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 President Therber can be contacted by email at jtherber@scecina.org or by  telephone at 317.352.3282

  • Scecina community mourns loss of Father Noah Casey


    Father Noah Casey (right) at Scecina's Club 53 with Scecina board member Jerry Jones.

    Dear Crusader community,

    It is with sadness that I pass along the news of the recent death of Father Noah Casey. Father Noah, who recently served as Chaplain Coordinator for Scecina Memorial High School, ended his earthly journey on Friday afternoon.

    Having held numerous pastoral leadership roles locally and nationally, Father Noah had many strong connections with Scecina and the East Deanery of Indianapolis. Father Noah was an alumnus of Our Lady of Lourdes School, rector of SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, and pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette parishes. While we will miss him and his love of young people, liturgy, prayer, and humor, we are also deeply grateful for Father Noah's positive influence on our community.

    You can read Father Noah's obituary in The Criterion by clicking on www.archindy.org/criterion/local/2015/07-17/casey.html.

    Arrangements consist of:

    • Rite of Reception of the Body, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 5333 E. Washington St.
    • Visitation, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
    • Vigil Service and Words of Remembrance, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
    • Visitation (continued), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 16, SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St.
    • Funeral Mass, 1 p.m. Thursday, July 16, SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral

    Please pray for Father Noah and the souls of all the faithfully departed. Eternal rest give unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber

    President

  • Cafeteria renovations underway


    The Scecina cafeteria is undergoing renovations during the summer and will be a new, welcoming space for students when they return in August.

    Greetings!

    I hope everyone enjoyed your Independence Day weekend. It's always a great time to recall our religious liberty and our relatives, friends, and ancestors who risked and even gave their lives to help ensure the existence of the freedom to worship, which allows Scecina Memorial High School to exist as a ministry of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

    We also remember and thank Scecina alumni veterans who, at great risk and hardship, walked in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina.

    At Scecina, July means we're getting closer to a new school year. We're preparing now on many levels to welcome our returning and new students in August for a successful school year.

    Summer activities on campus are fully ramped up in anticipation of the new school year. These include professional development for staff; summer athletic conditioning and training programs; summer sports camps for future Crusaders; summer school; interviewing and hiring of new faculty and staff, and capital improvements.

    Our main capital improvement this summer is a full-scale cafeteria renovation. We're creating a more welcoming, refreshing, and life-giving space through new lighting, ceiling, flooring, and paint. This improvement is for our students, staff, teams, clubs, alumni groups, and others. The cafeteria renovation is made possible by the financial support of alumni, parents, and other friends through Giving Back, Looking Forward (annual appeal) and by family tuition payments. Thank you for your support! We expect the renovations to be completed by mid-August or sooner.

    Thank you also to the planning work of our staff and to our Facilities Committee, Finance Committee, and Board of Directors for their approvals of this valuable enhancement for our Crusader community.

    Click here to view “before” photos of the cafeteria. We will post photos of construction in progress from now through mid-August.

    In closing, please take a moment to be aware of the liberties that you enjoy and thank a military veteran or other special person for helping to make them possible.

    God bless,

    Joe Therber

    President

  • Summer improvements at Scecina


    Scecina continues to enhance the student learning experience through the purposeful use of technology.

    Summer greetings!

    As our students enjoy their vacation, we are re-energizing Scecina with many improvements that will enhance their experience this year and beyond.

    We’re focusing on many levels to prepare for next school year in support of our mission. For the 2015-16 school year, our students will find:

    • New staff members: We are recruiting and hiring energized and qualified faculty, a Director of Guidance, a Director of Campus Ministry, and a Dean of Students who are all committed to the principles of Catholic education and who have the experience it takes to be effective leaders.
    • State-of-the-art technology: Scecina is continuing its tradition of excellence by enhancing the student learning experience through the purposeful use of technology via:

      a. An Ethical and Responsible Use of Technology Policy will include guidance and expectations for students, staff, and volunteers

      b. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment in which students are encouraged to bring smartphones, laptops, or tablets to school in accordance with previously communicated standards

      c. Doubling the speed of Internet access through two new servers

      d. A new communication and alert system that we plan to make available during the first semester of the year

      e. Student access to Microsoft Office 2013 Professional, Office 2013 Apps, a Scecina e-mail account, and online cloud storage of school work and projects. Scecina will provide education and training for students on the use of these resources during the first quarter of the school year.

    • Updated facilities: We’re renovating the cafeteria into a very welcoming and attractive space for gathering and dining, changing all of the fixtures in our school restrooms, and installing a new roof on the Blockhouse, which is a safety priority.

    Meanwhile, we are collaborating with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on longer-range plans for improvements to our campus:

    • The archdiocese last month approved our proposed Facility Master Plan. Many students and members of our staff, Board of Directors, and overall community were engaged in this process over several months.
    • A proposal to the archdiocesan administration is being developed for Scecina to conduct a feasibility study for a future capital campaign. A feasibility study raises stakeholders’ awareness of our Facility Master Plan and how it supports our school mission. It also would invite the community to respond to questions relating to our potential readiness for a future capital campaign. (For clarity, we are laying the foundation for a successful campaign; we have not formally started a campaign.)

    I hope you find this update informative and in line with your vision for Scecina Memorial High School. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss any of these topics.

    Enjoy your summer, and thank you for keeping Scecina in your prayers!

    Blessings,
    Joe Therber

    President

  • Update on Father Noah Casey


    Father Noah Casey

    Dear Students, Families, Alumni and Friends,

    The purpose of this message is to convey important and recent developments pertaining to the health of Father Noah Casey, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and, until spring 2015, Chaplain Coordinator at Scecina Memorial High School.  Soon after his appointment in 2012 as Chaplain Coordinator, Father Noah told me with great happiness, "I volunteered for the job!"

