I am excited to introduce to you our new Principal, Sister Erin Zubal, OSU, who will be saying a few words at all the Masses this weekend. The “OSU” at the end of her name stands for “Order of St. Ursula” as she is an Ursuline Nun. The Ursulines have a very long history of service in the Diocese of Cleveland and have expanded their ministry of teaching far beyond the classroom, though many of us remember how wonderfully they taught us in Catholic School.
Sister Erin jumped into her work as Principal long before she even started receiving a paycheck from us. The last four months she has taken the time to learn from our former principal, Diane Weiss, who helped her tremendously to make a smooth transition. Sister has done incredible work with our maintenance crew organizing and cleaning our school building. But there is much more we would like to do so she will be asking for your help this weekend. What we do have to share with you though is that Sister was able to procure the help of Sherwin Williams in painting Lux Hall (our gym). They donated all the paint and the labor & it looks fantastic. We paid only for the labor to have the ceiling painted since that required scaffolding and special equipment. I’m really proud of how it turned out and am anxious for all of you to see it. But again, this was due to Sister’s initiative and also to the generosity of our Athletic Department which donated new items for the gym since as a scoreboard, new matts, and several other things from the money they have raised throughout the year. We continue to clean, organize & improve the looks and functionality of our school building & gym so that we can be proud of our facilities. The best news about our school is that we have increased our enrollment this year for both our Elementary and Preschool, with a full kindergarten class & full-time preschool class. We are very pleased with all that Sister Erin has done so far and look forward to all that she will bring to our school in the coming months & years.
I ask you to pray for Jack Habrat, one of our faithful Mass parishioners who had a heart attack a couple weeks ago. His wife Margaret has been at his side and we keep praying for his recovery. Please say a prayer for him now as you read this.
We also celebrated the funeral Mass for 95 year old parishioner Leokardia Los and extend our sympathies to her daughter Roma. May Leokardia, whose name includes the patron of our parish, rest forever with St. Leo and all the saints.