St. Monica Catholic Elementary School

Merry Christmas and welcome home

Dear SMCES Community -

I read the following reflection this morning and I want to share it with you. It comes from Fr. Nate Willis, CSC, from the University of Notre Dame, Alliance for Catholic Education:


In the 1940s,  “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” became a popular Christmas song that captured the hearts of a world at war, longing to be reunited with family and friends at this special time.



There’s something about Christmas that makes us want to feel … home.



Home is a funny thing. Home might be the place where you grew up and have memories. Home might be the place where you settled after moving around a bit. Home may just be wherever your loved ones are gathered right now. But all of us want to be home for Christmas, if only in our dreams.

Today we celebrate a homecoming. We celebrate Christmas, the miracle of the incarnation. We celebrate the way that God loved our world and each one of us SO MUCH that his son became flesh and made his home among us. Jesus made his home in a place where he was needed most: humanity. And in doing so, lifted our hearts and lives toward God. Jesus came into our world so that all of us, wherever we may be, might find our truest home in him.





On behalf of my fellow administrators and the staff of SMCES, I want to thank you for your collaboration with us in this holy ministry of Catholic education, I want to assure you of our continued prayers for your family, and I want to wish you a joyful and wonderful Christmas.

Peace and Blessings
Neil Quinly
Principal