Congratulations to our 2nd graders that recently made their 1st Eucharist! Over the course of the next few weeks, our sweet 2nd graders will be receiving their 1st Eucharist. We are so excited for them and pray for them all. On May 18th we will celebrate as a school with our May Crowning. God bless you all on your personal faith journeys.
The Annual HFCS Gala and Auction is this coming Friday. Have you taken a moment to browse the class projects on display in our foyer – and the Pre-Funk Silent Auction tables? There’s some beautiful items to get your bidding excitement going this week. I hope you will be joining us for this fabulous community event. Thank you to our Auction Committee, Chairs and Volunteers, who have been working tirelessly to bring back this in-person event for all of us. They are an amazing team who have accomplished a tremendous feat!
Thank you as well, to our Healthy Hawk Week Committee for their stellar job putting together a week filled with wonderful presentations and activities to keep us all healthy as we move through spring and into summer. Does your family have a favorite healthy recipe? Make sure to send it in by Friday – the student with the winning recipe will be allowed to join our fabulous Kitchen Team and prepare the meal for the school.
Healthy Hawk Week Agenda
- Monday, May 2nd: Hydration
- Tuesday, May 3rd: Healthy Habits
- Wednesday, May 4th: Mental Health
- Thursday, May 5th: Healthy Eating
- Friday, May 6th: Exercise
Pax et Bonum,
Sue Styren, M.Ed.
I cannot believe that we are already are in week 5 of Lent. This is a great time to reflect on our Lenten Journeys, make corrections to our course as necessary and finish up strong with our best Lent ever.
You have heard my complaints, my impatience.
Sometimes I become frightened
when I move away from you.
Guide my heart back to you.
Help me to think beyond my own wants
and to desire only to do you will.
Thank you for the many blessings in my life
and for the ways I feel your presence.
Today, HFCS was blessed to have a wonderful Penance Service hosted by our 2nd graders. Our fabulous parish priests, Fr. Sleeva, Fr. Len, and Fr. John, spent the majority of the day with us leading us in prayer, hearing confessions, and being with our students. Today was the first day our 2nd graders were able to participate in an all school Penance Service. The children were reverent and glowing. I’m so very proud of each of them – and their teachers who inspire them in their faith each day. Thank you to all the parents that made the 2nd grade reception so lovely and to Mrs. Murphy for facilitating this event.
If you have not already purchased tickets for the Gala on May 6th please purchase your tickets now. They are going fast! Thank you to all our volunteers that help make this event possible.
Blessings to all of your families as we continue through our Lenten season.
Pax et Bonum,
Happy 1st full week of Lent! Our students are looking forward to our almost daily Adoration. Their prayers and reverence in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament is joy to participate in. I hope this Lenten season finds you and your family enjoying increased opportunities for family prayer.
Bless you and your family as we all journey through this wonderful Lenten season.
O gracious Master, infuse in our hearts the spotless light of Your Divine Wisdom and open the eyes of our mind that we may understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, so that having curbed all carnal desires, we may lead a spiritual life, both thinking and doing everything to please You. For You, O Christ, our God, are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies; and to You we render glory, together with Your eternal Father, and with Your all holy, life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and forever.
Pax et Bonum,
Thank you to all the families that turned out for our Annual Parents’ Night Out last Saturday evening. And special thanks to Fr. Len McMillan for his mini-retreat on Grit and Sacrifice. It was an amazing evening of faith, fun, and community. If you were not able to attend this year, I hope you will be able to join us next year. This spring, our Annual Gala and Auction, Denim and Diamonds, is shaping up to be another opportunity for parents to join together for a fun evening in support of the school. I hope you’ve made space on your calendar to attend.
Part of what makes HFCS so special is the parent volunteers that turn out to help in a variety of ways throughout the year. In order to volunteer, adults are required to take the diocesan sponsored Safe Environment Course. St. Thomas the Apostle Parish is offering a class Wednesday, February 23. 2022 at 5 pm in the Mission House. If you would like to register, please reach out to: [email protected] Registration is also available on the CMG Connect website.
We look forward to the remainder of our school year and have begun planning and preparing for 2022/2023. Please be sure to reach out to the office with any questions you may have regarding applications for new students and registration for returning students. More information can be found by clicking here.
Exciting plans are underway with regards to the feasibility of a Northern Idaho Catholic High School here in Coeur d’Alene. We invite you to come hear more about this endeavor and ask questions the afternoon of February 22, 2022 at 3:15 pm in our HFCS gymnasium. Please RSVP if you plan to attend, by clicking here.
Prayer for Community
You grace each of us with equal measure in your love.
Let us learn to love our neighbors more deeply,
so that we can create
peaceful and just communities.
Inspire us to use our creative energies
to build the structures we need
to overcome the obstacles
of intolerance and indifference.
May Jesus provide us the example needed
and send the Spirit to warm our hearts for the journey.
Pax et Bonum,
As I read through the mass reading and gospel for today, I could not help but reflect on humbly embracing all of the truths that God has revealed and making them the foundation of our lives. I think we know that if we do this, all else will flow forth in love and worship. It can be difficult to see through the challenges of the modern world and focus on the teachings of Christ in our lives. But as we do this, we help model for our children the rich experience of living a truly Catholic way of life.
Lord of all Truth, help me to love Your holy and divine law. Help me to embrace it with my whole heart. I do believe in You and in all that You have spoken through the ages. I believe in what You speak to my heart regarding my own life. Give me the grace to embrace Your holy will and, in that embrace, to be transformed both internally and externally. Jesus, I trust in You.
With Christ in our hearts, we look forward to the remainder of our school year and begin planning and preparing for 2022/2023. Please be sure to reach out to the office with any questions you may have regarding applications for new students or look at our how to apply page.
Exciting plans are underway with regards to the feasibility of a Northern Idaho Catholic High School here in Coeur d’Alene. We invite you to come hear more about this endeavor and ask questions the afternoon of February 22, 2022 at 3:15 pm in our HFCS gymnasium. Please RSVP if you plan to attend, using this link: https://bit.ly/NorIDHS
I want to also thank our PIE volunteers, Student Council, students, families, and teachers for an amazing Catholic Schools Week last week. I’m so proud to be a part of this wonderful school community.
Pax et Bonum,
Listening to the Homily this weekend, I was struck with the concept of using our talents, given by God, to the benefit of our community. I needed to take inventory, and I encourage you to do the same. Our parishes and school are in need of volunteers. Please think about the talents you have and what a wonderful gift they are for our whole community. There are a number of ways in which you can volunteer at school – even from home.
Are you interested in sharing your time and talent with Holy Family? Click here to complete a form with your contact information and areas of interest and we’ll be in touch!
Due to continuing snow which is likely to turn to dangerous slush and ice, school will be CLOSED on Friday, January 7, 2022. Please stay safe and warm. Take the time to join with your children in prayer and faith. God bless you.
Pax et Bonum,