From the President's Desk
“Our Families, Our Traditions”
Course: Pre-Heaven 101
Location: Escuela de Guadalupe
Meets: Friday, November 17th, 2017, 4:00-7:00 pm
Get ready for Heaven! In the annual rhythm of readings in the Catholic Church at this time of year, the Bible passages urge us to get ready for the coming of Jesus – not only His first coming (at Christmas), but also when He comes at the end of time to bring the New Heavens and Earth to all His people! What will Heaven be like? Well, for one thing, we know that it will be multicultural!
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!”
One of the richest experiences of being a part of our Escuela community is our annual “Our Families, Our Traditions” cultural program. It’s truly an event that we anticipate all year long. On Friday, November 17th, this cultural extravaganza celebrated our diverse yet unified community with authentic international dance, dress, song, food, fellowship, fun, family, and joy! We enjoyed folkloric dances from Mexico and Honduras, Columbian cumbia, traditional dances from Peru and Bolivia, a rodeo lasso dance, American rock, poetry from Honduras and the United States, and a special appearance by an impressive dance troop (made up of our very own teachers - such talent!).
“Our Families, Our Traditions” is also a reminder of how vital our parents are to the Escuela de Guadalupe community. Their care and support of our staff and students is truly a community unifier, and this event would not be possible without their hard work. Our Parent Committee works all year long in holding meetings, gathering event partners, collecting silent auction donations, making decorations, and working with school staff to ensure that the event goes off without a hitch. It’s a night that celebrates the school and brings members of our community, both old and new, together in a space that is near and dear to our hearts, and for that, we thank our esteemed parents. We thank them for setting the time aside from their already hectic schedules to make this meaningful event a success – your dedication is so appreciated!
On Friday night, many cheeks were sore from smiling so much and so widely – it was a sight to see our students, family, and staff unite as one in our very own school gym! It is truly a joy and a privilege to live in such a deep and varied community here at Escuela. Within our school community we have people from 15 different countries, and we draw from 39 zip codes here in the Denver area. Unity in diversity. Joy in variety. We form compassionate leaders equipped with cross-cultural skills; bridge builders; whole human beings; agents of change and unity in an increasingly diverse world. Come celebrate with us! Share our joy!
BONUS: Our diverse community will get you ready for Heaven. Get ready… men and women, boys and girls, from all tribes and peoples and tongues form the celestial choir!
Paul F. Dull