Friends of Blessed Sacrament,

As the spiritual leader of our school community, our school’s Mission and Catholic Identity remain our top priorities. In her wisdom, our Catholic Church firmly communicates that “The Catholic school loses its purpose without constant reference to the Gospel and a frequent encounter with Christ.”

Each summer, I take time to pray and reflect upon the previous school year and look ahead to the hopes, dreams, and challenges a new year. I then ask the Holy Spirit to guide me on selecting a spiritual theme for our faculty and staff, parents and grandparents, and students that will help drive our new year.

I would imagine that I am not alone in experiencing an array of emotions at this moment in time. Just as the global health pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, our nation’s social norms are being thrown into the public square forcing difficult conversations to occur. Rightfully so, anxiety and fear has overshadowed our calmness and joy. A spiritual meteorologist would most likely refer to these difficult encounters are storms. But as the short poem reads, “Storms, they come and go. When surrounded by dark clouds, remember the sun.”

Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, I kept going back to the passage in the Gospel of St. Luke where the wind and waves became unbearable for Jesus’ disciples. After calming the storm, Jesus asked, “Where is your faith?” It is in the eye of the storm that we find the only source of calmness – our God.  In the middle of everything we are facing – health, the unknown, social unrest, financial strains, or troubled faith – I believe God is asking us, “Where is your faith?”

Therefore, I have selected In the Eye of the Storm as our school’s spiritual theme for the 2020/2021 school year. Despite any challenges and obstacles, we will remain #InThisTogether because the Blessed Sacrament remains in control.

I invite you to listen to Ryan Stevenson’s Eye of the Storm which is a perfect music video for our year!

Please know that I continue to pray for each of you every single day.  May the Holy Family of Jesus, the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph continue to watch over each of you.

In service to the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament,

Michael Fierro