Dear Parents,

As we enter into the fourth quarter, we begin preparing for our Good Friday prayer service. On Friday, April 19, the middle school students will spend the day in a guided retreat based on Jesus’ passion. Students will engage in self-reflection and empathy activities, while also focusing on the difference one person can make. The day will conclude with a Good Friday Prayer Service. Parents and other visitors, including siblings, are welcome to attend. The prayer service will be held in the Valiant’s gym starting around 11:40 a.m. (exact time to be determined after the first dress rehearsal). Good Friday is an early dismissal day, so students will be released at 12:15 p.m.

This year’s Good Friday prayer service is a guided meditation based on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary. Participants will prayerfully reflect on the Passion of Christ. It is our hope that the prayer service will add to our understanding of the emotions that might have been present during the Lord’s Passion, inspire us to act more like Christ in our day-to-day interactions with others and remind us that we have the ability to make a difference every day. We hope you can join us

Speaking of making a difference, we need 20 chaperones to join us on Friday, May 3, for our annual seventh grade service trip, Waves of Love. You may recall that we had to reschedule this trip due to winter weather. Traditionally, middle school faculty and staff have been able to join the seventh grade students on this trip. Unfortunately, due to rescheduling, two-thirds of the staff will not be able to attend. They will be in the classroom teaching our 6th and 8th grade students. If you are able to help, please email Mrs. G at jgfroerer@valleycatholic.org for further information. Remember, all volunteers must be up to date with Called to Protect and have a current background check on file. There is still plenty of time to complete both before the trip. We would love to have you join us! Chaperones can drive themselves or ride the bus.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Gfroerer


Brief History of Good Friday

Good Friday commemorates Jesus’ passion, His suffering and death by crucifixion. Because this event won salvation for sinners, the day is called “Good”. Our dramatic reflection awakens us to the demands of discipleship.