Hello and Happy Beginning of the School Year,
We excitedly welcome students, staff and families to ring in the 2022 - 2023 school year! The school observed class closure during the month of July, after holding our first summer program in June. We return with much fervor and hope.
In the school we specialize in preparing for a future beyond our current day - this is why we established the Environment as one of our school pillars; on the first of September we join in prayer with our Church during the Season of Creation, to "listen to the voice of creation” which may foster in everyone “a concrete commitment to care for our common home.” Link to learn more about the Season of Creation.
In this newsletter you will find a prayer meditation, favorable impacts from the months of April and May, and encountering our Notre Dame community.
Water is life.
We invite you to join us to meditate on the importance of water.
Walking in the desert and the loudest sound around is rushing water. The mountains of Cibola County provide such a striking landscape, and are the source of freshwater to our communities. Dry land-living people have resourced water from these sources for their plots, their homes and their animals. In some instances there are natural waterways present, and water is then carried to and from. Acequias have been carved out to divert water from the sources to homes and plots.
Every drop of water in the acequia is significant. The water is transported through soil ditches where the soil then purifies the water flowing, the water then feeds the root systems of all vegetation in contact with the acequia, and the air carries the cool air from the running water to provide relief for animals and peoples.
Creator, draw us to be stewards of water, so that we can all be refreshed.
In New Mexico, acequias (water ditches) have been the most consistent resource for farmers to rely upon during our planting. The wildfire conditions we have found ourselves under have provided no relief for our neighbors and the vegetation. St Joseph Mission School has participated in praying for the rain and for moisture - in our school feast day through the dances of Harvest and Buffalo and also in the village of San Fidel through the Acequia Blessing on the Feast of San Isidro.
April 2022 - Hosting Hospitality
Reflections from Veneron Yazzen (SJMS teacher) and Jacqui V (student from Elon University)
Notre Dame Visitors
During the months of April and May, we were visited from trusted and some new connections. SJMS has been a member school of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network (AICSN) which operates under the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) network at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Through this network, the school has received professional development support for all staff members, and also the wonderful opportunity for our middle grade students to be able to travel the campus of Notre Dame for a planned weekend which assists students in their considerations for higher education.
May 2022 - Celebration Rites
Within the last month of the school year we celebrated 14 students' reception of the sacraments, with 9 of these students entering into the Church fully through Baptism, and, of course, also graduations! We keep our most recent graduates, Aryssa and Fabien in our prayers as they enter into high school.
Thank you for being a part of our school community. We are blessed in the opportunities we can provide to our students, and we understand your impactful contributions to make all this possible.
Please keep our school in prayer, as we celebrate many of our village feast days within this month; hold in special intention the village of Encinal, the village of Paguate, the Pueblo of Acoma, and the Pueblo of Laguna. Let us continue to take care of one another, as we are entrusted to each other.
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.
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