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  • Ironies and truths on Good Friday

    Dear Crusader Community, 

    Today is Good Friday, a day of ironies and truths. What, we may ask as Christians, are some of these ironies and truths? For starters, we believe that humility precedes glory, that joy emerges from suffering, and that wisdom may be clothed as foolishness or weakness. 

    Early this afternoon, our students, staff, and guests experienced Good Friday liturgy. The Holy Spirit touched us. We left the service and school in prayerful silence. 

    Our Lord’s ultimate and voluntary sacrifice on the Cross is the epitome of prayer, compassion, and humility. More than a mere historical occurrence, Jesus’ pathway to death was a walk of ultimate trust in God. Walking in his footsteps is how we experience in gratitude His oneness with God. 

    Life can be difficult or even excruciating, as it was for Jesus on Good Friday. When it is, let us seek, as Jesus did, to hope beyond the pain or the confusion of now. May the hope inspired by God break the chains in our lives and lead to our Lord in ways that make everything new. 

    In your daily walk with Jesus, I hope that you experience the richness of death to self and the humility, wisdom, and joy that God wishes for each of us. ‘ 

    Happy Easter! 

    Peace,
    Joe Therber
    President 

  • The promise of God's love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation

    Dear Crusader Community,

    This week, our students and staff had the good fortune of participating in a Lenten Penance Service on Tuesday. Five pastors from East Deanery parishes were here to receive and welcome us into the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

    Scecina is blessed by supportive East Deanery pastors and parishes. The pastors who were able to be with us this week for the Sacrament of Reconciliation were Father Paul Koetter, Father Bob Gilday, Father Rick Ginther, Father Aaron Jenkins, Father Chris Wadelton, Father Carlton Beever, and Father Kenneth Taylor.

    These recent words of Pope Francis seem especially appropriate for us regarding the promise of God’s love and the experience of it that comes through the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

    “The love of God is always greater than anything we can imagine; it even reaches beyond any sin with which our conscience may charge us. His is an infinite love, one that knows no bounds. We know that the state of sin distances us from God. Yet that does not mean that God distances himself from us. The certainty of this should accompany us throughout our lives. His grace is constantly at work in us, to strengthen our hope that his love will never be lacking, in spite of any sin we may have committed by rejecting his presence in our lives. Our hearts should trust, always and unhesitatingly, in the Father’s love.”

    Our Lenten journeys are swiftly and steadily moving toward deep reflection on Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. Each and every day, I hope that you experience the Father’s boundless love that has the power to transform ourselves, our relationships, and our world.

    Peace,
    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Scecina: tradition, opportunities, faith

    Why is Scecina an excellent high school for your child? You should expect a high school that offers high-level academics, a full array of athletics and clubs, and opportunities for a fulfilling all-around experience and four years of cherished memories. 

    We have a small-school environment where every child can discover his or her unique gifts, talents, and interests. Our college and life preparatory opportunities help young people reach their dreams. 

    Did you know that Scecina’s rich academic tradition dates back more than 60 years? And we’ve kept up with 21st-century academic trends. Recent additions to our curriculum include a four-year Biomedical Science program, a Health Occupations course that takes place at Community Hospital East, and new computer science and technology offerings. 

    Our top faculty and our smaller classes, paired with challenging academic offerings, such as Advanced Placement (AP) courses, will prepare young people for meaningful careers. Our College and Career counseling office is committed to students staying on course throughout high school for their next phase in life. 

    It’s no surprise that Scecina is rated “A” by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). The IDOE noted Scecina students’ growth in test score achievement from middle school to high school. 

    The IDOE also recognized Scecina as one of just 73 Indiana high schools to have 25 percent or more of its students succeed on AP exams by earning passing marks and qualifying for college credit while in high school. 

    Have you heard of the Indianapolis Urban League (IUL)? The IUL is a community organization devoted to helping minorities and the disadvantaged, with a focus on education. The IUL recently awarded Scecina with its School Excellence Award. The IUL cited several reasons for Scecina’s honor: our diverse student population; our “A” rating from the IDOE; and our Health Occupations class in partnership with Community Hospital East, which combines classroom instruction and real-life experience. 

    At Scecina we take spiritual growth seriously, too. Every student takes four years of Catholic theology with curriculum centered around the life of Christ. We are committed to Christian service activities that benefit our community. 

