"...they left everything and followed him." Luke 5:11
In the gospel of Luke, chapter 5, we hear the story of Jesus calling Peter, James and John to come follow him with the promise that they will become "fishers of men". The line that always catches me in this gospel passage comes at the very end when it says, "...they left everything and followed him."
They left everything . . . .sometimes I'm not sure I really grasp the significance of this in the story of this gospel. After All, Jesus encountered these men after a long night of fishing. They had worked through the night to bring in fish and had no results. Yet, at the request of Jesus, Peter put out into the water again, trusting what the Messiah asked would bear fruit. However, Simon is caught by surprise. After a long, hard night, he encounters Jesus and this encounter changes everything. The catch was so big his nets were near tearing and after calling his friends to bring another boat to take in the catch, Peter realizes this is something miraculous. Recognizing this, he immediately tells Jesus how unworthy he is. Peter realizes the power of God made present in his own life and is overwhelmed.
The men upon bringing in the largest catch of their fishing careers understand that this didn't happen by chance. The large catch and Jesus' call may have caught them off guard, but it did not deter the response to God's generosity which was a total self-giving to follow Jesus.
Just as Jesus accepted Peter, James and John as they were, so he accepts us. We may not be called to leave our homes or communities as Peter James and John to travel the countryside, but we are called nonetheless to leave EVERYTHING to follow Jesus. We're called to leave our opinions, our sense of entitlement, our creature comforts, our security and our selfishness. We are called to be disciples in the place God has planted us and to demonstrate that our attachment is to God alone. Radical discipleship is not about giving up all your material possessions, it is about living with open hands and not holding on too tightly.
Peter, James and John were able to hear Jesus' call because they recognized what was happening was bigger than just them, they were open to listening and they lived in a spirit of detaching themselves from the material comforts and possessions of this world. Their vision was fixed on Jesus, on serving others, on sharing a message of love with others.
Are there things you're holding on to that keep you from living with open hands? What is it that you need to leave to follow Jesus? Like the disciples, we have to look at the signs of our lives and our experiences to hear the call. It looks differently for each of us, but we are each called to leave EVERYTHING and follow.
DECEMBER 2018/January 2019
Our Christmas Prayer Service was a festive celebration
8th-grade celebrated Grinch Day with their Prayer Partners
One of our Advent projects was to create placemats for the Ott House to spread Christmas cheer to the community.
Open the Advent Door...
Above: Grade 1 students made Advent Promises for the season.
Right: Grade 3 decorated the Emmitsburg town tree with their homemade ornaments.
The weeks leading up to Christmas break were full of festivity, friendship, and faith! One of the best things about being a Catholic school is that we are able to truly focus on the meaning and spirit of the season, beginning with the beauty and promise of Advent. This year, our Open the Advent Door theme was based on the message behind "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"... “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”
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What Kind of Christmas Play Shall We Do?
This year's Christmas Program, "What Kind of Christmas Play Shall We Do?", was a funny and entertaining student-led celebration! With performances from our Chorus, Band, and the primary grades, there was something for everyone to enjoy. As an encore, the 8th-grade made a surprise appearance. Be sure to check out the video!
During our Christmas program, the Little Family presented us with a check for $19,000, the proceeds from this year's Angels Above Golf Tournament, to benefit the Jack & Shirley Little Scholarship Fund at MSS. The next tournament takes place on Oct 4, 2019, so mark your calendars!
SHIP Donation - December Service Project
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NO SCHOOL - President's Day
Jump Rope for Heart Kick-off, 8:30a
WEAR A RED SHIRT
Seton Scribblers, 3:00p
Science Club, 3:00p
Father-Daughter Dance, 6:30p
smART Masters, 3:00p
Spring Individual Photos
Read Across America
Ash Wed Mass, 10:15a
NO SCHOOL - Faculty Retreat
Take-a-Tour Tuesday, 9:00-1:00p
Gr 5 Shamrock Slam, 1:45p
Thank you Little Family!
Our Year of Service continued with our December Service Project: personal care items for SHIP's Homeless for the Holidays Initiative. SHIP serves the homeless student population of FCPS. Our students collected over 1000 items for their homeless peers!
Our partnership with The Mount goes wayyy back...to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's time! We are grateful for this continued connection and especially thankful for their donation of refurbished laptops converted into Chromebooks. It was a project conceived by their Cybersecurity department. MSM students learned how to secure the computers and transform them into Chromebooks, then donated the equipment to partner schools, like MSS!
Using Technology for Drug & Alcohol Awareness
Many thanks to Amaris Little, who donated books to the MSS library in honor of our faculty and staff! We are so blessed with such generous members of the MSS Family!
Faculty Book Donation
Grade 6 put their tech skills to use to research and create presenations on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.
