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March 28, 2016 | Volume 91 Number 11

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photo: Saint Mary Star of the Sea School, Hampton, principal Sister Mary John, left, and history teacher Erin Lazar, right, recently welcomed Mr. Ahmad Yusuf

St. Mary’s Star of the Sea School welcomes lecturer on Islam

Saint Mary Star of the Sea School, Hampton, principal Sister Mary John, left, and history teacher Erin Lazar, right, recently welcomed Mr. Ahmad Yusuf for a presentation on Muslim culture and the Islamic faith. In his lecture, Mr. Yusuf talked to 8th grade students about his experience as a Muslim, the origin and history of Islam religions, the five pillars of the Islamic faith (faith in God, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, and financial obligation), and our common beliefs in God.

This encounter reflects the hopes of Pope Francis in this extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy: Among the privileged names that Islam attributes to the Creator are “Merciful and Kind.” This invocation is often on the lips of faithful Muslims who feel themselves accompanied and sustained by mercy in their daily weakness. They, too, believe that no one can place a limit on divine mercy because its doors are always open. The Jubilee year celebrates the mercy of God and fosters an encounter with other noble religious traditions. It opens us to even more fervent dialogue so that we might know and understand one another better.

 

photo: Mr. Jeremy Wheeler, meteorologist for Wavy TV 10

Portsmouth Catholic Regional School welcomed Jeremy Wheeler, meteorologist

As part of National Reading Month in March, Portsmouth Catholic Regional School welcomed Mr. Jeremy Wheeler, meteorologist for Wavy TV 10 who read Dr. Seuss’ “Oh Can You Say What’s the Weather Today?” for the PreK-3 through grade 3 students and read excerpts on storm chasing to grades 4 through grade 8. Mr. Wheeler explained different weather instruments that he uses, showed pictures of lighting strikes and hurricanes, and took the time to answer student questions.

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