Friends of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and School,

In a few short days, we will once again gather around the dinner table to give thanks for the many blessings we have experienced in our lives.

This year’s Thanksgiving Holiday will look vastly different from years past.  For the past nine months, our world has been forced to dramatically change due to the current health pandemic.  Time honored traditions traditions of preparing the perfect Thanksgiving meal being  invoked with the sound of laughter and football in the background will be smaller and in some cases, non-existent.  For some in our community, an empty chair will be a memory of someone who lost their battle with COVID-19.

As humans, it can be extremely easy to overlook gratitude this year.  Emotions of fear and frustration, sadness and grief, anger and anxiety replace the excitement that comes with the beginning of the Christmas season.  As Christians, however, we must be mindful that Christ must be the center of the Thanksgiving Holiday because it is through His unconditional love that we have been given so many blessings.

As your parish’s principal, there are many things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving season. I will be offering a prayer of thanksgiving for the ability to safely reopen our campus.  Just recently, we celebrated our three month anniversary of our school year.  Our Eighth Grade Class was able to attend their annual retreat at MO Ranch in the Texas Hill Country.  Our 2020 Big Give SA was a success providing the financial stability for our first semester.  I am grateful for a parent and grandparent community who strongly believes in our mission and vision and remains committed to our faith community.  I am thankful for an incredible faculty and staff who have gone above and beyond in placing their own anxieity and fears aside for the ability to welcome children into our school.  Most importantly, however, I am grateful for the presence of the children in my life for they remain my energy, strength, and endurance in my vocation of Catholic school ministry during this extremely difficult time.

I thank you for the opportunity to serve as principal of your parish school and the support you lend for our advancement.

I pray that you and your family be abundantly blessed with God’s grace.  May we continue to evangelize the Good News to our children for the glory of God and the good of His children!

With a grateful heart,

Michael Fierro