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  • Christian Unity lived out in many ways at Scecina

    Greetings from Scecina! 

    Today (Friday, Jan. 18) is the opening day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a week that promotes the bonds of love, forgiveness, and unity.

    As I reflect on the meaning of this week as it relates to our Catholic high school, Scecina, I think of: 

    • Our students and teachers traveling this weekend to Washington, D. C.,  to participate in the annual March for Life. Their belief in the sanctity and unity of life from conception until natural death is a powerful witness. 

    • Students from diverse cultures and backgrounds attending Scecina and participating together in academic classrooms, co-curricular activities, interscholastic athletics, and service projects 

    • Scecina faculty and staff who share their personal gifts, stories, and knowledge to help our students become the best possible versions of themselves 

    • East Deanery pastors, principals, teachers, and school and parish staff members who work with us at Scecina to prepare young people for life 

    • Parents, who, as their children’s first and primary teachers, unify with Scecina staff to provide the guidance and resources that young people need •The many and generous Scecina financial donors and volunteers who make all that we do possible so that Scecina can be one of the strongest community anchors and assets on the Eastside of Indianapolis. 

    During this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, thank you for your prayers and participation that unify people at Scecina and through Scecina! 

    Sincerely yours, 

    Joe Therber

  • The new year comes with reflection and expectations for year ahead

    New Year's greetings! 

     January can be a harsh weather month here in Central Indiana. Our days can be cold, dark or at least gray, and lacking in the December brightness of holiday lights and celebrations that we have recently experienced. 

    On the flip side, however, January is a good time to embrace the internal and the eternal, to retreat a bit from the busy-ness of the world, to read, maybe sit by a fire, reflect on our blessings and re-connect with God a little more.

    I know someone who has come to embrace these dreary months that used to get her down. She now calls it a “hibernation time” to rest, get in touch with her spiritual side, and not stress about a to-do list. In the Catholic Church, we talk about the “spiritual desert” of Lent, yet the late winter months can also be a good time to retreat to the desert and nurture our spirit. 

    As we start the second semester, many activities can nurture our spirit. Seniors are becoming even more engaged in making plans for life immediately after Scecina. Winter sports are in full swing. We welcome eighth-graders applying for the Crusader Class of 2023. The Crusaders for Life Club prepares to attend the annual March for Life in Washington, D. C. Catholic Schools Week later this month includes the annual East Deanery Band Festival at Scecina. 

    On Friday, Jan. 11, I hope those of you who are alumni will come back to Scecina with your families for Alumni Appreciation Night at the varsity boys basketball game. You can learn more at The game and refreshments are courtesy of us at Scecina as we show our appreciation for all you do and have done for Scecina. It is great evening; please come!


    Father Kenneth Taylor

    I want to remember Father Kenneth Taylor, who died Dec. 19. As an East Deanery priest at St. Rita Catholic Church, Father KT celebrated school Masses with Scecina students and staff. He recently had marked his 40th anniversary as a priest and was the longest-serving president of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus. Father KT was a tireless worker in the Lord’s vineyard. May God grant him eternal rest. 

    As 2019 begins, may we seek the face of the Lord every day, for He looks upon us with mercy, warmth, and peace. I wish God's blessings of health and happiness upon you and yours all year long. 

    Joe Therber

  • Christmas prayers for joy and peace from all of us at Scecina

    Dear Friends,

    Do you remember the excitement — euphoria may be a better word — of Christmas vacation beginning when you were a student? I sure do. We are now at that time in our school year. The first semester has ended. Thanks to God’s blessings, it included many memorable moments in our students’ lives. They now turn their attention to celebrating Christmas.

    As you and your loved ones enjoy or reminisce on family traditions while celebrating the birth of our Savior, all of us at Scecina wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Please have a safe and joyful holiday.

    We also know this time of year can be difficult for people and families who are experiencing or are about to experience a loss or transition of some kind. I can readily think of at least four families of Scecina alumni who are going through a difficult time right now. Please hold them in your prayers.

    Just as God gave us the greatest gift imaginable through the birth of His Son, thank you for sharing your gifts that allow Scecina to minister each day to our students and their loved ones.

    Merry Christmas!

    Joe Therber

  • Advent is a time to shine your light on the world

    Advent greetings!

     As Catholic Christians, we consider this liturgical season of Advent as a “waiting period.” We’re not yet observing Christmas. That will come soon enough. For now, we’re anticipating and preparing for the birth of our Savior. 

    In his homily at our first school Mass of Advent, Father Chris Wadelton reminded us that waiting for Christ doesn’t mean doing nothing. Speaking about the Advent wreath candles, he challenged us to use the season to bring the light of Christ into the bruised world, to shed light on the darkness that may exist in some of our relationships.

    Scecina is blessed with the varied voices of the priests of the East Deanery of the Archdiocese, including Father Chris, pastor at St. Philip Neri and a member of our Board of Directors. Each week, our students and staff hear from these messengers of faith, who bring their perspectives to bear. I’m sure students leave our weekly school Mass with interesting viewpoints to ponder. 

    Principal Brettnacher last week wrote about our plan to have East Deanery priests help us integrate our faith into all subject areas. This is part of our Catholic Identity initiative in the School Improvement Plan. We’re grateful for the guidance and wisdom our deanery priests offer the Scecina Community in so many ways. We pray for all priests as they lead their flocks at all times, including during this important season in the Church year. 

    On Thursday, 51 students and staff shed some light on our community by sharing the gift of life through giving blood -- a total of 34 units to the Indiana Blood Center!. Thank you to everyone who donated. 

    On Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m., Scecina Music Director Chris Ritchie will lead our choirs and band in a holiday concert, “The Sounds of Christmas.” This concert is free and open to all. Please join us. 

    This Advent, I hope you are able to shine your light in your part of the world. It gets to be such a harried month that we often lose sight of our own spiritual lives, yet that’s the reason for the season! 


    Joe Therber

  • A Thanksgiving message: Scecina exists because of you!

    With Thanksgiving upon us, I want to convey a word of thanks and appreciation from everyone at Scecina, for you and what you do to help and support our school.

    The fact is often impressed upon me that certain things in society are mandated or required. For example, the United States government is required to have three branches — executive, legislative, and judicial. Businesses have constitutions and by-laws that govern their operating procedures. States and towns across our land have laws and rules to regulate commerce, communications, and traffic. Earners of wages and salaries must pay taxes to support the common good. 

    Scecina Memorial High School, however, is different. No law requires that we exist, which is one of the extraordinary aspects of our school. While we do not have to exist, we DO exist. We exist thanks to the voluntary choices that donors, volunteers, students, families, teachers and staff members, archdiocesan officials, and other friends make every day. We exist because so many have felt a special calling from God to support our mission to educate young people in spirit, mind and body.

    While I was on the Archdiocese of Indianapolis staff, an important volunteer leader often described the strength of Catholic parishes and schools by saying, “We have something far greater than the power to tax. We have the power to ask.” And ask we do because ask we must!

    For responding to our ongoing requests for prayers, volunteerism, advice and counsel, advocacy, enrollment, engagement of many kinds, and financial support, thank you very much!

    We’re blessed by the gratitude that resides continually in hearts and minds throughout the Scecina Community. It is visible through the work of countless hands and feet now and throughout the year.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    Joe Therber