Monday, May 3, 2010
The feast of St. Joseph the Worker was May 1.
Since that fell on a Saturday, we waited until today to have a prayer service at the start of the school day in honor of our Patron Saint.
The students surprised me at their gusto in their responses to the litany.
We also used this occasion to announce our Leo John Dehon (founder of the SCJs) Circle of Courage award. The Circle of Courage emphasizes the Lakota values of Generosity, Independence, Mastery and, Belonging.
This year, Leahanna, a seventh grader, was recognized for best exemplifying those values in school and in her home.
Our junior high students had a track meet here in Chamberlain, which was a perfect opportunity to cheer on their efforts.
Track meets alternate between short periods of intense and exciting competition and lots of waiting around, which makes for a good chance to wander around and check on staff and students.
Several of our staff had their own children taking part; I also I ran into kids from other area schools that I know from parish work.
I stayed for the field events and several heats of hurdles and sprints. But, after a couple hours, I played out.
I wanted to see all our students compete, but I had to listen when my body said “enough,” and I went home for a nap. People remind me that the battle against cancer is not a sprint but a marathon.