Saint Joseph School
25 Squire Street
New London, Connecticut 06320
“A Holy Place Where We Discover Each Other In God’s Love.”
April 5, 2023
Dear St. Joseph School Families,
Our final Baptismal symbol, the white garment with a butterfly, is our focus for this week. This sign of new life and resurrection is used to show that each of us is indeed a new creation—that Jesus Christ died and rose for each of us, so that one day we might do the same. The white garment deepens our understanding of new life without sin and the butterfly speaks of rising to this life looking BRAND NEW! Our goal during Lent, if you recall, was to change our hearts to be more like the heart of Jesus. Hopefully, each of us worked toward this goal and will continue to do so!
This week we observe the holiest week of our faith—the commemoration of the suffering, death and most importantly the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. On Holy Thursday we celebrate the sacraments of the Eucharist and Holy Orders. We are reminded of our call to live in service to one another. Good Friday reminds us of the suffering that Jesus endured that the sins of the world might be forgiven. This forgiveness calls us to forgive others, as well. On Holy Saturday the new fire, representing Jesus who is our light, is blessed, as is the holy water to be used in Baptism throughout the year. On Easter morning we celebrate the empty tomb, signifying the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This Holy Week is filled with symbolism and is truly the holiest of times. May you find peace in your hearts and many blessings through your participation in these observances and celebrations, as we prepare for the Alleluias of Easter to return to us once again!
I remind you that Holy Thursday is a 12:30 p.m. dismissal and because it begins the Easter holiday, there is no after school care on this day. On Good Friday night, our students will present the “Living Stations” to the parish at 7:30 p.m. Our spring vacation follows Easter Sunday from April 10th through April 14th. School resumes on Monday, the 17th.
You are in our prayers as you celebrate a Joyous Easter! Alleluia!
Marianne Cote, Principal