This week we come to the end of the first semester of the 2015-16 school year and we are just a week away from Christmas. It is a time to thank God for His presence and support during the past semester and to anticipate His graciousness and love in the coming year. This is also a perfect time for us to thank each of you for partnering with Resurrection College Prep High School in our common goal; to help young women achieve their dreams and goals and develop their God - given talents through a Catholic Education. As a student, parent, guardian, administrator, board or committee member, Sister of the Resurrection, teacher, staff member, alumna, sponsor, or friend, each of you contribute to making Resurrection College Prep High School a very special place! We wish you a Blessed and Merry Christmas and New Year filled with much happiness and God's goodness!
Seventeen of the members of the Scrubs Club recently completed an American Heart Association CPR Training Class. The members of the club gave up a free afternoon to attend a training session sponsored by several nurses from Presence Resurrection Medical Center.
Several members of the NHS and their moderators, Ms. Konow and Ms. Maluchnik, brought smiles and joy to the Sisters at the Queen of the Resurrection House of Prayer. The group visited the Sisters one afternoon and brought them each a package of delicious homemade cookies. The NHS students even sang the Resurrection School Song for the Sisters. Everyone enjoyed the visit!
There are some people whose very presence in the world remind us of the real meaning of Christmas. These special people reflect the deep, generous love that caused God to send His Son. One such person is "Charlie". I have known Charlie for at least fifteen years. I worked with him at Resurrection Medical Center.
Charlie, is an expert in managing all the issues of setting up, repairing, and everything else that is needed to keep all the telephones operating in the hospital. But in addition to that, Charlie is someone who reminds the world around him of the presence of a loving and caring God.
Charlie begins each day attending the 6:15 a.m. Mass in the hospital Chapel and from there he goes out to help wherever he is needed. Charlie does not limit his service to fixing problems with phones. Charlie cares about people. He stops to ask colleagues about their ill family member, or to offer a hand moving heavy boxes. One of the most touching acts of kindness occurred one rather cold day. A homeless man was brought by ambulance to the Emergency Room. He was cared for and then when he was ready to be discharged someone noticed that he had no shoes. Staff began to look around for some kind of slippers that could be given him. Charlie was in the Emergency Room fixing a phone and he heard about the poor man's need for shoes. Charlie had just purchased a wonderful pair of shinny, comfortable black shoes. He went up to the cart where the homeless man was lying, gave him one shoe to try on. The shoe fit, so Charlie took off the second shoe and gave both shoes to the homeless man. Then Charlie put on a pair of paper surgical shoe covers so he could go back to doing his work.
A couple of years ago, Charlie wanted to do something very special to remind everyone of the real meaning of Christmas. So he purchased several miniature houses and a nativity set and created a "Bethlehem Village" on the ground floor of the hospital. Families waiting for patients in surgery, employees on their lunch break, visitors, and volunteers started to sit by the Bethlehem Village and pause from their work or their worries. People began to tell others about this quiet reflective place where they could sit and remember the Christmas Story and the real meaning of the holiday.
This year Charlie grew his village and now it stands in the entrance to the hospital. Miniature lights cover the artificial trees around the village and in the background Christmas music plays.
Charlie, is a reminder to all of us of how one person can "make a difference". It doesn't take big things to brighten lives or brighten the world. It is the little things that warm the heart. God came on a cold winter night as a small helpless baby. Charlie, thank you for reminding us about the real message of Christmas!
Full picture of the Bethlehem Village at Resurrection Medical Center
Congratulations to the entire cast, production staff and production crews of Resurrection's Fall Production, "Beauty and the Beast". It was a fantastic 5 star musical that was enjoyed by all ages.
I had the awesome privilege of being back stage with the cast for forty-five minutes before each of the three performances. It was so inspiring to watch Ms. Bohlander and Ms. Foszcz help the cast prepare with various exercises for voice control, articulation, pitch and volume, as well as walking and movement exercises to help them focus their whole body on the character they were going to portray.
As Ms. Bohlander directed the cast to enter into the mind of their character and then into the mind of Belle, I found myself reflecting on how the students were learning more than acting skills, they were learning lifelong lessons about empathy. Ms. Bohlander and Ms. Foszcz were teaching the cast about compassion, and about entering into the heart and mind of others. What a powerful lesson.
I was honored to be able to participate before each performance in the circle of prayer led by the seniors. Together the members of the cast and crew prayed to their favorite saints, asked for blessings on their performance, and offered petitions for so many other people and intentions which they carry in their hearts. I was moved to hear them pray for children who would be watching the play. They prayed that the children would find hope, magic and inspiration in life. They prayed for the people of Paris who suffered so much at the hands of terrorists, for ill family members and for so many other people. I was inspired by the genuine goodness of these young actresses and actors. Perhaps their ability to convey the message of unselfish love which is the core message of "Beauty and the Beast," came from the deep generous love that these actresses and actors carry in their own hearts and lives!
Thank you for the honor of observing your work backstage!