Holy Family School on a 2-hour delay Friday, March 6th

shareasimage (1)Holy Family Catholic School will be on a 2-hour delay Friday, March 6, 2015. The office will be evaluating the road conditions in the morning, so please stay tuned to this website, and the local TV stations for any changes to this 2-hour delay.

Please remain safe! If you feel you cannot safely make it to Holy Family School on the later schedule, call into the school office.

Tomorrow, the weather will be one of the coldest in March. Dress in layers, with sweatshirts, heavy coats, hats, gloves, scarves.

Parents can drop off their children in the cafeteria beginning at 9:00 a.m., with classes beginning at 9:45 a.m. Morning preschool classes are cancelled. The childcare room opens at 9:00 a.m.

For lunch in the cafeteria, the only option will be the main entree.

Daily mass will be moved to 12 noon.

Scholastic Book Fair March 10-13, 2015

Spring 2015 Scholastic Book Fair Theme - Book Fair Under the SeaScholastic Book Fair – Explore an ocean of books!

SPECIAL PARISHIONER HOURS FRIDAY MARCH 13th from 9:00-11:00 a.m.!

You will find a wide selection of books for all ages, as well as some toys, posters, and games. You will be able to shop online, AT THIS LINK, from March 5-18.

The proceeds from this bookfair go directly back into the Library budget, purchasing books, shelves, and renovations to improve Holy Family Catholic School’s Library. For the spring of 2015, our hours are:

  • Tuesday, March 10th from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 11th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 12th from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 13th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. is special hours for Parishioners

PARENTS: please consider sending money for your student’s library time or you can shop after school 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (March 10-12).

See the WIDE SELECTION of books at this link:

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Free Online Reproducible Activities for Lent from Pflaum

HolyFamilyLentWhat Jesus Asks Us to Do in Lent: To discover what Jesus want us to do, solve this puzzle, for Grades K-1

What is Lent All About? What three actions can help us to get ready for Easter? To discover them, solve these tree rebuses, for Grades 2-3

Grade Yourself This Lent: Put your resolution in an AshWednesday path, trying to improve your grades as you move through Lent, for Grades 4-6

Analogies for Lent: Complete the analogies to answer the question at the bottom of the page, for Grades 7-8

 

They’re all available at PGW Online, a service of Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.
Click here
to register if you haven’t already. It’s free!

No Masses will be held March 5, 2015, due to weather

HF-2014-SNOWHoly Family School will be CLOSED Thursday, March 5th, due to the weather.

There will be no virtual school on this day.

Mass is cancelled on March 5th as well.

Parents, students are scheduled (as of now) to be in school during the first week of our Spring Break, as planned, on these dates: Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 20th.

Providence High School Football Program 2015 Mulch Sales

MulchThe Providence High School Football Team will once again be selling mulch this spring.  It is reasonably priced and the profit goes to support the football program.  Orders of 25 bags or more can be delivered and for $1 more per bag, the players will spread it for you!

Download the form here.

Chant Mass setting for Lent

powered_by_podbean“During Lent, for the past few years, it has been a tradition at Holy Family to use a different Mass setting. The Mass setting we use is called the Chant Mass, which some may already be familiar with from singing it in the past. The main focus in chanting, unlike other forms of music, is solely on the text being sung. This is a time to really focus on the words within these parts of the Mass. When chanting the Mass, I like to think of it more as “speak-singing,” that is, I am focusing more on the words being chanted, rather than worrying if I have sung all of the “correct notes.” At Holy Family, we use the following chants: Kyrie, Preface dialogue, Holy, Save Us Savior, the Amen, and Lamb of God.” — Paul Stiller, Director of Liturgical Music

 

Podbean has allowed us to share this audio so you can practice the chant Mass:

Church Activities cancelled evening of Wednesday, March 4, 2015

HF-2014-SNOWDue to the potential for icing, Holy Family Catholic School will dismiss 2 hours early. Dismissal will begin at 12:55 p.m.

There will be no Aftercare, although school staff will be here to reunite students will drivers . Students will gather in the cafeteria if not picked up for dismissal, until parents come to get them. Please pass the word.

CANCELLATIONS FOR TONIGHT:

  • Holy Family Parish Activities – “Beyond the Ashes” and Reconciliation and Adoration – will be cancelled for tonight.
  • Athletics “Biddy Ball” basketball

NOTES:

  • ISTEP+ testing will conclude by noon today. Afternoon tests will be rescheduled upon school returning to session.
  • Mr. Ernstberger will be sending a more in depth letter regarding snow make ups and Indiana State testing.

Homily for the 2nd Sunday in Lent – March 1, 2015

 

Some missionaries were sitting around talking about the best way to spread the gospel.   Various methods were suggested which ranged from pamphlets to videos to radio announcements. Finally a young woman from Africa spoke. She said, “When we think a pagan village is ready for the Lord Jesus, the first people we send in is a Christian family. It is their lives that will inspire the villagers to think seriously about becoming Christian. They are better than a hundred books or videos or radio announcements. They will be the keyhole through which others will see the Lord Christ. To spread the Church Christians must not so much promote as attract.”

The lady was expressing what Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the German-French theologian, philosopher, physician, and superb keyhole to the divine in his own life, testified, “Example is not the main thing. It is the only thing.”

This then is what we are aiming for in Lent. Like Christ in today’s Gospel, we too must become transfigured. We must become shining examples of our heavenly Father’s love. St. Peter was so overcome by the outward “show” of the Lord’s transfiguration that he wanted to build three little houses so that they could stay forever with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah on the mountain.  But the Teacher soon brought his friends back down the mountain, as if to say to Peter and all of us, “Do not dwell on my Transfiguration overly long today. Rather, concentrate on becoming transfigured yourself.”  Christ needs for each one of us here to become a keyhole through which others will see the shining face of God.

How can we do this?  Well, a priest once asked Mother Teresa how he might better spread the Gospel. She replied simply, “Smile more often. Live as though you believe there are 542 references to joy in the Scriptures.”

The Lord Jesus had only a few hours alone with Peter, James, and John.  The transfiguration probably occurred in a microsecond. But we are in luck. There is no such time pressure on us. Next weekend, seven men from our parish together with their team leaders will have two days together on the KYCSS retreat for their own mountaintop experience.  As a parish family we have almost six weeks of Lent to open ourselves to the transforming love of God.  Can we do it?  Can we become keyholes through which people can catch a glimpse of Jesus?

March Grocery Items for the poor

Breakfast-pancakesSVDP-OLG_LOGO-4e1dcd83bb624St. Vincent DePaul has provided for us a simple way to shop for the monthly items they need to support the less fortunate in our area. In the end of most of the pews are little cards that list these items. Please take one, and add them to your shopping list each month. They will change out the cards in the pew from month to month to support the needs of people.

Society of Saint Vincent DePaul March Food Items

“Breakfast Items”

  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal Packets
  • Pancake Mix
  • Pancake Syrup

Include us on your weekly shopping list!! Donations collected in the Cry Room lobby.

Lenten Learning – Jesus: The Face of Discipleship

 

These links are on “Building a Better Disciple,” by Jonathan Sullivan, the Director for Catechetical Services for the Diocese of Springfield, IL. This Lent, Holy Family Catholic Church and School wishes to share resources that are helpful for anyone’s faith formation, Catholic or non-Catholic.

May we all make a Holy Lent!