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"Be still and know that I am God"

Veteran's Day Assembly
Veteran's Day Assembly

Veteran's Day—Thank you to all who have offered service to our country! Thank you to the Young Marines and parishioner Jack Thomas who helped us honor all who serve. Thank you also to veteran Charlie Mullins who helped organize this meaningful assembly.

Conference Week—We look forward to meeting with each of you over the next 3 days. We are a team in this process of educating your children and understand that our time of conversation is a valuable tool for all of us. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with you your child's progress, plan for the future and answer questions. Thank you for partnering with us.


"Be still and know that I am God"

I realize that in some ways I am a week early with this beautiful prayer by Austin Fleming, but how can we ever not be praying for our Veterans? I include it here because I want to invite you to a special flag ceremony next Tuesday, 11/11. We will begin our day with this special assembly in front of the school at 8am. The drive will be blocked off so please plan to park down by the church and walk up to campus.

To the Soldier, To the Veteran

  • These things I do not know:
  • The sound of a bullet.
  • The power of a blast.
  • The blood of a comrade.
  • The depth of your wound.
  • The terror at midnight.
  • The dread at dawn.
  • Your fear or your pain.

  • These things I know:
  • The sound of your honor.
  • The power of your courage.
  • The blood of your wound.
  • The depth of your strength.
  • The terror that binds you.
  • The dread that remains.
  • Your dignity and your valor.

  • For these things we pray:
  • The sound of your laughter.
  • The power of your voice.
  • The blood of your yearning.
  • The depth of your healing.
  • The joy that frees you.
  • The hope that remains.
  • Your wholeness and your love.

"Be still and know that I am God"

A Prayer for Halloween

God of Laughter and Joy,
We turn to you in the way of our ancient ancestors, grateful for the abundance of food and festivity that surrounds us at this time of year. Keep all children safe as they embark on their Halloween revels. Light their way through the dark night and enfold them in love. May the real treat in their lives be grace that multiples in depth and breadth as they grow older. We pray this with all the saints in heaven. Amen

Golf Tournament
Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament: Thank you! What a beautiful day of friends, celebration and some good golf too. Thank you to Ugne Roper and team for organizing this day for us. It took until the very last minute, but you, my favorite procrastinators, rose to the occasion! and Ugne remained calm and smiling the entire time. Congratulations Chairwoman extraordinaire! Thank you to the many who helped with this day-selling raffle tickets, bringing in golfers, gathering auction items, decorating, set-up, …


"Be still and know that I am God"

Mary's Garden

A beautiful Autumn prayer from Austin Fleming:

Sometimes when I want to pray I picture sitting with you, Lord, on a park bench, on a fine October day: the falling leaves, a carpet on the ground...

Sometimes we just sit there, Lord, just the two of us, in a moment made holy by the quiet...

Or I pour out my heart to you and share my cares and worries while you listen and gently wipe away my tears...

Sometimes I savor memories of joyful, peaceful times, held deep within my heart, stored up for harder days...

Sometimes I wait and listen, oh, how I listen, for a word that you might whisper from your heart to my own...

And sometimes when I listen I hear nothing save the silence of your presence and often, though not always, Lord, that's word enough for me...

And sometimes we just sit, just you and me together, Lord, and sitting by your side is just enough, just what I need...

I never have to wait for you: you're always at our bench, waiting patiently for me and all that my heart brings...

You're never in a hurry, Lord, you're always pleased to stay and pass the time for just as long as I may like or need...

And you listen, Lord, mid the crunch of autumn leaves, you listen oh-so- closely, even when my silence is the only prayer I make...

You listen close with all your heart to every prayer that's mine: you hear my words, my silence, Lord and that makes all the difference...

Sometimes when I want to pray I picture sitting with you, Lord, on a park bench, on a fine October day: the falling leaves, a carpet on the ground...

Find a park bench today down the street, in a park, in your heart, in your prayer...

The Lord is waiting there, waiting for you to come and join him in prayer or in the silence...

He's waiting to listen with all his heart for all you have to say, to pray, and that makes all the difference...

