March 30-April 5,06
St. Daniel School
By St. Daniel School staff
SUN photo(s) submitted
Where Faith and Learning Come Together
From the principal
“Let the little children come to me,” Jesus tells us. (Mt. 19:14). “Faith without works is dead,” the letter from James teaches us. (Jas 2:26).
As parents entrust their little children to us as partners in their faith formation, we at St. Daniel School affirm that faith in every student must be alive to be real. Faith, as the letter of James instructs us, turns from within oneself to express itself towards “the other.”
Our ministry of faith formation of St. Daniel School manifests itself in a variety of internal and external ways. Our goal is to help our students cultivate an understanding of the truths of the Catholic faith while encouraging them to develop a zeal to serve others as Christ did. The faculty and staff of St. Daniel School are blessed to share with parents in this awesome mission.
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom. 15:5).
“No child left behind”
Faith is alive at St. Daniel School. Faith formation is not just about a class period in a school day, but about attitudes and truths that shape the lives of children. From pre-k through sixth grade, students benefit from instruction and activities that demonstrate a commitment to living the life that Jesus showed us how to live.
Students take part in daily school-wide morning prayer as well as monthly prayer services. They participate in Rice Bowl Collections and attend talks on vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Each month a different class prepares a liturgy that the school shares with parishioners. Parish seniors, also known as the Wisdom People, are always impressed with the competence and reverence even the littlest of the children display. Sixth graders serve as lectors each day at 12:10 p.m. Mass. Students from grades fourth through six serve daily Mass at 6:50 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.
Never is there more enthusiasm on the part of the children than when they are actively involved in service projects. This year students have made sandwiches and collected toiletries for the homeless at Oxford Inn and donated food for the parish pantry. The sixth grade made place mats for Jail Ministry and collected snacks and wrote letters for soldiers in Iraq. When they act in service to others, the children learn one of Christ’s most valuable lessons.
Fifth grade students proudly presented a beautiful rendition of the Living Stations that brought the passion of Christ to life for all who attended. Second graders take part in special activity sessions that enhance the First Sacraments program. Third grade students lead the procession on Holy Thursday. New altar servers begin their training in fourth grade.
Every class has had a hand in adding to the chain of prayers that is winding all around the front hall of the school. Every link in the chain denotes a Hail Mary recited by a class to ask Our Lady to bless and keep the school community strong.
St. Daniel School children and their families participate in the Pilgrim Statue Program and visit the Eucharist Chapel to pray for deceased family members during the month of November. Students also participate in the “Living Rosary” at the parish celebration of the May Crowning. At St. Daniel School, “No Child Left Behind” has special significance. No child is excluded from the love of Jesus Christ and the practice of His teachings here on earth.
Anonymous letter from a parent
Dear Deacon Celentano:
When I enrolled my son in St. Daniel School I wasn’t completely sure why I was doing it. I wasn’t Catholic, nor was I brought up in a religious home environment. The only thing I was sure of was that I wanted him to be a good person and I only had one opportunity to raise him the best I could.
I started thinking about school for him when he was three years old. I went and visited at least a dozen schools. When he was about to start kindergarten I still had not made up my mind where to send him so I home schooled him. Then a friend of mine mentioned St. Daniel School and said that if she could afford it she would have sent her children to St. Daniel.
I went to visit St. Daniel School and decided to enroll my son. In the beginning I still wasn’t sure if I had made the right choice, not being Catholic or very religious. Then as time went on, conversations with my friends about school and other things made me begin to think that maybe I had made the right decision.
Now as he grows and develops his conscience and relationship with God, I know why I chose St. Daniel School. He is becoming a very good person. You and your staff have been a wonderful influence in his life and mine. I am truly grateful we discovered St. Daniel School and Parish.
Thank you all for caring so much for our children.