Again this year, during Lent, we are offering three service hours to students who participate in our service project at St. Francis in Independence. We fold clothes, package linens, sort shoes, make school supplies useable, and help load the shipping trucks that are sent to the missions. “Missions,” an unfamiliar word in this day and age, means a base for helping others less fortunate than us. The need is great in the Americas and all over the world. We collect clothing, shoes, and personal hygiene items here at the school then deliver our collection to St. Francis.
The students that have participated have been impressed with the magnitude of this undertaking, yet the simplicity of it all. Sister Andrea, who has been in charge of this project since it began 18 years ago, was in the missions in Brazil for 17 years and is driven with the Lord’s help. Her examples of faith and hard work are worth the hours of service. We will announce the dates and time we will go to St. Francis to deliver our collection of clothing, shoes, and personal hygiene items and help at the warehouse. Sign-up sheets will be on the “Service Bulletin Board” in the cafeteria.
We have decided, with Mr. Monachino’s permission, to help send another truckload of supplies to the missions. It costs $8,000-10,000 to do this. We are planning our 11th Annual St. Joseph’s Table on March 19th to fund this charity. Lunch will be free that day with a “free will” donation expected for this charity. We should have more than enough money to help Sister Andrea send another shipment to the missions.
We will have our St. Joseph Novena, March 9-17th recited each morning for individual and general intentions of our SPX community. We will also have a “donation jar”, during lunch that the students can put their loose change in.
Students may earn service hours by helping “set-up” for our “St. Joseph’s Table SPX Style”, by making cookies, by helping publicize our event to the student body and by building our table. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board. This is a student activity only and not opened to the public. However, parents may assist their student and, of course, send donations.
In addition to the St. Joseph Table “free will” donation, students will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for the Students, Staff and Teachers Only Raffle and participate in a St Patrick’s Day and/or a NCAA jeans day which could easily add up to a $10 donation which is the goal for each student. This year we anticipate being able to send an entire shipment. More information about the raffle will be in the daily announcements. This year we will donate all monies collected to Sisters of St. Francis Missions Project. Please help by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Mrs. Hess at 816-453-3450, ext. 103 if you have any student-oriented items you would like to donate to the raffle.
Please continue to check the St. Joseph Table webpage for more information and pictures.
St. Joseph is a powerful saint; please join us in our novena.
PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH
“Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interest and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers. Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you, and Jesus asleep on your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St Joseph, Patron of departing souls----pray for me.”
This prayer was found in the fiftieth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves, shall never die a sudden death, or be drowned, nor shall poison take effect on them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy, or shall be burned in any fire or shall be overpowered in battle.
Say for nine mornings for anything you may desire. It has never been known to fail, so be sure you really want what you ask.