St. Luke Catholic School
October 01, 2018
St. Luke Catholic School

Principal's Message: Week of September 30, 2018
26th Week Ordinary Time

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Dear Families of St. Luke’s,

As I write this reflection our 8th graders, a few of our parents and guardians, and our chaperone’s are in preparation for their New York City/Washington D.C. Field Trip! They shall be  visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Midtown Manhattan, NBC Studios, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, 9/11 Memorial, Trinity Church and see a Broadway Play! Then, they go to Washington D.C. and visit the Smithsonian museums, the Mall, Ford’s Theatre, the many memorials, see the White House, Library of Congress, Union Station, Vietnam Wall, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Newseum. How exciting!!  And, this coming Wednesday evening, we partake in the Parish Appreciation Dinner in the gymnasium for parish employees and volunteers !

On the one hand, our world is full of goodness, generosity, sincerity, creativity, imagination, & ingenuity. Daily we see real advancement in moral sensitivity, knowledge, art, & technology. On the other hand, it is also full of infidelity, sin, injustice, greed, individualism, and many other rampant forces that constitute a conspiracy against the poor, the family, & compassion. Ultimately, what we must do is to show the world the cross of Christ.

As Catholic Christians, we must always move toward our loving God, towards community, towards justice, and towards compassion. I think we must bless our world by letting it know that God still looks at it and says, “You are my beloved Child in whom I am well pleased.”

Dates to Remember

October 2: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Fog Willow Farm
          2:30 - 5:00 PM Uniform Exchange (In gym foyer if raining)
October 4: $2 Casual Dress 
          Raining Cats and Dogs (Food) Pet Food Drive
          2:30 PM Blessing of the Animals
October 5: 8:30 AM First Friday Mass, P.R.A.I.S.E. Awards &
          NJHS Induction - Mass Uniform Required
October 6 - 11: 8th Grade to Washington DC/New York
October 10: Noon Dismissal - Extended Daycare Available


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What's Going On at St. Luke School

Included in today's Packet:

~ Luau Tickets (for those who have purchased)
~ Pink Day/Red Ribbon Week T-Shirt Order Form



There will be no Art Class or Snack Shack
the week of October 8 - 12


Blessing of the Animals

Wednesday, October 4 (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi), Father Ramon will perform a Blessing of the Animals in front of the Church at 2:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to bring their pets to be blessed at 2:30; however, please note the following: cats and other small animals (guinea pigs, bunnies, etc.) must be in pet carriers; dogs, zebra's and rhino's must be on leashes, and owners must be able to maintain control of their dogs at all times. Owners may be blessed in proxy for aggressive or un-leash trained dogs.

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Turn in the completed  October Collection Sheet by October 26 to receive a special prize. Be sure to write your students name and grade in order for them to be eligible. 

We've already earned $135.90 this school year, lets keep it up! All money earned from BoxTops will help pay for assemblies.

Want to help the school earn more?

Turn your everyday receipts into cash for the school to use for assemblies by using the Box Tops for Education Bonus App. It's free and as easy as 1-2-3. Here's how it works:

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You can earn Bonus Box Tops in the Box Tops Bonus App in combination with the on-pack Box Tops clip and any other coupon, discount, store program or promotion.

Download the App on Google Play or in the App Store


Speaking of Assemblies

The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company will be on campus at 1:30 PM on October 8 to perform Pinocchio for our Kindergarten through 6th graders.

A little wooden marionette is lovingly created by a master craftsman... but what a bad little puppet he turns out to be! He's selfish and greedy, and he lies. He doesn't listen to the good counsel of anyone: his father Gepetto, a philosopher Cricket, or a Blue Fairy. After many hair raising adventures, Pinocchio finally learns what it takes to become human... kindness, compassion, loyalty, hard work and selflessness.


New After School Activities Added

We are so excited to announce that we have been able to add two more after school activities to our list.

Drama Club will be moderated by Mrs. Sepulveda for students in grades 6th - 8th who have a desire to learn about performing arts. They will meet on Tuesdays from 3:15 - 4:15 in room 8 beginning October 16th. 

Sign Language is an afterschool enrichment program that will be taught by two SMHS seniors as a beginning class for students in 4th - 8th grade who have a desire to learn basic sign Language. They will meet for the first time 10/19 from 3:15 - 4:15 and every Friday thereafter (that we have school).

Please email Miss Nance at to let her know you would like your student to sign up.

We are so excited we are adding to our after school activities!!


Mustang Matrix 2018

Congratulations to all the Matrix winners for the month of October:

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  October 1..........Alice Mariano


Congratulations to all those who have won the
$100 drawing this year. 


Up and Coming Events

St. Luke's Parish DIVAS Ministry Presents

Now that school is back in session do you find that you are in need of a night out. What better way than a night to boost your faith. Join the St. Luke's DIVAS Women's Ministry group at their Second Annual Ladies Night Out. Enjoy an evening of praise and worship, while listening to women of our parish share faith filled stories centered around the passage of Genesis 3:9. Where God ask Adam, "Where are You?"  
Tickets are $15.00 include small bites, wine and coffee. Vendors on site for purchasing items. For more information contact Andrea Bear 209-609-6973 or at 

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Prayer Spot

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

1 John 5:14


Please keep the following people in your prayers:


Our 8th grade class as they travel to New York and Washington DC. May God grant them traveling mercies and bless them with a fun and educational experience.


​Elvira Balancio
Joplyn Norris
Robert Shaw
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Freddy Tinder

Froylan Tinoco
Maria Tinoco

Danny Herman

Margrito Muro Loera

If you would like to add anyone to our prayer spot, please email Miss Nance at


Diocesan Information​ 

St. Mary's High School Open House

Step on campus and feel the difference! Families interested in attending St. Mary's High School are invited to attend our Open House from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21. There will be information available from the academic, financial assistance, registration, guidance and athletic departments. St. Mary’s offers a diverse and challenging academic program from nine different departments that include 22 Honors/AP courses and 15 Visual/Performing Arts courses. Outside of the classroom, students can participate in cheer, drill and 19 different sports, including the newly introduced ice hockey program. There are more than 30 student-organized clubs, an award winning theater program, a successful Speech and Debate team, a thriving Model United Nations group, outstanding yearbook and newspaper, and several service programs. There is truly something for everyone at St. Mary’s High School. Visit Open House and learn what it’s all about!

Questions: Email  or call (209) 957-3340 ext 187


Human Trafficking - Is Your Soul For Sale 

Parents, Catechists, School Teachers (anyone who has or works with children)are invited to come and learn about the horrifying reality of human trafficking. Suzanne Schultz, San Joaquin County Family Justice Center, will present a comprehensive look at the dark world of human sex trafficking, what to do if you suspect a child is a victim and how social media/phone apps are used to target our children. 

Location: Annunciation Gym
When: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM on Friday, October 5
RSVP Required, click here.