Dear OLPH Families,
The month of May is very special to our school. This week is our May Crowning Prayer Service and as I mentioned in previous newsletters, it’s beautiful prayer services like these that have kept me here at OLPH. Students from each grade level process into the church with flowers, and a male and female religion representative from each class assist in crowning our Blessed Mother. If you are new to this tradition I have added a brief explanation.
“May Crowning” is a traditional Catholic ritual that occurs in the month of May and it recognizes Mary as Queen of heaven and earth. Since medieval times, there has been a correlation between Mary and the month of May. May is considered the season of the beginning of new life. “May Crowning” marks a new spiritual season. Our Mary, Queen of heaven and earth, lifted us right out of the last long, cold days of winter and firmly planted our hearts in the warm and promising soil of spring.
During the Holy Mass on May Crowning day, a wreath of flowers and herbs is placed on the statue of Mary. The act of crowning is rooted in the view of Mary as the Queen of Heaven. The event is of particular significance as it relates to the Champion Shrine history because, when Our Lady appeared to the young Belgian immigrant woman, Adele Brise, in 1859, she identified herself as the “Queen of Heaven.” https://walktomary.com/event/may-crowning/
Click here to download a copy of a “Prayer Service To Honor Mary in May” to say at home with family.
We feel blessed that our students, especially our new & TK/Kindergarten students, get the chance to experience this beautiful mass this year. Our school is truly amazing and filled with faith!
We are also taking registration for our 2021-2022 school year. Be sure to submit your registration packet and secure your child’s placement for the 2021-2022 school year. More information, including Enrollment Packet and Tuition Schedule, can be found on our website here.
Tuition was raised due to the state minimum wage increase as well as additional resources for our students next school year. OLPH will be hiring on-site staff/security for a longer duration of the school day and an intervention teacher that will assist students in all grade levels. We are excited to be able to add these much-needed resources to our school.