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The new year comes with reflection and expectations for year ahead

New Year's greetings! 

 January can be a harsh weather month here in Central Indiana. Our days can be cold, dark or at least gray, and lacking in the December brightness of holiday lights and celebrations that we have recently experienced. 

On the flip side, however, January is a good time to embrace the internal and the eternal, to retreat a bit from the busy-ness of the world, to read, maybe sit by a fire, reflect on our blessings and re-connect with God a little more.

I know someone who has come to embrace these dreary months that used to get her down. She now calls it a “hibernation time” to rest, get in touch with her spiritual side, and not stress about a to-do list. In the Catholic Church, we talk about the “spiritual desert” of Lent, yet the late winter months can also be a good time to retreat to the desert and nurture our spirit. 

As we start the second semester, many activities can nurture our spirit. Seniors are becoming even more engaged in making plans for life immediately after Scecina. Winter sports are in full swing. We welcome eighth-graders applying for the Crusader Class of 2023. The Crusaders for Life Club prepares to attend the annual March for Life in Washington, D. C. Catholic Schools Week later this month includes the annual East Deanery Band Festival at Scecina. 

On Friday, Jan. 11, I hope those of you who are alumni will come back to Scecina with your families for Alumni Appreciation Night at the varsity boys basketball game. You can learn more at The game and refreshments are courtesy of us at Scecina as we show our appreciation for all you do and have done for Scecina. It is great evening; please come!


Father Kenneth Taylor

I want to remember Father Kenneth Taylor, who died Dec. 19. As an East Deanery priest at St. Rita Catholic Church, Father KT celebrated school Masses with Scecina students and staff. He recently had marked his 40th anniversary as a priest and was the longest-serving president of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus. Father KT was a tireless worker in the Lord’s vineyard. May God grant him eternal rest. 

As 2019 begins, may we seek the face of the Lord every day, for He looks upon us with mercy, warmth, and peace. I wish God's blessings of health and happiness upon you and yours all year long. 

Joe Therber