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Anyone who has spent significant time away from loved ones knows that connecting through a video call just isn't the same. We want to touch them, hear the nuances in their voice, linger in their physical presence. Similarly, viewing Mass on television or via social media just isn't the same as participating in person. While at times watching Mass is the only option due to illness or some other serious circumstances, it is good for us to remember that Jesus came to us in human form, in flesh & blood, so that we could more fully grasp the great love that God has for humanity. When we gather together at the celebration of the Eucharist, we hear God's word, feel the presence of Christ with one another, touch and taste the very Body and Blood of the Lord.

TUITION AID ONLINE APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS JANUARY 31, 2022.

The Archdiocese has begun accepting applications to receive tuition aid for the 2022/2023 school year. This program uses funds collected from the Archdiocese’s One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign to offer scholarships to students. These scholarships are need-based and are open to parishioners and non-parishioners. Families who qualify may receive up to $1,200 per student. Apply online at the OLL FACTS website (https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4HJ28). This is the same website used last year so if you applied last year, you should have an account already established. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022. Families will be notified in April, 2022 if they received an award from the Archdiocese and the amount of the award.

Our Lady of Lourdes will still be giving tuition aid, but only after the Archdiocese distributes their awards. Families who would like to apply for tuition aid for next school year MUST apply by January 31, 2022. If you have already applied this fall for tuition aid for a high school student, you do not need to apply again. Our Lady of Lourdes will notify families in early June of awards received from OLL.

Again we want to emphasize that the deadline for all tuition aid applications for the 2022/2023 school year is January 31, 2022. Please note that you will be required to provide 2020 financial documents.

For information and details about the Archdiocese’s tuition aid program please visit www.catholicbestchoice.org. You can also call the Parish Office with questions at 922-0715.

Cafeteria and Playground Volunteers

Any parent who is SafeParish compliant can volunteer to help out in the cafeteria or on the playground. Use the signup genius link below if you are interested. Please email kking@lourdes.org with any questions. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b084faaa72fa57-lunch

SafeParish Reminder - Registration and Compliance

Please be sure to register your account with SafeParish at https:// www.aocsafeenvironment.org if you wish to volunteer in events with young people in the church and at school.

The SafeParish program replaced VIRTUS as the Archdiocesan monitoring and training vehicle in accordance with the Child Protection Decree. Everybody that has registered for a SafeParish account will receive an email 4 times each year alerting you to a training video you must watch. These quarterly training videos are similar in requirements to the monthly VIRTUS training bulletins you were required to complete. Maintaining compliance with the Child Protection Decree now requires you only to watch these SafeParish training videos 4 times each year.

You will also receive email updates from the AoC SafeParish email address about protecting the vulnerable in our community. The articles or links in these emails are available for reading at your convenience and they do not replace the requirement for viewing the training videos every 3 months.

Lourdes-a-Palooza Committee Volunteers Needed

If you would like to help coordinate this great Our Lady of Lourdes event, we are in need of your help. (Tentative event date April 23rd, 2022)
Please consider the following positions:

  • Reverse Raffle coordinator 
  • Bar coordinator 
  • Table games coordinator 
  • Banker 
  • Food coordinator 
  • Master of Ceremonies (person, team or coordinator)
  • Music/Entertainment coordinator
  • Set up & Breakdown coordinator
  • Sponsorship coordinator
  • Advertising

Email your interest or questions to PaloozaLourdes@gmail.com or call/text Stephen Auer at 513-503-9668. Deadline for responses will be January 15th, 2022.

OLL PARENTS and PTO Facebook Page

If you are interested in keeping up on all the happenings at Lourdes, please consider using the link below to join the OLL Parents and PTO Facebook Page. www.facebook.com/groups/ollparents/ If you have any questions you can reach out to PTO President, Katie Boyers (onlysmiles1980@yahoo.com), or PTO Co-President, Stacey Pierson (Piersons268@gmail.com)

Congratulations to 5th Grade Writers

Mrs. Wright’s 5th grade English Class spent valuable class time writing, editing, revising, and finally… publishing mini-sagas! Each student could choose to submit their work to be published in Unsolved-Don’t Say a Word, a collection of writing collected by Young Writers USA. The following students had their work chosen from more than 8000 entries. Great job and keep writing, Tigers!

Mark your Calendars

1/11: Early Release for In-service (NO CPS pm bussing)
1/17: No School for Martin Luther King, Jr Day
1/21: Midterm~interims go home
1/30: Catholic Schools Week begins!

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