A Prayer for Holy Week…

As we enter  Holy Week, when the most bitter sufferings of Jesus Christ are put before us by the liturgy, the Church invites us to come to Calvary and follow in the blood-stained footsteps of the Divine Redeemer, to carry the Cross willingly with Him, to reproduce in our hearts His spirit of expiation and atonement, and to die together with Him.

We ought to glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ
in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection.
Let us pray.
All-powerful, eternal God, You have chosen to give mankind a model of humility;
our Savior took on our flesh, and subjected Himself to the Cross. Grant us the grace to preserve faithfully the lessons
He has given us in his Passion and to have a share in His resurrection. This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.
Amen.
Favour this dwelling, Lord, with Your presence. Far from it repulse all the wiles of Satan. Your holy angels, let them live here, to keep us in peace. And may your blessing remain always upon us. This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son.
May the almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless and keep us.
Amen.

A Prayer for Spring

This week, with Saint Patrick’s Day just behind us, the calendar tells us that Spring begins on March 20th.  It may seem as if winter has been here for more than a few months; in my own mind and heart, I feel it has been cold and wintery since October.  And although the weather this week may not bring the sunshine and warmth of spring, our calendars tell us it is on its way. Our hearts should tell us to hold out hope; this week as we anticipate spring, next week as we head into Holy Week, and that beautiful April morning where we celebrate Easter. I invite you to pray with me and with Saint Dominic Academy every Monday for the next three weeks, in delightful anticipation of God’s gift of spring to each and every one of us.

 

Loving God,

Springtime truly is a gift from You.

It brings Your message of hope

to a world tiring of winter’s starkness.

It brings the gift of flowers, breaking through the snow

And reminds us that each spring, new life is upon us all.

It is in this season that we recall the sacrifice You made for us all

The gift of Your Son

to break through sin’s icy blanket,

and, with arms outstretched

on a cross,

He brought us

hope, light and new life.

CONGRATS TO OUR DANCE TEAM! WINNERS IN SMALL POM VARSITY DIVISION!!!

Congrats to all of our girls and our alumnae coaches! These young ladies worked tirelessly all year and once again have earned a National Championship Title! For the past three years they have brought home top honors for SDA and this week I want to use this Blog to congratulate the young ladies, their coaches, and their parents! You have made us all so very proud!

Coaches: Marie Pompeo Maffia ’79, Amanda Herring’06, Taylor Siebel ’14
Team Members: Seniors Sophia Feijoo and Emily Gill
Sophomores: Mallory Geisler and Kayla Stewart
Freshmen: Olivia Aidukas, Chloe Butler, Nastasja Gunnings and Avery Sullivan
8th Grade: Aisha Adeboye

This One’s For the Moms…

Lately, I feel like my life is one big game of catch up. No matter how much effort I make, either the bed is not made, the laundry has to be re-washed because I forgot and left it sitting, the floor I thought I just vacuumed is covered in crumbs, my plans for a homemade dinner transform into visiting the Wendy’s drive-through…and my shelves are collecting dust. It’s when I take time to think about it that I become overwhelmed. In addition to my “house work” there are read -alouds and homework and Girl Scouts and Ballet and Theater Group; I am not just a busy mom, I am the busy mom of a very busy little girl. Usually, the balance of all of this plus that important role I play over at 2572 Kennedy Boulevard is one that I manage with relative ease. But, these past few weeks…I do not mind stating that I am wiped out.

So, mothers of high school daughters, help me out here. Your daughters are even busier than mine, many of your families are larger than mine, your jobs are as important as mine. I guess my question is…should I feel guilty or are your houses as harried and disorganized as mine feels right now!? All jokes aside, I know that we as mothers have to reach a point where we are comfortable with “letting go.” By that I mean, letting the small things go;  it’s ok for me to leave my coffee cup in the sink over night, if it means I can do Abigail’s read – aloud with her. It’s ok if I have to fold two loads of rather large laundry once a week rather than perfect little loads every night. It’s even ok if every once in a while I leave with the bed unmade ( although I have to admit it drives me nuts the entire day!)

In talking with my friends, I realize I am not the only mom who feels this way- stay at home or working, there truly never are enough hours in the day for us to take care of everyone else and really give ourselves some much needed care too. And so, this week, since this feeling of being overtaken by my hectic life is on my mind, I wanted to share it in case any of our SDA moms were feeling the same way. And I wanted to put these feelings out there so all of us moms realize that when we feel wiped out, perhaps it means we are doing a wonderful job. When we are a bit overwhelmed, it’s because we give so much love to those around us. When we notice that imperfect couch cushion, or speck of dust or unsigned letter on our desk at the office, instead of beating ourselves up, we should give ourselves a pat on the back for all that each of us has accomplished on a given day. From sun up to sun down, we work hard, we are excellent role models for our daughters and it’s ok for us to be tired, as long as we are proud as well!

And if that doesn’t cheer you when you are feeling bogged down…then let me share with you one important quote that always makes me feel so much better about my role as a mom.  Hope it makes you laugh…and remember…it’s true!