A Season of Remembrance, Thanksgiving, and Preparation – November 20, 2017

Dear Holy Family Parents,

This month was made special by our remembrance of all the saints and of our departed loved ones as well as those who’ve served us in the armed forces. Yesterday, we celebrated the 33 rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, which is the “last” Sunday each year of the long season of Ordinary Time. Next week, we celebrate the feast of Christ the King, which will close out the 2017 Church Year, and then we open 2018 with the First Sunday of Advent. During this
four-week period of Advent, we make special preparations to grow more closely to Christ, to prepare for the feast of Christmas, and to celebrate His return. It is very appropriate that our secular holiday of Thanksgiving also falls during this transitional time of the Church calendar and the turning of seasons in Nature.

As we take time away to remember, to celebrate with thanks, and to begin our preparations for Christmas, here are a few items that might go on our list:

We Remember:

  • Please continue to pray for those in our Book of Remembrance, for those loved ones whose names are written on the Fall leaves in Church, and for those who died from Holy Family Parish this past year and are honored with a lighted candle at the altar
  •  We continue to pray for those who have served us and those who serve our country both in the US and abroad
  • We remember the less fortunate through our service, Angel Tree gifts, coat, hat, canned food drives, through St. Vincent’s and In Heaven’s Eyes, and by our other acts of kindness during this season.

We Give Thanks:

  • To all teachers, staff and students for your efforts to gain Holy Family an “A” accountability grade based on 2017 State assessments
  • To Holy Family Parish and the Archdiocese for approving our upcoming renovation of the 1954 second floor (3-6th grade classrooms) scheduled to take place over the summer
  • To all of our parish and school volunteers who support our liturgies and parish life, coach teams, moderate clubs, cook meals, reach out to the needy and shut-ins, fix our broken facilities and clean up our messes
  • To you, the families who support your child’s Catholic education and Holy Family School.

We Prepare:

  • Through celebration of the Sacraments, penance services, kindness to others, and Christian service, we will observe the season of Advent with vigilance and reverence
  • Through the work of our School Ministry Commission and committees, Strategic and School Improvement plans, and ongoing faculty and PTO efforts, we continue to bring excellence and innovation to our school
  • Through the Archdiocesan United Catholic Appeal and Connected in the Spirit campaign, we increase our collaboration, stewardship and support of our parish and the Catholic community of central and southern Indiana.

Peace to all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Jerry Ernstberger, Principal