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

Mr. Lyall's Line

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

Mr. Lyall's Line

 

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

Mr. Lyall's Line

 

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. Lyall's Line February 9, 2017

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Catholic School's Week truly was a success!  I am so proud of our teachers, students and parish.  This dedication to our Catholic school exemplifies our faith and values.  Thank you again for making stewardship a priority in support of our faith, values, and school.  We could not do it without you!

 

On Friday, much to everyone's surprise, we had a very special visitor to our building.  Governor Sam Brownback paid us a visit to congratulate us on our many achievements and to say hello as he passed through town.  The Governor stayed for around 30 minutes and shook hands of grandparents, parents, and students as they came to eat lunch for our grandparent's luncheon.  Before he left he reminded me that we have a very special school and that we should be very proud of all our accomplishments.  I told him that we were very blessed and that St. Patrick Catholic School's success comes from many individuals working together to provide a Catholic Education for our children and community.  What a nice surprise this was!

 

In other news, our next cleaning day will be Saturday, February 18th, from 9:00 to 11:00. If you would like to join us, please register online at Sign-up Genius, or contact Tammi Osner in the office.  We appreciate your assistance.

 

We are collecting spare change in every classroom to raise money for the Drexel Fund.  This fund directly benefits many schools in the Diocese, including St. Pats.  Ask your student(s) to tell you about St. Katharine Drexel.  She was an amazing woman!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line February 2, 2017

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It gives me great pleasure to announce that St. Patrick Catholic School has once again been named a Banner School by the Diocese of Wichita for the 2016-2017 school year.  On Wednesday night, Mr Bob Voboril, Superintendent for the Diocese, presented this distinguished award to Father Shockey and myself at a dinner here at St. Patrick. Please also join me in congratulating two of our teachers who were also honored with awards: Mary Meng received the St. John Neumann Award – Outstanding K-8 Teacher outside Sedgwick County, and Valerie Rohlman received the St. Joseph the Worker Award - Outstanding technology support person in the Diocese of Wichita.  All three honors are huge blessings and we are honored to have won.  The faculty and staff here at St. Pats deserve this kind of recognition, as they are true stewards of their faith.  We are so very blessed!

 

Additionally, I would like to announce that Mr. Bob Voboril, our superintendent, has been named the National Catholic Education Association Superintendent of the Year.  Bob truly deserves this distinction for his tireless effort to sustain and maintain the highest degree of excellence in this diocese.  Bob truly supports St. Patrick, and we appreciate all that he does and has done to assist us in our mission.

 

Catholic Schools Week was a huge success.  I believe the students truly had a great week filled with faith, knowledge and service.  Oh heck, we had a lot of fun too!  Thank you to everyone who supports our Catholic School.  We could not do it without you.  A true blessing in the Diocese of Wichita is the Stewardship way of life.  This is the only diocese in the country that allows stewardship as a way to fund Catholic education.  Again, a true blessing.

 

May God continue to abundantly bless this diocese and our school.  

 

With you in Christ,

Mr Lyall 

Mr. Lyall's Line January 26, 2017

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With the conclusion of this week, we are getting fired-up for Catholic School's Week.  Starting this Saturday through next Friday we have many educational, faith-filled, and fun activities to celebrate our Catholic School.  A full list of activities, including grandparents day, is on the back of this publication.

 

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2017 is January 29 - February 4. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.   

 

Catholic schools offer academic excellence and faith-filled education for students nationwide.  National test scores, high school graduation rates, college attendance and other data show that Catholic schools frequently outperform schools in both the public and private sectors. While some Catholic schools are challenged by declining enrollments and school closures, the good news is that there is a strong demand and enthusiasm for Catholic schools. Nearly thirty percent of Catholic schools have waiting lists for admission and new schools are opening across the country.  

 

I hope you join me in praying for the success of our Catholic School.  We are so blessed to have a wonderful school, parish and Diocese that allows us the privilege of this tremendous grace.

