The Holy Season of Advent has now begun. It’s somewhat ironic, yet perhaps intentionally so, that as followers of Christ, we are called to focus our attention on what His coming, the miracle of the Incarnation, means for us at a time when we are distracted by the mundane aspects of the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays, which seem to zap so much of our time and energy. Yet the very purpose of the season is to recognize, acknowledge and celebrate that the Divine has become human, in order to reconnect as humans back to the Divine, from which we have come. No matter how busy we are, our souls need to focus on this miraculous reality of unfathomable love. We were once lost, but God stretched out His hand, through His only Son, to bring us back to Him.
In my eight-and-a-half blessed years at Catholic Central, I have tried to remind our community - students, parents and alumni - that all we do must be done with the focus of believers in Jesus Christ and as faithful members of His Church. The best complaint I ever overheard from a student walking down the hallway one day was, “Pray, pray, pray… all we ever do around here is pray.” Yes, that’s right, we are a prayerful people. We pray to ask God to bless our day. We pray before any of a number of activities and athletic-based events. We pray when we are sad and in mourning. We pray when we are grateful and filled with joy. We pray for one another. We pray for those who suffer. Our prayer inspires us to do the right thing, to share our gifts, and to care for one another with love. People will rightfully point out when our actions do not reflect the Gospel to which we are committed. We pray because we need God’s grace to be true to our faith in every aspect of our lives.
As per usual, there is much to celebrate and be grateful for here at Catholic Central. It is sometimes hard to know where to begin, and I am never successful at pointing out to the community the totality of the good happening. Nonetheless, here we go!
On Saturday, December 1, the VEX Shambots (one of our two robotics teams) competed at Cranbrook in their final regular season competition of the year. The team finished their season strong, with all teams finishing qualifying with a winning record. In the playoffs, The C-team joined up with team 38X from Cranbrook in the third seeded alliance to advance to finals in dominating style, including a 30-1 upset of the #2 seed. In the finals, they went on to defeat the #1 seed and take the tournament championship. The C-team will join the A-team in competing at the Michigan State Championship in March. Thanks to all of our supporters for helping us through another fantastic regular season! When I began as principal of CC in 2010, we had a handful of students dedicated to robotics. Now, thanks to some overworked yet very dedicated teachers and coaches, dozens upon dozens of the Men of CC dedicate themselves to this growing activity.