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Scecina's Good Friday tradition


By Principal Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D.

Dear Parents and Friends of Scecina,

I am writing to inform you of our school-day schedule, activities, and student attendance expectations for Good Friday, which this year falls on Friday, March 30. Good Friday is one of the most important and solemn days that the Catholic Church and other Christian traditions recognize every year.

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. On this day, we observe the death, passion, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. We admire Jesus Christ’s selfless and faithful death on the Cross as a supreme act of forgiveness and trust in God’s mercy.

Many Catholic schools choose to ensure that their students can prayerfully celebrate Good Friday. We at Scecina have chosen for many years to celebrate Good Friday liturgy as a school community.

The school has shortened the school day for Good Friday. The school will provide our students and staff with a prayerful experience to remember Jesus’ obedience to the Father and his boundless forgiveness. We invite parents and family members to join us, as well.

The Good Friday schedule for Friday, March 30, will consist of 34-minute classes as follows:

Period 1 7:30 – 8:04
Period 2 8:09 – 8:43
Period 3 8:48 – 9:22
Period 4 9:27 – 10:01
Period 5 10:06 – 10:40
Period 6 10:45 – 11:19
Period 7 11:24 – 11:58
Period 8 12:03 – 12:37
Good Friday Liturgy 12:42 – 1:50

As you can tell, the school cafeteria will not serve lunch on Good Friday. To commemorate Jesus’ extreme sacrifice, Catholics fast and abstain from eating meat on Good Friday. As a result, we invite students to bring snacks that they can enjoy during their fifth-period class.

Finally, I wish to address student attendance expectations for Good Friday. In short, students are expected to attend school for the whole day, including the Good Friday liturgy. We close all school offices during the liturgy. Please place the highest importance on the Good Friday liturgy when making appointments or other scheduling decisions for this day. Once again, I invite you to join us for Good Friday liturgy! If I may answer any questions or concerns for you, please contact me. Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

Principal Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D. 

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