Dear Ursuline Families,
The hallways are filled with bright colors and a heightened level of joy in these days before our Thanksgiving break. Intramurals brings a particular spice to our days here that is so enjoyable. From silly wigs, to creative themes, to the way we always finish together by singing our Alma Mater, these days touch all the strings in our hearts.
Intramurals is more than fun and spirit, as we have a strong element of service as part of these weeks. This year, each grade level collected self-care items, and the girls assembled over 1,000 "Blessing Bags" to distribute to the homeless around Dallas. The idea is to keep the bags in your car, so when you encounter a person who is homeless, you can easily share the bag and the kindness that went in it. Students and faculty all took the freshly packed bags and have stocked up our cars with them. We had some extra items as well, and these are being donated to Crossroads Community Services to support their needs. It is a privilege to be able to support those in our extended human family when they need it. I am proud of how our students engaged with this project and know that they are making a real difference in people's lives here in Dallas.
At our November faculty meeting, I shared the following prayer of thanks from The Catholic Prayer Book, compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley:
We thank you, Father, for the gift of Jesus your Son who came to our Earth and lived in a simple home. We have a greater appreciation of the value and dignity of the human family because he loved and was loved within its shelter. Bless us this day; may we grow in love for each other in our family and so give thanks to you who are the maker of all human families and our abiding peace.
The Blessing Bag project speaks to our place in the human family. These wild and wooly days of Intramurals solidify these students' connections to our Ursuline family. Tomorrow will be our Intramurals Finale Day, and then we will all scatter to our families for Thanksgiving. And when we go in the many directions we always do, our heartstrings will stay firmly tied here at 4900 Walnut Hill.
I will hold each of you and your dear girls in my heart this Thanksgiving. You are all true blessings, and I am thankful for each of you every day.
Dr. Andrea Shurley