Principal’s Message for April 14, 2019



Principal’s Message 4/14/19

I cannot believe it is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week! This week is one of contradiction, ups and downs, highs and lows, etc. What starts out on Sunday as a triumphal entry into the Holy City of Jerusalem, ends up on Friday being a disastrous betrayal, arrest, conviction, and eventual crucifixion of Jesus on the hill of Golgotha, leaving his followers distraught, disillusioned, and heartbroken.
 
Very often, we find ourselves feeling much the same way as we put our “faith” and trust in things that can only disappoint us. This misplaced hope cannot satisfy, leaving us to wonder “what it’s all about?” and, “why are we all here?” The biblical approach is clear: Just when it seems as though we cannot bear our trials anymore, God sets about a rescue operation. As Bishop Robert Barron writes, “He would form the holy people of Israel who would follow his commands, worship him, and thereby become a magnet to the world. They would teach and show the way out of the dilemma. He would form a people ready to receive him: he would gradually effect a unity between divinity and humanity; and one day, a servant of God would appear, someone despised and reviled by men. And this mysterious figure would solve the problem by bearing away the sins of the world, by carrying them off through his suffering”.
 
One way for all Catholics to engage in the suffering, death, and subsequent resurrection of Jesus is to take an active role in all the offerings of Holy Week. Attending mass, going to Reconciliation, praying the Rosary, stopping in at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel, and participating in the Triduum are all ways to “take the walk through Holy Week” with our Savior Jesus Christ. The Triduum includes Holy Thursday, representing the institution of the Eucharist, Good Friday, where Jesus was crucified, Holy Saturday, where Jesus laid in the tomb, and Easter Sunday, where we get to shout “Hallelujah, He is risen!” from the rooftops. It is my fervent desire to see all St. Mary parishioners and school families attend one or more of the Triduum events as they truly bring us to Jerusalem over 2000 years ago. May God bless you all and remind us of the true hope we have in the salvific message of Holy Week.
 
Please check our website, Facebook page and the Church bulletin for updates and upcoming events that you can enjoy with us. Please continue to pray for our school, its staff, students and families, and our clergy as we strive to provide an education that is unapologetically Catholic, family centered, caring to others and respectful to all. “It’s a great day to be a Saint!”
 
I hope you continue to have a blessed and prosperous Lenten Season!
 
Craig Palmer
Principal
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