    Father Noah has a true and deep love for people of all ages and walks of life, including young people who are seeking answers, or at least caring and wise support and advice, relating to life's ultimate questions in our increasingly fast-paced and complex society.  I will always be grateful to Father Noah for believing in the dignity and potential that every one of our students has as a child of God.

    Many of you know that Father Noah had cancer surgery in 2013. Following surgery and a recovery period, Father Noah returned to active chaplain coordinator service at Scecina.  He then had to undergo further surgery and several recovery treatments during this past school year.  The last 2½ years have been very challenging and physically difficult for Father Noah.  During this period, he also led the successful unification of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette parishes, which brought him great joy and hope.

    Recently, in a letter to parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Father Noah stated that the cancer has spread and that further treatments have little to no likelihood of success and would come with difficult side effects. He has decided to forgo any further treatment of the cancer, and his medical team has advised that he has "months, not years" to live.  I encourage you to read Father Noah's letter on the Caring Bridge website at caringbridge.org. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is organizing a prayer service for Father Noah. The service will be at 7 p.m. Monday June 29 at the parish.

    Since this spring, Deacon Mike Braun has served generously and effectively as the school's chaplain coordinator. Fathers Mike Welch and Dave Lawler have generously provided liturgical and sacramental coverage at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish while Father Noah continues to be the pastor.  Deacon Mike, Father Mike, and Father Dave have continued to be great gifts to our people during these times.  For the 2015-16 school year, Father Aaron Jenkins will bring his gifts and energies as the newly appointed Scecina chaplain coordinator and pastor of St. Michael Parish in Greenfield.

    Father Noah is a locally and nationally well-known, respected, and inspiring priest and pastor of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Please rejoice with us in the great gift that he is to the Scecina community, and please join countless friends who are praying for him.

    God Bless,

    Joe Therber



  • Congratulations to the Class of 2015

       

    Scecina Memorial High School Valedictorian Robert "Bo" Addison Leszcynski gives his address to his fellow classmates.

    I delivered these remarks at Scecina's 59th Commencement on May 22, 2015:

    Good evening. In a few moments, the Class of 2015 will begin the next stage of their lives as proud Scecina alumni. As that moment nears, I want to offer thanks to those who have made this occasion possible for them:

    To Archbishop Tobin: For your service, wisdom, and guidance in leading the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

    To East Deanery pastors, principals and members of the Scecina Board of Directors: For preparing and guiding so many of our students, and for supporting our school as an anchor for the people of the Eastside and our city.

    To our graduates’ teachers, family members, and friends: For educating and supporting the Class of 2015.

    To all of the parents: For believing in your children and sacrificing your time, energy, and treasure so that your children can receive a Scecina education in spirit, mind, and body.

    To the Class of 2015, you have earned many achievements during your years here. For example, you have:

  • Become champions in academic competitions
  • Earned a record dollar amount in college scholarships.
  • Strengthened our Eastside and city communities through your acts of Christian service
  • Prayed every day and worshipped every week of high school
  • Experienced two exciting state championship football games; city championships and a state title in softball, a high state-wide ranking in boys basketball, and many advancements in state tournaments for individual sports. 
  • Inspired us with your musical and theatrical talents.     

    The real value, though, of a Scecina education runs deeper than numbers or trophies. That deeper value lies in recognizing the dignity in every person while living your faith through acts of service.

    As Pope Francis told young people at this year’s World Youth Day:

    “Challenge yourselves, and with a pure heart do not be afraid of what God is asking of you! From your ‘yes’ to the Lord’s call, you will become new seeds of hope in the Church and in society. Never forget: God’s will is our happiness!”

    I know you, as Crusaders, are up to this way of life and all the challenges, known and unknown, that lay before you now.

    Soon, you will walk outside as Scecina alumni. You are forever fortunate to bear the “Scecina” name, the name of a devoted, heroic, even saintly, Christian and patriot.

    Father Tom, who served as a United States Army chaplain during World War II with its indescribable cruelties, probably lived with fear. We can easily think of him as a neatly dressed and comfortable man, as the pictures in our main hallway indicate. A book titled "Ghost Soldiers," though, paints a completely different picture. "Ghost Soldiers" tells very detailed stories of United States and Filipino soldiers fighting, falling, becoming unspeakably ill, praying, dying, and surviving exactly when and where Father Tom did. The stories of the physical and mental torture they endured cause great sorrow and gratitude to spring up inside you at the same time. To wrestle these challenges to the ground, Father Tom and his unit soldiers must have drawn upon immense courage, faith, and commitment to service.

    Father Tom’s story proves that the fullness of our lives is not measured in years alone; his was only 34 years, yet his transcript of service and love has enriched the world for over a century.

    He continues to enrich the Crusader community today. I’ll give you an example. Historically, many military units have issued challenge coins that bear the unit’s insignia or emblem. Challenge coins are presented to members of the unit in recognition of their achievements and to prove membership in the group. In other words, a challenge coin says that you are a member and have met the challenge.

    Scecina’s Veterans Committee thought it would be appropriate to give each new Scecina graduate a challenge coin commemorating the life of Father Tom and his service to God, country and neighbor. This summer, each Crusader from the class of 2015 will receive a challenge coin depicting Father Tom, the school’s crest, and words of encouragement to live in service to God, country, and neighbor. I hope it reminds you of his faith-filled service and inspires you to make those virtues your own.

    On behalf of everyone at Scecina Memorial High School and our entire community, thank you, congratulations, and may you rise to life’s joys and challenges as courageous Crusaders always.

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