    Most of our students also play sports, which teach transformational life lessons. Scecina offers all of the Indiana High School Athletic Association sports, including swimming and gymnastics. 

    Choosing a high school these days isn’t easy. At Scecina, we have so much to offer. We have tradition in academics and athletics. We have opportunities for every child to grow. We have a faith-based community that will pray with you and for you along the way. 

    I hope you see why Scecina is a great choice. We look forward to serving you next year. If you have any questions about Scecina, please contact me at (317) 352-3280. If you would like more information about becoming a Scecina Crusader, please click here.

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • The legacy of Archbishop Buechlein

    “Scecina needs to be where it is and serve the youth of its parishes and neighborhoods.” 

    Before his passing into eternal life a few days ago, Archbishop Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB, spoke and prayed these words countless times during his tenure as Archbishop of Indianapolis.

    Archbishop Daniel was valiant in his commitment to what we call home missions and shared ministries. A home mission is a mission here at home. It could be 50 miles away or it could be in my own backyard. A shared ministry is a ministry that requires the shared or collective support of the Church and wider community in order to exist and thrive. 

    Archbishop Daniel talked the talk of home missions and shared ministries. More importantly, he walked the walk. 

    Archbishop Daniel saw Scecina as an excellent example of both a home mission and a shared ministry. He acted fervently upon his vision. His commitment to center-city and urban Catholic education, including to Scecina in particular, was unmatched and tireless. He was a national Church leader for his effectiveness in leading fund development initiatives that raised significant amounts of money for home missions and shared ministries. His gift of leadership always was directed to benefit people in need, never to make life easier for himself. While his efforts no doubt fulfilled him, they required almost unhuman levels of focus and willpower. 

    Archbishop Daniel is an immensely impactful figure in the Scecina Memorial High School of today. From 1998 to 2008, Scecina benefited from archdiocesan development initiatives that he led. These programs helped Scecina’s physical infrastructure, faculty support, and endowment growth. 

    During his tenure, the school and/or the archdiocesan administration contemplated the possible relocation of Scecina on three different occasions. Each time, the archbishop’s conclusion was the same. His prayerful reflection and numerous consultations led him to conclude that Scecina has a vibrant mission and ministry in this neighborhood for young people of diverse walks of life. 

    I had the unique privilege of working directly under Archbishop Daniel from 2000 to 2008, and indirectly from 1998 to 2000. I saw, heard and felt his commitment every day. My life would never be the same, nor would the lives of countless other people. 

    Archbishop Daniel taught me much about prayer, compassion, gratitude, courage, patience, humility, relationships, synthesizing the distinct hopes and needs of seemingly countless constituents, and commitment to family. A very learned and accomplished man, he was a simple and pure man in the very best sense of the words. 

    May we all reflect on how we can further appreciate the wisdom and vision of this great man and continue or expand our commitment to living his legacy. 

    Peace, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Parents invited to Update and Input gathering on Jan. 31

    Greetings, Scecina Community! 

    The wisdom of the Catholic Church teaches that parents are a student’s first and primary educators in the continual quest for faith, knowledge, understanding, and personal growth. 

    Since Scecina began as a school ministry more than 60 years ago, parental input and involvement have been the foundation for students’ growth and success. That tradition continues to this day, and we want to make it even stronger. 

    Therefore, the Scecina Parent Ambassador Team and administration are beginning an initiative to foster parental awareness and engagement. You recently received an e-mail invitation from Mr. Nick Petrone, Chair of the Parent Ambassador Team, to attend an Update and Input gathering with our principal, Dr. Brettnacher, and me from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, in the school cafeteria. We want to update you on important opportunities for our school and seek your feedback and input. Refreshments will be included. 

    One of the topics that we will discuss at this Update and Input gathering will be the future student technology environment at Scecina. Understanding your questions, hopes, needs, and even concerns is very important as we go forward. 

    I truly hope you will be able to attend this one-hour gathering on January 31 at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. If you are unable to attend and want to speak with Dr. Brettnacher or me, please contact us at your convenience. 

    I want to thank every parent of a Scecina student for choosing us as your partner in your child’s daily life journey. We appreciate this awesome privilege and responsibility. We want to do our best for you and with you. 

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

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