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

 

Mr. Lyall's Line January 19, 2017

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In these days after Christmas and before Lent, we celebrate "ordinary time."  This time certainly is anything but ordinary and focuses on the devotion to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects.  The Latin Tempus Per Annum ("time throughout the year") is rendered into English as "Ordinary Time." Many sources, both online and in print, suggest that Ordinary Time is derived from the word ordinal, meaning "numbered," since the Sundays of Ordinary Time, as in other seasons, are ordered numerically.

 

Ordinary time does not need to be "ordinary," and is not somehow a "break" from the Liturgical Year. The opposite is actually true: Ordinary Time celebrates "the mystery of Christ in all its aspects." Many important liturgical celebrations fall during Ordinary Time, including, Trinity, Corpus Christi, All Saints, the Assumption of Mary, and Christ the King. In addition, the Church continues to celebrate Saints days and other events such as The Octave of Christian Unity. The major feasts, when occurring on a Sunday, trump the regular Ordinary Time Sunday lessons and liturgy. In the American Catholic Church, Corpus Christi is usually transferred to a Sunday, so often there are fewer than the 33 or 34 Sundays labeled "Sundays of Ordinary Time," although these Sundays still fall within Ordinary Time. We also may remember and celebrate the parts of Jesus' life that were ordinary, much like our own lives. The color of green is appropriate because it is the most ordinary color in our natural environment.

 

Here is a prayer to use in Ordinary time:

Prayer to Grow With the Church Year

 

Lord Jesus

I know that all human relations take time

if they are to grow and deepen.

This is also true of my relations

with You, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

which must grow over the course of my life.

However, this growth is not automatic;

time alone means nothing

unless I add earnest efforts to it.

 

You have inspired Your Church to set aside special times

when this growth can develop more intensely -

the special seasons of the Church Year.

If I fail to move toward You during these times,

I waste precious opportunities

and endanger my spiritual life.

Help me to take them seriously

and make a real attempt to use them well,

so that I may grow into the person

You want me to be.

AMEN

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

Mr. Lyall's Line January 12, 2017

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According to all reports that I have seen and heard this week, we all have the potential for some dangerous icy weather this weekend.  Please make sure your are careful and have your accurate phone and e-mail registered with us for our emergency reporting system.  If things are dangerous, we will postpone the clean-up the school day on Saturday and reschedule. 

 

In other news, the basketball tournaments are in full swing for our 7th and 8th grade boys and girls.  The teams are currently doing very well.  Good luck Crusaders!  You make us proud.  Congratulations to the multiple students who made the honor roll this semester.  A full list of the recipients is posted on the back of the POST.

 

Many students, particularly at this time of year experience a period of basic winter doldrums.  Homework is a hassle, and can become a struggle.  Here are some tips to help end some of these doldrums and create a homework-friendly home to sidestep some of the big obstacles parents and children face. Try these 7 tips to get started:

 

1. Feed your child's tummy and brain. I am dutiful about making sure my son is sent off to school with a good (some days only OK) breakfast because I know how important a full belly is for learning. After school a full belly is important too and not one filled only with sugary pantry items. A hungry child or one crashing from too much sugar is not a child eager to do his or her homework without a struggle.

 

2. Allow lots of fresh air and play time first, but no screens. After a long day at school many children need time to unwind. I have found that by allowing a lot of play time but absolutely zero screen time my son will play more, and get to his homework without struggle because he's had a much needed break from learning. Often my son will go straight for his homework to get it out of the way but on days when he doesn't the only rule that is not negotiable is zero screens before homework.

 

3. Have a designated place for all school things. No need for it to be fancy, the same spot by the door is perfect. Your child needs to be able to find the homework that needs to be done easily when it's time to get to work.

 

4. Have a designated place for doing homework. No need for a special room, just a spot that your child uses every day. Have everything your children might need within arm's reach so that when they are ready to sit down and do homework they don't start wandering about and getting distracted by everything else that is not their homework.

 

5. Clear your schedule if possible. Be available when they are doing their homework. You may need to be right there next to your kids helping, or nearby in case an issue pops up but try your best not to be unable to help if they need it.

