25 March Letter from Mr. Kelly

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Dear SJS Catholic School Community,

We have been reviewing traditional Catholic values during Lent as a way to help our preparation for Easter.  I recently heard Lent described as a journey, with the destination being Easter and making ourselves the best person we can by that day.  The journey might be challenging, but the destination is worth it.  I always appreciate how the Church gives us these opportunities for introspection and improvement.  We work to make sure the students are aware of these opportunities as well.  At school we have reviewed the Corporal Works of Mercy, as well as the 10 Commandments.  Feel free to discuss those important beliefs with your kids at home.

It is an exciting time for our school as the 2nd graders will receive First Holy Communion this weekend.  And our 8th graders continue to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation next month.  There has been much effort by the students as they get ready for this important step in the faith as we want them to be fully aware of the significance of the event.  This of course requires a good amount of work by the parents and teachers.  Way to go, SJS.  I have been in the rooms and have seen the work that goes into this important step.  These Sacraments also help us all remember our own sacraments, and how lucky we are to have the blessings they provide.  Thank you for all you do.

Just a reminder of two important upcoming dates.  We would like registration for next school year to be completed as of today.  If you have any questions about that process or need any help, just contact the office.  We also want families to submit their parent participation hours by May 11th.  No notice will be sent to those who fulfilled their hours.  Two parent families are to have 20 hours logged in for the year, single parent families are to have 10 hours of services logged in.  You submit your hours by sending a brief summary email to parentparticipation@sjsomaha.org .  And, any service to the church or school will count.  If you are in need of hours, pay close attention to the opportunities coming up in our Nest Fest and Music Bingo events.

There is always something going on at SJS.  The best way to stay in touch with everything is to read weekly Virtual Backpack as well as the Monday reminders.  Sycamore also has a variety of info that can help as well.  And, don’t forget, Easter break will be the April 14th-19th.  Thanks for your continued support.


William Kelly