Laptops from The Mount
This week's CSW was a fun and vibrant celebration of Catholic education! Each morning, we welcomed a Grand Marshall to kick off a special day celebrating either Community, Students, Families, Jesus, and Faculty/Staff. Prayer Partner Bingo, Have-a-Heart Volleyball, special gifts, and out-of-uniform days were part of the spirit of the week. We even had a Door Decorating Contest! Check out our Catholic Schools Week page on the website for highlights and specifics of each day!
Catholic Schools Week
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Have-a-Heart VOLLEYBALL GAME
This year's game of 8th-grade vs the MSS teachers/staff was a nailbiter right down to the last point! In the end, the teachers and staff triumphed over the 8th-graders, 3 games to 2. But the real winners are the patients at the James M. Stockman Cancer Institute, to whom the proceeds from the game were directed. We raised nearly $500 for the Patient Assistance Fund!
See more highlights in our slideshow video!
Learning about Martin Luther King
3rd-graders practiced their multiplication skills using "arrays", but with a "sweet" twist.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day isn't just a day off of school. Our students spend a lot of time learning about the civil rights leader and thinking of ways they, too, can become heroes and instruments of peace.
Kindergarteners practice writing a poem about Mother Seton using a quill pen and ink, just like she did!
We are fortunate to be so close to where our foundress and patron saint lived and was laid to rest. On her Feast Day, MSS was invited to be a part of the special Mass in her honor at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
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Just Like Mother Seton
Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: January 4, 2019
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Saturday, March 23, 2019
The Links in Gettysburg
$50/person or $385/table
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Join us for an evening of fine dining, games, and live & silent auctions all to benefit Catholic education at MSS.
Visit our GALA PAGE on the website to see the auction items we already have and find out how YOU can be a part of the experience!
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Cold and Flu Season is Here!
DEADLINE TO ORDER YEARBOOKS IS APPROACHING!
Don't miss out this year's memories! Order by March 22nd. Only $19!
Visit Strawbridge.NET & Use School Code 112655 or Send in your form with check payable to MSS.
Please help us keep our children healthy by emphasizing handwashing and proper etiquette for coughing/sneezing to help deter the spread of germs.
At this time, we have two confirmed cases of flu in the MSS community. In an effort to contain any outbreak, please keep your child at home if your student is exhibiting flu symptoms. Remember, as stated in the handbook, your child must be free of fever, vomiting or diarrhea for a full 24 hours before they can be re-admitted to class. Additionally, if your child is on antibiotics, they should be taken for a full 24 hours before returning to class.
In an effort to protect children who may be immuno-compromised, if your child is diagnosed with the flu, please call the office and let us know.
WEAR RED AND JUMP ROPE FOR HEART!
Our kick-off assembly is Feb 20th at 8:30a in the gym. Students may wear RED shirts!
Look for more info in your tuesday folders!
Re-Registration and Enrollment News
New tuition rates for 2019-2020:
$5,495 Pre-K Full Day through Grade 8
$3,495 Pre-K Half-Day
Registration Fee: $175/student if paid by 5/15 ($250/student after 5/15)
Bus: $500/one-way and $800/two-way
After School Care fees remain the same. Parent Portal will open soon to register!
Multiple opportunities for Financial Assistance!
Fill out your FACTS financial aid application NOW. The sooner you apply, the greater your chances of receiving the aid you need:
BOOST Scholarships for MD residents will open for application on or about March 1st. BOOST awards are made by the State in addition to any tuition assistance received through MSS or parishes.
New this year: 10% tuition discount for Active Duty and Active Reserve Military! Proof of active service (active duty ID card or active duty orders) required. Contact Finance for more information!
Notes to Remember
It's a Night with Our Seton Stars!
Browse our Young Authors Fair...maybe you'll meet the next JK Rowling or Rick Riordan!
Then stay for our Talent Show, always a big hit!
Friday, March 1st
We are so excited to host our 3rd annual RAA event! Look for a list of special guest readers and photos from the fun event!
March 27th • 6:00p
Congratulations to Sharon Beard
Friends of Catholic Education
Teacher of the Year
for Mother Seton School!
We're heading into the final weeks of our Annual Fund Campaign. If you haven't yet made a gift, now's the time!
Proceeds from our Annual Fund go towards the school's operating expenses. Participation in the Annual Fund by our MSS community -- parents, faculty, and staff-- is often used as a benchmark from grant-awarding foundations to gauge the level of commitment a community has to your school. That is why we ask everyone, including current families, to give what you can towards our Annual Fund. Your donation can be anonymous or you can choose to have your name listed in one of our Giving Circles. The exact amount of your donation is never publicized.
The Last Word
Read Across America
VIRTUS has replaced STAND as the required Child Protection Training for any volunteers who interact with children. That includes parents who wish to help in the classroom or chaperone field trips. If you are not already VIRTUS compliant, please visit VirtusOnline.org to set up an account. When prompted to select your organization, please carefully scroll through the list to select Mother Seton School-Emmitsburg. We are NOT listed under the Archdiocese of Baltimore. If you have any questions, please contact Terry at 301-447-3161.