January, 2018

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A Note from Mrs. Preston

Dear Parents and Friends of St. Peter’s School,

The countdown to the New Year and the quieter days of January always seem to bring much needed calm after the commotion of the holiday season. Nestled between the liturgical feasts of Christmas and the Epiphany is the Feast of the Holy Family. We are reminded of the humility and obedience of Mary and Joseph, and Jesus’ childhood as a member of the most important nuclear family.

Just as the Holy Family was not typical, we know that there are no typical families. Yet the importance of a family to a child’s development is beyond compare. The family is a source security, stability, and unconditional love. By providing this to a child, he/she is better able to build healthy relationships, overcome challenges and embrace learning, Also, when one’s own physical, emotional and spiritual needs are met in a family, empathy and compassion are instilled in a child.

Demands on a family can be consuming; financial strains, work responsibilities, the ongoing needs of the children. However, God sent his Son to be a member of a family. Prominent reminders of the beginning and end of Jesus’ earthly journey are the crèche and the crucifix, signifying the joys, struggles and fears experienced by the Holy Family and also our own.

When overwhelmed by the enormity of the parental responsibilities of providing for and leading a family, whether it has been my nuclear family, extended family or school family, I have been guided by St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians in which he said the following:

“Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing one another and forgiving one another; be thankful, and over all these, put on love. “

May God’s loving presence be a part of your family throughout this New Year.

Kathy Preston