Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Honoring Our Heroes

The past week at St. Peter Indian Mission School was one of remembrance.  

Students first took part in a Cultural Day organized by the culture teacher Ms. Harrison.  

Students honored and remembered the Huhukam, their tribal ancestors, in a march to the cemetery.

Returning from the cemetery, students gathered in the front courtyard and took part in traditional dancing.

As soon as the traditional songs began, students joined the dancing, inviting classmates and teachers alike to participate!

On Friday, students gathered in St. Peter Church to honor the United States Veterans across the years.  

Classrooms supported troops from all eras wearing their red, white and blue Polo Shirts.

Veterans on the reservation were invited to attend the ceremony, including Monsignor Ed.

Students sang songs, giving due respect to all veterans from WWI to our most recent involvement in Afghanistan. 

After the prayer service, each student shook hands with each veteran, thanking them for their years of service and presenting them with cards of appreciation.

Students then escorted the veterans to the cafeteria for a turkey dinner in their honor.

St. Peter's honors all those who have touched our lives, within our own community and beyond, the past and the present.  

Thank you for your HEROIC LEGACIES.
God's blessings to all of our heroes.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Graced Moments

Pumpkins and Trick-or-Treaters filled the final days of October at 
St. Peter Indian Mission.

Days before October 31, students visited the "pumpkin patch" at the school choosing a pumpkin of their own to bring home and carve!

Even the animals enjoyed picking a pumpkin!!

Grades 1-3 enjoyed dressing up in costume...

they then traveled to the Caring House bringing smiles to all as they performed Halloween Carols.

The community gathered together in the cemetery on the eve of All Soul's Day to pray for the faithful departed.

The cemetery became a City of Light 
as candles were placed on grave sites.

A special event was held earlier in the month of October with benefits going to St. Peter Indian Mission School
 sponsored by the Serrano Family.

A luncheon and talk was hosted by Chandler Performing Arts Center and Immaculee Ilibagiza, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, was the guest speaker.

A very powerful and beautiful message on love, 
faith and forgiveness was shared in her heroic story.

St. Peter Mission is ever grateful to the Serrano Family 
for sponsoring this event!

 Thank you Lord for ALL your BLESSINGS!