In the few months that I have been at St. Francis, one of my favorite things to do is to walk around our campus. Part of that is that it’s just good to get out of the office for a bit, and part of it is that I can see and meet people in the day-to-dayness of things. Last week, for example, in the parking lot after school, I got to pick up a football and toss some passes to the kids in the afterschool program, which made me feel like I was once again in fifth grade. I asked them all who they liked in the Super Bowl, and they told me their picks – mostly either Green Bay or New England, and surprisingly not much support for the Seattle Seahawks. One girl approached me and showed me that she had just learned how to dribble a basketball and proceeded to dribble a while, then pass to one of her friends, who then took a shot at the hoop and hit the rim. Nice shot!

One day, outside the preschool playground, a group of 4-5 year-olds crowded around the fence and begged me to bring them some acorns – there were piles of acorns just outside the fence which they couldn’t reach. Who knows what for? They were happy to be outside, playing on the slide, being with their friends, and I am sure their teachers were just as happy! It all adds to the sense that St. Francis is a great place to be.

This Sunday, from 12:45 to 2:00 pm, both our school and our preschool will be holding an Open House. If you’re looking for a school for your child or know of someone who is, we encourage you to attend to learn more about our schools at the Open House. I know from my own experience of being around both the school and the preschool that they are gems, with dedicated teachers and staff, and they add much to the life of our campus.

A few people have asked whether we should be shaking hands at mass during flu season. I think the best thing to do at this point is to leave it up to each person to decide whether they want to or not.

We have heard here about the recent layoffs in the RTP area, and we’d like to remind people of a ministry that we have here called Job Connections which seeks to help people who have lost their job. For more information, you can contact Vince Papi at 919-926-7193 or Thanks to Vince and to all those involved in this ministry.

Blessings on your week!

Fr. Steve


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