As you know, we are now moving back into Ordinary Time after celebrating the season of Easter, which just concluded with the feast of Pentecost. However, nothing about today’s time seems “ordinary”. We are not ending our school year with the traditional pomp and circumstance that usually occurs in late May/early June. We are not sending our students off for the summer months with the thoughts of traditional childhood activities in mind – like scheduling playdates with school friends, enjoying summer camps, “Fun in the Sun” pool experiences, graduation celebrations, etc. There seems to be uncertainty everywhere we turn, in our nation and in our world. This is the time when we need to rely on our faith.
As Catholic Christians, we need to remind ourselves and one another that we are people of endless hope. Today, our focus is on Holy Trinity Sunday, when we celebrate the power and relationship of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God came to us in the Person of Jesus to let us know how much we are loved and forgiven. Jesus promised the disciples that when he ascended into heaven, they would not be left alone. The Holy Spirit would be with them always. That promise is for us too, and we need to hold on to His promise today more than ever!
As Nelson Mendela so beautifully said, “It is in your hands, to make a better world for all who live in it.” The Holy Spirit empowers all of us, each and every day to do God’s work to make the world a better place.
It is with great joy that I share with you today that many people have been at work making the dream of a new playground for our school children a reality! We are grateful for the extremely generous donation of an anonymous Saint Anne parish family whose children attended the school many years ago, as well as donations from our school families. We also appreciate the commitment of the Legacy of Faith Donors and the efforts of its committees, which have made possible the renovation of the parish campus that will be the foundation of our playground, as well as the other Legacy of Faith improvements for the Saint Anne Catholic Community.
It is our intention to move forward with a “Community Build” for the playground the weekend of August 7th and 8th! Please see the renderings, which show the highlights of this new space. By building the playground ourselves (with the on-site involvement of the equipment manufacturer), we will strengthen our sense of community and school pride at Saint Anne, as well as save on the cost of installation. With that being said, we are working on plans that will safeguard the well-being of all of our volunteers. Please save the dates and look for future communications with ways for you to volunteer and help our parish school!
In closing, may we attempt to respond to all things with love, recognizing and responding to others with care and kindness. May the Holy Spirit open our hearts to all people, and empowered us to go out and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
Mrs. Dawn Kapka – Principal of Saint Anne Parish School