"Be still and know that I am God"

golf tournament
Join the fun at the SJA Golf Tournament

Hello all my favorite procrastinators! We are now less than two weeks away from our annual golf tournament. As you know, this is one of our two main fundraising activities. It is also great fun! Please make every effort to support this "eagle" event. Don't just form a foursome of your SJA friends, invite friends and business associates from outside SJA to join you. Introduce them to this wonderful community while delighting them with a spectacular day! We need each of you to help make this event successful-play golf, take a lesson, donate wine or auction items, sell raffle tickets, shop at Graced By Grit on 10/21 (see attached flyer), join us for dinner… Please see the many more details below. I look forward to seeing you on the 27th.


"Be still and know that I am God"

SJA Alum Michael McRoskey
SJA Alum Michael McRoskey

I had a wonderful weekend taking my almost 10 year old grandson back to South Bend to attend the Notre Dame/Stanford football game (and yes, the Irish won!!). While there, we were able to meet up with SJA alum Michael McRoskey, a ND freshman. He gave us a great tour that included a visit to the home of an incredible program to which he has been accepted-the Hesburgh-Yusko program. This is a year round program that includes summer experiences and projects that enable them to prepare for careers and long term goals. Worthy of note: The program is in its fifth year, and already two SJA alum have been involved! The first was Connor Toohill, SJA class of 2006.

If you were unable to attend our Parenting in the Internet Age presentation Monday evening, you missed a good one! Chris Mueller made many good points. You are encouraged to visit his website: http://newsite.chrismuellerministry.com/ and contact him to subscribe to his newsletter.


"Be still and know that I am God"

Janet Retiring
Janet Grimmer Retiring

This is important! Your children are growing up in a new age-the age of the internet. It is different from even the youngest of parents. We all need to work together to educate our children on its power, its advantages and its dangers. I urge you to plan to attend our presentation Monday evening at 6pm in the parish hall. I would love to have 100% family participation. 100% of your children have or will soon have access to the internet in some form! Please make every effort to have at least one parent in attendance. Chris Mueller will speak to us on parenting in the internet age. He is a nationally sought after Catholic speaker from Murrieta, CA. With over 14 years of experience in professional ministry, "Chris crafts dynamic (and hilarious) talks that communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that resonates with the teen and adult audiences alike". His talk with us will focus on: Facing the reality - A hard look at the statistics regarding internet usage and exposure, creating a philosophy for parenting in the internet age. Parents are encouraged to stop and critically think through the "why" behind decisions about cell phone, mobile internet, iPads and other devices, Filters are not enough. A philosophy that empowers an internet/mobile device/social media strategy is needed, and Tools that you can use to implement your strategy. This evening is for adults only, please.


"Be still and know that I am God"

Dottie Retiring
Dottie Retiring

This morning has been fun—I woke up to no Internet/wireless at home and then, because my routine was so thrown off, managed to put hand soap in my hair AFTER I got out of the shower and started the blowing dry process:-/ It makes sense that today's Jesus Calling reading reminds me "Don't be shaken by the troubles of this world. One day they will be gone, and I will take you home with me-forever." Puts things into perspective! Today's Gospel tells us that God has great confidence in us to do great things and to trust that He will always be here to help us. Good thing! I think I especially need it today, and pray that you all have a great day knowing God is here for each of us.


"Be still and know that I am God"

Family Mass
Family Mass

Today's Gospel reading is so familiar to all of us and so worth revisiting! From St. Paul: "Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." Thank you St. Paul for the help in remembering how to follow Christ in loving all people-even more difficult in this heat!


"Be still and know that I am God"

New Student Council
New Student Council

A beautifully appropriate prayer from Austin Fleming:

They say you won't catch a butterfly by chasing it
but if perhaps you sit quite still
a butterfly might find and visit you...

Teach me to be still, Lord:
to take a few deep breaths, sit back
and see what grace, what beauty
comes to visit at my side
and deep within...

Teach me to be still, Lord:
to find a place far from the chase
that rends and spends my spirit,
a place where just one butterfly
might find and visit me...

Teach me to be still, Lord:
pace my racing thoughts and restless heart
until your Spirit, like a butterfly,
might light upon my soul
and bring me peace...

Teach me to be still, Lord,
teach me to be still,
to be still, Lord,
teach me to be still...


Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, St. James Academy

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