 

6. Stay calm so your child will too. If your child has hit a roadblock attack the issue as a team. If you are frustrated, that will make the whole situation worse. Homework is something many children have daily and keeping the experience as pleasant as possible will help make this daily activity smooth sailing.

 

7. Make sure your child is getting enough sleep. Cranky kids are often tired or hungry. If you have given them a good healthy snack and they are still cranky, the next step is to take a good look at their sleep. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention school-aged children need at least 10 hours of sleep each night. Your child may need even more.

 

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

 

Mr. Lyall's Line January 5th, 2017

Mr. Lyall's Line

I hope that everyone enjoyed their time together during this

holiday season. I certainly did. I would also like to extend

my personal thanks to everyone who generously gave to

our hat and mitten tree. We collected many items that will

benefit many people. Those items will be delivered by our

8th-grade class next Friday. I am certain our students will

benefit from this experience.

We have celebrated the octave, the eighth day of

Christmas, and we continue on now in the Christmas

season to the next great solemnity, the wonderful ancient

feast of the Epiphany. The word Epiphany means

manifestation.

We've been celebrating this feast since the second century

of Christianity, and on this feast we remember God's loving

plan for the Gospel to go forth to the whole world and for

the light of His Love in and through Jesus Christ to be

revealed, manifested to the Gentiles, to all the nations.

And so, what a privilege I have, to extend to you a special

Epiphany Blessing.

God has called you out of darkness, into his wonderful

light. May you experience his kindness and blessings. And

be strong, in faith, in hope, and in love. Amen.

Because you are followers of Jesus Christ, who appeared

on this day as a light shining in the darkness, may he make

you a light- to all your sisters and brothers. Amen.

The wise men followed the star and found Jesus Christ,

who is Light from light. May you, too, find the Lord Jesus

when your pilgrimage is ended. Amen.

And may the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and

Holy Spirit come upon him, and upon your family on this

wonderful feast of the Epiphany.

With you in Christ,

Mr. Lyall

PS: Our next "Clean the School Day is Saturday, January

14th. It is not too late to sign-up through Sign-up Genius.

Please join us for fellowship and community that truly

benefits everyone. I hope to see you there.

Mr. Lyall's Line December 15, 2016

Mr. Lyall's Line

 

The hats, gloves, socks, and scarfs we have been collecting for the less fortunate has been a wonderful outpouring of stewardship.  I am so pleased.  Many people will benefit from your donation.  We will continue to collect items though Tuesday.  We will be delivering all of the items after that.  Thank you for sharing and caring!

 

Santa was here on Thursday.  He visited with all the children.  He tells me that there are plenty of good little boys and girls here at St. Pats.  It was a very nice visit.

 

The Christmas program was a huge success again this year.  Thank you to the students, Mrs. Kiley, and Mrs. Hernandez.  The music was beautiful and really helped me get into the Christmas spirit.  Thanks also to the high school for once again allowing us to use their facility. This was truly a Christmas treat.

 

It is hard to believe we are about to enter the fourth week of Advent already.  Here is a reflection for you and your family:

 

On this last Sunday of Advent, 

we quietly reflect on the mystery. 

We rest in awe, in wonder, 

at how our God entered our world and came to be with us. 

We pause to receive the gift offered us: 

that the Spirit of God will open up our lives and 

that Jesus, will really come into our hearts.

 

May we have watchful hope today, 

believing what the Lord promises us. 

Let us pray today, that we might be God's servants, 

that we might be instruments of God's love 

for our families and all we serve this week. 

 

REFLECTION

 

Oh, Adonai, dearest Lord, 

Compassionate God of justice, 

so many areas of my life seem imprisoned

but you promise me real freedom 

and peace in my life.

 

Renew my spirit and free my soul. 

Please, open my heart 

which you have bathed in the longing of Advent.

 

I am awe-struck as your glory fills the earth

and I want to follow you in caring for others. 

Grant me the grace to see 

how you shine your light on the poor 

who have such a special place in your heart.

 

Come, Lord Jesus!  Come!

 

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 

Shall come to thee, O Israel!

 

With you in Christ,

 

Mr. Lyall

 

Mr. Bob Lyall