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Farewell to Fr. Clement

 
This past Tuesday, the students and staff of OLGC School had the chance to say goodbye to Fr. Clement.  In a surprise assembly of the whole school, Fr. Clement received a basket filled with cards and prayers, several gift cards, and a sung blessing by the students.  Father shared a beautiful story with the students and expressed his sincere thanks.
 
See a video of the assembly above.
 
Many thanks to the families that donated to Fr. Clement’s farewell gift. 


 

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

 

Several of you have been asking for clarification on how the box top program works.
 
Here are some things to know:
OLGC participates in Box Tops For Education (not Campbell's Labels for Education). For every non-expired Box Top that is given back to the school, we receive $0.10 - a lot like turning in empty cans. 
 
How you can help
Collect Box Tops at your home. As needed, send your collection into school with your child. That is it! The box top committee does the rest!
 
Every classroom has a bag for storing Box Tops. When a collection day nears, each classroom bag is gathered, the box tops are submitted, and the bag returns to the classroom until the next collection date. Box tops are officially submitted in October and March, and a check is distributed to the school.
 
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact Beth Borys at bborys5@gmail.com
 
Thank you for your help in raising some "free money" for our students.
 
 
 

6th Graders Host 
All Saints Festival
Our 6th graders planned fair style activities to help
students in grades K-2 learn about our
Catholic Saints 



 

THANK YOU
TO ALL OUR STAFF, PARENTS, STUDENTS, and PLYMOUTH CITY OFFICIALS
 ON A SUCCESSFUL OFF SITE EVACUATION DRILL


 




 

 
Grade 5 Bible Presentation & Prayer Service
 
        
Our 5th graders who received their youth Bibles during a wonderful prayer service this past Wednesday.  The students were presented their Bibles individually, by name, by their teachers.  Mr. Jeffery, our campus minister, had an opportunity to give a presentation on the significance of God’s contained in this wonderful book.  It was a real joy to watch as the students explored their Bibles and looked up a few important passages.  Our Director of Religious Formation, Mrs. O'Shaughnessy, had the students locate several passages at the beginning, middle and end of the Bible.  These passages all related the immense love God has for his children.
 

Grade 6 Travels to Global Village and
Learns a Lesson in Poverty and Service
 
             

Students in grade 6 spent time coming to better understand how people in other cultures live day to day.  Through a program hosted by the Howell Nature Center called Global Village, the sixth graders were educated about the causes and effects of hunger and poverty, and empowered to make a difference the lives of those in their own communities and around the world.
 
As part of the program, students moved throughout various locations exploring how people in poorer areas of the world live.  This includes seeing replicas of the homes people must live in and having the opportunity to prepare a basic meal of beans and rice for their group.  Many of the students commented that they lived in houses with bedrooms bigger than the structures these people had.
 
“Field trips like this give the kids a chance to see how others live and how fortunate we are living here in the United States,” states Mrs. Paterra.  “It also connects to their faith by asking the question, how can I help or serve others in need?”
 
Trips like this at the beginning of the year are often the spark that leads to service and social justice projects throughout the remainder of the school year.
 
 

Parent Volunteer Committee is Seeking Volunteers

Thanks to everyone who volunteered for our many committees this year. However, there are several committees that are still in need of your help. Please take a moment to complete the following survey and volunteer for DOVES hours. Your support of our school family is greatly appreciated. 

https://olgcparish.wufoo.com/forms/20142015-olgc-parent-volunteer-opportunities/

We have a new opportunity that we would like to try and start. To build the bond between our school and parish families and spread the word about our wonderful school, we are proposing that OLGC School Families host Sunday Donuts after Mass once a month. 

We would like to have at least two families at each Mass. A wonderful way to build community and gain DOVES hours, 2 hours per family per Mass. We are in need of a Chairperson to schedule  and follow up, as well as volunteers to host each Sunday.

The survey link to sign up will be open until next Friday, October 17, 2014.

Thank you for your support.

The PVC Board

 



Adoration Prayer Service 

Dear Parents,
 
This week we had our first Adoration session in the gym, and I have to say, it was truly a blessed event to witness. Our time before the Lord began with a video montage set to the song “Remembrance”, by Matt Maher (click here to see the video).  After the video reflection, the students knelt for several minutes while Fr. Clement brought forward Jesus in the monstrance.  Fr. Clement began speaking to the students about Jesus' presence in the Eucharist and what this time before Him was really about. 
 
The children then sat and reflected on the words of Fr. Clement, calling on them to “bring forward their hearts, open to hear what it was Jesus had to say to them.”  They were given about 5 minutes to just sit, to be still before Jesus.  Several minutes later, Fr. Clement again began teaching, instructing the students why time before Jesus is so important.  He elaborated on the need to be “open to Jesus' call to us” in our lives.  He then asked the students to pray for their parents. After some additional time in silent reflection Mr. Jeffery led the children in a song on his guitar. 
 
As our time before the Lord came to an end, it was clear to me that, while this was a new experience for many of our children, it was one they enjoyed.  In fact, several commented to me afterward that they liked this style of singing and prayer. 
 
What struck me about both of the sessions we did today was the reverence that so many of our students demonstrated.  I was in awe at the level of participation and my heart was moved at seeing the faces of our students as they gazed upon the Lord.  I have great faith that the Lord will use this time to enliven the hearts of His children.  As we do with our Masses, we welcome our parents to come and join us for this time of Adoration, prayer, and instruction.  
 
In Christ,
Mr. Czaplicki
 
 

 
An Invitation to Our Parents
 
Parents, we invite you to join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month for Mass.  We also encourage you to join us on the 4th Thursdays of each month for Adoration, prayer, and instruction.  On the second Thursdays of the month, our students will have an opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation from all of our priests.  This second Tuesday Reconciliation will be open to our students only.  This is to guarantee more time for the students themselves to receive the sacrament.  
 
We will also be holding First Friday Adoration in the Parish house on the first Friday of each month.  We are always looking for volunteers to assist us in spending time with our Lord.  Please contact the school office if you are available or would like more information.
 
 

PARENT DRIVERS
Please remember to be respectful of our neighbors.  We have been receiving several complaints related to cars blocking driveways, parking in NO PARKING zones, and blocking drivers trying to exit the neighborhood.
Your cooperation is much appreciated

 
 

 
 








 

 

 

 

 
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