This week is a busy week as we prepare for Christmas break.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 15th at 8:15 a.m. we ask you to join us for ALL SCHOOL MASS. I love the days when we all come together to worship.
As we begin to make some preparations for next year, one of our goals is to have buses. If you want to provide input or join us when the proposal is ready please let me know.
The School Advisory Board met last week and again has provided a brief summary of our meeting, call "splinters." You can find the "splinter" at www.stmlou.org/schooladvisoryboard. Also, the KCSS report has been reviewed with the SAB in detail. Please feel free to come by the office if you would like to read over the report.
I invite all of you to participate in a parent survey with the intention of getting your feedback on how the school year for your family is going. Your ideas, suggestions, concerns and input are extremely important to me. As a new principal and new to St. Michael, some of my goals include better communication, exemplary service, and personalized learning. I want to thank you for taking the time to do this survey. To access the survey, please visit http://goo.gl/forms/ySZQLIzLsI
As we close out this week, I encourage you to take your children on a journey going back twenty centuries and think about the birth of a baby while the world was watching Rome bask in glory and grandeur. Bounded on the west by the Atlantic, on the east by the Euphrates, on the north by the Rhine and Danube, and on the south by the Sahara Desert, the Roman Empire was as vast as it was vicious. Political intrigue, racial tension, and enormous military were occupying everyone's attention and conversation. Palestine existed under the crush of Rome. All eyes were on Augustus, the cynical Caesar, who demanded a census so as to determine a measurement to enlarge taxes. At that time who was interested in a couple making an eighty mile trip south from Nazareth? What could possibly be more important than Caesar's decisions in Rome? Who cared about a Jewish baby born in Bethlehem? God did, and without realizing it, mighty Augustus was only an errand boy for the fulfillment of Micah's prediction-a pawn in the hand of Jehovah. While Rome was busy making history, God arrived to stunned silence on a bed of straw in a stable under a star. The world didn't even notice because they were still reeling from the wake of Alexander the Great, Herod the Great, and Augustus the Great. The world overlooked Mary's little baby boy, Jesus. This Christmas season let's work together to make sure our children are learning the beauty of Jesus' birth and death.
Many Blessings this Christmas Season,