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  • Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

    The Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, Ind. Several of the sisters will come to Scecina on Jan. 29, 2017, for a special viewing of "A Sign of The Cross," a film that documents the Sisters' history.

    Greetings, 

    We're celebrating National Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 29-Feb. 4. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” We exist for these reasons! 

    It’s fitting during Catholic Schools Week that we honor a community of women who each day live out their commitment to faith, knowledge and service. Since the late 1950s, the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, have profoundly touched the lives of many who walked the halls of Scecina Memorial High School. The Sisters served Scecina as administrators, teachers, friends, coaches and mentors. Our school’s connection to the Sisters remains special to this day.

    On Sunday, January 29, Scecina hosted a viewing of “A Sign of The Cross,” a documentary about the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, that already has appeared on PBS. The film was written, directed and produced by a Scecina graduate, Jeannine “Andy” Murphy, and is narrated by local TV anchor Debby Knox. 

    More than 50 years after she graduated from Scecina, Andy still felt a close connection to the Sisters and was moved to tell their story. Her 50-minute film documents the Sisters’ incredible 165 years of history, not just in Indiana and at Scecina, but across the world. 

    Most of you likely have seen the display wall in our main hallway that pays tribute to the Sisters and their service to our school. If you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to stop in and take a moment to learn more and reflect with us.

    Also at Scecina during Catholic Schools Week, we explored vocations. Fifth-graders from our partner schools joined Scecina students to hear a panel discuss vocations. Our second annual vocations panel included a priest, a nun, a married couple and a deacon. 

    I can repeat and write plenty of superlatives about our school and Catholic education in general. I think the Catholic Schools Week theme sums up what matters most: faith, knowledge, service. Thank you for choosing Catholic schools!;

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Special Scecina events for living the spirit of Christmas

    Greetings, 

    As we move through the season of Advent, it’s easy to get distracted and overwhelmed with all of the shopping, baking, traveling, traffic, and everything that goes into planning for a 21st-century Christmas. Thank goodness Advent offers a chance to take some time to be peaceful and to reflect on the great joy to come, the birth of Jesus. 

    One way you can live the Christmas spirit is to attend Scecina’s annual Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. this Sunday in the gymnasium. Music director Donnie Glowinski and our student choirs, band and orchestra have been preparing a selection of songs that reflect “the true meaning of Christmas.” I hope you and your families can take this opportunity to stop, listen and enjoy the sounds of the season presented by our talented students. More than a third of our students are involved with the concert. And it’s free, which surely is a nice break for our wallets right now. A reception will follow the concert.  

    We are preparing for another special event this month. At 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Monsignor Paul Koetter will lead the dedication and blessing of the new library, the Father Thomas Scecina Display (below) and the Sisters of Saint Francis, Oldenburg, Wall. These newly transformed spaces have been, and will continue to be, inspiring to students, staff and the community. You are invited to join us for the dedication and the reception of appetizers and drinks. This will be a time to reflect on the blessings we’ve received at Scecina that have allowed us to make these improvements. It’s Christmas a gift for all of us. To RSVP, click here.

    Scecina’s students and staff also are busy preparing for semester exams and projects. Let’s remember them with prayers for serenity during what can be a stressful time. 

    As you make your own preparations for the coming of Jesus, I wish you peace and joy. 

    Joe Therber
    President