This week I ask that we continue to prepare for Holy Week and take time to reflect. Use the resources below to pray and don’t forget to make a reservation for Easter Mass in the church this coming Sunday by calling the OLPH Parish Office at (760) 347-3507.
This Holy Thursday students will celebrate our traditional Seder Meal together and Good Friday is observed.
Holy Thursday: Minimum Day 12 noon dismissal
NO EXTENDED CARE
Good Friday: NO SCHOOL
Our school and school office will be closed Friday, April 2nd- Friday, April 9th. We reopen on April 12th.
Parents, fall enrollment is now open! Please read the information below. Financial assistance applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available on the FACTS website as of April 1st. Please see the details below. All applications are due no later than May 30th.
Have a blessed week and enjoy the upcoming Easter holiday with your immediate family. Happy Easter to all my families. I thank God for this amazing opportunity to be your principal. May the Lord bless us and guide us. GO ANGELS!
2021-2022 ENROLLMENT INFORMATION
Families that would like to apply for financial assistance for the 2021-2022 school year can apply online beginning April 1, 2021. Here’s how:
1. Click here: https://factsmgt.com/
2. Select “Parent Login”
3. Select “Payments and Financial Aid”
4. Select “Sign In”
If you need any help with the online application, please call 1.866.315.9262.
Stations of the Cross
In my first year here at OLPH I was immediately impressed by all of the beautiful prayer services our school had to offer. One in particular that stood out to me was the Stations of the Cross. I can recall sitting in a pew at our church with the lights dimmed and our students carrying candles, preparing to lead their school in a devotional time of prayer. This brought tears to my eyes as most of our prayer services did that year. To see children, young teens at that, put forth so much work and respect for our God was something that has kept me here at OLPH for the last 7 years. For those of you with younger students and our new families, let me explain the best I can what our amazing school does every year at this time.
Our 7th-grade students would have taken part in the long-standing tradition of leading our school in the Stations of the Cross. They would have prepared and practiced for days to lead us through the 14-step devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on earth as a man. Along the walls of our parish are pictures representing each station. 7th graders would have stood under a station, dressed in a black robe with a candle as other students stood at the ambo and lead us in prayer and meditation. This is repeated as they move to each station. It is truly something special to be seen in person.
Thankfully, Mr. Rodriguez and some of our 7th Grade students were able to prepare Stations of the Cross for us via YouTube. This video is available on our school YouTube account here. Thank you to our 7th graders for their beautiful readings and thank you, Mr. Rodriguez, for coordinating this for our school.
More Information on Stations of the Cross
The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of Jesus’ last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ’s last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.
I have provided a guide to the Stations for you and your family in both Spanish and English. I urge you if nothing else to read and pray together this week. Teachers are reviewing this in students’ classrooms.
Mandatory Spring Fundraisers- Fundraiser Committee Parent Meeting
Trimester Awards Video
Congratulations to all of our students that received trimester awards. We are proud of your hard work and dedication to your studies! Keep up the good work!The private link to the trimester video awards will go home today via email 3/30/21 and award certificates will go home Wednesday 3/31/31. Way to go ANGELS!
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
Join our Pastor, Father Alex Gamino in the celebration of Holy Week on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_vxqGhyubrvLRG6IHhmiug
Our parish could use our help now more than ever! Be sure to continue to mail your contributions in or use their website to contribute at olphindio.org. Thank you.