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The Pastor’s Corner



With the coming end of summer, the church choirs are coming back. We will have the adult choir at the 11:15, the contemporary choir at 9:15, the boys and girls choirs and the teen choir. We will continue our blend of traditional and contemporary selections. This coming year, we will not be learning a lot of new music, but reinforcing what we already know. I would like to mention three points of note.

First, during the seasons of Advent, Lent and Easter and certain other Sundays we will close the Mass with either a classical Marian Antiphon (Alma Redemptoris Mater, Ave Regina Caelorum, Salve Regina) or a hymn. On the Sunday of “ordinary time” we will close with a postlude. A postlude closes the Mass in the Roman tradition (like the Pope’s Mass) but also helps avoid people leaving during the final hymn.

Secondly, at Communion time, we will sing a psalm with a repeating antiphon (like the Responsorial Psalm). This is not only an ancient usage in the church but enables people to join in the singing of the refrain as it quickly becomes familiar.

Thirdly, We will be using a new bilingual misalettes (English on the left, Spanish on the Right). Currently, we are ordering two misalettes, one for the English Masses and on for the Spanish Mass. A single misalettes is more cost effective. Also, all the hymns will now come from the green hymnal.

At the end of the year, we will reflect on these changes. If you would like to join one of the choirs, please contact our music director, Paul Campbell.


In Our Lord,

Father Stan Krempa

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From our new principal

“I want to thparksank 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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