May 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It has been said that a crisis turns into an occasion of grace. Think about this; after all, the crisis of the crucifixion turned into the grace of Resurrection. Jesus’ presence among us made the difference. The crisis of the flood at the Columbia campus has turned into an occasion of grace for us. As an Academy our sense of community has deepened; teachers helping teachers who lost all school supplies is real; the resilience and adaptability of students to new surroundings is very apparent. In addition to the Columbia crisis, the Lower Mills school renovation continues as planned. Parents and students have adapted well to new entrance/exit proceedings along with the relocations to the three sites on parish property. It was a special grace to witness “relocated” Lower Mills teachers assisting “relocated” Columbia teachers with their daily lesson plans. It was grace to know that doors at Neponset and Mattapan campuses were opened to assist the needs of the Columbia staff.

The rebuilding and renovation work is happening at both school buildings. It is expected that the new state of the art buildings will open in September. Regular meetings with Project Managers are taking place at both sites. Progress and updates will be shared with you as we become aware of them. We look forward as you do to the re-opening of our modern up to date new campus buildings with access to cutting-edge technology.

We are most grateful to the many friends of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy who have donated money to the Sister Ellen Emergency Fund as well as people giving us many, many school supplies for student use. We have been so impressed with persons giving not from their treasure but from their poverty, nourishing us with their love and compassion. This has turned the crisis into an occasion of grace for the Academy.

As Jesus' presence made a difference when He walked the earth, our presence also makes a difference. The words of the song called The Presence You Are by Jan Novotka applies to us today. “It’s not what you do, but HOW you do it. It’s not what you see, but HOW you see it. It’s not what you say, what you know or achieve, but it’s the presence, the presence you are.”

God Bless,

Sister Ellen Powers, CSJ
Regional Director

P.S.  Have you registered your son/daughter? Please do so this week; seats are filling fast.