There is a great deal of excitement as we prepare for another year of school on the St. Dominic Savio campus. We are now part of Holy Cross Academy. I realize that this requires a change in how we think about “our school.” We do, indeed, have a school. Our school is the Academy of the Holy Cross. Our school has 570 students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. The Academy, our school, also has pre-school with 220 children. The total number of students enrolled in ourmschool, then, is 790 on four campuses.
The St. Dominic Savio campus will have 125 students in Kindergarten through Fifth grade. We also have four classrooms of preschoolers (67 in all) between the ages of 2 and 4. The total number of students on our campus is 192. The vast majority of us have been conditioned to think of ourselves as a parish first and foremost, and in the past, we have treated other parishes as competitors (for enrollment) or adversaries (in athletics). We are going to be stronger the more wethink of ourselves as partners and collaborators in accomplishing our mission as parishes.
Most important of all, I am excited about what our Principal, Ms. Abkemeier, and the faculty will bring to our school children. The faculty and administration appreciate the firm foundation upon which they are building and all the sacrifices you have made in the past so that Catholic education could continue on our campus. They will build on the successes of the past and offer techniques in differentiated learning styles and standards-based grading system. Watch the bulletin in coming weeks for more information about our faculty and staff.
Thank you, in advance, for understanding that things in the rectory office are very different. In order to balance the budget, we needed to reduce staff. The net result is Robin cannot get to everything she is requested to do as fast as it had been in the past when we had two or three in the office. She is being trained on a number of systems and procedures by the Archdiocese and has many time-sensitive requests that she has to manage. I think she is doing a tremendous job under difficult circumstances and appreciate your understanding of the situation.
Monday, August 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. Since the holy day falls on a Monday this year there is no obligation to attend Mass. Beginning on August 15, we will resume our schedule of two morning Masses (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,Friday) at 6:30 and 8:00 AM.
The Holy Eucharist is the unbloody representation of the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross for the forgiveness of our sins. Only Jesus, because He is the Son of God, can make the infinite satisfaction that is the result of our sinfulness. You cannot do anything more valuable for your departed loved ones than have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered for the remission their sins. As Catholics, we are privileged to participate in our own redemption whenever attend the Mass and we can apply the graces received through the offering of Mass to our departed loved ones. Please contact Robin in the rectory office with your Mass intentions.
Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Fr. Paul Rothschild