Mr. Eric Frenette, LPC, NCC
Principal of St. Joseph School

Mr. Frenette's Bio:

  • Graduate of St. Joseph School (Class of 1998)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (UConn, 2006)
  • Master's Degree in School Counseling (UConn, 2009)
  • Master's Certificate in Catholic School Leadership (Creighton, 2017)
  • Six years as a Secondary School Counselor
  • Began tenure as Principal of SJS in Fall of 2015
  • Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of CT
  • Nationally Certified Counselor
  • Long-time Bristol resident and parishioner of St. Joseph Parish
  • Father of two boys (one currently enrolled at SJS)

October 2019

 October, for me, is always a very full month.  Since childhood, I’ve always seen it as the unofficial start of the “holiday season”, kicking off the end of year Holiday trifecta of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  It is also when the arrival of autumn becomes unmistakable with sweatshirt weather becoming more and more common.  Hayrides, pumpkin picking, and the remaining local fairs fill up the weekend schedules.  

 Personally, it is also my birthday month (which, as a near-sighted kid, used to seem like the real beginning of the “holiday season”).  October also brings many school events including school pictures, Octoberfest, mid-trimester progress reports, the first Home and School meeting, and our first Saturday vigil class Mass.  With such a stacked calendar, no wonder it feels like Christmas sneaks up on us every year!

But one thing that may often be overlooked about October is that it is the month dedicated to the Rosary.  While many of us probably have rosary beads around the house or in the car, when was the last time we really gave some time to reflect on what the Rosary is (or at the very least, can be) for us personally? 

During the 2019-2020 school year, SJS will reflect on one fruit of the Holy Spirit each month.  We invite families and parishioners to follow along with us throughout the year and to look for these fruits in your own lives.  It is a simple thing to do each day that allows God an avenue to communicate with us.  Just ask yourself two questions each morning and allow the answers to direct your thoughts and actions:  How can we act out each fruit to others?  Where can we find each fruit throughout our day?

The school year began with PEACE in September.  October will be GOODNESS.  What better way to bring both of these fruits into our lives than with the Rosary and the Blessed Virgin Mary.  This simple and meditative prayer can bring God’s peace to our busy lives while also helping us stay focused on the good around us.  In our busy lives, it is easy for us focus on the things that annoy us, frustrate us, and get in the way.  But why should we spend our days being miserable?  Let us strive to find the goodness in each and every day.  And with the hectic schedules we all carry around these days, we may need a little help to do it. 

Mary, Blessed Virgin, pray for us!