Once again, it’s the time of the year when we gather with our families and pause to reflect on that which we are thankful. This year, in addition to family and friends, I’m thankful for the privilege to serve our school community as your principal. It is an honor to work with dedicated and supportive families, faculty and staff, board of directors, and this beautiful, diverse student body.
As we enter the new year, St. Thomas More’s ability to meet the needs of our school community now and in the future is surpassing all my expectations. We are growing stronger with every day that passes. While we have made great strides forward, as always there is still work to be done. However, when we come together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish. St. Thomas More is making its mark on our community. Our students are the heartbeat of our school. They make me proud each and every day. They are all stewards of our Catholic faith and they are changing our communities for the better by being true servant leaders. Their success and commitment inspires me. In a time when the world is at a point of unrest, our students who come from diverse backgrounds have united to make a difference in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. They are dedicated to their faith, education, and service to our community. For this I cannot be more thankful.
This Thanksgiving holiday offers a special opportunity to reflect on our many blessings and to be grateful for the gifts we have received. We are mindful of those less fortunate and struggling in our country and our world. Thanksgiving is an invitation to rededicate ourselves in our own special way that could make a difference to the most vulnerable members of our communities. Make sure to take time this holiday season to give thanks for all you have. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul writes, “In everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Paul states very directly, “In everything give thanks.” No matter what happens to you in life, be thankful. No matter what lot, no matter what circumstance, no matter what struggle, trial, test, be thankful, give thanks.
On this day, set aside for giving thanks, we express our gratitude and pray for the men and women and their families who selflessly serve to protect our country and the American way of life. We remember all those who we have lost and give thanks for the wisdom they bestowed upon us, and we pray for those who are sick. We are all blessed in our own special ways. We must see the good in everything and everybody.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. God bless. May God be with you all during the holiday season.
Nicholas J. Kelly