Weekly Letter (Sep 2, 2014)

Dear Parents and Students,

 Every August the Department of Catholic Schools kicks off the new school year by inviting all principals, vice principals, and pastors to Saint Mary’s Cathedral for Mass followed by dinner. It’s a great way to start the school year because when we gather together as Catholic school administrators we remind each other of the importance of our vocations.

 There must have been 25 – 30 priests concelebrating the Mass (including Father Illo) and most principals took this as a great show of support. The main celebrant was Father Stephen Howell and he chose to read from the Gospel about the Transfiguration. (I don’t recall if he read from Matthew, Mark, or Luke’s Gospel as the story appears in all three.)  But I do recall the verse that deeply touches my heart, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” This same line also appears in those three Gospels when Jesus was baptized by his cousin John.

 I can’t help but think that if God the Father proclaims that Jesus is His beloved son and He is well pleased by Jesus, that we human fathers (and mothers) should follow that example and tell the world, and especially our own kids, that we love them and are pleased by them. 

 I’m not suggesting that we should praise them even when they do something wrong or in a time and place that would embarrass them, but a pat on the back, a hug and the words “I love you” are probably among the most important things we parents and teachers can do for our kids. When we know we are loved, we are more capable of sharing love with others. And that is what God calls us to do.

 Be at peace this week and know that you are loved.



Terrence Hanley


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