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“Our Catholic Schools’ Hearts Go Out to Houston” Day

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On Monday, September 18, 2017, our local Catholic Schools (Sacred Heart High School, St. Mary’s School, Saints Peter and Paul School, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and Blessed Sacrament School all of Waterbury, St. Mary Magdalen School , Oakville, St. John’s School, Watertown, and St. Francis-St. Hedwig School, Naugatuck ) will participate in a “Our Catholic School’s Hearts Go Out to Houston Day”. Each school will hold a special fundraiser in order to raise funds for St. Cecelia’s Catholic School and Church in Houston, Texas which was damaged by Hurricane Harvey a few weeks ago. Sacred Heart High School chose to hold a $3.00 dress down day on this day in support of those in need.

Led initially by the efforts of Sacred Heart High School President, Mrs. Eileen M. Regan, and St. Mary’s School Principal, Mr. Jonathan DeRosa, the idea grew out of a collaborative effort between the schools to raise much needed funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.  In order to expand these efforts and have a much greater impact, both Mrs. Regan and Mr. DeRosa invited local Catholic Elementary Schools to participate as a way to also teach our students to embrace and live out the mission of the Church through the Corporal Works of Mercy. The Corporal Works of Mercy are the kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs: specifically for this undertaking, to feed the hungry, to shelter the homeless, to clothe the naked, and to give alms to the poor.

Sacred Heart High School alumna and Houston resident, Mrs. Cynthia Carrafa-Petrello, class of 1972, was contacted by Mrs. Regan to help find and reach-out to a needy Catholic organization in Houston. Mrs. Petrello, herself a victim of Hurricane Harvey, was overwhelmed with the thought that her alma mater would think of those in Houston. In her words to Mrs. Regan, “your email fills me with tears of joy and pride in you and our beloved Sacred Heart High School, along with those from the City of Waterbury as you round up support from our Catholic Schools”.  Cynthia put her wheels into motion and contacted a local clergy friend, Father John Rooney, who ironically has a friend from CT in Sister Mary Roberta Conners, FSE (a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist) living in Houston, Texas and who has ties to our very own Sister Frances Zajac’s Franciscan order in Meriden, CT .  They knew of St. Cecelia’s Catholic School and Church who are in dire need and would greatly benefit from our donations.  Father Francis Macatangay, Pastor of St. Cecelia’s, has been contacted and is overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for the efforts of Sacred Heart High School and the Waterbury area Catholic Elementary Schools.

At this time Mrs. Eileen Regan of Sacred Heart High School welcomes anyone wanting to make a donation to the St. Cecelia School and Church fund to simply send their checks made out to SHHS, to 142 S. Elm Street, Waterbury, CT 06706. Parents of Sacred Heart High School have already begun to donate to the fund.

Because these collaborative efforts were organized a few weeks ago, prior to Hurricane Irma, all of us in our individual school communities continue to pray daily for all the victims affected by both hurricane Harvey and most recently, hurricane Irma in Florida.