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Mercy High School Opens Nationwide Search for New President
The Presidential Search Committee has recently posted criteria that they are seeking in the next leader of Mercy High School, a Christ-centered Catholic diocesan college preparatory high school for young women, located in Middletown, Connecticut. Founded in 1963, Mercy is a highly rated, private high school committed to providing a challenging educational experience in a safe and nurturing environment, as well as to exemplifying Catholic values and the mission of the Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA). Mercy aims to provide a learning environment that fosters ...

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Students Welcome Refugees and Immigrants
Recently the third through sixth grade faith formation students at St. Matthew Church completed a stewardship project benifitting refugees and immigrants that are being helped by Sr. Mary Jude from the parish of Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in Windham and the organization IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services) from New Haven. The students gathered donations and filled two-gallon zip lock baggies with essential items for the refugees and immigrants.  Accompanied by a welcome card the bags included toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, deodorant, dish ...

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Diocese Honors Teens for Leadership and Character
Bishop Michael Cote recently presented three high school students with the St. Timothy Award for outstanding Catholic character, integrity and Christian leadership. The three recipients are Ann Lucia Bernadette Geoly, a student at Ledyard High School and member of Our Lady of Lourdes in Gales Ferry; Nathalie O’Neill, a student at Mercy High School and member of St. Pius X in Middletown; and Olivia Riccio, a student at Morgan High School and a member of St. Mary of the Visitation in Clinton. The St. Timothy Award is sponsored by the National Federation for Cathol...

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Former Student Honors Sister Barbara Gould
Sister Barbara Gould, R.S.M. gets a big surprise during the annual Teachers' Institute held on November 12 at the Holiday Inn in Norwich. Dr. Patrick Slattery, Executive Director of the Xaverian sponsored schools was the keynote speaker for the Institute. Sister Barbara was his elementary school principal of Our Lady of Mercy School in Madison, CT during the 1980s. During Dr. Slattery's presentation, Sister Barbara was shown a surprise slide of the dedication to her from his class yearbook. She was also honored with a lovely gift and a cake whic...

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Saint Bernard School Students Celebrate Achievements
Students at Saint Bernard School in Uncasville recently celebrated several noteworthy achievements: The Mock Trial team won both of its trials against Xavier and will be advancing to the next round of the competition.               Also, the SBS Debate Team earned first place in the preliminary round of the Dr. Grace Sawyer Jones Debate at Norwich Free Academy and will advance to the semi-finals in February.       And the Spanish Honor Society collected 140 pairs of children...

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Superintendent's Letter: Let's Keep Jesus at the Center of Advent and Christmas
My Dear Friends, Advent is upon us. It is a time of great anticipation of the coming of our Savior, Jesus. We hear a lot from the prophet Isaiah in our readings during this season. Isaiah is the most quoted prophet in the New Testament and his book is second only to Psalms in the number of quotations from scripture in the New Testament. He was troubled by the moral breakdown of his time. His message is as relevant today as it was many centuries ago. He tried to remind the people of the need to keep God’s covenant if Israel was to remain God’s chosen peo...

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Sacred Heart Students Win Second Place In Statewide Christmas Tree Festival
Exhibit at Knights of Columbus museum in New Haven to be on display until February FCC News Desk Fifth-graders from Sacred Heart School in Groton traveled to the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven on December 2 with their handmade ornaments. They were there to participate in the museum’s 19th annual Christmas Tree Festival. They had worked for weeks under the guidance of teacher Megan Scully-Rowe and Kristen Thornton, Sacred Heart’s art teacher, to create decorations that fit the festival’s theme of “Christmas in Europe.” The f...

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Powered by the Son AND the Sun! Xavier High Goes Solar
As a Catholic high school, Xavier High School has always been fully powered by The Son. Now it also is fully powered by the sun. There are about 1,300 solar panels on the roof and the side of the school. That’s a big number, but these other numbers, Greenhouse Gas offset statistics, tell more of the story as Xavier is about six months into the solar process: 74.12 tons of methane 150.8 tons of carbon 0.55 kilotons of carbon dioxide. All of that while generating 422.6 megawatt hours of clean power. “Through the Greenhouse Gas offset, 74 to...

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St. Bernard School Senior is Recipient of St. Edmund's Honor Scholarship
By Shari L. Marderness St. Bernard School senior Lauren O’Donnell was recognized as the 2020 St. Edmund’s Honor Scholarship Recipient on October 25th during the 16th Annual St. Edmund’s Medal of Honor Dinner at the Mystic Marriott Hotel. The scholarship was established in memory of the members of the Society of St. Edmund who served as faculty and staff members of St. Bernard School. Instituted in 2007, the endowed Saint Edmund’s Honor Scholarship is given annually to a first semester senior of St. Bernard School who has shown, through acade...

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Superintendent's Letter: November is a Busy Month for Our Catholic Schools
My Dear Friends, November is a busy month in our Catholic Schools. We keep the Catholic tradition of teaching about the feast days, and during this month we celebrate many. I encourage all parents to speak to your children about these special days of rich heritage in our Catholic faith. It is important for the next generation to be aware of and familiar with why these special feasts, memorials, and solemnities are so important in our attempts to propagate our faith from generation to generation. On November 28, we celebrate a national holiday which also ties into our...

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