Faith, Academics, Service
Dear St. Mary School Families,
We are looking forward to seeing you all next week as we share Christmas greetings with you through the performances of your children. Our teachers have been working hard with the goals of curriculum and the fruits of that learning should be filling your hearts with joy during this coming week. Students are bringing home direction sheets for the Tuesday evening program for grades 2-8 today.

  • Why is there bunting over the main door of the Basilica?

The Holy Door 

Each of the four papal basilicas in Rome has a “Holy Door”. This door is bricked up on the inside. On the first day of the Holy Year the Pope strikes the brick wall with a hammer, and so opens the door to let in the pilgrims who come to make the most of the indulgence. To pass through the door is to confess with firm conviction that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Lord, and the Savior who suffered, died, and rose for our salvation.

A special feature of this Holy Year is the fact that it will be celebrated not only in Rome, but also in all the dioceses of the world. The Holy Door will be opened by the Pope at St Peter’s on December 8 and on the following Sunday in the Particular Churches of the world. Every Particular Church, therefore will be directly involved in living out this Holy Year as an extraordinary moment of grace and spiritual renewal. The Holy Door “will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons and instills hope.” (Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy)

In the Diocese of Raleigh, the faithful are encouraged to make pilgrimage to the following churches/basilica with designated Holy Doors:

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Raleigh
Significance: The Cathedral of the Diocese of Raleigh

Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, Wilmington
Significance: Connection with Pope

Mother of Mercy, Washington
Significance: Patronal and works of charity

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton Grove
Significance: Historical site visited by Mother Drexel and Fr. Price. It is connected with desegregation with Bishop Waters, and has significance among the Hispanic community. Furthermore it is the location of the Diocesan cemetery.

In the Diocese of Raleigh the Doors will be “unsealed” on the Third Sunday of Advent, with the Bishop unsealing the Door at the Cathedral and his delegates unsealing the doors at the other three churches.


Parents – I am being given many of these kits which had a retail of $99.99 originally. They are to be used with iPad, iPad 2, and iPad 3rd generation. (iPad running iOS 5.0 or higher) I am offering them one to a family if you are interested. We will have them by close of school on Wednesday. If I am able to get them before that time, I will email you that information.

Have a lovely warm weekend!



Mrs. Joyce Price