Dear HFCS Families and Friends,
It is a Catholic tradition to honor Mary, our Mother, during the month of May by placing on her statue a crown of flowers. This lovely devotional ceremony is a favorite tradition at Holy Family Catholic School. The May Crowning gives the children an opportunity to especially honor the Blessed Mother of Jesus, and to give thanks to her for bringing our Savior into the world.
The May Crowning service was led by our soon-to-be graduating eighth graders and our wonderfully blessed second grade class, most of whom have just received their 1st Holy Communion. The crowning ceremony takes place at Mass today, where a special statue of Mary was placed adjacent to the altar for the occasion.
Each child in the school had the opportunity to place a flower in front of Mary; and two eighth graders were selected to place the crown of flowers on Mary’s head. This year, that honor went to August Anderson and Sophia Muehlhausen. Their essays on Mary were beautifully written and were selected by the faculty to represent the school today.
The gymnasium was filled with parents and community members and we were blessed to have Fr. Arogyam as our celebrant. Many thanks to all the parents and students for their lovely flowers presented to Mary today and their help in this celebration. Congratulations to all of our students that have received Sacraments this Spring!
O Jesus, Divine Master, I thank and bless Your most merciful Heart for having given us Mary most holy as our Mother, Teacher and Queen. From the cross You placed us all in her hands. You gave her a great heart, much wisdom and immense power. May all mankind know her, pray through her! May all permit themselves to be led by her to You, the Savior of mankind! I placed myself in her hands, as You placed Yourself. With this Mother I want to live now, in the hour of my death, and for all eternity.
This week has been filled with excitement. Thanks so much to PIE and our school parents that have been spoiling the faculty and staff during this Teacher Appreciation Week as well. Everyone has been enjoying the treats and treasures you have provided.
In addition to May Crowning and Teacher Appreciation week, the staff has also been celebrating two very special occasions among the staff members. Mr. McDonnel is engaged to be married and will be wed this coming July. And we have all been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Mrs. Taylor’s baby boy, Oliver, who will be born very soon! We wish them all much happiness and joy.
Pax et bonum,
Sue Styren, M.Ed.