Mr. Jacob Allstott, Principal
1521 East Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI 48912
Phone: 517 487-0439
Fax: 517 487-3198
Shroud of Turin Presentation: [3/24/16]
One of our parishioners setup a replica of the Shroud of Turin this week, and our students and staff heard a presentation on the Shroud’s history and the scientific proof that have led experts to believe that the original Shroud kept in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy is in fact the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ. What is fascinating to the scientists who have studied the Shroud is that the image on the Shroud is a photographic negative which is a concept of technology that was not developed until the 18th century. The Shroud was first made public in the 13th century, but the image is proved to be caused by an intense light that burst through a transparent material (like skin). The mystery contained within the Shroud is that the light would have had to come from inside a person. Thus, many believe the Shroud is an ancient photograph of Christ at the moment of the Resurrection, and for our children it raised great questions and reflections of faith. It was a wonderful presentation to witness as their innocent hearts were searching to understand deep spiritual truths. I pray that they were able to share with you their thoughts after the presentation and that this experience makes visible the invisible mystery of God in their hearts and minds.
Virtue of Modesty: [2/12/16]
For the month of February, our students are praying for God to cultivate in them the virtue of Modesty, which is Purity of heart in action, specifically in dress and speech. This virtue is probably the most misunderstood virtue and a sensitive subject to say the least. But sadly, the world views modesty as the hiding or suppression of one's beauty, while the Church teaches that Modesty is a human reflection of the Cardinal Virtue of Temperance that is focused on how one seeks the attention of others.
Unfortunately, our world is full of celebrities who seek to flaunt their strength, beauty or intelligence. These pop-icons push the envelope of pride, vanity, and lust to the limits, and our youth are often tempted to buy into it. Indeed, children are surrounded by a digital world that inundates them with images and personalities that fall far short of healthy role models of modesty. This is a difficult time to grow up (and to raise children)!
Even so, I’m convinced that deep down our students desire to live lives of virtue, even including the virtue of modesty. Their hearts, like ours, are made for truth, goodness, and beauty. That is why our students can be fascinated and “come alive” when they hear from Christian witnesses about modesty and purity. They know deep in their hearts that God has made them for purity, and they can feel relieved that it’s “possible.” Children need witnesses (in addition to their parents) who can help them appreciate the true dignity they possess as young men or women made in the image and likeness of God. That was the case for me. God gave me strong Christian witnesses to plant and water seeds that would later mature and bear fruit for the Kingdom.
Teaching young people to seek modesty, purity and holiness during teenage years can often feel like an impossible task, and it is “impossible” without God's grace and faithful witnesses. If they can come to understand their true dignity, it will be easier (if not at all easy) to resist the ways of the world. Like us, children will be better able to resist temptations if they can come to believe that purity and holiness are the path to true happiness in this life.
As a parish and school, we are committed to providing practical support to families in this area of tremendous challenge. And that’s why we are bringing in Jason Evert, a world renowned Catholic speaker and the co-founder of the Chastity Project.
There will be a parent presentation on Thursday, March 10th at 6:00 PM in the church and a 7th & 8th grade presentation on Friday, March 11th at 9:30 AM. These events are open to all parishioners, home-school families, and other diocesan schools. For more information, please check the school website. <www.resurrectionlansing.org/school>
But most importantly, please join me in praying for our students, especially as they reflect upon modesty in light of last week's scripture verse from Romans 12:2, "Do not conform yourselves to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your minds..."
MR. ALLSTOTT'S CSW PRESENTATION [1/25/15]
PRAYER & FASTING TEAM:
Resurrection Parish and School are requesting all Prayer Warriors to step forward. We would like to assemble a team that would choose a specific day of each month to fast and pray for our students, families, teachers, staff and leaders. Our intention is to cover our parish and school in prayer, so to see the continued movement and fruits of the Holy Spirit within our ministries. If you are interested in signing up for a day, please contact Ms. Judy Edwards in the School Office. (517) 487-0439 or email@example.com