Hello SJMS Community,
The beginning of the school year is a rush of excitement of nervous jitters. Both emotions are related and exit the body similarly, with lots of energy filling the air. St Joseph Mission School prepared for its 2023-2024 school year with a spirit of gratitude and also openness, we are blessed to welcome new teaching staff that carries with them an abundance of experience and wisdom. We also are deeply moved that we have been trusted by our new and returning families to educate and care for their students.
The village of San Fidel is once again filled with the procession of families arriving at the school gates, and also with the scheduled bell toll throughout the school day.
Please keep our school in prayer so we can ensure a safe environment filled with encouragement and wonder for our beloved students.
In this November Newsletter we want to share about our sacrament reception mass held at the end of last school year, our successes over the summer with educators continuing their education, and sharing about our upcoming Gala Fundraiser.
Celebration of our sacraments
At St Joseph Mission School, we remind our students of their Baptismal call to being a Priest, Prophet and King. These are a call of action to use their gifts, authority and blessings to serve the greater good. We are glad to welcome 3 new members into the Church, our students Che (3rd grade), DeHayven (6th grade), and Mahayla (5th grade). On Saturday, May 27th we celebrated a sacrament reception mass, preceded by Fr Charles McCarthy at St Anne church in the village of Acomita.
The commitment of our students and their godparents to continue to lead our children further into their faith. This opportunity to offer faith formation to our students is one of the greatest joys of Catholic education. Please expect to see our students to serve in your local masses, and at our school masses held at the school weekly.
Let us all continue to encourage one another to deeper relationship with God, the Creator.
KatieAnn Juanico, SJMS alumna, spoke as our honorary guest. She rshared on her time as a student at St Joseph's, where her parents, Melvin & Marietta Juanico, also worked. Ms. KatieAnn now serves as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Education Division, for the state of New Mexico PED.
Fr Larry Dunham OFM, sharing about his time ministering to the school when he served at SJMS in the 1980s.
Master of Ceremonies, Dean Staley, with our principal, Antonio Trujillo.
St. Joseph Mission School hosted its 100th Anniversary Celebration Gala on September 16th 2023 on the school grounds in San Fidel, NM.
Thank you to all our supporters who attended the event, and to our Master of Ceremonies Mark Ronchetti, and Dean Staley, KRQE News Anchor, to our local New Mexico Wines and Award Winning local artists who donated pieces, and to Cocina de Rhea, who catered our meal.
If you weren't able to attend this year, you can still check out our gala site to see our donation opportunities that are still open!
Our next gala will be on Saturday, September 14th, 2024.
Educators continuing their education
by Isabelle Riley
We are very grateful for the opportunity to continue to build up our educators through the AICSN Holy Cross Fellows program. Where teachers at American Indian Catholic schools earn teaching licenses and bachelor’s degrees in education through Holy Cross College. The fellowship was formed by a partnership between the Holy Cross College Elementary Education program and the American Indian Catholic School Network (AICSN), which is an initiative at the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) that supports eight American Indian Catholic Schools.
Our very own Isabelle Riley joined the program this summer, hear about her journey and experience here:
My name is Ms. Riley, and I am the educational assistant for Mrs. Laura Garcia. I had a chance this past July to attend summer school for two and a half weeks at Holy Cross College in South Bend, Indiana. I started with a program to work on getting my bachelor's degree. The program is called American Indian Catholic School Network. Our director for the program is Mr. William Newkirk of South Bend, Indiana. I had a great time and learned a lot in such a short time. I had two classes and at times it was intense, fast, and overwhelming. I had a mentor I worked with, Katie Ward, and she was a great help. Indiana is a beautiful place to be during the summer. It is very green with lots of beautiful flowers, squirrels and the best sight was the deer outside our dorms.
For the fall I have taken a class online, and I will continue to take classes during the spring. I committed myself to the next four years to the program and with St Joseph Mission School.
At the end of the four years, I will have my bachelor's degree and then I will be getting state certified in the state of Indiana. After getting certified, I will then be able to transfer my certification to New Mexico. I am looking forward to summer school once again.
This month, our principal was able to meet with a recent student alumni, Max Sarracino who now attends St. Pius X High School. Br. Bruce Michalek, OFM presented a check of $20,000 to Max Sarracino from the Franciscan Mission Office to pay his tuition for the next 4 years at St. Pius. The scholarship came from an anonymous donor in Colorado.
God bless our donors and benefactors!
From left to right: Antonio Trujillo, Mr. Michael Deely, Principal, Savannah Vote mother, Max Sarracino student, Bro. Bruce and Fr. John Trambley President of the School.
Pax Et Bonum,
St. Joseph Mission School
St. Joseph, pray for us.
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Since 1923, St. Joseph Mission School shares the gospel of hope through Faith, Academics, Culture, Environment and Service. Through our Catholic Faith and local traditions we strive to encourage the love of learning, with respect and dignity for all, and help students develop their skills to become courageous leaders in our local communities and beyond.
St. Joseph School
At St. Joseph Mission School we are sharing the gospel hope through Faith, Academics, Culture, Environment, and Service. Through our Catholic Faith we are creating a culture of responsible citizens who are positive contributors to our ethnically diverse rural community.