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November 8, 2013
I enjoyed seeing many of you on conference day this past week. I hope the time spent with your child’s teacher was meaningful and productive. I know the teachers spent a great deal of time preparing for the conferences, and we are all grateful for their efforts.
Since my last letter, we had the Wild for Holy Auction. I would like to thank all of the parents who worked so hard in preparing this great night. The evening was so much fun, and I do believe everyone who attended enjoyed themselves immensely.
I would also like to thank Eagle Scout and Holy Redeemer graduate Peter Venker who built a beautiful Flag Box and Lost and Found Box for the school. The Flag Box is located in the office and is designed to store flags that need to be retired. There are already several flags housed in the box. When the box is full, the Boy Scouts will hold a flag ceremony to properly dispose of the flags. The Lost and Found Box is located near the stairwell closest to the office. Peter built the box on wheels and with a lid so it could be used as a display table in the gym if the need should arise. Thank you, Peter, for being so kind and generous.
The children and staff of Holy Redeemer would like to extend our gratitude once again to Mrs. Lisa Mueller for preparing and submitting all of the paperwork for the Missouri Arts Council grant. Once again Holy Redeemer is the recipient of the MAC grant. During the second semester we will have a Shakespearan performance and subsequent workshop for the 4-8th grade students. In addition, all of the children will see live performances of classic tales and hear a historical storyteller as well. We are very grateful for Mrs. Mueller’s hard work because these are extras which we would probably not be able to provide without the benefit of the MAC grant.Read More
Parents In Partnership
Holy Redeemer School families are once again minimizing tuition increases with their annual “Parents in Partnership” campaign! Donations to “PIP” eliminated HR’s tuition increase altogether last year, keeping our school enrollment strong. ”PIP” donations are tax-deductible, voluntary, confidential, popular (67% participation), and often matched by employers. Most importantly, “PIP” helps to keep the cost of Catholic education affordable to all who seek it in our parish.
The larger HR community is welcome to donate to “PIP” as well. Pledge cards can be found around the church exits, and donations will appear on your end-of-year parish statement.
Appreciatively Yours in Christ,
The Holy Redeemer School Board
Of Many Things—
The Catholic Women’s League this week sponsored an “Advent by Candlelight” service, and the response was so successful that we had an overflow crowd. It provided a great opportunity for us to focus “on the things of heaven,” as a number of our mass prayers during this season say it. I remind all that the church is open (the side door on Joy Ave.) every night until 9:00 pm, so before or after a shopping trip or errand, take a few minutes to slow down, regain your equilibrium and offer these days of Advent to God.
There are so many worthy charitable opportunities offered by the parish in this season. Choose one: Breakfast with Santa (Haiti), the Giving Tree (Pius V Parish), Fr. Bob’s food drive (St. Augustine Parish), or our own St. Vincent de Paul Society (helping families in cooperation with Rock Hill Ministries). As you give, engage your heart, praying for the recipients even as you undertake the giving task.
Parishioners will be given the opportunity next weekend to sign a petition to put on the Missouri ballot in 2014 a bill that would give tax credits to those who donate/pay tuition to private and public schools and special education. (See the insert in today’s bulletin) The Archdiocese has already established a foundation through which such monies would be funneled to all the schools that would benefit.
Finally, we have received again this year a very generous anonymous donation for tuition assistance at our school, $32,000. Over $100,000 has been donated by this donor over the past four years, making it possible for the parish to assist families who otherwise would not be able to send their children to our school. We are indeed grateful for this donor’s generosity.
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Weekday: M-F 6:15 & 8:15 a.m.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:
Saturday: 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Holy Redeemer Parish School of Religion (grades 1-8) acts as a support for the students and families of the parish as they live out their Baptismal call and give witness to the Good News in word and deed. It is the desire of the program to incorporate the students and their families into the faith life of the parish community.
First Class-August 27 (6:30-7:45 PM-Parent meeting following opening prayer)