• Parent-Teacher Conferences are this Sunday, October 6. Students lead the discussions with each teacher. Each meeting is just a few minutes long. Freshmen and their parents begin at 6:15 PM; Sophomores at 6:45 PM; Juniors at 7:00 PM; Seniors at 7:30 PM. The teachers will be spread out in the different classrooms. Students should be in full uniform (including blazer) for this.
• Please remember that, as we enter the beginning of flu season, to keep your son at home if he is sick. While we don’t like to see students missing classes, it is better they stay home than spread the sickness in the dorms. Thanks so much!
• The all-school photo will be taken on October 9.
• Sunday, October 13, at 7:00 PM, will be the next meeting of the Moms’ Prayer Group. All moms are welcome to come and pray in the Perpetual Help classroom.
• First Quarter Oral exams are coming soon (October 15-18). Students are encouraged to study, parents are encouraged to pray!
• On October 24, at 2:00 PM, the Traditional Latin Mass Server Club will have a Mass at St. John the Baptist Parish. Fr. Victor will be the celebrant. All are welcome.
• Congratulations to Fr. Vianney and our football team on their recent victory! The team is now 5-0!! The next football game is Saturday, October 12, at 11:00 AM, at Faith Lutheran High School [3960 Fruit St, La Verne, CA 91750].
• Congratulations to Mr. Schoenfeld and our cross country team on their recent competitions! The team is doing very well. The next meet is: Thursday, October 10, at 3:00 PM, at Huntington Beach Central Park [18381 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648].
In 1917 Our Blessed Mother Mary, the Mother of God, came down from heaven and asked us to do her a favor. She didn’t ask us to walk barefoot on a bed of burning coals. She didn’t ask us to flagellate ourselves till our backs bleed. She simply asked us to pray the Rosary everyday—something which takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Do we pray the Rosary everyday? Does everyone here in this church right now pray the Rosary every day? If you don’t, whatever excuse you have for not doing it is a poor excuse. Are you going to tell the Mother of God that you cannot spare 15 to 20 minutes a day speaking to her?
The month of October is dedicated to the Rosary, and October 7 is the Feast of the Holy Rosary, once called the Feast of Our Lady of Victory—a feast instituted to celebrate the victory of the Christian Naval Fleet over the Turkish Muslims in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. The victory was attributed by Pope St. Pius V and all Christians to our Lady’s powerful intercession and the Christians’ devout praying of the Rosary. This certainly was not the only victory brought about by the Rosary, one of the most powerful weapons against evil available to us. The number of conversions—each one a victory of good over evil—the number of conversions brought about by the Rosary over the years is so numerous that we will only know in heaven how many.
Just consider one: Blessed Bartolo Longo. Bl. Bartolo had been a very evil man; he was in fact a satanic priest. He went through a huge conversion, no doubt due to the prayers of his parents, who prayed the Rosary daily. Right before his conversion he heard the words, If you seek salvation, promulgate the rosary. He converted and by the time he died was known as the Apostle of the Rosary” because of his devotion to and spreading of the Rosary. He even helped build a church, Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Pompeii, where some 3 million pilgrims visit each year. He was beatified in 1980.
The war between good and evil still rages on today, and it’s getting fiercer with every passing day. If we want to help our Church and our country, if we want to save our souls, we better start praying the Rosary every day. If you are not, you are not part of the solution.
Our Blessed Mother has asked this simple favor from you: to pray the Rosary (5 decades—15 minutes) every day. She has asked this one simple favor from you. How will you respond?
• For all the benefactors of St. Michael’s Preparatory School, living and deceased.
• For all the students and families of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.
• For all faculty and staff of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.