FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Kudos for Visi BVM School: We received a letter from the Office of Catholic Education recently notifying us that we’ve earned a 2019 Archdiocesan School of Distinguished Instruction award. This recognition acknowledges schools where the students have achieved a full year of academic growth at every grade level in every content area as measured on the TerraNova (TN) exam. Academic growth is determined by an analysis of Normal Curve Equivalent (NCE) scores on the TN. When the NCE is the same for two consecutive years (or the second year NCE score is higher than the first year NCE score), the grade has demonstrated a full year of growth. The awards ceremony was held on Friday, September 13th and presided over by the Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia Overseeing Catholic Education, Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, and the Secretary of Elementary Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Dr. Andrew McLaughlin. Across the Archdiocese, forty elementary schools were acknowledged at the ceremony. Bishop Fitzgerald pointed out that the number of schools recognized doesn’t diminish the honor; instead, it speaks to the quality of Catholic education in the Philadelphia area. Sister M. Barbara Brahl, I.H.M., our Principal, and I were honored to accept this award on behalf our entire school community, especially faculty and staff whose dedication is evident with this award. Congratulations!!!
Visitation BVM Parish Mission: Our parish is greatly blest by the enthusiasm & wisdom shared with us on the evenings of September 22-24, ’19 from Fr. Stephen DeLacy, the Vocations Director for our Archdiocese—who spoke about the 3 more so familiar archangels: Gabriel, the Messenger of God; Raphael, the Healer of God; & Michael, the Warrior of God. Thanks to Fr. DeLacy & to so many of our parishioners who came out those evenings for some good spiritual input & sharing. On the Monday evening of the Mission, we had numerous priests join us in order to offer everyone an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, & many availed themselves of God’s mercy by means of a good confession. May there be many unfolding blessings that benefit our parish family be means of these grace-filled & holy days.