Falcon Newsletter 3-31-21
Principal’s Message
The week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, Holy Week, is the most sacred time of year. During this special time, we enter into the passion of Christ — his crucifixion, death and resurrection — through liturgical celebration and personal conversion. While the season of Lent is a very important time in the Church, it is helpful to remember that our Lenten practices (prayer, fasting and almsgiving) are meant as preparation for the three days of the Triduum.
What Is the Triduum?
The three days of the Triduum are counted as the Hebrews counted their days, from dusk to dusk. Lent officially ends and the Triduum begins at dusk on Holy Thursday and continues through dusk on Easter Sunday. Because we cannot separate Jesus’ death from his resurrection, the Church teaches that the Triduum is really one celebration that lasts for three days. However, in the liturgy, each day has its unique qualities and different focuses.
Holy Thursday
So when he had washed their feet [and] put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?” ~ John 13:12
The evening Mass on Holy Thursday begins the Sacred Triduum. On this night we remember the Last Supper and celebrate the institution of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Holy Orders. At the end of the liturgy, the sanctuary is stripped clean in preparation for the most somber of feasts, Good Friday.
Family Faith Activity: Talk about how Jesus is really present in holy Communion and how sharing in his body strengthens us to become the Body of Christ and to follow him each day.
Good Friday
He said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. ~ John 19:30
Good Friday is a somber remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion and death on the cross. It is a day of fasting and penance and a time to examine all of the places in our lives where we fail to follow Christ and fall into sin. Good Friday is not merely a commemoration of a historical event; rather, Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, along with his glorious resurrection, comprise the heart of the Christian faith.
Good Friday is not a Mass; holy Communion that is distributed has been consecrated on Holy Thursday and kept in the tabernacle for adoration. Also, many parishes offer Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
Family Faith Activity: Pray the Lord’s Prayer at bedtime on this night in remembrance of Christ’s gift for all of salvation.
Easter Vigil
Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there. ~ John 19:41-42
The Easter Vigil is the restoration of the early Church’s tradition as the great celebration of adult baptism and confirmation. It is the high point in the liturgical year. The vigil begins in darkness (usually outside) and the long procession of candlelight that enlivens the church reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world who has conquered all darkness and death. The Paschal candle that is lit at the Easter Vigil will remain in the church throughout the year as a sign of Christ’s death and resurrection.
Family Faith Activity: During the day on Holy Saturday, spend some time as a family talking about the Paschal Mystery — Jesus’ crucifixion, death and resurrection. Take a walk around your neighborhood looking for signs of new life in springtime. Talk about how Jesus rising to new life is truly transformative and life-changing.
Easter Sunday
Celebrate the risen Lord at Mass with the singing of the Gloria and alleluias, the renewal of baptismal vows, a sprinkling with Easter water and receiving the Eucharist. The time you spend on your Holy Week preparations will make Easter Sunday more meaningful for the whole family!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE RETURN TO 5 DAYS OF IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION
Please review the slide deck below for important information in preparation for the return to school. Please note the hours of school and requirements for being on campus.
In light of the fact that our students may be returning to campus after many months of being home and may find that their uniforms may no longer fit, please review the Parent Handbook as all remains applicable. Please pay close attention to skirt, short and pant lengths, appropriately fitting tops, fingernails and hair guidelines. There is one exception and that is the wearing of winter jackets in the classroom due to windows and doors being open for ventilation. Family Handbook (p. 59-60)
Making Holy Week Memories
You can use the form above to order your Sweetheart Dance tickets, or you can visit our website here: SFA Sweetheart Dance.
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RECIPES NOW!!
We are asking for all families’ participation to help make our SFA Cookbook a wonderful keepsake. Please submit your recipe and any family or student photo here: SFA Cookbook
DUE APRIL 1st.
DESIGN THE COOKBOOK COVER CONTEST!!
Open to all students. Submit your design and it may be the cover of our SFA Family Cookbook!! Hand in to your teacher or send to [email protected]
Due April 1st.
Save the Date – Annual Online Auction!
Planning for our online auction and virtual celebration is underway! Bidding will open Wednesday, April 28 and end Saturday, May 1. We will end the auction with a live Zoom event which will include dinner, raffles, games & more. We look forward to coming together virtually to celebrate and support SFA from the comfort of home. More information will be available in the coming weeks.
SFA Drive-in Movie Night!
Join us Saturday, April 24 for our St. Francis of Assisi Drive-In Movie Night! Tickets on sale now! www.sfaconcord.org/movienight
$100 per car includes a snack pack for 4.Tickets must be purchased in advance. Limited quantities available! Place your vote HERE for which movie you would like to have shown at our movie night! Questions? email [email protected]gmail.com
SFA “FALCON PROUD” SPIRIT WEAR! The last of our Falcon Proud Spirit Wear is still available for purchase! Our remaining inventory is:T-Shirts: adult small (1) and adult large (2). Sweatshirts: youth small (2) and adult small (2). First come, first serve! Please email Sarah Watson [email protected] to purchase. $25/shirt, $35/sweatshirt or $50 for both.
Wine Donations Needed!
We are collecting wine for the Auction Wine Pull! You can EARN SERVICE HOURS for bottles valued $25 or more. Check out the donation form for more info! https://forms.gle/Zmt6jZrjWUoF12Wn8
To take advantage of extra savings use code “ SFA50 ” at check out.
Scrip Orders
If you are interested in purchasing SCRIP please contact Mrs. Del Prete at [email protected].
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Our Mission Statement
Inspired by our patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, in collaboration with the Parish, community, parents, and students, our school celebrates an environment which is dedicated to providing quality faith-based Catholic education in a safe and nurturing environment for students in grades TK-8. Our value-centered academic programs empower the students with the skills to be faith-filled people, life-long learners and problem solvers, globally responsible citizens, and effective communicators.

St. Francis of Assisi School

866 Oak Grove Road
Concord, Ca. 94518
(925) 682-5414