October 2015

Dear Parents,

The school year is off to a very good start. Students and teachers are very excited to be back in school. The new Columbia campus is in full operation after the flood. The Lowers Mills renovated building will be ready for occupancy very soon. We will be asking for volunteers to help us with the move back to the new state of the arts building! Dates will be coming.

“This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him.” Mark 9:9. This is the message God gave to the Apostles at the Transfiguration of Jesus. It is meant for each member of the Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy in our time. We are asked to listen to Jesus and to act and speak as He would. As Jesus was radiant at the Transfiguration, He gazes on us with a luminous look of love wanting us to live as his transparent beauty and to be his luminary in the world today.  Our school theme for this year is to “Be the Light of Christ.” Teachers and staff will be modeling this theme to the children encouraging them to be luminaries.

Our goal is for students  to be the best that they can be. Each one is called to be their best self in all areas of life; everyone is called to greatness.

We cannot get through a single day without having an impact on those around us. What we do makes a difference, and most importantly, we have to decide what kind of a difference we want to make. God has given everyone of us some talent, skill or resource; it may be to sit and listen to a hurting child  or the skill to write a story or poem; it may be to speak more than one language or have the patience to teach a 5 year old the Lord’s prayer; it may be to read and to comprehend what is read; to get to work or school on time every day; it may be to console someone sad or to share a joy with another person.

Please encourage your son/daughter to strive each day to be the best they can be by modeling this to them by your good example.

May the beauty of these autumn days fill your heart with joy and peace.

God bless,

Sister Ellen Powers, CSJ
Regional Director