Beloved Friends of the St. Jerome Institute,
As the days get shorter and the darkness grows, we are all waiting in joyful anticipation for the birth of Christ, bringing light into the world! Reflecting back on this past year, we have much to be grateful for: we enjoyed studies which enlivened the mind, learned the value of work by gardening together, and found time for leisure by playing volleyball outdoors. Most importantly, we are grateful for your support and partnership over the past year, which helped us to bring Christ’s light and the light of a brilliant education to our growing student body.
For those who supported us last year, you may remember our “12 Days of Christmas” giving opportunity. Last year, you helped us to raise nearly $20,000, which went towards the purchase of 12 gifts for our school, and which enhanced and further enriched the educational experience of our students.
These items included sacred vessels to celebrate weekly Mass and provide beautiful adornment for our altar for many years to come. Your generosity also allowed us to purchase more sophisticated laboratory equipment for our Natural Philosophy classes, providing our students an even deeper encounter with the wonders of the natural world. For example, third year students determined mass from measurement using a spring scale in Natural Philosophy class with Ms. Narbon. This year students enjoyed playing volleyball in the beautiful outdoors, thanks to your gift of an outdoor net.
I am excited to announce that we will host the 12 Days of Christmas giving opportunity once again this year. As with last year, each day during the twelve days of Christmas we will share an item that we hope to purchase for the school. You will have the opportunity to assist in directly sponsoring each of these gifts. These items were chosen by faculty members and reflect the needs of the Institute, as well as opportunities for the cultural enrichment of our school.
As the year draws to a close we hope to more fully recognize Christ’s light as ever present in each of our lives. Thank you for helping us bring light to our students and our school. And may the light of Christ’s birth bring blessings to you and your family this holy season!