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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 

  • 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 

  • As summer moves on, Scecina prepares for new school year


    The library was cleared for demolition and construction. 

    Greetings, Crusader Community,    

    I can't believe it either – Where has the summer gone? For those of us from certain generations, summer was the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It included 12 solid and memorable weeks of fun, sports, summer jobs, travel, activities with friends and family, and many kinds of pure leisure. 

    Here at Scecina, much has happened since Memorial Day in anticipation of our 61st Commencement in May 2017 and the promising school year that lies before it.

    The library transformation is well underway. This dramatic improvement will be open for the vast majority of the 2016-17 school year. It will provide our students and community with a technology-rich, collaborative, and college preparatory learning and meeting space. Demolition is complete, and construction began this week. This transformation has been made possible through the generosity of numerous people and organizations, including the Scecina Class of 1964, many alumni and friends, and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis grant program. You can view photos of the project in progress on our Library Renovation page.

    During June, we hosted 17 summer camps ranging from Guitar Camp to Baking Camp to the traditional summer sports camps. All told, 347 campers in grades 1-8 were in and out of campus throughout this action-packed month. We now are in the midst of installing new sidewalks around the perimeter of the school and new technology for messaging, presentations, and events in the renovated cafeteria.

    On June 30, we concluded the 2015-16 fiscal year with an operating surplus, thanks in large part to 1,350 generous alumni and friends who committed more than $1 million in annual support for our students and programs. As the new school year approaches, we are expanding several facets of our Christian Service program, including new educational resources in servant leadership for school staff, a wide menu of group service projects for students, and a voluntary pilot version of a Christian Service capstone project for graduating seniors. These opportunities are central to our school mission.

     During the months to come, we will share stories of students, staff members, alumni and friends who make Scecina a school of opportunities, academic excellence, Christian values, and life preparation. 

    Our dedicated staff now is preparing for the first day of classes on August 8 that will follow an important week of training, meetings, and a retreat for all staff members. The retreat theme is that we are vessels through whom God’s mercy and presence can shine in and for our community. 

    Thank you for the blessings that you share as a vessel in service to our Scecina students and the entire Crusader community.

     Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President