The month of October was a time to celebrate both the Holy Rosary and Respect Life Month. At Saint Elizabeth Seton School our month began with an annual visit from the Order of Malta. In their full regalia they joined us for a beautiful school Mass and brought rosaries for every student that Father Anthony blessed during the service. Immediately after Mass members of the Order of Malta visited classrooms to distribute the rosaries. They took time to teach not only how to pray the Rosary but, more importantly, shared how to meditate and reflect simultaneously on the beautiful mysteries where we learn about the life of Christ. By praying the Rosary we connect with Christ through Mary and can ask for help in our daily lives. The Rosary is a beautiful devotion that brings us into full union with Christ – if only we allow it. We are very grateful to the Order of Malta for their visit to our school each year!
Through the month of October, our principal, Ms. Rosa, worked with the teachers and the student body to continue to reinforce the beauty of the Rosary. Our Student Council members reviewed the Rosary prayer at all of our October assemblies, and our Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY) group led the school in a full decade of the Rosary at each assembly too. The goal is to enrich the faith formation of each child.
October is also Respect Life Month, so the school hosted its Baby Bottle Drive again this year to support the Nurse Family Partnership. Each grade was invited to fill a jumbo baby bottle with pennies and coins for about three weeks. We then count the contents of each bottle and reported on which class raised the most. This was the third year to support this program. To date we have raised $1,681 to purchase close to 50 Costco sized boxes of diapers to assist mothers-in-need in our local community.
October is a rich month for devotion and service, and a great segway into the month of November when we give thanks for all of our blessings each and every day.