A Message From The Principal and Pastor

Dear St. Andrew Catholic School families,
 
Thanksgiving is a time when many traditions are celebrated. It is also a time for reflection, giving thanks, and looking forward. At St. Andrew School we certainly have much to be thankful for. I am thankful, humble and grateful to work with such an outstanding and dedicated staff in providing a quality Catholic education for all our students. The St. Andrew parish and school community, who give so freely their time, talent, and treasure for the good of our school, remind me all year to be thankful.
 
There are challenges that lie ahead. But I am confident we will meet these opportunities and continue to grow stronger in spite of the any obstacles that may come our way.
For now let us simply focus on the many reasons why we are thankful. I know that whatever challenges we may be facing, when we focus on what we have instead of what we don't have, our hearts will truly recognize God's abundant graces in our lives and we will not help but be filled with gratitude and joy.
 
I'll share a few reasons why I'm grateful this Thanksgiving holiday:
I'm thankful for my family whom I love and care for. After all, family is everything.
I'm thankful for our Church that continues to provide and nurture all of us.
I'm thankful to live a country that offers so much.
I'm thankful that I have work that is purposeful and satisfying.
I'm thankful to be in a position to meet so many wonderful children, dedicated educators, and caring parents.
I'm thankful that St. Andrew School is making a positive difference in the lives of so many.

Now it's your turn ...
Once we begin, hopefully we'll know that we don't need a special day, only one day out of the year, to always give thanks to God.
We invite you to join us at our parish's Thanksgiving Mass on November 22 at 9:00 AM. Everyone always comments that Mass on Thanksgiving Day is one of those occasions that seems particularly special, meaningful and uplifting. It might be because although it is not a Holy Day of Obligation on the liturgical calendar, it is a kind of “natural Holy Day.” Thanksgiving is embedded in our national identity, and what the day celebrates makes it a natural occasion to gather to celebrate the Eucharist, as we acknowledge God as the source of every grace and blessing for which we should be thankful.
 
On behalf of Fr. Paul, our School Board, the faculty and staff, we would like to extend our warmest wishes and many blessings to you and your family during this Thanksgiving season. May you be intentional with your time in connecting with God and those around you.
 
A Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family,

Rocky