"Jesus said to His disciples, "Whoever wishes to come after Me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me."
FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK . . .
Dear School Families,
Beginning in the fall of 2010, Holy Cross began instituting households in the grade school and parish religious education program. The idea came to me while on sabbatical at Franciscan University where they have households. The households are a way to promote brotherhood and a culture of family within a larger setting.
In the grade school, each class will function as a household for which they choose a name, put together a motto and emblem for a banner, have a mission statement and develop a life of prayer and accountability with each other. They will take the name and develop the mission with each other as they go through the school, with each year adding more richness and depth to their Christian purpose. While the younger grades will participate according to their abilities, it will really begin to take shape with the beginning of second grade. I'll give an example. The fifth grade has chosen the name of Warriors of the Word. This will be their household name throughout their time at Holy Cross. They will develop a mission that describes how they act, learn, pray and love each other as members of a household family. The name, motto, emblem and banner will be part of their communal experiences, including special Masses throughout each year. In addition, the mission statement will be developed as they mature in wisdom, age and grace while the banners will be changed as they grow in artistic ability.
Another aspect of households is Lord's Day where the students will take 10-15 minutes before Friday dismissal for praise and worship, intercessions, opening up the Gospel for the coming Sunday, thanksgiving prayer and a closing song. The point is to get them ready for Sunday with awareness of the Gospel and its meaning (I'll provide that to the teachers to assist them in breaking open the Word). In addition, the intercessory and thanksgiving prayer will help the students articulate what is on their hearts and to allow their prayers to be known to the other members of their household. In this way, we continue to build an atmosphere of compassion, trust and family in which each is known and loved. Practically speaking, it's much harder to be unkind to someone when I know who he or she is, care about them and am praying for the difficulties they shared during Lord's Day.
Please pray for the success of this exciting new idea for our children. Happy Lord's Day!
Our 2012-2013 Households
Eighth Grade: Guardians of the Faith
Seventh Grade: Warriors of the Word
Sixth Grade: Courageous Saints
Fifth Grade: Lambs of the Lord
Fourth Grade: Knights of God
Third Grade: Hearts of Fire
Second Grade: Disciples of the Word
First Grade: Joseph's Workers
Kindergarten: The King's Kids
Preschool: Mary's Lambs
Faculty/Staff: House of Wisdom and Love