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“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Hoehn/Land Rover Carlsbad

You will read many thank yous from the Gala Committee below, but I send my personal thank you to Hoehn/Land Rover Carlsbad for becoming our Gala Title Sponsor! This is a beautiful boost to our event and our community. Please be sure to visit them in Car Country Carlsbad, 5550 Paseo Del Norte, and let them know you are from SJA! I am also grateful to our other sponsors and especially grateful to Kelli and team. They are really putting in the time and effort to help our students! Join them-and please be sure to read all of the gala notes below. "Viva St. James Academy" is less than two weeks away! This is our biggest fundraiser, and we will need the support of every one of you to make this event a success. I look forward to seeing ALL of you there! And beware, if you land at a black jack table with me:)

Registration forms for the 2016-2017 academic year are due back this Friday, February 26th. A few of our grades are near or at capacity and have a waiting list. Please get your signed form and registration fee in to the school office by this deadline. The forms went home with the oldest child through the classrooms about 10 days ago. If you are in need of another packet please contact the office. If you have questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Dunn. This is important for our planning. Please respect the deadline. Thank you.


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

I saw these words attributed to Pope Francis. I was unable to confirm them as his, but think they are worth sharing:

Do you want to fast this Lent?
  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope
  • Fast from worries and trust in God
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen

As part of the parish Lenten celebration, our faculty will be serving and assisting with the Fish Feast dinner this Friday, February 19th. Please plan to join us! A portion of the proceeds that night will go to the academy. There are Dinner Order/Reservation Forms on the front counter in the school office. Doors open at 6pm, happy hour begins at 6:15, and dinner is at 7pm. Contact the parish for more information.


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

God our Father,
You formed us from the dust of the earth
And brought us to new life in Christ
Through the waters of Baptism.

We ask you to change our hearts
As we journey through these forty days of Lent.

Help us to see Jesus in everyone we meet,
And to serve him in all persons,
Especially the poor, the sick and the lonely.

By your grace, may our prayers and sacrifices this Lent
Help us grow closer to each another and to you,
As one family in Jesus.

We make this prayer to you in His name. Amen.

Lent begins today.  We enjoyed a beautiful Ash Wednesday liturgy.  I encourage you each to find a special something “TO DO” this season to become closer to Jesus.  One recommendation is Matthew Kelly’s: bestlentever.com, a daily message from him to guide your Lenten journey. Other considerations include praying a little more, doing good deeds for others, sacrificing or giving generously to those in need.

Thank you for your generous donation of paper reams for the sister school we contributed to in San Diego. Our staff also donated several items for their staff’s faculty room. Thank you to Mrs. Schlehuber and Mr. Marquand who took three Student Council members to deliver the items. The teachers and students couldn’t have been more grateful to receive our generous donations!


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Father Ricky Blessing Throats on Feast Day of St. Blaise
Father Ricky Blessing Throats on
Feast Day of St. Blaise

This Sunday’s Gospel is from Luke and is the story of Jesus saying to Simon to lower his fishing nets even when they had been fishing all night unsuccessfully. As you remember, the nets were filled to overflow. A suggested reflection: Have you ever had a moment when you just knew you were in the presence of God? Was it a feeling of comfort in the midst of a tough time or an incredible encounter in nature? In the Gospel Peter realizes that he’s in God’s presence in a dramatic way. Pay close attention to the way he reacts to the miracle-he recognizes his own brokenness. Instead of rejecting him, though, Jesus invites him, and us, into a deeper way of following him. We can take Jesus’ words to Peter to heart: Do not be afraid.

I feel very fortunate that we survived the weekend weather as well as we did. We are completely back to normal. I am also happy when we get to experience different situations without serious implications. We learned from our power outage Monday and will add several new steps to our emergency plan. Again, if you did not receive the emergency text, please sign up today! Find the form on our website under the Resources tab, and then Miscellaneous Forms.


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

This reflection touched me and I hope it will resonate with you too. A priest reflects on lighting a candle with the power of prayer. Another way to light a candle is to support our sister school, St. Michael’s Academy, this week by donating a ream of paper tomorrow!

