Well here we are. Our year is ending, and we say goodbye for the summer. St. Paul is an outstanding community dedicated to learning and the growth of faith in each person we meet. We have had an excellent year. Our students have shown their academic strength in some demanding extracurricular competitions. They have shown their creativity in areas from art and writing to engineering.
We have had a great year sacramentally. Our retreat days have been an exciting way to urge us on toward a stronger faith life; bringing faith into everyday things. Our second graders continued their faith journey as they received the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time. Our eighth graders completed their Sacraments of Initiation as they were confirmed. Throughout the year, we attended Mass together, we attended mass and Eucharistic Adoration on First Friday, joined our prayers in the Rosary, and commemorated special days like May Crowning.
We have come together for some excellent social events. From the back-to-school bash, through events like the walk-a-thon plays, talent shows, and the Blue and Gold Bash, we have celebrated our friendships and common purpose. I have said often “we sure know how to have a good time.” There are so many ways to help each of us celebrate our success even as we continue to work hard for the success of our school.
There are innumerable people who have helped us. We always begin by thanking God, of course, for giving us the opportunity to do what we do here at St. Paul. We thank Fr. Barth and Fr. Bertke, for their vision and leadership within our community. We thank all the members of our Education Committee for their dedication and involvement as they help keep our school strong. We thank the faculty and staff of St. Paul for their dedication as they have worked so hard to help our students grow in faith and knowledge. Thanks, also, to the parents and families of our students. We are grateful for your choice to entrust us with the education of your children. We are honored to have been your partners in their care and formation over this past year. Finally, our thanks to our students. They have worked hard, learned so much, and are growing to be the kind of young people we can all be proud of.
I hope you have had the opportunity to join us from time to time. While we try to describe our experience, it is something best experienced in person. Please consider joining us next year.
For our last reflection, I leave you with this thought: “Jesus wants to bring peace to the world through you.” How we live our lives matters. We influence those we meet every day. Our challenge is to live our lives in a way that increases the peace—to be a Peace Builder.
I have been honored to serve the St. Paul community and will always remember my experience here with gratitude and affection.
Have a great summer.