This past Friday, the students, faculty and staff members at St. Marys Catholic Elementary held a dress-down day to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as well as the school’s newly-adopted turtles, Ginger and Raphael. Everyone was asked to dress in green, and the money that was collected will go toward buying food, filters, a heater, stones, a thermometer, instructional materials, and other items needed to care for their new half-shelled friends.
 
Pictured is kindergarten student Nikolai Lahnovych wearing a very special St. Patrick’s Day shirt in celebration of Friday’s holiday. The front of the shirt contains a drawing of St. Patrick while the back contains an excerpt from St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer, which has many variations. The version on Nikolai’s shirt says:
 
“I arise today
Through a mighty strength,
the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.”
 
Top of the mornin’ (and afternoon) to you all!