So…. last night at church, I was hit for the very first time on what I will miss as a teacher. For those that do not know, I have been the volunteer photographer at my parish since fall 2008. Since my parish and my school are in the same area, many of the Empresa students also attend St. Margaret’s Catholic Church. This has given me a special and sacred connection between the public school forum within I teach and the sacred forum within I worship. Although much of the time I crave anonymity, some of the greatest blessings I have received have being asked to be a Confirmation Sponsor by a former student. This blending of the spiritual influence as a Catholic, with being a public school teacher, is a humble gift from God.
On Friday night, as I stood in the Narthex connecting with friends, one student from last year, shyly approached me to say hello. Not one minute later, another former (adult) student came to greet me warmly with a huge smile and tight hug! After Communion, a young girl, perhaps 4th or 5th grade, caught my eye and smiled in recognition of me as well. And that’s when it hit me. I will tremendously miss the connection I have had between Church and School. Sharing in the sacred moments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation with those children I teach in the pubic domain has been a huge blessing which I will miss tremendously!