Ending a school year
involves a jumble of activities, celebrations
and emotions. On the faces of students, teachers
and parents you see expressions of excitement,
anxiety, happiness and exhaustion.
It is the nature of any
school to change. Students enter and graduate,
individuals come and go and the world around us
moves forward. New events make history and
change our culture, and the school adapts to
meet the needs of each generation.
The four years have
quickly gone by as the Class of 2017 awaits
graduation on May 27. This particular class has
accomplished much: spiritually, academically,
socially and athletically. We are very proud of
each member of this class, and we know that the
foundation is set for these students to enter
adulthood capable of truly reflecting
Christian/Catholic virtues. God bless them as
they continue their journey through life.
As this will be my final
newsletter, let me thank the community of St.
Mary's High School for the many years of your
support and confidence. Through my years at St.
Mary's the school continues to grow in all
aspects of Catholic secondary education. St.
Mary's continues to be dedicated to our Blessed
Mother, while keeping Salesian spirituality in
the forefront. However, our faith and dedication
to one another remain the same.
Through this devotion, St.
Mary's will continue to prepare our students to
meet the challenges that they will encounter,
while maintaining our greatest gift of
community. St. Mary's continues to remain a
home to the students, faculty, staff, families
and friends who pass through our campus.
I am very grateful and
thankful to the teachers at St. Mary's. I
sincerely appreciate their commitment to our
students. They are here because they really want
to teach, and they want to serve God and His
people. I thank the Guidance Department for
meeting the needs of our students. I also want
to recognize and thank our office staff, a group
of people seldom, if ever, mentioned. They are
the heroes who see that this school functions.
Finally, I thank those who assist me daily, my
fellow administrators for their concern about
the students they serve.
The St. Mary's High School
community is guided by the belief that each
person is created in the image and likeness of
God and that God may be served by doing
passionately well what we have been called to do
at that moment. Growing in Holiness, making real
in our lives the love of the God in whose image
and likeness we are created, is serious
business. It requires hard work; it requires
discipline; it requires self. St. Francis de
Sales found the secret for Holiness in the
ordinary actions of our day.
Salesian spirituality also
recognizes the value of relaxation, of taking
"time out," of "catching your breath," of making
time for play. In fact, relaxation is not only
permissible; it is necessary! The Gentleman
Saint appreciates the important role that rest
and recreation play in the pursuit of a fully
human, God-centered life. He says: "From time to
time we must recreate in mind and body."
As we near the end of
another school year it is a time to be
appreciative of all the individuals who truly
have been "friends to St. Mary's." I once heard
the following; "Friends are people who are here
today and here tomorrow. They forgive your
faults and if they really love you, they don't
even see them!" Good friends help us know
ourselves and grow closer to God's image. De
Sales wrote: "How good it is to love here on
earth as we love in heaven and to learn to
cherish others on earth as we will do
Wishing all of the St.
Mary's faith community slow, peaceful summer
days and joyful moments with family and friends.
You will be in my prayers.
Mary, Queen of Angels, St. Dominic and St.
Francis de Sales, pray for us.