Back to School 2023/24

Back to School 2023/24

And just like that, summer is over and school begins again.

The last couple of days have been hectic as you might imagine, with lots of weird and wired energy shooting around the house. Running to shoe stores to get last minute shoe needs met; running to Dunkin at least twice to appease the addiction of the 9yo; ordering supplies that either didn’t get ordered early or somehow got lost already; checking for packages 42 times per day for the uniforms that haven’t arrived yet; packing backpacks till the zippers won’t zip; going to meet the teachers two nights in a row.

But it’s all good, and everyone was up and ready in time for the usual first-day photo routine, then off to QT for a first-day treat “on mom”, and then happily jumping out of the van at their respective drop-offs – two at the Prep side, and four at the Archway, while I drove away satisfied that we have begun well this new term.

May God guide and protect each student and all the teachers and staff throughout this year.

Four prayers for the beginning of a new school year:

Prayer of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

O Father,
the first rule of our dear Saviour’s life was to do Your Will.
Let His Will of the present moment be the first rule of our daily life and work, with no other desire but for its most full and complete accomplishment.
Help us to follow it faithfully, so that doing what You wish we will be pleasing to You.

Prayer for Students

Lord our God,
in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe.
Send your Spirit upon these students and fill them with your wisdom and blessings.
Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to you, the source of all knowledge.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Prayer for Teachers

Lord God,
your spirit of wisdom fills the earth and teaches us your ways.
Look upon these teachers. Let them strive to share their knowledge
with gentle patience and endeavor always to bring the truth to eager minds.
Grant that they may follow Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life, forever and ever.

Prayer to Begin a  School Year/Semester

Blessed are you, Lord God,
Creator of body and mind and heart; 
you have sent the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge 
to guide your people in all their ways.
At the beginning of this new school year (or semester/term) we implore your mercy:
bless the students, teachers, and staff of N.,
that together we may grow in faith, hope, and love
as we learn from you and each other 
how to follow your Son Jesus. 
Expand the horizons of our minds,
that we may grow in wisdom, 
understanding, and knowledge;
deepen our commitment to seek the truth of your ways; and enliven our faith to reach out to those in need.
Glory and praise to you, Lord God,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. 
R/. Amen

Annette Heidmann

I homeschooled four kids all the way through high school and then fostered/adopted 7 more children. I am wife to a very smart mathematician; I dabble in photography, write and sing, paint in bright colors, and love being Catholic!

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