Dear Parents and Friends of Holy Rosary Academy,
January 22nd is the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion in this country, I ask you to pray for God’s mercy for the atrocity of quietly killing more than 50 million children in this country and worldwide. In considering the horrible atrocities of the work of the likes of Hitler and Stalin, it is sobering to realize that their murders pale in comparison to the vicious ongoing genocide we are committing upon our own brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us pray for the abortionists and the mothers whose spiritual lives are in mortal jeopardy for such actions. Let our prayers inspire them to seek the forgiveness of their Savior. Let us do all we can to end abortions through prayer, fasting, and penance.
On days like this, I am more grateful than ever to be principal of Holy Rosary Academy where the teachers and students may share with one another the whole truth of the dignity of the human person. No student will attend HRA without knowing how loved they are by God, how imbued they are with dignity by virtue of being His creation, and how valued they are as vital members and contributors to the human family. Here at HRA, the students are taught to develop in faith and intellect so that they can realize how false and wicked the culture of death is. When they graduate, we expect our graduates to go out into the world and transform it.
There are so many signs that this is already happening. It is a privilege to report that many of our alumni are dedicating their life to strengthening the Church. Sierra Houchins ’10 is studying Pastoral Studies at the University of Dallas. Mara Biegel ’11 is at Thomas Aquinas College pursuing a liberal arts degree as training to delve into deeper studies of philosophy and theology. Mr. Michael Rannals ’11 has shared that he intends to begin college at St. John Vianney (the minor seminary) in Minnesota. He intends to live in the House of Discernment here in town while he explores the possibility of the priesthood. Mr. Daniel Daney ’11 is also discerning what order he would like to join. Finally, Mr. Michael El-Khoury ’11 is entering the Marines in answer to the call to defend this nation as a committed citizen. Please keep these graduates in your prayers as they pursue lives that demand great charity and self-sacrifice. Though singling out some of our most recent graduates, HRA is so proud of ALL of her graduates!
This past week was a good one. Though saddened to learn that Mr. Harold Verdun will not be returning to the school as our teacher and business manager, we feel so fortunate to have had him live among us as a role model of holiness. The students are preparing a spiritual bouquet for him to assure him of our love. HRA thanks Executive Director, Mr. John Fleming for stepping in to take care of finance and accounting for the school in Mr. Verdun’s absence. Mr. Fleming tirelessly works to keep the school on an excellent financial course.
On Monday the faculty came together for an all day Faculty In-Service. We spent the day focusing on ways to improve our own teaching and ways to help HRA continue to develop into an even finer institution. The students are so fortunate to have such a dedicated and self-sacrificing faculty.
The extreme cold was quite intimidating. Congratulations to the elementary school students for bringing their warmest gear to guard against the cold. The school has determined that it will follow the ASD recommendation of staying indoors if the weather is below -10 degrees. We did choose to keep the students indoors on Friday. Whenever we can send the students out for fresh air and sunshine, we prefer to do so. Any student without the proper cold weather attire will not be able to go outside. Thank you parents for continuing to be sure the students have all the boots, snow pants, hats, and gloves they need!
The week ended with some important upper school activities. The 7-10th graders are working on their Science Fair projects in anticipation of the March 6th on campus competition. The 11th and 12th graders met with the Thesis Moderator, Mrs. Marie-Louise Schirda, to submit their questions as they begin preparations for the defense of a philosophical or theological topic. Please plan to join us to watch the juniors and seniors present on April 19th and 20th in this final rhetorical exercise. The upper school also enjoyed a school dance hosted by the seniors. Miss Margarita Drews, Miss Michelle Tobia, and Miss Ashlee Rapoza decorated with a Hawaiian themed atmosphere. A great time was had by all as the students mixed modern and classical swing and waltzes into their evening. Even Fr. James Barrand came to support the students!
Next week promises to be a steady, quiet one. Please consider cheering on the newly formed debate team as they compete in their first tournament on January 27th and 28th at West High School.
Some other upcoming events that might interest you are:
– Elementary Mass on January 24th at 10 A.M. in the school chapel
– High School Mass on January 26th at 10:30 in the school chapel
– Teacher’s Luncheon on January 26th, (share hours given for cooking and serving)
– Catholic Schools Week Mass, February 1st at 1:30 P.M. (volunteer drivers needed – share hours awarded)
– Spelling Bee on February 3rd , 8:30 A.M. in St. Dominic’s Hall
As always, I thank the parents and friends of Holy Rosary Academy for their care and support. May you all enjoy a blessed week.