We began our week last week as we always do: with prayer. Prior to our leadership meetings, our prayer included these words: “Help us to get ourselves out of the center of attention, and put God there.” Taking time in our busy lives to put God at the center of all we think, say, and do can set us free from the anxieties and frustrations of this world. We, as people of hope, are called to place God at the center of our lives.
This past Friday, we held a very high-level pep rally as we recognized the accomplishments of our state finals-bound cross country runners and our sectional-bound football team. But we started that rally with prayer, once again placing God at the front and center. When our students graduate Cathedral, it is our hope they will continue to place God at the center of their lives in college and beyond. We know we are partners with all of you in this sacred calling, and I thank you in advance for supporting the crux of our mission.
This week is always special in our school, as we combine the fun of Halloween/All Hallow’s Eve with the sacred and solemn All Saints and All Souls Days. These days give us a great teachable moment to use the examples of those faithful saints of days past, many who willingly gave their lives for the Faith, as well as the faithful departed in our lives, many who gave their lives building up the faith in our families. All Saints and All Souls certainly gives us a chance to pause and perhaps pray a little extra, for our loved ones and for ourselves, that we will make good use of each and every day we are given in this life to prepare us for the promise of eternity in communion with the same saints and souls.
As we turn the calendar page, we gear up for November school activities that include our annual Open House on November 9th. This is probably our most well-attended event of the year, and we are hoping for an even greater crowd this year. We have formed a Parent Ambassador group that is helping to share the good news of our school with the community in a vibrant and dynamic way. Our own Beth Wissler has organized this group of 65 parents into a strong arm of our enrollment efforts. We have a great story to tell in our 100th year, and with the help of this group and yourselves, Cathedral will continue to thrive in the achievement of our mission for another 100 years!
November is a very good time to visit our campus. If you are in town for Thanksgiving or any other time this month, please stop by and reminisce at our beautiful campus. If school is open, come in to check out our 100 year timeline in the main floor of Kelly Hall, as well as the wonderful art displays outside of the library. Our campus will be changing in some significant ways in the next few years as we move through the stages of our strategic plan. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised at what you will see.
As we have done for the past several years, we held a memorable Cathedral Fund Dinner in October, which was highlighted by an emotional and inspirational speech by our own Keshuann Tompkins-Barnes, who spoke of how his ability to attend Cathedral has changed his life. To top it off, he played a saxophone duet of a beautiful rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." He also thanked his mother, and there was not a dry eye in the house. If ever there was a poignant moment to show the impact to our donors of their generosity, this was it. So, as a reminder, we appreciate all of your support, and our Annual Fund is always able to put great use to your gifts!
We close the upcoming month by being thankful to God for our blessings, so let me get a jump on that by saying a very sincere “Thank You” to each of you for your support of our school. Sometimes it takes someone from elsewhere to truly appreciate the beauty of a place, and as someone who did come from “elsewhere,” I can honestly say that Cathedral is a one of a kind place. As you may know, Cathedral is more than a school; it is a community, a true family whose roots run deep and whose branches spread wide. For me to be here at this time, in our 100th year, is a tremendous blessing to me and to my family. You may know it already, but I want to remind you of how blessed we all are to be a part of the Cathedral family. It is now our time to support and carry this blessed school community well into the next 100 years. Thank you and hope to see you soon. Remember: we are people of Hope!
Humbly and thankfully,