- Principal – We announced last month that after many years of great love and service Barb Castagna has stepped down from her role as Nativity of Mary School principal to pursue one of her dreams. We wish her God’s best blessings. By the time this article hits print we hope to have hired a new principal to lead our school. Thanks for your prayers as we seek to check this very important wish off my list.
- Statues – Not long ago we recovered two statues, Mary with baby Jesus and Joseph, from the original church space. I would like to have them repaired and restored and placed in the school. We have a good spot picked out. We just need to get the work in progress and get the Holy Family (and through their intercessions, many more holy families) in our school.
- Scissors – What are children’s food packaging people thinking?! Whenever I visit the children in the school cafeteria dozens of the little ones raise their hands hoping that I will come over and help them open their fruit cups or yogurt tubes. In many cases, even I struggle to open them. So I need a little pocket scissors to take along with me to the cafeteria (actually, I bought one last year for that purpose, but it came in a hard plastic package that I still haven’t been able to open. I need a scissors to open my scissors).
- A Yo-Yo – Sister Philomene took mine away from me when I was in third grade. Now that I’m the boss, I think I should be allowed to have one. Every wish list should have something on it that is purely for blessed frolic. Actually, a yo-yo might be a good prayer tool too – to help me to spiritually navigate the ups and downs of the upcoming parish and school year.
- Prayer and faithfulness – Obviously, there is so much that I wish and desire for our children, but, most of all, I ask for the prayers and faithfulness of all of you. If we can commit to seek God first, to remain rooted in prayer and the sacramental life, and to grow in the strength of spirit that comes to those who daily strive to live the gospel, then God will bless us with all that we need. That’s what the children need most – for us to seek holiness.
I ran into one of our school families while I was out shopping last week. They were doing their back-to-school shopping. It made me think. A good school priest should have a back-to-school list too. Soon the children will be here and I need to be ready for them. So here is Fr. Zehren’s back-to-school wish-list: