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A Message from the Principal 

                          Happy Thanksgiving

Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.

Thank You for all the graces and blessings You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal; our faith and religious heritage, our food and shelter, our health, the love we have for one another, our family and friends.

Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessings throughout the coming year.

This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother.  Amen.

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On behalf of the Administration, Faculty and Staff of Sts. Philip and James School, a Blessed Thanksgiving Day to all our students and their families.




A Message from the Pastor 

Dear Friends,

Each year as Christmas approaches we sense changes all around us.  Colder weather has us seeking warmth.  Earlier sunsets have us seeking ways to light the darkness.  And as the feast of the Nativity gets closer, we seek ways to welcome anew Jesus in our hearts.

 The season of Advent helps us on our journey.  Its scriptures remind us to “Stay awake!” and “Prepare the way of the Lord!”  Its starkness of decor - the candles on the simple Advent Wreath - is meant to keep us focused on the miracle we’re preparing to celebrate - that God chose and chooses to dwell among us.

 God chose to be born among us as one of us.  Mary and Joseph welcomed Jesus as a baby, and nurtured him as he grew.  In our time, how do we welcome Jesus among us?  How do we nurture his presence?  First we need to recognize his presence in our world, in neighbors and in strangers, in our families and friends, in ourselves.  Think about what makes you feel welcomed.  Perhaps a friendly greeting, an inviting smile, a helping hand.  Perhaps you feel welcomed by someone spending time with you – listening, sharing, caring.  Perhaps you feel welcomed when someone allows you to listen to them, to share with them, to care for them.

 Jesus chooses to dwell among us in many ways, through many encounters.  My question for you as Christmas approaches is what might our world look like if we really welcomed Jesus as he chooses to dwell among us?  This time of year offers many opportunities to reach out to another, to spread warmth and light through family activities, through providing for others, through service and through prayer.  Let’s share in the miracle we celebrate and truly welcome Jesus among us – and bring the Light of Christ to our world.  

Blessings and peace, my friends!

Father Tom Haggerty

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