St. Francis Academy
1601 Central Avenue
Union City, NJ 07087

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October 2017

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet “The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of it’s simple charm.  If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose it’s loveliness.”
-St. Therese of Liseaux

Dear Parents,Dear Parents,

Welcome October!  A special month of beauty as our landscape magically changes to cooler days and the autumnal color palette of nature.  Crispy apples abound at the farmers market and pumpkins and gourds decorate our homes.  As the great Jesuit poet, Gerard Manly Hopkins wrote, “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.”

October also arrives with the celebrations of feast days of the most esteemed and honored saints on the church calendar, St. Therese the Little Flower, The Guardian Angels, St. Faustina, St. John XXIII, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary,and our most humble patron, St. Francis of Assisi.  St. There of Liseaux, The Little Flower is truly a beautiful example for our children.  Her “Little Way” of helping others, not doing great things for God but simple tasks done with love, even our youngest students are capable of these acts of charity.  I am very much reminded of the Little Flower as I talk to the students each day, view them at their work and pray with them.  Whether the brightest or the child who struggles slowly through the academic demands, the soft spoken or the boisterous, the introvert and the extrovert each one is a beloved child of God sent here for an express purpose.  Like the modest St. Therese or the humble St. Francis, your little violet, lily, daisy or rose may change the world by becoming a saint doing all with love.  St. Francis Academy would certainly lose it loveliness without even one of these gifts from God.  Let us all appreciate and encourage our children for who they are, a special and unique soul with extraordinary gifts.

We celebrate the great feast of St. Francis this week with many activities remembering Francis’ love of animals and nature (and maybe ice cream?)and his Christ like love for all.  Our sisters and Franciscan communities celebrate Transitus on the vigil of the feast.  This is the passage from earthly life into everlasting  life which gives hope to all that death is but a transition.  We celebrate the spirit of Francis in our midst, in each of us.  Let us join together as a community to be light for the world, feeding the poor, tending the sick,  welcoming the refugee and embracing the outcast each and every day of our lives.

Pax et Bonum,
Deborah A. Savage

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