Dear St. Stephen families,
We ended October with a Living Rosary led by Fr. John after an all school Mass. If you have never attended a Living Rosary, it is very beautiful to see. The month of November began Mass at St. Stephen cemetery with the 6th through the 8th grades to pay homage to All Soul’s Day. Fr. John celebrated with the students on that very brisk day to remember all the souls in purgatory.
Veteran’s Day Mass was remembered with an all school Mass with a flag folding ceremony that was very moving. Thecongregation was so silent you could almost hear the flag being folded. Thank you to Mr. Bob Longlois from the AmericanLegion in New Boston and to Lieutenant Colonel Craig Fluent, U.S.M.C. for performing the ceremony. It was important for the students to witness and to learn the symbolism of each of the 13 folds. After Mass, the veterans were invited to the cafeteria for coffee and pastries. Mr. R.P. Lilley, also from the American Legion in New Boston, visited various classrooms and read them the poem, “Old Glory.” Mr. Lilley quizzed a few of the students about our flag and was impressed that our students knew so much about Old Glory. I would like to thank all the veterans on behalf of St. Stephen School; your service is appreciated more than you realize!
The students work on service projects throughout the year. One of the projects is to create Christmas cards for the Troops. This year the project is personal. A former student is serving in Afghanistan; the cards created this year will be sent to his platoon. We are also collecting canned goods and various items for Christian Service’s pantry as another service project for the month of November. Thank you to all the parents who assist us with the success of these projects.
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
Mrs. Christine Vaughan