St. Mary's School

Ticonderoga, New York

From the Principal's Desk

Letter to Parents:

We live in a world that appears increasingly materialistic and selfish. As followers of Jesus, we often struggle with this reality. Jesus told us that “I have not come to be served, but to serve.” On a very hopeful note, many children today are able to see clearly the overemphasis on material things in our world and are determined and ready to do something to change that. Social researchers call the children in today’s elementary and high schools a “hero generation.” We see evidence of this in many programs that young people have started in their schools and communities to meet the needs of the poor and needy (as our 7th grade did a few years ago for Haiti). Today’s young people are committed to making our world a cleaner and more just world in which to live. We continue to support the Operation Christmas Child with shoe boxes and we collect canned goods for the Food Pantry. As technology brings the world closer together, it becomes clearer that all human beings rely on one another in countless ways. It is our charge to work together to do all that we can to make our world a better place. The kinds of changes necessary to do this are both grand and small in scale. What can you do to teach your child the importance of service to others?

  • Model reverence for all of creation.
  • Show compassion for those who are less fortunate or in need.
  • Encourage your child to be generous in helping at school either through clubs or whenever there is need.
  • Summer may be a great time to undertake a new service activity with your family.
  • Most importantly, lead by example.
  • Catholic Relief Services (Rice Bowls) is your way to change lives around the world. Did you know:
  • Catholics in the U.S assist 85 million of the world’s poorest people through CRS.
  • Motivated by the example of Christ, CRS work reaches communities in more than 100 countries.
  • CRS Rice Bowl is a way for Christians in the U.S. to live Pope Francis’ call to end world hunger.

The path of service is a rewarding one. Do what you can to encourage this belief and practice in your family.

Yours in Christ,

Sister Sharon