Spiritual Adoption Program

“Here I am!”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPIRITUALLY ADOPTED BABY!

babies.pngYour spiritually adopted baby was born this month – – nine months after her mother conceived her. The only change at birth is a change in the external life support system of the baby. She is no different now than she was before birth except that she breathes and eats differently. She is truly a miracle. She began as a 46-chromosome cell and has grown over the past nine months into this unique human baby we now can see. Never before in history, nor ever again, will anyone exist who is exactly like your spiritually adopted baby. Your prayers saved her life. Thank you on behalf of all of the little babies and their parents for your loving prayers that helped to bring them to birth “so that they might have life and have it to the full!”

 

Spiritual Adoption Program

MONTH 8 – Developing Baby — “I like to listen to my Mommy’s voice!”

adoption.pngNow your spiritually adopted baby is finished developing and is concentrating on gaining weight; she might be making her mother uncomfortable with her size. She will need a layer of fat to help her stay warm after she leaves the perfect temperature inside her mother’s womb. For some weeks now she has recognized her mother’s voice. In a short time, her baby will be born. Your baby’s mother appreciated the prayers you have said for her and her baby throughout the pregnancy. It has not been easy, but your prayers have given her the grace she needed to bring her baby to

Honoring Our Ali’i : May Day 2017, St. Ann’s Ho’olaule’a

Honoring Our Ali’i : May Day 2017

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The theme for this year’s May Day Program was “Na Ali’i O Hawai’i.” Students honored the kings and queens of Hawaii through costumes, songs and dance.  The 8th grade court was comprised of students portraying different monarchs of Hawai’i.  This year’s program was dedicated with love to the Early Learning Center’s kindergarten teacher, Miss Audrey Tim who will be retiring from St. Ann Schools after 40 years.

St. Ann’s Ho’olaule’a

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On May 6, 2017, St. Ann Schools held its first ever Ho’olaule’a featuring crafts, foods, entertainment and keiki rides, games and activities.  It was a beautiful day of fun and fellowship.  Mahalo Nui Loa to all the volunteers who came out to make this a wonderful and exciting first endeavor.  A very special thank you goes out to Sarah and Isabelle’s mother, Mrs. Jocelyn Tamashiro for taking the lead as the chairperson for this event.

 

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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Today’s Solemnity is not so much about trying to understand the theological intricacies of the doctrine of the Trinity.  It is more about recognizing that Baptism seals us into the Trinity – Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.  By Baptism we belong to a community of Christians.  God calls us to imitate the Divine relationship by sharing God’s love with one another.  We do this at work, in our families, in our marriages and in this holy place.

How can you improve your relationship with others by imitating the Divine relationship of the Trinity?

 

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, which leads us to contemplate and worship the divine life of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: a life of communion and perfect love, origin and aim of all the universe and of every creature: God.  We also recognize in the Trinity the model for the Church, in which we are called to love each other as Jesus loved us.  Love is the concrete sign that demonstrates faith in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  And love is the badge of the Christian, as Jesus told us: “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn 13:35).  It’s a contradiction to think of Christians who hate.  It’s a contradiction. And the devil always seeks this: to make us hate, because he’s always a troublemaker; he doesn’t know love; God is love!

We are all called to witness and proclaim the message that “God is love,” that God isn’t far and insensitive to our human affairs.  He is close to us, always beside us, walking with us to share our joys and our sorrows, our hopes and our struggles.  He loves us very much and for that reason he became man, he came into the world not to condemn it, but so the world  would be saved through Jesus (see Jn 3:16-17).  And this is the love of God in Jesus, this love that is so difficult to understand but that we feel when we draw close to Jesus. And he always forgives us, he always awaits us, he loves us so much.  And we feel the love of Jesus and the love of God.

The Holy Spirit, gift of the Risen Jesus, conveys divine life to us and thus lets us enter into the dynamism of the Trinity, which is a dynamism of love, of communion, of mutual service, of sharing. A person who loves others for the very joy of love is a reflection of the Trinity. A family in which each person loves and helps one another is a reflection of the Trinity. A parish in which each person loves and shares spiritual and material effects is a reflection of the Trinity.

True love is boundless, but it knows how to limit itself, to interact with others, to respect the freedom of others. Every Sunday we go to  Mass, we celebrate the Eucharist together and the Eucharist is like the “burning bush” in which the Trinity humbly lives and communicates; for this reason the Church placed the feast of Corpus Domini after that of the Trinity.

May the Virgin Mary, perfect creation of the Trinity, help us to make our whole lives, in small gestures and more important choices, homage to God, who is Love.

