Hurricane Florence took a terrible toll on North and South Carolina. As of last week, 37 people had died from this hurricane. Thousands of people had to use the various shelters. We want to thank all of the volunteers who provided assistance during this time. We also want to thank those working for the utility companies. Many of these workers have been putting in 12 - 16 hours a day in an effort to restore service in the impacted communities. In times of crisis, kindness comes through in so many wonderful ways! This is God’s Way – “The Road to Kindness!” Please take a moment to offer your prayers for those that passed away, their families, and all those who have been impacted.
This week we want to focus on the Special People in Your Life! We have some questions we want you to consider as you go through your week:
Blessings to you! Have a wonderful week filled with Kindness!
Summer has flown by and we hope that you enjoyed the Labor Day holiday!
School has started and we wanted to kick off the school year with some suggestions on Kindness Acts. Please share these Kindness Acts with your children. It is really wonderful to see our children light up when they do an act of Kindness for another classmate. Try to have a daily “Kindness Conversation” with your children – it is a great way to bond with our children and as a family. It is up to us to promote God’s Way – “The Road to Kindness!”
10 Kindness Acts for our Children to Consider while at School:
Blessings to you! Have a wonderful week filled with Kindness!
Our children watch our actions! When we demonstrate Kindness, they will learn from us that being kind and caring is the right thing to do! We all need to follow God’s Way – “The Road to Kindness!”
This week let’s make time to show our children how important and special it is to do something kind for someone. As we wind down our summer and our children get ready to go back to school, plan out a kindness activity. An excellent resource is a website entitled “pennies of time.com/5 acts of kindness to do with your kids.”
Also, let’s all give our children hugs this week. Our children are so very special! May God bless you with kindness and we thank you for following God’s Way – “The Road to Kindness!”
We would like to take a moment to reflect on Father Al’s words from last week’s “From the Pastor” bulletin column. He wrote:
“I always loved the traditional greeting by Maryknoll Sisters and Brothers to one another: “the Christ in me greets the Christ in you”. At Mass, you make Christ present especially in how you treat one another! Do you recognize Christ in one another? Do you welcome the stranger? Do you look with kindness on the crying baby or the cranky toddler or the latecomer? Do you participate in the singing, the responses, the common gestures? Do you discriminate in whom you offer the sign of peace? Do you “move in” the pew when Mass is crowded? Basically, do you show Christ-like love to your brothers and sisters at Mass? When we are aware of those around us, we make Christ present in a very real special way!”
Father Al’s words connect directly into our Kindness Program – “God’s Way – The Road to Kindness”. Our study shows that everyone wants to be treated with kindness. The gestures that we show at church carry through to how we deal with our family, our co-workers, neighbors and the people that we do not know but meet on the street. We can make a difference with just a welcoming smile! Kindness and caring start with you!
This week let’s all make an extra effort to give out a warm, kind greeting. We can make the world a better place by following God’s Way – The Road to Kindness!” Blessing to everyone!
We There are times we come across a wonderful story of Kindness. This story is about how “The World Become a Better Place, One Middle School Hello at a Time!”
Two students, Belle and Abby, greet students every morning at Inglewood Middle School. They hold the door for their fellow students and they greet every student by name, giving them a high five and wishing them the best for the day! “Their smiles and kind words are for everybody: the popular and the not-so-popular; the brains and the jocks and the band kids; the bright, outgoing students; and the shy, withdrawn students too!”
Belle started the program as a project coming out of her leadership class. Her teacher Sally Rusk says, “she’s choosing to do it because she thinks it will make other people happy, feel better, feel more included and feel more loved!” Within a week of starting this project, Abby, sensing something special, joined right in. Something has changed at this Middle School. “They are promoting kindness at our school.” This is how you make the world a better place! This touching story and video can be found at: https://goo.gl/NDeJc5
Making the world a better place is “God’s Way – The Road to Kindness!” Blessing to everyone!
We hope that everyone is having a nice summer! We have heard from some parish members that the summer has been a challenge due to the loss of a loved one. Let’s keep those that have lost a loved one in our thoughts and prayers. If you know someone that is having some challenges, reach out to them and show them that you care! With that in mind, we want to share these words with you:
Always be KIND!
If you see someone falling behind, walk beside them.
If someone is being ignored, find a way to include them.
If someone has been knocked down, lift them up!
Always remind people of their worth.
Be who you needed when you were going through hard times.
Just one small act of KINDNESS could mean the world to someone!
Let’s all remember that this is God’s Way – “The Road to Kindness!” Blessings to you!
Summer is here and we are about to celebrate the July 4th holiday! Have you made your summer list of “things to do?” Most of us have so many things we want to accomplish over the summer months.
We have a great family suggestion - How about making a “Summer Family Kindness List!”
It would be so nice to focus some of our summer on doing things for other people! On this list, you could include some special fun tasks that your kids could do for their friends, neighbors and the community. Remember it does not have to be big items – it can be as simple as “Giving popsicles to friends in the neighborhood!” For some great ideas, visit the website “Random Acts of Kindness Summer List – Thirty Handmade Days”. Enjoy the July 4th holiday and Please Remember, This Summer….
As our school year came to a close this past week, the second annual Anthony R. Bellezza Memorial
Kindness Program Scholarships were awarded to three St. Joan of Arc School students. Sister Eileen
and our teachers selected these students for their extraordinary acts of kindness during the year. Each
student received a $250 scholarship! We congratulate each of them as they are an outstanding example of “God’s Way – The Road to Kindness!” There were so many wonderful acts of kindness done by our students during this school year. We want to recognize all our students for showing kindness and caring during the school year! We also thank our teachers and parents for their encouragement and support of this Kindness Program! Our children watch and learn from the kindness we show every day.
Continue to be inspired to be kind over the summer months! Show that you care by following “God’s Way – The Road to Kindness!” Have a wonderful summer and may God’s loving care always be with you!
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
As we celebrate this holiday, let’s remember all of those that passed away in active service. This Memorial Day and weekend let’s take a moment to offer your own gesture of thanks to our men and women serving abroad and at home, as well as their families, and reflect on these men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
A small act of kindness could include:
Be inspired to Be Kind! Show that you care by following “God’s Way – “The Road to Kindness!”
Have a wonderful Memorial Day holiday! May God’s loving care always be with you!
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