From the Principal

Dear Parents,

On Monday morning we awoke to yet another mass shooting perpetrated on American soil, and this one was very close to home. Many of us knew someone who was attending the concert or in Las Vegas at the time of the shooting. This strikes fear and anxiety into the heart and soul of the most stable and rational person.

It is impossible to make sense of this heinous crime, and unfathomable when we examine the number of shootings that have occurred in the United States in the past few years – Las Vegas, Orlando, San Bernardino, Sandy Hook, Fort Hood, and Virginia Tech, just to name a few.   Regardless of ones viewpoint on the 2nd Amendment, we can all agree that something has to change for the safety of our children and country.

At SJBMS we encourage students to be loving, compassionate, and responsible citizens, critical thinkers, and active Christians who strive to make our society a better place. It is my hope that as our students become adults, they will actively participate in the political process to ensure the peace and tranquility of our nation.

My heart goes out to all of those affected by this senseless tragedy. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, sums up our Catholic response to this crime. He states, “At this time, we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering.  In the end, the only response is to do good - for no matter what the darkness, it will never overcome the light.  May the Lord of all gentleness surround all those who are suffering from this evil, and for those who have been killed we pray, eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.”

Edmund Burke stated, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Therefore, let us all go out and do some good to make our community a better place. Let us share love, compassion, and kindness to all. Let us stand up when we encounter injustice, hatred, or evil. Let us live our faith through good works.

Faithfully yours,

Mr. Patrick Reeder