 

Next Sunday’s Readings – June 11, 2017

 Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9    2 Corinthians 13:11-13   John 3:16-18

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Love and judgment

Scripture tells us that God is all just and all loving. How does his love and justice go together? God opposes sin and evil with his just wrath (his righteous anger) and right judgment – and he approaches sinful people and evil doers with mercy (“slow to anger” and “ready to forgive”) and discipline (“fatherly correction” and “training in righteousness”). John the Evangelist tells us that the Father sent his Son into the world – not to condemn but to redeem – not to destroy but to heal and restore. Paul the Apostle tells us that “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). God does not desire the death of anyone (Ezekiel 18:23,32, Ezekiel 33:11, Wisdom of Solomon 1:13). Instead he gives us the freedom to choose between life and death – good and evil.

When we choose to sin and to go our own way apart from God, we bring condemnation upon ourselves. Sin draws us away from God and leads to a spiritual death – a death that is worse than physical loss of life because it results in a hopeless life of misery and separation from God’s peace and joy. Jesus was sent on a rescue mission to free us from slavery to sin and death and to bring us the abundant life which will never end. His death brought us true freedom and abundant new life in his Spirit – as well as pardon, reconciliation and adoption as sons and daughters of God.

Jesus took upon himself all of our sins and nailed them to the cross (Colossians 2:14). His death was an atoning sacrifice for our sins and a perfect offering to the Father on our behalf. We can find no greater proof of God’s love for fallen sinful humanity than the cross of Jesus Christ. “To ransom a slave God gave away his Son” (from an early Christian hymn for the Easter vigil liturgy). Jesus’ mission was motivated by love and obedience. That is why he willingly laid down his life for us. Jesus told his disciples that there is no greater love than for a person to willingly lay down his or her life for a friend (John 15:13). Jesus loved us first – even while we were captives to sin and Satan – in order to set us free and make us friends and beloved children of God.

 

8A Music, Native American Research, Hokupa’a: Anchored in Christ

8A Music

By Mr. Phillip Foster, Music Teacher

The Eighth Grade has been learning about Musical Composers from the Baroque Era through the Modern Musical Eras from Johann Sebastian Bach to George Gershwin. The students of the eighth grade are now using that knowledge to complete their last project for music class. Since January, the eighth grade has been working on their own Musical Composer research projects. Each student has been assigned a composer to research and study. They have been learning about the life and musical career of their Composer. They have completed research in the school’s library and through online resources. At the end of the third quarter, each student shared his or her research with the class through a Power Point presentation. Next week, they will be turning in the final draft of their research paper with a hand drawn picture of their composer and a bibliography listing their research. The research, writing, and citing of their sources will help them prepare for similar research projects they will have in high school. Each student has done an outstanding job in their research and presenting. They have all taught me a few new facts about the lives and careers of the Composers. I look forward to the Eighth Grade’s performance of “Count of Me,” made famous by Bruno Mars, for their graduation Ceremony.

Native American Research

By Miss Brittney Guro, Language Arts Teacher

native american research.pngThe eighth graders compared and contrasted Native American and Western views on architecture, nature, art, dance and medicine.  They did extensive research, wrote a paper using APA format and proper citations, completed a project and presented their findings to the class.  They discovered that while Native American beliefs and customs differed greatly from those of the West, there are also similarities that showed we are all not so different after all.

Hokupa’a:  Anchored in Christ

anchored.pngOn May 18th, the eighth graders participated in an End-of-the-Year retreat entitled “Hokupa’a—Anchored in Christ”.  Hokupa’a is the North Star or Polaris.  The North Star appears stationary in the sky because it lies almost exactly above Earth’s northern axis.  It is like an anchor or center where all other stars appear to move around it.  Students were reminded to stay “anchored in Christ” as they focused on the Gospel reading of Jesus and Peter walking on water. As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was able to walk on water.  When he became distracted or swayed from Jesus, he would falter.  This story was used to compare their own journey to Peter’s and served to remind them that if they keep their focus on Jesus, they will be okay.  The students also participated in a reflective Labyrinth Meditation that climaxed at the tallest tree in the center which represented Jesus.  One of the highlights for the students was a stroll down memory lane where they looked back the years through music, news and entertainment events in an activity called , “The Story of Me.”   It was wonderful last retreat for the 8th grade class.

 

Welcome To The Lord’s Table

communionOn Saturday and Sunday, May 20 & 21, we welcomed these children to the Lord’s Table to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist for the first time.  Along with their parents, catechists, and the community of

St. Ann, they will come to understand that each time we celebrate the Eucharist, we receive the mission to share the love of Jesus with everyone we meet and to make our world a better place to live.

The children have been preparing to receive their First Communion for the past year and participated in retreats, prayer services & parent/child sessions.

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