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"Be still and know that I am God"

Making Blankets for Seniors
Making Blankets for Seniors
What Shall We Give The Children (courtesy of Parents in Prayer)

What shall we give the children?
Christmas is almost here.
Toys and games and playthings
As we do every year?

Yes, for the magic of Toyland
Is part of the yuletide lore
To gladden the heart of childhood,
But I shall give something more.

I shall give them patience,
A more sympathetic ear.
A little more time for laughter,
Or tenderly dry a tear.

I shall take time to teach them
The joy of doing some task.
I'll try to find time to answer
More of the questions that they ask.

Time to read books together,
And take long walks in the sun.
Time for a bedtime story,
After the day is done.

I shall give these to my children,
Weaving a closer tie,
Knitting our lives together,
With gifts that money cannot buy.

"Be still and know that I am God"

Cyndi Peterson
Wonderful friend to SJA. Cyndi Peterson,
speaking to our students about how to fully
celebrate our liturgies with reverence.
As we light the second candle on the Advent wreath,
let's pray for the gift of faith...

For the deepening of faith in those who have it...
for the gift of faith for those who seek it...
for the strengthening of faith in those who doubt...
for any whose faith is shaken or broken...
for stronger faith that leads us to act...
for harmony and unity among people of different faiths...

God, give us:
the faith we need to help us live,
the faith we need to help us love,
the faith we need to help us believe,
the faith we need to give us hope,
the faith we need to act...
the faith we need to to speak up and speak out...

Give us faith that leads us:
to share what we have in serving the hungry;
to work for peace and to keep it;
to establish justice for the poor and oppressed;
to restore the beauty of your creation...

God, give us faith in you
and in our neighbors
and in ourselves...

Amen. (from Austin Fleming)

"Be still and know that I am God"

Anti-Bullying Assembly
Anti-Bullying Assembly

Monday morning at assembly we began our celebration of the season of Advent. Our students were reminded that the liturgical church year begins with Advent, a time of waiting, hoping and preparing for the coming of Christ. We began with one of the many special Advent customs and traditions, the Advent wreath. We blessed our wreath and then prayed the prayer for the first week of Advent. I invite you to include this custom in your family tradition if you do not already do so. I'm happy to share a suggestion for the complete tradition if you are interested. Also, please see the Advent Calendar below for further suggestions. The first week prayer we used:

Lord God, we come to you with excited and grateful hearts as we begin a new church year and season. Thank you for this Advent time. It's exciting to be nearing Christmas! And it's good for us to slow down and enjoy each other more. Fill us with your peace. Make us better and better people. Teach us to more deeply appreciate one another. Help each of us to tell others more often how much they mean to us. Make us aware that you walk with us each day. Help us to be grateful and joyful. Make our hearts strong and brave and generous. We love you, Lord. Amen


"Be still and know that I am God"

8th Honor Roll
8th Honor Roll

With a thankful heart I wish each of you a Thanksgiving holiday filled with family, friends and the graces provided by our Holy God.

Today I thank God
for the gift of the Church: that wounded, rag-tag, joyful company of sinners and saints whose faith is our strength, binding us to one another in Christ...

Today I thank God
for all the people around, behind and before me: the ones who gave me life and shaped my life; those who bring me joy today and hope for tomorrow; and I thank God, too, for the people I've not yet met...

Today I thank God
for the simple tools I have for doing his work: words, wonder, witness, wit and wisdom- roughly in that order!

Today I thank God for you, my readers!
Aliased, named or anonymous commenting or silent: you are solidly more than half of an enterprise that brings me more joy and peace than you know. For being here, for reading, for commenting, for sharing and spreading my posts, for coming back again and again: I thank God for you!

"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.


Kathy Dunn & Christine Lang
Principals, St. James Academy

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