for next year.  Thank you for your prompt response.

 

Spring Casual Pictures are March 14th.  Please read and follow dress code policies in your parent and student handbook.

 

Next, conferences by request are March 17th.  Teachers and parents should request conferences.  Please contact your students teacher to assure you receive an appointment.  Conferences will run from 8::00 am to 3:00 pm.  All teachers will be available.

 

Spring break is March 20th through the 24th. Hopefully, there will be plenty of sunshine for everyone to enjoy.

 

May God bless all that we do during this Lenten season.

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line February 24, 2017

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Wow, have we been spoiled with this beautiful weather!  Unfortunately, I hear that old man winter is still wanting to come visit in the near future.  I do hope that you have had an opportunity to enjoy some of these beautiful days we have had recently.

 

Pre-enrollment packets have been sent out to everyone.  Please complete these forms and return them as soon as possible.  If you misplaced the form or did not receive one for any reason, we have put the form on the website and e-mailed everyone a copy. If you still can't find a copy, Tammi Osner in our school office would be happy to help.  Please give her a call.

 

Thank you again to all the people who keep coming to our cleaning days we are scheduling Monthly, the next cleaning day will be April 1st.  This is a great way to offer some stewardship and also some really nice fellowship.  The school looks great.  It truly is amazing how much gets accomplished between 9:00 and 11:00 on these Saturdays.  We appreciate everyone lending a hand.

 

When March arrives, State testing will begin for grades 3 through 8.  Please positively encourage your children to do their best, get plenty of rest, and have a healthy breakfast.  Research points out that these three points can nearly double a student's productivity.  Thanks for your support.

 

Many blessings to you and your family.

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line February 16, 2017

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First, thank you to those who were at the latest PTO meeting and Parent University Class.  Val Rohlman talked about some very important issues with internet and computer safety.  In today's world, a few moments of unprotected gaming or surfing can be a costly and huge mistake.  Unfortunately, these cyber criminals are ready, willing and able to steal at any time.  Recently, I came across an article on how to prevent child identity theft.  The brass tax on this issue is that a child is more likely to have their identity stolen than an adult.  Have I caught your attention? I have attached the article so you can read it.  I really think this is a must read for every parent.

 

This week per-registration forms were mailed or sent home with students.  Please complete these forms and return them as soon as possible.  This is extremely important when it comes time to prepare for the next school year. 

 

Kindergarten screening registration has also begun.  If children entering kindergarten must be screened, please call the school office to obtain an appointment.  Screening will take place on March 2nd and 3rd, all day.  Appointments fill fast.

 

This year's Walk in Sisters Shoes campaign has begun.  This is the annual fund-raising drive for the Drexel schools in the Diocese.  St. Patrick directly benefits from this fund.  Classrooms are collecting spare change, and everyone has the opportunity to cast a "money" vote for their favorite college basketball team, KU, K-State, or WSU.  It looks as if KU has taken an early lead.  Come on Wildcat and Shocker fans, we need your votes.  Please stop by the office to place your contribution in your favorite teams jar. Remember that this truly helps our school!

 

I hope everyone enjoyed there Valentine's Day.  I know the students had a lot of fun.  Thanks to all the parent volunteers who truly "sweetened" our day.

 

If you have an outstanding lunch balance, please send your payment to Dana Weninger as soon as possible.  Our fantastic lunch program is a separate entity from the school and federally regulated, and is supported by your payments.  Please, make this a priority so Dana can keep providing exceptional lunches.

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Bob Lyall