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  • 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! 

    Blessings,

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Preparing the way of the Lord


    The Exploration, Discovery and Financial Feasibility Study is an important part of the process of discerning the best path for Scecina's future.

    Greetings!

    In our Catholic liturgical year, we are in the midst of Advent, a season of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. “Advent” is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming.” Throughout our school, our Nativity sets are displayed without Baby Jesus to remind us that we are joyfully awaiting His coming.

    At Scecina, we also are undergoing a more earthly type of waiting and preparation as we proceed with the Capital Campaign Exploration, Discovery and Financial Feasibility Study. Over the past two weeks, more than 180 people took part in 15 input and listening sessions for this exploration and feasibility study process: staff and faculty; parents; current students and alumni; East Deanery priests and principals; future Scecina parents; archdiocesan administrators; and community and business leaders. They shared their visions and hopes for Scecina Memorial High School and asked insightful questions. Thank you to all who made your voices heard. This is an important part of the process as we as a community discern the best path for Scecina’s future.

    For clarity, please remember that we have not yet undertaken a capital campaign, but we are in an exploratory and discovery phase as we determine the feasibility of any plan. This process will continue through the first half of 2016.

    The input and listening sessions focused on the five Case Points for Consideration in the feasibility study. The five areas being considered came out of our Strategic Growth Plan priorities. They are: Academic Excellence through further professional development and performance-based compensation for teachers; a new chapel to help create an inspiring campus; an expanded endowment especially for facilities upkeep and maintenance; boosting our Godparent Program so that more students can enjoy access to a quality Catholic education; and enhancing student life through upgrades such as new outdoor athletic fields and a multipurpose facility that will reduce scheduling conflicts for our co-curricular activities and provide activity and gathering space for our Scecina and broader community.

    We will keep you informed as this process develops. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and for keeping Scecina in your prayers.

    I wish all of you a joyous Advent as you prepare the way of the Lord and also a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.


    Joe Therber


    President