Gospel of Matthew 5:1-12 Jesus teaches his disciples the Beatitudes. He challenges them to think differently about “who” is “blessed”. Typically, people who are wealthy and who are in positions of power and authority are considered blessed by society’s standards. Jesus’ message is that the people who are blessed are those who are meek, merciful, poor in spirit, in mourning, and persecuted for the sake of righteousness. For example, if we are in mourning, how can we be blessed? We are sad when someone dies because we care about that person and we will miss not having that person in our lives any more. We are “blessed” because we treasure the special relationship that we had with the deceased and the memories of times shared together. The Kingdom of God is for people who care for others and act with kindness towards others. So, when we are in mourning, we are truly blessed in God’s eyes. How “un-blessed” we would be if we never felt sad and never had the chance to mourn, because that would indicate that we never cared about another person enough to feel sad. Thus, as strange as it might sound, our capacity to mourn is a blessing because our sadness indicates that we had experienced love in a profound way and our lives are enriched because of the relationship we had with the deceased.
• School Mass, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 6 – Ash Wednesday – led by Fourth Grade Class.
• School Mass, 10:30 a.m. Feb 13, led by Third Grade Class.
• Registration for 2008-09 school year for new families of area Catholic Churches begins next Monday. As of today, we have 160 students enrolled for next year, and some grades are at capacity or near capacity.
• All basketball game times and places are posted on our web site. Good luck to all of our Saints’ teams this week.
• Senior Girls and Senior Boys basketball teams have their parochial league tournament games this coming Sunday at BE gym – 2pm for Girls and 3pm for Boys. Good Luck.
• Tennis practice will be Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. at the Jack Adams Tennis Center behind the Citadel football stadium.
• Four CCS eighth grade girls have been identified by Columbia College for their leadership potential and have been invited to attend a leadership conference this coming summer: Jessica Coaxum, Ebony Fields, Elizabeth Hefka and Steffany Herndon.
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• CCS Auction will be April 12, 2008.