Thanks to an initial grant from the Historic Alexandria Foundation our beloved school cupola will be evaluated and prepared for restoration and cleaning as part of the campus transformation plans and the Mary Lead Us Campaign. In a letter of support to the Board of the Historic Alexandria Foundation, Mr. J. Lance Mallamo, former director of the Office of Historic Alexandria, recounted the history of the school bell which dates back to 1811. Click here to read his letter.
By Isabella Carosi, 8th-grade student and President of the Student Council
Justice is the steady disposition, or habit, in someone to give other people their due, or what they are owed. A great example of a saint who followed justice was Saint Anthony. Saint Anthony was born in Padua, Italy. He joined the Franciscans which were a group of brothers who followed the example of Saint Francis of Assisi.Saint Anthony became very famous for his preaching. Saint Anthony is the patron saint of lost things.
The Virtue of the Month Summary is written by Izzy Carosi, 8th Grade Student and President of Student Council.
Justice is the steady disposition, or habit, in someone to give other people their due, or what they are owed. Justice is an extremely important virtue to have, especially in our world today. A great example of a Saint that demonstrated Justice is Saint Thomas More.
The Virtue of the Month in April is Justice. One of the saints that truly exemplifies Justice is Saint Katharine Drexel. Born wealthy, Saint Katharine was always taught to love and help the poor. Saint Katharine was a proponent of Catholic education. She started the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, a religious order that taught Native Americans and African Americans who were denied a good education because of their race. She and her fellow sisters also started many elementary, secondary schools and Xavier University. Her true love of the poor and of Catholic education had a lasting impact on future generations.
Congratulations to the 4th and 7th grade Odyssey of The Mind teams for placing first in their division in the state-level competition! This achievement qualifies both teams to proceed to the OOTM world-level competition. Through much hard work, creativity, and perseverance, our teams and their coaches overcame many obstacles this year to earn this notable recognition. Qualifying team members and coaches are listed here. Go, Saints!
Join us in congratulating the winners and runners-up for the Knights of Columbus Keeping Christ in Christmas contest! Mrs. Casey joined Mr. Cinalli on stage after Mass to present the certificates. Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for hosting this contest, and to Mrs. Casey for organizing and managing it with our students.
Mercy is showing compassion and forgiveness to all those who are afflicted. Sometimes that affliction can be spiritual through the loss of faith. As Catholics, we are called to demonstrate this virtue in our daily lives, in every interaction we have. To help us live out this virtue, we have many saints we can look up to as examples. Throughout the remainder of March, ask St. John Vianney and St. Faustina Kowalska in your prayers to strengthen our ability to show Mercy, so we can one day live like them in Heaven.
By Erin Allen, 6th-grade Student, and Student Council Chaplain
Mercy is showing compassion or forgiveness to all those who have been afflicted.
Every person on this Earth is a sheep in Jesus’ flock, and we are called to help lead each other back to our Shepherd whenever we fall into sin or are struggling in any way. If we are able to live out this important virtue, we are being the face of Christ to everyone we see, and are setting up a Holy habit of mercy in our lives.
Read about specific ways to demonstrate Mercy in daily interactions.
A reflection by Charlie Kelly, 8th-grade student, and Student Council Officer.
Gratitude - Gratitude is appreciating and thanking God for everything he has provided for us, as well as recognizing how lucky we are to have the greatest gift: God.
"To show gratitude to someone means to tell them that you are so thankful that they have become a part of your life. This virtue shows how much God cares for us. When we really look at the many important gifts and people in our lives, we need to thank God for all of them. He has taken care of us, even when we turn away from Him. God even sends one of his angels to watch over us our whole lives! Our Lord also gave us free will giving us choices on how to spend our life. And during our life, we should choose to be grateful for all of our friends, family, and most importantly, God, especially during the month of Gratitude."
“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart.” (Psalm 9:1)