In his reflection on Sunday’s Gospel reading for the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, (Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23) Bishop Robert Barron tells us of the primary role of the family. Perhaps reflecting on Bishop Barron’s words is a good way for us to enter into a new year, and a new decade!
“The family is, above all, the forum in which both parents and children are able to discern their missions. It is perfectly good, of course, if deep bonds and rich emotions are cultivated within the family, but those relationships and passions must cede to something that is more spiritually focused.”
When everyone in the family is focused on God’s plan for their lives, the family is able to be a place where peace and love abide. Bishop Barron observes that “when something other than mission is dominant—a son’s athletic achievement, a daughter’s success at university, etc.—family relationships actually become strained.”
Bishop Barron concludes with a reference to St. John Paul II as he spoke of the family as an ecclesiola (a little church). “At its best, he implies, the family is a place where God is worshiped and where the discernment of God’s mission is of paramount importance.”
In each of our families, our little churches, may we work to discern God’s will for our lives, and may God’s will be done!
~ Guidance News ~
Returning from Christmas break, we have one week of classes prior to the start of semester exams. Semester exams take place January 14-17. Teachers will be available for special exam study sessions prior to the exams. All students are encouraged to attend these helpful sessions.
Guidance meetings for freshmen during January will focus on semester exam preparation and a review of the results of the PSAT 8/9. Parents of freshmen, sophomores, juniors are invited to the Wednesday, January 15 PSAT Information Evening. During this meeting, we will review PSAT results, distribute the test booklets that each student used when taking the PSAT, and give out hard copy results. This meeting will take place in our cafeteria from 7:00 – 8:30PM.
Seniors are finalizing any remaining college applications and waiting for college decision notifications. This can be a stressful time for seniors and their families. Please reach out to Mr. Tanguay and Mrs. Hufnagle with any questions or concerns. As seniors finish their college applications and await results, they are encouraged to apply for outside scholarships to help with college expenses. The Guidance Office, local libraries and Fastweb.com and Collegeboard.org are good sources of information for outside scholarships. Mr. Tanguay provides a list of scholarships through his regular emails to parents of seniors.
January 17, 2020 marks the end of our second quarter marking period. Report cards will be prepared shortly after that date.
Guidance Activities: January
1/15/2020 – Understanding the PSAT – Parents of freshmen, sophomores and juniors are invited to this Guidance session for distribution and explanation of PSAT results. Cafeteria, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.
1/14/20 – 1/17/20 – Semester Exams
1/17/20 – End of Second Quarter Marking Period
Please direct your guidance questions to:
Mark Tanguay, Director of Guidance (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maureen Hufnagle, Guidance Counselor (email@example.com)