Each year, on the first full weekend of October, the city of Grand Rapids celebrates Pulaski Days. Pulaski Days was founded in 1973 by Ed Czyzyk and Walter Ulanch as a way to support the local social clubs by sharing Polish culture with the entire Grand Rapids community. The annual event has now grown into a week-long celebration to be shared with friends, family, and strangers alike.
All Saints Academy joined the fun this year as we entered the parade, an annual tradition every Saturday of Pulaski Days weekend. Over 20 participants walked the mile route down Michigan St. from College Ave. down to Diamond Ave.
Even more ASA families lined the road to watch the parade, waving and collecting candy. Even though the weather forecast wasn’t the best there was a brief window that allowed us to have a great time celebrating the All Saints Academy community.
Almighty and everlasting God, Creator of all things and giver of all life, let your blessing be upon all these animals. May our relationships with them mirror your love, and our care for them be an example of your bountiful mercy. Grant the animals health and peace. Strengthen us to love and care for them as we strive to imitate the love of Jesus Christ our Lord and God’s servant Francis.
Each year, Catholics celebrate the feast of St. Francis on October 4. St. Francis’ devotion to God was shown through his love for all of God’s creation. He cared for the poor and sick, preached sermons to animals and praised all creatures as brothers and sisters under God. Francis chose to live a simple life in the midst of God’s creation in order to be more like Christ.
The students at the Elementary Campus honored St. Francis in a special way by offering a prayer service and “blessing of the pets.” Monseigneur Ed Hankiewicz presided. Msgr. reminded the students, staff, and families present that while the blessing certainly reached the pets present, the blessing also extends to those pets and animals throughout the ASA community.
Our school community has grown over the past eighteen months! And while this is true for our student population, the focus of this week’s blog is introducing you to our newest saints...the babies of ASA and graduating class of 2033!
Finley is the newest member of the Weir family, born on March 9, 2017. He is the youngest of four. Grayson is in 2nd grade, Jackson is in Kindergarten and Josie is in preschool.
Hannah is the newest member of the Hulett family. She was born on June 24, 2018. Elly, her older sister, is in kindergarten.
Lindsey is the third member of the Hekman family, joining Lauren in kindergarten and Leah in 3rd grade. She was born on July 17, 2018.
Nicolas is the newest member of the Urcia family and most recent baby with a birthdate of September 9, 2018. He’s not even a month old! He has an older brother, Joseph, in kindergarten.
Please welcome these other babies to ASA!
Logan Michael Budnick
Siblings: Elysia (PK-4/5)
Siblings: Lucy (PK-4) and Andy (Toddler)