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Published By: Barb Plenge, Principal of St. Francis of Assisi School

This fall, Rochester Catholic Schools shared the focus for the year - “See Christ in Others - Be Christ for Others.” RCS teachers and staff were encouraged to ‘share their story’ with one another and the students they serve. Sharing our stories is one of the first steps to building relationship -  seeing beyond the visible and hearing what is in our fellow schoolmates’ hearts. These ‘stories’ continue to be told on a daily basis as we work together to grow in faith and love.

Entering the doors at St. Francis of Assisi School each morning, students are greeted by name and welcomed with a smile. Each day, we celebrate birthdays, share Scripture, and pray together as a school family. Our weekly HERO class meetings, monthly assemblies and Virtues instruction not only help us learn tools for building positive relationships and communicating clearly with our peers, but help us grow in holiness as well.

Our service projects this fall helped us see beyond our community, and gave us an opportunity to focus on how we could be Christ to people in need. We collected money for Hurricane Relief, donated food for a school backpack program, restocked shelves for the parish Resource Room, wrote letters of thanks to laborers, participated in the Baby Bottle campaign for Catholic Charities, supported Christmas Anonymous, and did fall yard work for the parish grounds. Our Student Council led us in celebrating the National Day of Kindness and during Advent we will provide support for the Missionary Childhood Association. As we share our gifts with others, we see Christ in those we have not met, and truly experience being Christ for others.

In the busyness of our school week, we take time to attend Mass, pray the rosary with our parish, attend Mass at the nursing home, pray Exposition, Adoration, and Benediction each month, participate in Advent prayer services and celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation.  Each and every day, we grow in faith as we respond to the needs around us, discern God’s plan for our lives, and pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us in using our gifts and talents to make the world a better place...so that we can live with God in heaven one day. We look forward to the second half of the school year and all God is calling us to!