Welcome to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School. We are a private, parochial school located in Benton, Arkansas. Our school offers a quality, academic program for Pre-K through Grade 8.
Friday, February 12, 2016
I am so proud of our student body. As part of our Catholic Schools’ Week celebration last we, in conjunction with our Year of Mercy offerings, we began taking up money for the Leukemia Society. This week each day students from both the school and the pre-school collected change to “Make a Change in the Life of a Child.” The classes turned this project into a personal classroom competition, and we collected over $575.00 for the Leukemia Society – Pennies for Patients! Thanks for all of your support and encouragement to the children to look beyond themselves and help others.
Thanks to the PTO who always treats the kids to King Cake for Mardi Gras. We met on Tuesday morning for our regular music class. We also introduced the students to Catholic Relief Services “Rice Bowl” program. Students were shown videos of countries which benefit from the “Rice Bowl” collections. This is a collection done each year during Lent.
On Monday, the K-2 and the pre-school students participated in a Dental Health assembly for Dental Health month.
On Ash Wednesday, all students attended Mass for the distribution of Ashes.
On Friday, February 12th, the students had classroom Valentine Parties at 2:00 PM.
In keeping with the season of Lent, students will be participating in the service of The Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent. We will be staying at Mass for the Stations each week. You are always invited to join the student-led stations. The parish will be offering Friday Night bilingual Stations each Friday at 6:30 PM.
Remember that school will not be in session on Presidents’ Day. The preschool, however, will be open.
Please remember that we are having our first Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, February 12th. The Knights of Columbus cook the meal, and we need families to help serve. I know that many of your have already volunteered to help out with this. Thank you! Serving begins at 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. The second Fish Fry will be held on March 4.
The month is flying by. Please mark your calendars for our Annual Ham Bingo. The Bingo will be held on Tuesday evening, March 8th in the school gym. Concessions open at 5:30 PM and the games begin at 7:00 PM. Remember that a big part of the fund raising is the Raffle Tickets that the students sell. Be looking for Raffle Tickets to come home next week so that the children can start selling.
Please remember that on Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM there will be a memorial Mass for Father Y.C.’s mother who passed away in January. Due to Visa restrictions, he was not able to go home for the funeral Mass there; therefore, our bishop, Bishop Anthony Taylor will be coming on Tuesday evening to celebrate a memorial Mass at our church. You are all invited to attend.
This week, the Church celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The miracle at Lourdes took place when an uneducated French peasant first reported visions of Mary in Lourdes, France in 1858. She was disbelieved by clergy and dismissed by the townspeople. Yet, she wasn’t shaken. The little saint proclaimed that Mary was indeed the “Immaculate Conception.” For her proclamation, St. Bernadette suffered both mentally and physically; however, she bore her crown of suffering by stating that “the Blessed Virgin did not promise happiness in this world, but in the next.” May we all be able to stand this firmly in our faith!
Joining Together in Faith, Hope, and Love. . .
818 W. Cross St. ~ Benton, AR 72015 ~ 501-315-3398
“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love”
~ Mother Theresa