As seasons change, a time for reflection

Dear Helias Catholic family,

This Friday, as a part of our planned day of professional development, faculty and staff will gather in academic department groups and office staff groups to discuss “Open Wide Our Hearts,” the pastoral letter against racism from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

I wrote earlier this fall that Bishop McKnight has asked that we take the time as a community to reflect on the sin of racism and begin to address meaningful ways we can confront racism in our lives and in our society.

Click the above linked image to read the “Open Wide Our Hearts” pastoral letter.

Instead of simply bringing in a speaker for the day, we have decided to begin our conversation on racism by reading, reflecting and discussing the bishops’ pastoral letter. This Wednesday members of the Helias Catholic Advisory Council will discuss the pastoral letter at our monthly meeting. We are looking forward to gathering with our students and with our parent community after Christmas break to engage in conversation about the topic. I ask for your continued prayers for our community as we begin conversations on this important topic.

This past weekend marked the conclusion of our fall sports season. Congratulations to all of our fall athletic teams for an outstanding season! Winter sports practices have begun, and our Rackers Fieldhouse renovation project is on track for completion in the coming two weeks. The renovation project of our Crucifix Entrance is slated for completion by mid-December. We are most grateful to our supporters who have made both projects possible! We are also grateful to our students, faculty, staff and families who have handled well the disruption that accompanies construction projects.

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow morning. Winter is approaching. Advent is almost here. Just like that, we are moving quickly toward the end of our first semester – incredible how quickly time flies. I hope you and your loved ones have the opportunity in the coming days to experience God present in your life. May our response to God alive in our lives be a response of generosity and gratitude for all that we have been given. Thank you for the gift that you are to our community! Our prayers and good wishes remain with you and your loved ones.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts — forever!

John Knight
Helias Catholic High School President

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