Hello from Sandusky Central Catholic and our Campus Ministry Department. I am excited to share the many blessings that we can reflect upon as we end the first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year.
October was filled with wonderful, faith-filled experiences for our students including our annual Fall Service Day. Our 260 students in grades 6-12 volunteered their time and talents at 22 local locations throughout Sandusky, Huron and Port Clinton serving food to the less fortunate, helping paint fire hydrants and visiting area nursing homes to play cards, bingo and more. These experiences allowed our students to not only experience new things, but they were also able to put their faith in action.
On October 17 the freshmen participated in the Lichtman-Behm Genocide Awareness Series at Heidelberg University. This year’s keynote speaker at the Conference was Rwandan Genocide Survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza, who shared her story of faith and survival during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. The 7th grade retreat occurred on October 24 giving students the opportunity to focus on the Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope and Love. These days of retreat and reflection help our students experience their faith outside of the classroom.
We finished the month welcoming three Dominican Sisters from Ann Arbor, who came to the school on October 25 for a spiritual day of sharing. It is always a wonderful experience for our students to have the joy of these Sisters present in our school.
This November, as a school we will be focusing on the virtue of Gratefulness. Each grade will be participating in different activities that will help the students recognize the blessings in their own lives and to show gratitude for all that God has done for them. As we have done traditionally, our Elementary students will be living gratefulness, as they collect food items to build Thanksgiving Baskets for families in need. We are so fortunate to be able to live our faith in our actions and daily school work.
November is also a time for our seniors to prepare for their Senior Retreat. This retreat is a powerful experience of faith and fellowship that will take place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio from Tuesday, November 13 through Friday, November 16th. This is a time for these seniors to reflect upon their life and to hear the Lord’s voice in the busyness of the school year. This is also a fruitful time, as they come together as a class to reminisce about the joys of their time here at Sandusky Central Catholic School.
It is also a time of thanksgiving. At Sandusky Central Catholic School, we are thankful for you and all of the members of our three Catholic Parishes. The love you have for our school is an inspiration to all of us as we work to provide the best Catholic Education to families in our area. We ask for your continued prayers for our students and families as we work to open our hearts, while experiencing the Living God. And know, we will pray for you.
Mrs. Brittany Sternberg