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  • Scecina builds international relationships

    Father Jerry Kirkhoff (left) led the school in a special blessing for Principal John Hegarty. Mr. Hegarty is headed to China for 17 days.

    Dear Scecina community, 

     After our weekly Mass on Tuesday, All Saints Day, our celebrant, Father Jerry Kirkhoff, offered a special blessing for Principal John Hegarty. More about that blessing in a moment. 

    Father Jerry is definitely linked to Scecina. If your mother or father was a student at Scecina in the 1970s or 1980s, chances are he or she knew Father Jerry as the school chaplain. Father also has been the pastor at St. Philip Neri, so if you attended St. Philip as a student or are a parishioner there now, you share that common bond with him. His sister is also a Scecina graduate.

    Father’s special blessing pertains to an opportunity we have decided to explore after seeking the input of many people. It has the potential to expand our service to others and to make our academic program and cultural diversity even stronger. We enroll students not only from various corners of Indianapolis, but also from various corners of the world. Now, for example, from France, China, and India; and we have enrolled students from other countries through the years. This diversity expands our horizons academically, culturally, and socially. This fall, we have been in conversation with the Archdiocese and our Board of Directors about the possibility of making our international student program even more robust. 

    A couple of weeks ago, an international organization visited Scecina and liked the hospitality of our people, the appearance of our facilities, and our overall environment. They were so impressed with our school that they contacted us the next day with an invitation. This invitation involves a trip to China to learn about Chinese culture and to present Scecina to educators and students who may be interested in attending our school. 

    This trip has the potential to increase our understanding of our international students' native environments, and to increase the number of people who are aware of Scecina across the globe. 

    Because of his knowledge of international affairs and international students, as well as this enthusiasm for Scecina, Mr. Hegarty kindly has agreed to represent Scecina on this trip and to look into ways for us to serve international students further and benefit from their presence here at Scecina now and in the years ahead. The trip begins on Thursday, Nov. 3. 

    I thank Mr. Hegarty for representing Scecina in China this month and ask us all to pray that he will enjoy safety and new relationships during the next two and a half weeks. 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Congratulations to Crusaders fall sports teams, athletes

    Scecina Cross Country coach Ryan Keen with Semi-State qualifiers Holden Martin, Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Egan. 

    Dear Scecina community, 

    The year continues to move by quickly. Before we take a look at some upcoming events, I want to congratulate our sports teams for an excellent fall season. Three of our teams – boys soccer, boys cross country and football – won the championships in the Indiana Crossroads Conference. In addition, three of our boys and girls cross country runners advanced to the Semi-State level of the state tournament, as did the boys soccer team. 

    Congratulations also to our girls volleyball team for advancing to the Sectional final and to our girls golf, girls soccer, and boys tennis teams for positive showings and performance this fall. We will honor all of them at the annual Fall Sports Program next Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. 

    Next week is the first senior retreat of the year. If you have older children or relatives who have made this retreat, you know how meaningful it is to them. The students spend three nights away from school and family — sharing, praying and worshipping together. It is a profound experience. Many students consider it the highlight of their four years at Scecina. Please pray for our seniors who are on retreat next week and also for our staff and young alumni who will lead them. 

    Looking further ahead, I invite you to Father Tom Day Mass on Nov. 9. We set aside a day each year to remember our namesake, Father Thomas Scecina. We also recognize a member of our community for his or her servant leadership through the years, as well as our alumni who have served their country as Father Tom did. The Father Tom Award this year will be presented to Ryan Keen. He’s been our boys and girls track and cross country coach for many years and does an excellent job of teaching, motivating, and building esteem among the student athletes.  We will gather at 9:30 a.m., and Mass will begin at 9:45. 

    In two weeks we’ll hold our biggest benefit event for tuition assistance, student life and athletics. Club 53: Live and Local features something for everyone: food from local restaurants, locally made beverages, silent and live auctions, a raffle, and live entertainment. Everyone is welcome to join in this Scecina community event. 

    Finally, thank you to Monsignor Paul Koetter for his thorough and thoughtful explanation of the Catholic Mass at two Explanatory Masses this fall — one at Scecina and the second at Holy Spirit Parish this past week. Several people who attended have told me how meaningful they found the explanations to be. 

    Come out to the University of Indianapolis tonight at 7:00 p.m. as our Crusader football team hosts the Cardinal Ritter Raiders in Round 2 of IHSAA Sectional play. Our team has had a fantastic season and deserves our support! 

    Have a great weekend,

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • We've got much to celebrate at Scecina

    The Scecina Business Connection held its first social and networking event at Maple Creek Golf and Country Club on Sept. 29. For more information about SBC, check out our website

     Greetings, Crusader Community,    

    We have reason to celebrate three noteworthy milestones.

    Thank you, Maureen Okerson: After 14 years of extremely dedicated and successful service as Scecina’s Tuition Manager, Maureen is transitioning to the Office of Catholic Schools as its business manager. This role is a new archdiocesan position, and Maureen is sure to do a great job at it. Her commitment to Catholic education, compassion, and outstanding customer service are three of Maureen’s greatest strengths. During her time at Scecina, Maureen has helped countless students and families navigate the tuition assistance process and enroll successfully at Scecina. If you would like to thank Maureen before her last official day at Scecina (Friday, Oct. 7), feel free to call her at 356-6377, ext. 1306, or e-mail her at mokerson@scecina.org. Maureen and her husband, Jim, are members of Holy Spirit Parish along with their three sons, all of whom are Scecina alumni. Congratulations, Maureen, and thank you again.

