Heavenly Father, We give you our hopes, worries and fears as our lovely children start school. We pray that you would fill their hearts with excitement and calm their worries with your love. Please go before them, help them make friends, enjoy the activities and build relationships with their teachers.

Dear HFCS Families and Friends,

What a great first day of school we had today! Our students are smiling, happy, and prayerful. Who could ask for anything more? Our teachers have worked hard preparing lessons and working harder than ever to ensure our children are getting the best Catholic education.

A special thank you to our Parents in Education (PIE) committee for the welcoming signs this morning and the reception following mass. I know their smiling faces really helped me to face the anxiety of the first day of school – I know it helped many of our new families feel at home as well.

And, of course, thank you to Fr. Len and Deacon Chris, who celebrated mass with us today. It means so much to our children to be able to participate in mass with their classmates, teachers, and families. We know you have busy schedules, and the fact that you take time out for us is priceless.

Thank you to all our families, staff, teachers, and priests for making our first day of school fabulous. Let’s continue the year with joy, peace, and love of Christ.

Pax et Bonum,

Sue Styren, M.Ed.