January 27, 2020
by Sheila O'Callaghan
Winter continues! We have several more weeks of winter and for us it still means mittens, gloves, warm boots and coats. However, have hope because the first flowers of winter are in bloom - the little snowdrops can be seen in some gardens. Look around you and find these beautiful flowers. They tell us that warmer days are coming.
We also have saints to celebrate. On January 25, we celebrated the feast of the conversion of Saint Paul. St. Paul was an important missionary of the early church. He wrote many letters that became part of the Christian Bible. In the years before Paul became a Christian, he persecuted Christians. However, he converted to Christianity. Paul is a Greek name. In the Hebrew language, his name was Saul. You can read about the conversion of Paul in the Acts of the Apostles, Ch. 22:3-16.
On January 26, we remembered two companions of Paul, Timothy and Titus. They went on missionary journeys with Paul. They held important responsibilities in the church. Timothy became the first bishop of Ephesus and Titus was the first bishop of the island of Crete.
The memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas will be celebrated on January 28. He had a very difficult life. His little sister was killed by lightning. His parents abandoned him. Classmates called him a "dumb ox". His brother monks made fun of him. The books he wrote were at first condemned by the church. In spite of his difficulties he continued to work hard, pray deeply and love God with all his heart. Finally, people understood how important his ideas were. Now students of religion all over the world study his work. If you feel life is difficult pray to St. Thomas Aquinas. He will help you.
Please pray for the sick, especially Father Mink, Ms. Carmen, Mrs. Walker's great-nephew John, Miss C's brother Jack Conaty, Mrs. Bradford's mother, Mrs. Fetter's mother, for the intentions of Pat and Judy Colonna, for Mrs. Raughley's sister Mary Ellen Quinn, and all the sick and injured of our parish. Baby William Kelley is now doing very well. Thank you for all of your prayers.
Our Armed Forces and First Responders need our prayers everyday. Please pray for them.SCHOOL NOTESby Principal Pat Grant
At long last, Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is here! We have a lot of great things planned for this week.
Sat/Sun, Jan 25-26-- Parish Appreciation Day
- Please bring your children to any Mass at St. Ann's on the CSW kick-off weekend January 25-26. SAS students who are wearing their school uniforms can head to the back of church after Communion to hand out tokens of appreciation to parishioners as they leave each Mass.
- Faculty members will be at the back of church to give N.U.T. (No Uniform Tuesday) passes for students who attend any Mass at St. Ann's in their school (not gym or sports) uniform.
- The SAS Children's Choir will sing at the 9:30 Mass; Girl Scouts serve coffee and donuts in the SH after Mass
Monday, January 27 -- Student Appreciation Day
- Students show St. Ann pride by wearing St. Ann spirit wear, SAS sports clothes, any navy blue, carolina blue or white clothes or accessories or SAS gym clothes. No face paint or hair paint.
- Students will be given a blessed ring rosary-- a gift to the students of SAS from one of our parishioners
- H&SA sponsors a dessert treat at lunchtime; Bingo in the afternoon.
- No Homework tonight.
Tuesday, January 28 -- Parent Appreciation Day
- Students who attended Mass on Sunday in their school uniform may redeem their NUT passes and wear casual clothes today.
- Faculty greets parents in the morning car line
noon on January 28 to noon on January 29. Day of Giving to St. Ann School
SAS families are asked to participate in an online Day of Giving to St. Ann School. Your contributions will help us continue our 120-year tradition of outstanding education. Our goal is to raise $8,000 or roughly $50/family. All donations will directly benefit St. Ann School.
This link will go live at noon on Tuesday, January 28. For more information please watch our awesome new school video. And be sure to follow us on Facebook to hear from some of your favorite St. Ann representatives and find out about some of the great incentives that will be offered.
Wednesday, January 29 -- Volunteer Appreciation Day
- Regular uniform (or gym uniform if gym day)-- MS Student Council in formal uniform (for luncheon)
- Volunteer luncheon at noon in SH lobby served by Student Council
Thursday, January 30 -- Community Appreciation Day
- Regular uniform (or gym uniform if gym day) -- MS Student Council in formal uniform (for tours)
- 8:30-9:30 am Members of the parish community are invited to the Social Hall for refreshments and school tours
- 9:15 am Choir performs 1-2 songs in SH for our visitors
Friday, January 31 -- Teacher Appreciation Day
- Regular uniform; middle school in formal uniform (for Mass)
- 9:15 All-School Mass led by 4th grade
- H&SA sponsors lunch for teachers
- School Geography Bee at 1:30 in the Social Hall for grades 4-8
Save the Dates!
Monday, February 3 at 7:00 PM, St. Ann's will be Sharing Lights for Brighter Nights at DuPont Hospital for Children. Bring your flashlight (or cellphone) as a show of love and support for the children in the hospital. RSVP to Mrs. Marie-Pier Ingraham who is organizing this event. Informational fliers went home in the Friday folders.
The Second Annual St. Ann’s Home & School Cornhole Tournament will be held in the school gym on Saturday, February 8. Grab your partner and get ready to register. Additional information and registration details went home in the Friday folders. Register here. for a guaranteed fun time!
More Useful Information
Winter weather: We get our closing and early dismissal direction from the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office. We use the School Messenger system to alert St. Ann families. You can also subscribe to WDEL SNOWATCH if you want text messages sent to you. Sign up for CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS-New Castle County.
2019-2020 St. Ann School Calendar: Attached here is the detailed St. Ann School Calendar for 2019-20. Please note that changes may occur to this calendar during the course of the year, so check back periodically.
2019-2020 Diocesan Calendar: Attached here is the Diocesan School Calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.
Amazon Smile: Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Ann's every time you shop, at no cost to you. Next time you want to make a purchase through Amazon, sign up for Amazon Smile via this Amazon Smile link. Save it to your favorites or bookmark it. That way, every time you buy, Amazon will donate 0.5% to St. Ann's. It's just that simple!
Background Checks: We need background checks on any adult who wants to spend time with our children in school or at a school-sponsored off-campus event. The cost is $30 and they are good for 5 years. Please contact Pat Walker at email@example.com if you are interested.
Lunchroom: We can always use volunteers. Please consider if you or another family member can help out. On the job training available! Contact Brook Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.