As you know, school will not be in session next Thursday or Friday (10/10 and 10/11) for Teacher Institute Days, or Monday (10/14) for Columbus Day. The staff at St. Isidore School looks forward to our fall institute days as we grow together in our vocation as Catholic educators. Every year as we prepare for our Catechetical and Curriculum days, my belief in Catholic education is strengthened. Not only are our SIS teachers and staff constantly updating their knowledge in the field of education and receiving top level professional development, we take it a step further. We give ourselves time to reflect on what it means to be a Catholic school teacher. Here at St. Isidore School we talk about how we see God’s truth, beauty, and goodness in art, literature, science, and even math. We work in partnership with you, our families, to see God’s truth, beauty, and goodness in all aspects of our lives, even when things seem to be moving way too fast. This is the most important gift we pass on to our children- the gift of our faith, the gift of knowing how to see God’s truth, beauty, and goodness everywhere. That is what makes Catholic Schools so powerful.
Football Mania – Congratulations to Joe Falco for winning $25 in this week’s Football Mania!
Fun Food Friday – Our first FFF of the year is coming! Order forms are due this Monday.
October and the Most Holy Rosary
Because the month of October is dedicated to praying the rosary, below are some thoughts Father Burke Masters, Vocations Director for the Diocese of Joliet, shared several years ago about the power of praying the rosary. They have stayed with me and I find them fascinating.
Why should we pray the rosary?
- It is Scriptural. In our prayer, we meditate on the mysteries of Jesus, based in the Gospels, from the Annunciation through the resurrection. The Our Father is the prayer that Jesus taught us. The Hail Mary is based on words from the angel Gabriel and Elizabeth in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke (1:28, 1:42)
- It leads us into the mysteries of faith. While we pray the rosary, we are to meditate on the mysteries of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, which are also scriptural. It is not meant to be just a repetition of words, but an opportunity to enter into the deep, inexhaustible mysteries of Jesus Christ. Take time to place yourself in the scenes of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Imagine being with Mary when she encounters Gabriel, Elizabeth, the three kings, Simeon, and so many others. Stand with Mary during the passion and death of her only Son.
- Mary told us to pray the rosary. Mary appeared to St. Dominic (1170-1221 AD) and asked him to spread the news to pray the rosary. When she appeared to the three young people in Fatima, Portugal, she identified herself as “Our Lady of the Rosary”. Read about these apparitions. Mary never asks for attention. She always points us to her Son and asks for repentance and conversion of hearts. She continues the mission of her Son.
- The rosary moves hearts to Jesus. Our world needs peace and conversion of hearts to Jesus.
Pray the rosary as a family in your homes. If you’ve never done it, there’s not a better time to try it! Teacher your children how to pray the rosary and to learn about the life of Jesus. Consider lifting up a different person or family member on each bead of the rosary. This is another way to make the rosary relational. Lift up the people in your life to Jesus through Mary, who sits at the right hand of her Son and intercedes for us, her beloved children.
As we move through the month of October at St. Isidore School, our classrooms and our hallways are focused on the Feast of the Holy Rosary.
There will not be a Thursday letter sent next week because of the institute days.