Principal’s Letter

“Love of Christ does not distract us from interest in others, but rather invites us to responsibility for them, to the exclusion of no one….” Pope John Paul II

Our saint of the month is St. John Paul II, who deeply cared for those most vulnerable in our society. He reminded us to have the courage to commit ourselves humbly and patiently to improving ourselves and society, to “making the world more human and more fraternal.” I see how the St. John community answers this call to make “the world more humane and fraternal” through service for others:  you donate food, you donate dollars, you donate your time to Parent Association, fundraising, coaching and so much more. I would like to take a moment to welcome those who accepted the invitation to serve on School Commission, which is an advisory body that assists in improving our school policy:  Catherine Musangi, Eric Souder, and Jill Vincenzo. For more information about the School Commission, including a list of this year’s members, refer to the School Commission post.

Parents, thank you for your continued partnership in keeping our community safe during this prolonged pandemic. By keeping your children home when they show any COVID-like symptoms and following through with PCR testing, you are acting for the common good of our school. Let’s keep our classrooms open!

Seventh graders have made prayer stations which, weather permitting, will be on display around the outside of the church building through the first part of next week. We invite you to pray these thoughtful stations together. And don’t forget about the Blessing of the Pets, 12-1pm, Sunday, in the courtyard. The St. Francis of Assisi ministry at St. John is celebrating the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment.

As we head into October, do review the Dates to Note post. Mark your calendars as there are a variety of student and parent events happening.


Bernadette O’Leary