Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Thanksgiving Message to the CMH Community

As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. – Col 2:6-7

Dear Friends and Family of Catholic Memorial High School,

When the students of the Campus Ministry Leadership Team chose their theme for this year, they looked to St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians. In these passages St. Paul conveyed the conviction that there is no way to be a believer in Christ, and not have that belief penetrate through, and emanate from, every fiber of our being. It is impossible for us to say that we are Rooted in Him and not then to abound in thanksgiving.

How fitting it is then that our CMH year already makes it so easy to connect the dots from our faith to that for which we should be offering sincere thanksgiving. Steadfast in prayer, guided by morality, always offering Caritas in Omnibus, our kids then go on to great accomplishments in the classroom, on the field and court, and on the stage. Need I list all the awards and accolades again? And they just keep coming…

As nice as the countless trophies and awards are, the object of my thankfulness today is for the people who make all those recognitions possible – the great students who work so hard; the parents who are so supportive; the teachers, coaches and directors who sacrifice so much; and alumni and past parents whose generosity is added to others to make it possible our CMH mission.

As thankful as I am for all that has come to us so far, I am equally thankful for the enthusiasm and vision that will carry CMH into an even greater future. Just last week the CMH Board of Directors approved a strategic planning report called Vision 2020. Developed over the last eight months, God-willing, in three weeks, Archbishop Listecki will approve the Vision 2020 plan. From that moment on, CMH will be blessed with a set of strategic goals for the next ten years.

Like a student who seeks knowledge, a team that seeks victory, or an actor who desires a specific response, we will now have a clear focus for our enthusiasm, hard work, support, sacrifices, and generosity. We can be so thankful to be part of the CMH family at this time in history. We have a past to be very proud of; a present to relish and enjoy; and a Vision for the future which is clear and ambitious.

Because we are Rooted in Him, we must certainly abound in thanksgiving. I pray that every member of the CMH family has a wonderful celebration of Thanksgiving with family and friends. When I celebrate mass tomorrow please be assured of my prayers of thanksgiving for all that each of you does for CMH and for our many, many successes.

In close, allow me to offer a quote from John F. Kennedy -- As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

Blessings to all!
Our Lady of Memorial, pray for us!

Fr. Paul Hartmann

Catholic Memorial High School
Named one of America’s Top 50 Catholic High Schools

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