Scholarships & St. Philomena - Update
Message from Sister Marie Therese, M.I.C.M.
In the last newsletter, I asked for your help, in the name of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and of Saint Philomena, to give our largest-ever student body a great Catholic education.
I am happy to report that the Scholarship Fund has increased from $450 to $4090. We only need $2910 more to pay last year's scholarships in full, and then $10,000 for the coming 2011-2012 year.
Thank you so much for helping IHM School and our financially underprivileged students, who are rich in Faith and opportunity for academic achievement.
How Old Are You?
by Sister Mary Joseph
It has been a long tradition at Saint Benedict Center to study the saints -- not only their individual lives but also groups of saints by theme.
How many canonized doctors are there? How many brother-and-sister (sibling) saints are there? Name the canonized foundresses of religious orders. Name the boy saints who died under the age of twenty.
Such trivia teaches us about the lives of our Catholic heroes. We get to know them and love them by way of a game.
So, the game for today is: Find the saint who died at your age. Learn something new about your saint-for-the-year. Befriend your saint and ask him (or her) for special help and favors. You only have one year in which to make the most of this special patron before you will be on to a new one. Don't waste your big chance!
[Editor's note: We have compiled a list of saints through the age one hundred. Please let us know if you have others to add, good saints' pages to link to, or if you catch any errors.]
Back to School
by Sister Maria Philomena
In the Roman Martyrology for August 6, we read:
"At Alcala in Spain, the holy martyrs Justus and Pastor, brothers. While they were yet schoolboys, they threw aside their books in school, and spontaneously ran to martyrdom. By order of the governor Dacian, they were arrested, beaten with rods, and as they exhorted each other to constancy, were led out of the city, and had their throats cut by the executioner."
I know plenty of students who would joyously throw aside their school books, but I don't know how many would then hasten to martyrdom! On the other hand, with school starting on Tuesday, students may feel that they are hastening to their books AND martyrdom. If they remember to say their morning offering, nothing of their sacrifice will get lost.
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day -- for all the intentions of Thy Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered throughout the world in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all our associates, and in particular for the intentions recommended this month by our Holy Father the Pope. And I wish to gain all the indulgences attached to all the prayers I shall say and the good works I shall perform this day. Amen.
Morning Offering for Young Children
O Jesus, I offer everything I will do today and everything I will suffer today and everything that will make me happy today for love of Thee. Dear Blessed Mother, please help me to always do what God wants me to do. Dear Guardian Angel, please watch over me.
Morning Offering for Very Young Children
Good morning, Blessed Mother, I'm glad you're always near! Good morning, kind St. Joseph and Baby Jesus dear! Good morning, Guardian Angel with wings so shiny white! Please help and guide me always to think and do what's right.
Events on August 28 & 29 cancelled due to Hurricane Irene
August 30 - First Day of School (subject to Hurricane Irene)
September 5 - NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)
September 17 - Performance at the Big E
September 23-25 - Auriesville Pilgrimage
How You Can Help
We have many needs, but we would especially appreciate your prayers. You also might consider helping with donations of money (sepecially for scholarships) or goods.
The School & Sisters' Wish List