Courtesy Sacred HeartKindergartners and first-graders Bella Vargas, Evan Heath, Grace Copely, J.P. Schultz, Jack Hagenauer, William Heath and Noah Saalfeld display Thanksgiving artwork.
Courtesy Sacred Heart
Kindergartners and first-graders Bella Vargas, Evan Heath, Grace Copely, J.P. Schultz, Jack Hagenauer, William Heath and Noah Saalfeld display Thanksgiving artwork.
GERVAIS — “For it is by grace you have been saved,” from Ephesians 2:8, is the theme for Sacred Heart’s 2016-17 school year. The students consider its meaning daily.  

“I am saved,” says sixth-grader Jaiden Collazo. “We have been saved because God loves us, and even though we may not deserve it, we still get grace no matter what as long as we repent. But you have to really, truly be sorry and you will be saved.”  

For first-grader Jack Hagenauer it means “to be kind and help others.”

“Grace from God the Father saved us,” according to William Schnurbusch, a fifth-grader. “To be saved means that you have been prevented from being dragged to evil or injury. We have been saved because God the Father thinks that we’re worthy of being saved by his grace. We should be grateful that he is looking out for us.”   

“It means that God is with me,” says first-grader William Heath. J.P. Schultz, also in the first grade, feels he’s “been saved by Jesus and God.” For classmate Bella Vargas, the theme means, “You’ve been saved by Jesus to help the poor.”

“God gave us grace by sending down his only son, Jesus, to die on the cross for us, so that we could make it to heaven,” says Sofia Contreras, in the sixth grade. “Our theme means a lot of things to me, but the main thing that I reflect on is how much God loves us and I want to love him just as much as he loves me.”

Kindergartner Noah Saalfeld says the theme makes him “think of Jesus and God.” Fellow kindergartner Evan Little said it means that “I have love in my heart.”  

Sixth-grader Frankie Lear says that being saved “means to save us from our sins, so it saves us so we do not go to the dark side.”

“It also means that God really cares about us,” adds classmate Javier Rodriguez.

Kindergartner Grace Copely put it simply. The theme means we should all “love people and be nice to them,” she said.