Candles in Dark Places
By Father Pat Hannon, C.S.C.
I turned around and finally noticed that scores of people surrounded me, kneeling and sitting and praying. We were all in it together: The hundred people surrounding me, the father and son who left behind a token of love, and my own family were all in this together. Read more>

Open House at SJA
Open House at SJA

Open House was wonderful! Thank you! There was a great turnout of current and potential families as well as some lovely parishioners getting to know us a little more. Please continue to spread the word of our amazing community. Our growth looks hopeful:) A special thank you to Pat Gale and family for the hospitality and ambiance they provided. Thank you to the teachers for the tremendous amount of extra work this event and week involve. Thank you Luanne and staff for the prep work and hosting duties. Ashley Luoto, great first Open House:) Parents, thank you for your help in so many ways: Cindy Davis and Tatiana Walton for hosting during mass, to Linda for beautiful informative flyers and information table and to the many who brought friends and helped to advertise. We had the great group at St. Elizabeth, we had essay readers at all Sunday masses last week (Kayla Mendes, Zoe Daphne Gagne, Michaela Marquand and Fletcher Fuller) and two this Sunday (Reese Mosunic and Max Cortese), and Student Council assisted with a beautiful liturgy and led tours all morning. I’m sure I missed some, but you all helped us show off!


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

We are so blessed here at SJA! We are fortunate to take our cares and concerns to God, and frequently to Him through our Blessed Mother Mary. This morning our entire student body joined Parents In Prayer to pray the rosary for the many intentions of this community. Foremost in our minds right now is Isabelle Oldham and her family. We send strength to Isabelle as she fights to recover from multiple surgeries in the last week and to her family as they work non-stop to support her in this battle. Many others in this community are in need of our prayers. Please join us.

Open House This Sunday, January 24th - Our kick-off to Catholic Schools Week, is this Sunday, January 24th! The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2016 is Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. The theme celebrates the heart of a Catholic education: a strong Catholic school community, and that the foundation for that community is faith. Please plan to join us in celebrating Catholic education and St. James Academy on Sunday. Our doors are open from 8:30-11:30 for our Open House. We invite you to join us for a special liturgy in the church at 9a.m. (All SJA students wearing their complete academy uniform and attending 9:00 mass may go to their classroom after mass to receive their free dress pass valid only for Monday, January 25th.) Invite a friend to see this wonderful faith community that is the place for your family to grow both academically and spiritually.


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Extra Special School Family Activity! This year during our monthly School Family Activity the SJA student body is focusing on acts of service. Each month we are focusing on a different cause to help our community and allow us to live our faith through kindness and service.

This month, St. James Academy is joining the Red Shoe Crew to support Ronald McDonald House Charities® of San Diego in honor of the Grimmer family on Friday, January 15th! St. James Academy is helping Ronald McDonald House Charities® of San Diego provide a “home away from home” to families with children undergoing treatment for serious medical conditions at local hospitals. This Friday, students will participate in activities that encourage them to help others. The Grimmer family are long-time supporters of the Ronald McDonald House and this is a charity dear to them. We are excited to honor them in this way.

Red Shoe Crew
Red Shoe Day

During Family Activity: Students can write words of encouragement on a poster of Ronald’s shoe. The poster will be hung at the Ronald McDonald House the following week to let families in need know that St. James Academy students care for them. Students can also decorate pictures of Ronald’s shoes. These pictures will be included in Welcome Bags given to every family when they check into the House.

During Before School Drop-off and After School Pick-Up:  St. James Academy will hold its very own Red Shoe Day! Student Council leaders will collect money after school to help provide lodging and care for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House during a medical crisis.  Please bring in a donation to put in Ronald’s size 14 red shoes! Students will be standing in front of the school and church (in the morning) between 7:45am to 8:00am and 2:30pm to 3:00pm during afternoon pick-up to collect your donation. Please make checks payable to Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego or RMHCSD.


