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Everything listed under: Explanatory Mass

  • 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 

  • Congratulations to Archbishop Tobin on his new role in the Church

    Greetings,    

    The good news came, appropriately, on a Sunday. Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin learned this past week that Pope Francis will elevate him to the level of cardinal during a ceremony in Rome on Nov. 19. The pope on Sunday announced 17 new cardinals; Archbishop Tobin is among three from the United States. This is a great honor for Archbishop Tobin; all of us throughout the archdiocese can be proud as well as grateful for his vibrant pastoral leadership in southern and central Indiana.

    In his statement about the appointment, Archbishop Tobin said: “I ask all people of faith to pray for me. I hope this new responsibility will make me a better servant of all Hoosiers.” You can read his entire statement on the website of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

    Scecina receives very positive support from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. I congratulate the archbishop and I encourage you, as he requested, to join me in praying for him as he takes on this important role in the Church.

    Scecina celebrated some big events this week also. We hosted a very successful Open House and opened the doors of our new library.

    Open House was a bustling evening as we welcomed many students and their families who were eager to learn more about opportunities at Scecina. Our own students also were involved leading tours. The Scecina Baking Club provided treats during the Community Fair in the cafeteria in the midst of numerous conversations about our sports, clubs, and student activities.

    We’re already looking forward to the Class of 2021 joining us next fall!

    The new library was a hit during Open House as we heard many compliments. Students and staff began using the new library this week; it’s a joy to have this uplifting new space for learning, studying and collaborating with an array of modern technology at our fingertips. During a visit to campus this week, a recent alumnus remarked upon walking into the library, “This is unbelievable!”

    Finally, I hope you can join Father Paul Koetter at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Oct. 26 as he leads an Explanatory Mass for parents and others interested in learning more about the Catholic worship experience. Come have your spirits lifted and your questions answered.

    Enjoy the fall break!
     

    Joe Therber
    President