Dear St. Edmond’s Families,
Campus has been bustling this past week with faculty and staff gearing up for our September 7th start. Today a group of 8th graders are going tent camping for two days with Mr. Borror, Mr. Stackhouse, Mr. Cincotta and myself. We started with Mass in the courtyard, then off to the campground; should be a hoot. Next week the faculty and staff meet Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for our professional development days; next Thursday we will welcome our new SEA families–summer is closing fast and we are excited to get started.
The year will be a challenging one, but, as we know from last year, we are prepared to meet the boys where they are and foster our Holy Cross mission. We are committed this year to their safety and to being on campus. Our consistent communication, to you and to the boys, will frame the year. This News & Notes format will provide weekly updates and information that we hope will be both practical and reflective.
Another reminder: our Family Mass and Picnic is set for Sunday, September 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will kick off our Holy Cross Week of celebration in school. We will celebrate Liturgy in the Rollins Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome. Please RSVP here if your family plans to attend. Again, please be sure and save the date.
As I said, we are excited to begin a new school year. Father Bill Gabriel will celebrate Mass with the faculty and staff on Monday as we begin anew. Bill was ordained this past summer at Villanova, and I was privileged to be there for his special weekend. His Augustinian spirit starts in service. St. Augustine: “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others.” Father Bill’s spirit and zeal will help us begin the year here at St. Edmond’s. We are grateful for the many people who make this community a special one. Let us as parents continue to promote that among one another and our boys. Surely we will grow in Christ this coming school year.