Mother Clelia Merloni

Dear Parent,

The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a religious congregation founded in Italy in 1894 by Mother Clelia Merloni.    She was a remarkably dynamic spiritual leader who sent sisters to serve the needs of the Church in the United States and South America within a few years of the beginning of her congregation.

She led a life of amazing holiness and goodness and was Beatified by Pope Francis on Nov. 3, 2018 in Rome.  

A number of sisters of Blessed Clelia’s congregation have served and currently serve in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee:

     —Sr. Elizabeth Knight served as Principal of Sacred Heart Cathedral School from 1993 to 2009.

     —Sr. Margaret Kuntz is Diocesan Director of Faith Formation and has served in Pensacola since 1986.   Sr. Margaret Ann Calcutta has taught in the St. John Catholic School Morning Star Program since 2012, and Sr. Kierstin has served at Pensacola Catholic High School since 1987. 

The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are inviting you to join us at a Mass celebrating the Beatification of Blessed Clelia Merloni, with Bishop William Wack as principal celebrant, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a reception in the Ave Maria Hall.    We hope that you can join us!

Please use this link (copy and paste into your browser) to view the online invitation and to access the RSVP portal: https://form.jotform.com/83413249015148

Yours in the Sacred Heart,

Sr. Margaret Kuntz, Sr. Kierstin Martin, Sr. Margaret Ann Calcutta

Summer Camp Opportunity

Families, you are invited to consider Good Counsel Summer Camp in Central Florida. It’s a Catholic youth camp outside of Tampa. Mr. Reding has already invited the boys bible study and public school families from the parish. So far there are several families intending to register their children.

The website is goodcounselcamp.org . It’s about 6 hours away in Floral City, north of Tampa. As the website and FB page illustrate, if offers canoeing, fishing, camp fires, hiking, archery, crafts, and times of prayer.

The only one-week offering is June 23-29. This is what most Sacred Heart families are considering. However, there is also a camp July 14-26.

 There is no group registration. You register as individual families. The best price, $370, is if you register and pay by March 1.

Please let Mr. Reding know if you do register, that way he can help families carpool if they choose.

Step Up for Students Enrollment for New Families

New families can now apply through Step Up For Students for the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship for the 2019-20 school year. 

Please note that the priority processing deadline for Renewal families has passed meaning all applications are now processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order all documents are received, regardless of family scholarship status. Please encourage your families to apply as soon as possible as funding is limited. Additionally, Florida Statute requires Step Up For Students to give priority to lower income families. If a new family’s income is found to be greater than 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, their student(s) will be placed on a waiting list.

Helpful Information:

• All applicants must have an active e-mail address to create an online application. If an applicant created an account in the past, the same email address should be used to apply for the 2019-20 school year. 

• Parents can upload documents immediately to their online application. They can also submit required documents via fax.

• Schools MAY NOT ask for, or require, a parent to provide their username or password in order to access the student’s scholarship account.

This message does not apply to the Gardiner Scholarship Program for children with certain special needs or the Hope Scholarship for students who are bullied.

Noon Dismissal Today

Parents,

We want to make sure that the parents of our younger students are aware of today’s early dismissal.  This was not originally on the school calendar, but has been implemented to accommodate the Memorial Mass at 2:00 p.m. for Quinn Garrett, an eighth grade student at Sacred Heart.

Extended care will be available.

Please check your email for messages from Dyna and Mrs. Snow for more details about dismissal and the Memorial Mass.

SHCS Text Messaging

Parents, as mentioned in the flyer sent home with students on Tuesday, we are adding text messaging capability to SchoolMessenger Communicate, the system we use now for phone calls and emails. The system will be configured to send text messages to cell phone numbers whose recipients have agreed to receive them.
 
Recipients can easily opt-in by simply sending “Y” (or “Yes”), via text message to 67587
 
If we have an SMS text phone number for you on file AND you have not already opted-in by texting “Y” to 67587, on Tuesday, January 29th, you should receive the following text from 67587 requesting you to opt-in to continue receiving important informational text messages from SHCS:
 
“SHCS alerts. Reply Y 2 confirm, HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies.schoolmessenger.com/txt”
 
You will not receive any further text messages if you do not reply Y to this text.  If you DO confirm and later want to cancel text messages, text STOP to 67587.