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The strength of the Scecina Community

Dear Friends,

This week is, once again, an excellent time to reflect on the strength of the Scecina Community!

On Thursday, we hosted our annual fall Open House for prospective students and parents. We had an excellent turnout of families from the East Deanery parishes and schools and from schools in various parts of the city. The spirit was overwhelmingly positive. Our Scecina Student Ambassadors did an excellent job of leading prospective families on school tours. I was truly impressed when hearing the Student Ambassadors’ clear and honest information and answers to questions from guests. Our Scecina faculty, administration, coaching staff, club moderators, and support staff showed their commitment to our students and our mission. Several members of our Parent Ambassador Team volunteered their time and talent as ministers of hospitality. It was a wonderful night!

The annual Father Tom Day Mass is less than two weeks away on October 24. This liturgy is one of the high points of the year. We begin at 9:45 a.m. Please join us, and please notify if you plan to attend. We will remember and honor Father Thomas Scecina, thank members of the military services from the Scecina Community, and present the Father Tom Service Award to Mr. Bill Bevan, Class of 1963, for devotion to Scecina and his many years of volunteer service and friendships at the school. 

Today marks the start of fall break week for our students and teachers. This evening, the Crusader football squad seeks to capture the Indiana Crossroads Conference Championship at Monrovia High School. Tomorrow (Saturday), the Crusader volleyball team competes in IHSAA sectional play at Scecina, and four girls and boys cross country runners will compete in the IHSAA cross country regional at Rushville.

Finally, last week was a sad occasion, yet an inspiring one that reflected the strength of the Scecina Community. After a courageous and valiant battle with cancer, Joe Cathcart, Class of 1980,died on Sept. 30. Joe volunteered for many Catholic and civic causes, including Scecina Memorial High School and Holy Spirit Parish. At Joe’s funeral service, Monsignor Paul Koetter, pastor of Holy Spirit, said to Joe’s many family and friends, “Raise your hand if you’re from the Eastside of Indianapolis.” Dozens of hands went up. Father Paul then remarked, “You can take the person out of the Eastside, but you can’t take the Eastside out of the person.” Joe, thank you for all you have done for our school and community.

And thank you for all you do to make Scecina Memorial High School the Pride of the Eastside!

Peace and blessings to you,

Joe Therber