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Hudson - Litchfield News | February 24, 2012 - 7

St. Francis School Welcomes New Bishop With Mardi Gras Celebration


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Litchfield held a Mardi Gras Festival on February 18. The celebration coincided with a visit from NH’s new Bishop, The Most Reverend Peter Libasci. The St. Francis students met the Bishop after Mass, and then the party began. Historically, Mardi Gras is a Catholic

celebration that culminates prior to Ash Wednesday and Lent. St. Francis students celebrated the festival

by making small court jesters, jewelry, masks, noisemakers, getting their faces painted and playing games, and listening to jazz music. Arts and crafts were completed using the

traditional Mardi Gras colors: green, purple and gold.

“This is the first time we’ve done this,”

St. Francis Principal Amy Malinowski said, adding, “We wanted to have a good showing for the Bishop.” In addition to Sunday’s activities, St. Francis students celebrated another milestone: students have met two Bishops this year. Bishop McCormack visited the students earlier this year. Malinowski added that Bishop Libasci is very pro education, and pro children.

St. Francis of Assisi School Celebrates Their Faith During Catholic School’s Week!

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School in Litchfield celebrated their faith with many fun and faith filled events! The week began on Sunday, with the students and faculty gathering for a special Mass for the school. Father Ray, our Pastor, did a wonderful job speaking about the importance of Catholic School’s week and what it means to our school and parish. After the Mass, there was an Open House for the school, in which classrooms were toured. On Monday, the students made Valentine cards for

the retired religious workers. Also, the Parent Activity Council known as PAC, provided each class with seeds for the students to plant. The grown plants will be planted in the gardens on Earth Day. The plants symbolize that the vocations in life that we choose are like the seeds we plant. Sometimes we need to let the plant grow a little and see what happens to recognize what kind of plant it is. Our calling can happen in much the same way. Sometimes we might know what we want to do with our lives at an early age, sometimes we need to wait, have patience and faith in God, in order to see the way. On Tuesday, a magician, Brian Christie, of Twisted Magic in Methuen, MA, appeared, and the students had so much fun watching him perform magic and create balloon animals for them! The day ended with cereal treats dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. Wednesday, we were blessed with Sister Janet, a wonderful Nun from the Presentation of Mary, who came and talked to all the classes. She explained how to listen to God’s call, and spoke of her time when she listened to her call from God. The afternoon was devoted to the

Balloon time!

annual Spelling Bee. The winner of the Spelling Bee was Justin Fussell from sixth grade. The runner up was Samantha Ford of fourth grade. Congratulations to both students! Mrs. Barry’s fifth grade showed their rollercoaster projects and the students enjoyed trying them out! Thursday, was yet another fun filled day with weatherman Mike Skarupa of WMUR visiting the school. The school was even on WMUR the next morning, and Mr. Skarupa showed off his St. Francis jacket on air! On Friday, the day began with Kevin Noviello of Granite State

Kempo here in Litchfield, teaching Pre-school and Pre-Kindergarten his “Little Ninjas” karate program. He will be coming to the school every Friday for eight weeks to teach a life skills course to the Pre-school and Pre-Kindergarten. The little ninjas of our school loved it and can’t wait to have more lessons! The delightful day continued with the game, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th or 6th Grader?” The scores were close. The teachers received mini-trophies and the students received ribbons. Friday evening was a Faculty and Family Catholic School dance at the Litchfield Middle School, and the faculty, students and their families had a wonderful time dancing and playing games. All in all, a hugely successful week! I would like to thank Mrs. Chalifour, the Kindergarten teacher who got the ball rolling on this incredible week, the Parent Activity Council (PAC), who went above and beyond with all the planning, setting up, and providing all the treats, to the faculty for their dedication, to the students for their enthusiasm, and last but not least, our wonderful Principal, Mrs. Malinowski who continues to gently guide the school in the right direction. Also, to our wonderful Pastor, Father Ray, who always does a wonderful job during his Homily of explaining to the students what the Gospel means and how we can apply this to our own lives.

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