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August 2023

Dear School Families, Faculty and Staff,

Hello!  I am very excited about the new school year and the many opportunities we will have to live “Courageously” and come together as a community of faith by supporting and participating in the events during this school year and church year.

This is a very special year for the Universal Church. I pray that you are already aware of the Eucharistic Renewal that is taking place in the Roman Catholic Church. Using John 6:51, “my flesh for the life of the world”,  the United States Catholic Bishops are leading the American Church towards the Eucharistic Renewal in Indianapolis in July 2024. Their Mission is “to renew the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. “ Their Vision is to foster a movement of Catholics across the United States healed, converted, formed and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist – and sent out in mission “for the life of the world.”

In the Study Guide of 2015, by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, the following statement and question is presented by Bishop Bob Barron: “Throughout the long history of the church, throughout the whole series of dramatic successes and failures, despite the stupidity and wickedness of so many Christians, the command, ‘Do this in memory of me” has been and continues to be obeyed.” What does this say about the role of the Eucharist in the life of the Church throughout history? In other words, how are we a “Eucharistic people?”

It is very important for you as parents and for your families to pray together and to come to church to pray with the community. Would you say that you and your family are “Eucharistic people?” My prayer this year is that together, we will grow in faith, being Christ-centered, Eucharistic people. As primary educators in the ways of faith, what you do or do not do on Sunday greatly impacts the faith of your children. They will not be able to live out the faith taught in the classrooms of the school if their family does not actively practice their faith and share their faith. May each and every one of us deepen our relationship with Jesus in our worship and in our lives.

Every new school year holds great promise as well as unknown challenges. I am confident that when we pray together, 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.

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 in growing in faith!  

God bless your families as you grow in faith and live “eucharistic centered lives” in the 2023 – 2024 school year. 




Fr. Mike Nacius