As many of you know, a pilgrimage by founding families of MRA to St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal, the largest shrine in the world dedicated to St. Joseph, was a pivotal moment in the development of our school. Since its beginning, Mount Royal has been entrusted to the care of this saint whom God trusted to protect the Holy Family. Last Monday we celebrated of our school’s patron with Mass and a school wide lunch (thank you to our parent volunteers!). This feast is always a special day for our school, and yet another occasion during which we celebrate our Catholic identity. During a recent audience, Pope Francis told attendees that he writes any problems which arise on a piece of paper and tucks it under a statue of St. Joseph in his room, in this way entrusting his worries to the patron saint of the universal church, families, fathers, the dying and workers. St. Joseph, pray for us!
It is always a pleasant surprise to see the variety of projects produced for our annual Academic Fair. As you know, this year’s theme was “Mary, Queen of Peace and Mother of Hope,” and students created everything from posters and dioramas to Prezis and infographics celebrating Mary. First and second grades even produced plays based on the story of Fatima. Thank you to teachers for facilitating and parents for having your kitchen table taken up with clay and glue and shoeboxes for the past week!
We are fortunate to once again host the Daughters of St. Paul at Mount Royal. This beautiful group of nuns from Dedham, MA were here for a book fair last year, introducing students to the many faith-based books produced by Pauline Books and Media. We are thrilled to welcome them back to campus on March 29. The sisters will give separate junior high and high school presentations on “Reaching People in a Social Media Society.” We invite and encourage all parents to attend the evening presentation, which runs from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in St. Joseph Center. Social media is an ever-growing presence for our youth and consequently an issue for parents to navigate, so please consider bringing a friend and joining us for an informative conversation.