NEXT WEEK’S HOT LUNCH MENU:
Tuesday, Feb. 14: Taco (Taco Jamay) ($3.00) Wednesday, Feb. 15: Burger/fry/juice (Sonic) ($1.99)
Thursday, Feb. 16: 4-piece Chicken Nuggets (McDonald’s) ($2.00)
Friday, Feb. 17: Pizza (Mancino’s) ($2.50)
Please order your students’ lunches by Monday, 11 a.m. using your family’s FACTS Portal. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Secretary Laura Brestovansky at 810-664-5011.
Note: Ash Wednesday will be Wednesday, March 1. On that day, instead of the Sonic kids’ meals, we will offer Sonic grilled cheese sandwiches (with fried and juice for $1.99 total as usual) as Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence from meat. For the same reason, during Lent, pizza from Mancino’s will have cheese only.
Please ensure that your students’ mid-morning snack is nutritious, simple, and non-messy in order to minimize spills and damage from crumbs, food coloring etc. Time spent cleaning up after snack time is time taken away from instruction.
February 14 and St. Valentine’s Day:
Monday, Feb. 14 is known as St. Valentine’s Day. Here at Bishop Kelley, we will be maintaining the focus on who St. Valentine was and also on the other saints of the day, Sts. Cyril and Methodius. At their teachers’ discretion, students may exchange valentine cards within their classroom and perhaps bring a small treat for the regular snack time. However, we will not be hosting St. Valentine parties per se.
Tuition assistance is available to offset the K-12 tuition expenses for children of Catholic families who both reside within the Archdiocese of Detroit AND whose children attend Catholic schools located within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Detroit. For more information, please visit: https://www.detroitcatholicschools.org/tuition-assistance-scholarships.
SECOND QUARTER REPORT CARDS COMING HOME TODAY:
We apologize for the delay in issuing report cards for the Second Quarter that ended on January 21. This year, the Archdiocese of Detroit instituted a new format and has been revising it, resulting in technical issues. Thank you for your patience as we adjust to this new system.
Please pray for our students who will be making their first Sacrament of Reconciliation will be administered on Saturday, Feb. 12 in Immaculate Conception Church starting at 10 a.m. Congratulations to those taking this important step in their faith journey.
NO SCHOOL MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2022:
In honor of Presidents’ Day, there will be no school on Feb. 21. Enjoy your day off.
PRESCHOOL VISION AND HEARING TESTING:
The Lapeer County Health Department will conduct vision and hearing testing for preschoolers on Feb. 24 and on February 28 starting at 9 a.m.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Gideon Wells on Feb. 27 and Noah Lajewski on Feb. 28.
and Sts. Cyril and Methodius
Celebrated on February 14th (from https://www.indcatholicnews.com/saint/049)
Two early Christian martyrs called Valentine are listed on this day in the Roman Martyrology. One was a Roman priest, who died for his faith on the Flaminian Way under Claudius. The other was a bishop of Terni who was killed in Rome. Some historians believe they are the same person.
There is no evidence to link the tradition of sending Valentine cards with the saint - but according to legend, St Valentine sent a farewell message to his jailer's daughter the day before he was executed, signed 'from your Valentine'. Some believe the custom grew out of an ancient idea that birds are supposed to begin their courtship on this day. Others point to the fact that the old Roman Lupercalia festival (in honor of the god of fertility, Lupercus) was held around the middle of February.
The idea of sending cards and love letters on February 14 is at least as old as Chaucer and was mentioned in the 15th century Paston family letters. There are no churches in England dedicated to St Valentine, but churches in Ireland and Scotland have links with the saint.
In 1836, some relics that were exhumed from the catacombs of Saint Hippolytus on the Via Tiburtina, then near Rome, were identified with Saint Valentine. These relics were placed in a casket, donated by Pope Gregory XVI, and transported to the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin. The parish has special St Valentine's Masses and a blessing of rings ceremony.
The Franciscan church of Blessed John Duns Scotus in Glasgow is also said to have relics of St Valentine.
Valentine is the patron of engaged couples, happy marriages, beekeepers, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, love, lovers, plague, travelers, young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses.
Saints Cyril and Methodius
These early Christian 'Apostles of the Slavs' were brothers from Thessaloniki. It seems that although their father Leo was a higher ranking Byzantine soldier, their mother Maria was a Slav and hence all their seven children spoke Greek as well as some Slavic dialect.
Constantine, called The Philosopher, was a brilliant student at Constantinople and became a priest and a professor at the university there as well as a librarian at the basilica. He was very fond of St Gregory of Nazianzus, The Theologian, and he also spoke Arabic and Hebrew. He discovered the relics of Pope St Clement on his mission to the Khazars.
Methodius, who was born Michael, was first a provincial governor before joining a monastery on the Bithynian Olympus. He may have been an abbot there too.
In 863, upon an invitation by prince Rastislav, both brothers arrived to Nitra (in current Slovakia) in order to evangelize the Great Moravian Empire (which comprised at certain times of parts of the current Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine). In order to do this, they created a unique script called Glagolitic (a pre-cursor to the Cyrillic) which had the capacity to capture the unusual Slavic sounds. Using this script, they translated the Scriptures, some liturgical books and legal documents.
Eventually, Constantine became a monk there, taking the name Cyril. He died in Rome in 869 and was buried in the Basilica of St Clement. Methodius died in 885The brothers were declared co-patrons of Europe with St Benedict of Nursia in 1980. The Macedonian brothers are also patrons of unity and ecumenism.