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

I have enjoyed this poem often during Epiphany over the last few years. And hope you do too. Thank you for the wonderful generosity to me and to the staff this Christmas. We are blessed by you! I look forward 2016 with all of you:)

The Queens Came Late

The Queens came late, but the Queens were there
With gifts in their hands and crowns in their hair.
They'd come, these three, like the Kings, from far,
Following, yes, that guiding star.
They'd left their ladles, linens, looms,
Their children playing in nursery rooms,
And told their sitters:
"Take charge! For this
Is a marvelous sight we must not miss!"
The Queens came late, but not too late
To see the animals small and great,
Feathered and furred, domestic and wild,
Gathered to gaze at a mother and child.
And rather than frankincense and myrrh
And gold for the babe, they brought for her
Who held him, a homespun gown of blue,
And chicken soup--with noodles, too-
And a lingering, lasting, cradle-song.
The Queens came late and stayed not long,
For their thoughts already were straining far-
Past manger and mother and guiding star
And a child aglow as a morning sun-
Toward home and children and chores undone.

–Norma Farber in When It Snowed That Night

Please join us at 11am Mass this Sunday, 1/10, at St. Elizabeth Seton. Thank you to Mrs. Oldham for leading our choirs in this special outreach. I invite you to help spread the good news about St. James Academy. This is a special treat for us and wonderful opportunity to share our gifts! We are busy preparing for our annual Open House on Sunday, January 24th, from 8:30-11:30. All are welcome. Please invite your friends and neighbors to visit!


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

Please enjoy this beautiful poem by American Catholic Thomas Merton:


Charm with your stainlessness these winter nights,  Skies, and be perfect!  Fly, vivider in the fiery dark, you quiet meteors,  And disappear.  You moon, be slow to go down,  This is your full!

The four white roads make off in silence  Towards the four parts of the starry universe.  Time falls like manna at the corners of the wintry earth.  We have become more humble than the rocks,  More wakeful than the patient hills.

Charm with your stainlessness these nights in Advent, holy spheres,  While minds, as meek as beasts,  Stay close at home in the sweet hay;  And intellects are quieter than the flocks that feed by starlight.


Oh pour your darkness and your brightness over all our solemn valleys,  You skies: and travel like the gentle Virgin,  Toward the planets' stately setting,  Oh white full moon as quiet as Bethlehem!

I wish each of you a blessed Christmas filled with family and friends. I hope you have time to laugh, play, relax, be filled with the spirit of this special season. I am grateful to be in this beautiful community and look forward to seeing you in the new year.


“Be kind to one another”
Ephesians 4:32

An Advent message from author Matthew Kelly:

Too often the world we live in is cynical and skeptical and filled with negative humor, but among people of all faith, and even among those of no faith, the mood in our culture warms in these weeks leading up to Christmas. Somewhere deep inside, we all hope. The world sends us messages like, “hope is for fools,” or “don’t hope and you won’t be disappointed.” But hope is central to the Christian life.

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. Hope is one of those things that you can’t buy, but that will be freely given to you if you ask. Hope is the one thing people cannot live without. Hope is a thing of beauty. I hope . . .

I hope I can live up to the gifts and talents God has given me. I hope I can have the courage to be a true friend, a good father, and a loving husband. I hope I never stop striving to become the-best-version-of-myself. I hope I will continue to take time to listen to the voice of God each day. I hope I will have the courage to follow where his voice leads me. I hope we can build a world where our children can grow free and strong. And I hope we grow wise enough to realize that we have no better ally than Catholicism in achieving these hopes.

I hope . . . and that is a wonderful thing. Join me in that hope and together we will awaken all men and women to discover the incredible dream God has for their lives and for the world.” Everything we do offers people hope or robs them of hope. Our virtue conveys hope. Our generosity, kindness, gentleness, and thoughtfulness all convey hope to a world desperate to believe that the things God promises can and should be hoped for.

This Christmas, let us, as Christians, once again bring hope to the world in our own way and in our own place. May God bless you and all those you love


Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, St. James Academy

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