A Message from the Principal 

Dear Students and Parents,

"The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, and the fruit of service is peace."
                                                 -Mother Teresa, A Simple Path

I am happy to announce the following and invite and encourage our students to participate.

Monthly Apostle of Hope:  Every month a student from each class (Pre-K through Grade 8) will be acknowledged as an "Apostle of Hope".  The recognition will go to a student who demonstrates bringing hope into the classroom and our school through consideration for their classmates, respect shown to their teachers and peers, actively participating in Mass through singing and reciting of prayers, acts of compassion and kindness, etc.

The President's Volunteer Service Award:  This Award (Kindergarten through Grade 8) is issued by the President of the United States to individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service.  To participate and earn the Award, students should record their hours of service throughout the year using the service worksheet provided.  Further details can be found on the School website under "Quick Links".

Through our service to others, may we bring ever-needed love, hope, and peace to our world.    

Peace and Blessings,

Mrs. Testa Signature

Ruth Ellen Testa

A Message from the Pastor 

Dear Friends,

That's what Jesus calls us... friends!  He's been my lifelong friend, and my lifelong teacher.  I am so grateful to be able to say that I met Him through my parents and grew in His friendship through their choice to send me to St Frances de Chantal School in Wantagh when I was the age of your children.  It was a graced place where church community was felt.   It was there I learned so much more about the One I repeatedly heard was the center of my parents' life, the One who led them to each other: Jesus ! 

Thanks to them and through St. Frances de Chantal School, the desire to know and follow Jesus continued to grow in me.  My parents knew Him, spoke of Him, wanted my four siblings and I to find the joy they had found in Him.  They sent us to a place like the one that began it for them –  the parish school!

Believe it or not, I still remember what was on the bulletin board in my seventh grade classroom: May the Light that is Christ be my Guide.  It remains my mantra.  How did I get where I am?  St. Frances de Chantal School was a big part of that for me.  All these years later, those old friends and grace filled memories still flood my heart with joy.  I'm happy to be part of making the same happen for your children here in Sts. Philip and James School.  I look forward to joining in your journey, helping your children want to meet Him and say, "May the Light that is Christ be my Guide".

Blessings and peace, my friends!

Father Tom Haggerty

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