Welcome to Immaculate Heart of Mary's
First Email Newsletter
Welcome to our newest tool of communication, our IHM School e-newsletter! We just finished our fourth quarter novena to Saint Philomena, the dear patroness of our school; we consider this an opportunity to express our gratitude to her as well as to share with friends edifying and encouraging tidbits from our students and teachers.
If you are among our alumni, we especially want to encourage you to keep in touch. Many of you have raised families and we would love to see photographs!
Please share this newsletter with your friends; it may come as a welcome encouragement to them. Besides, the Sisters and students pray for our friends and benefactors every day. So, we'll be praying for everyone who gets this newsletter.
May Our Lady bless you with Her Holy Child!
Sister Marie Therese, M.I.C.M.
Musical Performance - Please Come!
Immaculate Heart of Mary School students (officially: the Blueberry Jammers and the Future Famous Fiddlers) are putting on an hour’s entertainment at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts, on Sunday, May 22, at 3pm. With fiddling, dancing, singing, and acting, an audience of all ages is sure to have smiles on their faces. The performance will be in the Museum Auditorium. Just come in the front door (ignore the closed signs and look for Sisters in habits and children in uniforms!).
To figure out driving directions, please click here. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome!
Your Cupboard: Memory
by Sister Maria Philomena
At Immaculate Heart of Mary School, memory items play an important part in all our subjects. Brother Francis, who taught for more than eighty years, used to describe memory items as the structure—the framing—of a house. Once you have the framework up, you can fill the building in, hanging all kinds of interesting information for walls, ceilings, windows, etc. But how can you hang drywall without studs?
I have taught at IHM for fifteen years (in all the grades, although I am now teaching high school level subjects), and one time in Religion Class I had a junior-high student who balked at memorizing her catechism.
This young lady was having a hard time with remembering the exact wording of certain key questions and she asked: “Why do I have to memorize this? I know what is true.”
Since we were preparing to take this class of students to accompany us on our missionary work, I asked this young lady: “What if someone, while we are doing missionary work, asks you ‘Who is God?’”
Right away, she fired back: “God is the Supreme Being Who made all things!” (She knew the answer to that question! She had memorized the answer in first grade and reviewed it in every grade since.)
“Correct,” I said, “but what do you mean by a Supreme Being?”
“When we say that God is the Supreme Being, we mean that He is above all creatures.”
And as I watched, I saw the light dawning.
“Ohhhh!” she said – and then proceeded to carry on an imaginary conversation with someone who would be asking her questions (in the exact wording of the catechism, of course!). But she got the point: it is helpful to have key information memorized in a set pattern.
Not only are memory items useful for retaining and collating information, but memory items also help us to determine what is important to remember. I remember Brother Francis telling us how he thought about his memory as a cupboard. Whatever he put in that cupboard would be there forever.
What would you like in your cupboard?
Sister Maria Philomena, M.I.C.M.
May 22 - First Holy Commmunions (9:30 High Mass)
May 22 - Musical Performance in Lexington, MA.
May 29 - May Procession (at Saint Benedict Center's Immaculate Heart of May Chapel) follows the 9:30 High Mass.
May 30 - Memorial Day (no school)
June 1 - Preparation for Death & Confessions
June 2 - Ascension Thursday (Holy Day of Obligation - no school)
June 7 - Spelling Bee (1pm in Saint Joseph's Hall)
June 12 - End of the Year School Performance (will start about 11:30am in Saint Joseph's Hall)
June 16 - Last Day of School
How You Can Help
We have many needs, but we would especially appreciate your prayers. You also might consider helping with donations of money or goods.
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