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The Pastor’s Corner



Last week, Sacred Heart Academy opened its doors once again for another school year with close to 200 students. We also begin a new school year with our new principal, Susan Parks.

There is another reason why this will be an exciting year in that we are doing concrete planning for a new gymnasium that will be located adjacent to the multi-purpose room in the Academy. We have a building committee assembled.

I have written to Bishop Loverde for permission to have a capital campaign. The new gym will enhance the school athletic program as well as being an asset for the entire parish. I will share more information with you as it becomes available.

Meanwhile, let us all remember our Academy community—students, teachers, staff and parents—that we will grow together in faith as well as knowledge.


A new Virginia Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credit Program will award a 65% tax credit on top of current state and federal tax deductions for donations made to the Diocese of Arlington Scholarship Foundation, which will, in turn, provide scholarships for new students wishing to attend our diocesan Catholic schools. You can receive more information by going online to http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/Scholarship_Foundation.aspx.


Please remember our Tuition Angels program that enables families with various needs to receive tuition assistance. Any amount you are able to give is welcome.


The RCIA program for those wishing to learn more about the Catholic Church and perhaps even to join the Church begins after Labor Day. Registration forms, yellow in color, are in the Narthex under the picture of the Sacred Heart. There are also brochures explaining the program and the process of becoming Catholic.

We also have registration forms at St. Bridget’s. All RCIA sessions, however, will be held Monday evenings at Sacred Heart parish in Muldowney Hall.

                                                            In Our Lord

                                                                        Father Stan Krempa

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From our new principal

“I want to thank all of Sacred Heart for the warm welcome I have received. My name is Susan Parks and I am the new principal of Sacred Heart Academy. I moved here from the Crystal Coast of North Carolina where I was Principal at Annunciation Catholic School. I grew up in Maryland and lived for many years in Northern Virginia, so I feel I am returning home.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from George Mason University, a Master of Science in Education Administration from the University of Scranton, and a Master of Religious Education from Loyola University in New Orleans. I am currently pursuing my EdD in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University.

My hobbies are my four children, seven grandchildren and Catholic education. I am very excited to be part of such a delightful community. I look forward to meeting everyone and having a wonderful 2014-2015 school year.”


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