PRINCIPAL’S UPDATE EDUCATION AT CATHOLIC High School is a
holistic endeavor as articulated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. The Brothers’ document titled Educational Mission and Ministry states, “Education according to the tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart is holistic education rooted in religious values, structured through friendly discipline, nurtured by personal attention and committed to academic excellence.” There is no doubt that religious values of our education are present daily in our classrooms, liturgies, extracurricular events and the day-to-day interactions within our school community. Lent provided one more opportunity to form our students in the gospel values that are at the core of our mission as we participated in prayer, fasting and almsgiving. On the first Friday of school after the Mardi Gras break, our campus ministry department coordinated a Lenten fast. In solidarity with the Brothers of the Sacred Heart mission in Mozambique, Africa, a simple meal of grits, red beans and greens was available during the lunch periods. Students and faculty had the opportunity to purchase a meal common for the students at Mission Amatongas in Mozambique, in order to gain an understanding of their daily experience. The other Brothers’ schools in the south also participated in this activity, further strengthening the bonds between Brothers of the Sacred Heart schools in the Province of the United States.
Holy Thursday experience was meaningful for our students and served as one more way to ensure that religious values are a daily part of our school life. Catholic High is blessed to have a campus ministry team, led by Scott Losavio ’95, who works tirelessly to provide students with opportunities to live and share their faith. Whether it is Lenten activities, service opportunities, retreats, mission trips, peer ministry, discussion groups on faith or a host of other faith-related experiences, our students have every opportunity to further their faith. Our students’ formation is the first priority of our dedicated faculty and staff. They work with students each day, ensuring holistic education within the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart continues at Catholic High School. Ametur Cor Jesu. Loved be the heart of Jesus.
All students and faculty were given a Rice Bowl to bring home to make contributions throughout Lent. The proceeds of the collection will go to Mission Amatongas, as well as to Catholic Relief Services. Our campus ministry team planned a different type of ritual for our students and faculty for Holy Thursday. During religion classes that day, students went to the gym where various areas were designated to represent different types of spiritual experiences. The choices included adoration of the Holy Eucharist, the sacrament of Reconciliation, and silent prayer and reflection on Stations of the Cross created by our art classes. As students entered the gym, they brought their Rice Bowl and placed it in the center of the floor as their offering for those in need. Faculty also participated in the experience. I know this
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Lisa Harvey CHS Principal