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The Pastor’s Corner



Several weeks ago, I announced the name of the new principal for Sacred Heart Academy. About a week later, our candidate called to say that he cannot come for family reasons. Our search committee met again. The position of principal for Sacred Heart Academy was posted again by the Office of Catholic Schools.

I am happy to announce that we now have a new principal. Her name is Mrs. Susan Parks who comes to us from the Diocese of Raleigh. Mrs. Parks has been principal of Annunciation School in Havelock, North Carolina for four years. She also has a decade of classroom teaching experience prior to that. Mrs. Parks is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from Northcentral University. She has ties to Northern Virginia in that she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from George Mason University. Mrs. Parks will be coming to our area and to the Academy in early August.

Her “hands –on” experience and energy will make for a strong continuation of the academic excellence and Catholic identity that make Sacred Heart Academy a great school.

When Mrs. Parks arrives, she will use the opportunities we have to meet the faculty as well as the parents of Sacred Heart Academy. Let us all remember her to the Lord in prayer that she will continue the great traditions of the Academy and that we will grow together in wisdom, age and grace.

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Many thanks to Khris Arnold, Joseph Rocha, and Lisa Anthony-Price and all who worked on our Vacation Bible School. About 80 children were registered. It was a week of fun, new friends and, most importantly, a chance to learn more about the Mass.

It is great to see our parishioners of many ages team up to provide an enjoyable, spiritual and well–organized program for our young people.

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In mid-August we will have the Little Sisters of the Poor come by to briefly describe their work and to seek any assistance you may be able to give them. They will speak very briefly at all the Masses. Please be generous.

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We are in the summer season for vacations. I would ask all of our liturgical ministers (servers, readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and ushers) to please try to obtain a substitute if you will not be available for a particular assignment. Please help us keep our roster of assignments complete for each Mass.



                                                            In Our Lord

                                                                        Father Stan Krempa


How can we know if the Holy Spirit is working in our lives?

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After the feast of Pentecost, we are reminded of the transformation of the disciples from ordinary men into bold evangelizers of the Word. We are all called to become bold and joyful evangelizers of the Word. We are all called to spread the Word with our lives, with our words, and with our love. How do we know if the Spirit is in us guiding us? Fr. Robert Barron has clear guidelines for us to use: