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logopdfWelcome 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.

December 11, 2015

Dear Parents,

It has been so busy during this time! Thanks to all who helped with the dinner dance and silent auction. It was a great success, and I believe it is the biggest one we have every had. The dinner was wonderful as were all of the great auction items and raffle prizes. Thanks again for all your help and support with the fundraiser; it is by far our largest fundraiser.

This week on Monday, the Church sponsored a float in the Saline County Christmas Parade. The school children followed the Church’s float. The Church float was awarded first prize. It wasn’t too cold, and the kids had a great time being together and riding on the float. This takes a lot of time, but the kids have a great time visiting and being a special part of our parish community, as well as our local community. Thanks for allowing them to participate.

The kids have shopped and shopped and shopped this week. We started out with the tables and hallways full, but by the end of the week, everything was nearly gone! It is nice to see the children spending time choosing gifts for the members of their family.Also, the Bureau of Lectures came on Tuesday afternoon to present an Australian Animal presentation. The presenter was great, and the kids learned a great deal.

Our older students went on Thursday to decorate for the Care Center’s Christmas Dinner at First Baptist Church. They were very appreciative of the decorations that the children did for the Thanksgiving Meal, and so we were asked to make their Christmas Party a nice event. The children followed directions well. We made several cute snowmen, reindeer, and Santas. They were well organized and were able to get the table decorated in about 30 minutes!

On Friday, Father Y.C. heard the confessions of the 3rd through 8th grade students following the regular morning Mass.

We are working hard in music on songs for our annual Christmas program. It is entitled “Stations of the Crib.” We will present it on Tuesday evening, December 15th, at 7:00 PM in the Church. Children do not need to report to school until after 6:30 PM. All students will be participating in the program. You should have received a flyer about this.

Also, a note went home this week about the Christmas Children’s Mass. It will be on December 24th at 4:00 PM. All students in the school and parish religious education classes are invited to participate. Please let us know by next Wednesday if your child will be participating in the Mass.

Please remember that next Thursday evening on Thursday, December 17th at 6:30 PM there will be an Advent parish reconciliation service with several priests present.

Next Friday, the students will have classroom Christmas parties beginning at noon. They will eat lunch as part of their party. Homeroom parents and classroom teachers please get together to plan parties, lunches, and activities for the afternoon. This day will be a noon dismissal. We will have a free uniform day; it will give an opportunity for students to wear Christmas shirts and garments for parties.

School will resume on Monday, January 4th. The lunch menu will be hamburgers, french fries, pinto bean, and brownies.

All students attended Mass on Tuesday, December 8th for the Holy Day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. On this day we began the Year of Mercy as set forth our Holy Father, Pope Francis. Below is the Prayer of Mercy by our Bishop, Anthony Taylor to be prayed throughout this Year of Mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us to be merciful like our heavenly Father,

and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.

Your loving gaze freed Matthew from being enslaved

by possessions

and many disciples from seeking happiness in selfish pursuits.

Your mercy forgave the adulterous woman, made Peter weep

after his betrayal

and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

Send your Spirit on every one of us

so that this Jubilee of Mercy may be a time of grace

for each of us personally

and empower your Church to go forth with renewed enthusiasm

to bring good news to the poor,

proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,

and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,

you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit

for ever and ever. Amen.

— Bishop Anthony B. Taylor Have a good weekend,

Jan Cash

 

“Joining Together in Faith, Hope, and Love. . .

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818 W. Cross St. ~ Benton, AR 72015 ~ 501-315-3398

email:  holydays@swbell.net

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love” 

   ~ Mother Theresa