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August 2021     

Dear School Families, Faculty and Staff,

     Hello! I am very excited about the new school year and the many opportunities we will have to come together as a community of faith to come together, supporting and participating in the events during this school year.
I hope that you have had the chance to meet our new school principal, Dr. Julie Brua. Dr. Brua has reached out to the faculty and staff, families, and children enrolled in the School of St. Mary for the 2021-2022 academic year. She brings wonderful energy, a strong vision, and vibrant faith to our school. She will work with us, celebrate with us, and lead us through the academic year. Please make sure you reach out to welcome Dr. Brua to our Blue Ribbon School. 
The Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago has selected “Strength for the Journey” as the year’s theme for Catholic schools. There is a song titled “Strength for the Journey,” and the words of the first verse are; “There is a road meant for you to travel, narrow and steep is the shepherd’s way, And as you say, “Yes, letting me guide you, I will be strength for the journey.” 
Our students learn in their homes and in their classrooms to listen to and be guided by Jesus, our Good Shepherd. When we let Jesus guide us together in community, we all have strength for the journey. As we begin the new year, let’s remain close to the Good Shepherd in prayer.


Every new school year holds great promise as well as unknown challenges. I am confident that when we work together, sacrifice when needed, and cooperate where beneficial, the year of promise will unfold for the Crusader community at the School of St. Mary, for Jesus is and always will be our “Strength for the Journey!” 
You have been and will remain in my prayers. I ask that you remember me in your prayers.
I encourage you to reach out to me if you have any questions or if I can be of help or support to you and to your family!  
God bless the school community of St. Mary with a growing faith in the 2021 – 2022 school year. 




Fr. Mike Nacius