    Join the Scecina Business Connection: The Scecina Business Connection is a new initiative to promote fellowship, business networking, and idea-sharing among parents, alumni, and friends who are leaders in any and every size of business. Right now, we have 28 members on our way to the goal of 100 members who want to help Scecina students and receive the benefits the Connection will offer. Please consider joining. The financial investment is reasonable and joining can only help your business while also leading to new or renewed friendships. The first Scecina Business Connection social and networking event was Sept. 29 at Maple Creek Golf and Country Club. Dan Hodgkins, Vice President of Health Promotion and Community Re-Development for Community Health Network, was the main presenter and spoke about Community’s commitment to the Eastside as well as exciting areas of collaboration between Scecina and Community. For more information about SBC, please visit our website.

    The library transformation is almost here: I have written before about our library renovation. The project is 90 percent complete. We will realize our vision of creating a space that is transformed physically, capability-wise, and in the way that students, teachers, and wider community members will be able to study, teach, learn, and collaborate. This endeavor is a transformation, not just a renovation! Come and see it. Our target opening date for students is Monday, October 10.

    On a truly sad note, I wish to extend condolences to Saundra Black and her family on the death of her husband, Dean. The Blacks are long-time members of the Our Lady of Lourdes and Scecina communities. Their children and children’s spouses are loyal Scecina alumni and current students. Dean had been battling some real physical challenges in recent years with great spirit and determination. He could always be counted on for a huge smile and sincere words of optimism and encouragement. Dean’s health took a turn for the worse, and he unexpectedly passed away on Sept. 29. Please pray for all of the Black family in their time of need, and may Dean rest in eternal peace forever.

     Thank you for being committed to our students in unending ways.

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • What is the meaning of the Catholic Mass?

    Monsignor Paul Koetter, pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, explains aspects of the Catholic Mass to Scecina students on Sept. 21, 2016. Father Paul will lead a similar Explanatory Mass for parents on Oct. 26, 2016, at Holy Spirit.

     

    Greetings, Crusader Community,    

    What is a Catholic Mass all about? What does it mean? What is happening during Mass? To answer these questions, we have planned two versions of an "Explanatory Mass," one for students and one for parents.

     At this week's school Mass time on Wednesday, Monsignor Paul Koetter presented the Explanatory Mass to our students. This time together was not an actual Mass, yet all expectations were the same as if we were having Mass.

     This idea for an Explanatory Mass emerged in discussions of the Eastside Catholic School Partnership Board (pastors, principals, and president of Holy Spirit, Little Flower, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Scecina) about how to enhance Mass attendance and understanding among our youth. You may want to ask your child about the Explanatory Mass they experienced this week.

     For our parent community, we will have another Explanatory Mass on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, 7423 East 10th Street. Father Paul again will be the presenter. Depending on the number of questions, the Explanatory Mass will run about an hour. We welcome all parents-and students and community members -- to attend.

     The Catholic Mass is a large part of student life at Scecina. We attend Mass every week and get the chance to celebrate together with different priests from throughout the East Deanery. We want to make the experience as enriching and meaningful as it can be.

     I hope you can join Father Paul and others in our community on Oct. 26 at Holy Spirit.

     More good news: The opening of our transformed library is nearing. Monday, Oct. 10 is the targeted opening date. We look forward to sharing the finished product with you soon. Click here for pictures of construction in progress.

     

     Peace, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Christian Service Program sets Scecina apart


    Greetings, Crusader Community,    

    Our Christian Service program is a special student and staff opportunity that sets Scecina apart from other schools. Christian Service gives our students a chance to act upon the Gospel lessons they’ve heard about loving our neighbors as ourselves and to reflect upon servant leadership.

    Together, we take one day each year to serve others in the community. Our annual Service Day this year takes place Sept. 19. All freshmen and sophomores, as well as our staff, will participate in serving our community on that day while the upperclassmen use the day for college visits. We’ll have a prayer service before everyone heads out on buses to sites such as East Deanery parishes, the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Service, and Holy Family Shelter, to name just a few. We’ll gather again at Scecina for Mass at the end of the school day.

     Christian Service is a central part of our mission of preparing our students for life and heaven. We want these experiences to lead our students to understand the joy of serving and to learn to build their lives around service.

     Another important event occurs tonight. It’s Homecoming. Our Crusaders football team faces Beech Grove at 7 p.m. at Arsenal Technical High School. Alumni will return to unite with classmates. Last night, several members of the 1966 Crusader football team, which posted an outstanding 8-2 season, joined our current team for fellowship and a team meal. At halftime tonight, we’ll honor the 1966 team on its 50th anniversary and the Class of 1992 during its 25th anniversary. I encourage you to take this fun opportunity to cheer on the Crusaders after first stopping by the tailgate that starts at 5:30 p.m. 

     Thank you for all you do to support our school and our students and staff, 

     Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President