Blessed Virgin Mary Church
Dr. John Sandy, PhD, visits our students at their "Boys to Men" Meeting
On Monday, November 21, the boys in grades five through eight at Blessed Virgin Mary School were fortunate to have a guest speaker come to their "Boys to Men" meeting in the parish church.
The Boys to Men meetings were begun about four years ago by Father Joseph M. Corley, our parish pastor. The meetings take place several times throughout the school year. Father Corley perceived the need for young men to meet and discuss issues of today's youth, with the opportunity to guide them in making ethical, moral decisions as they grow to maturity. Father invited a friend, Dr. John Sandy, PhD, to come and talk about his life's story, and how the support system of family, friends and faith contributed to his personal success.
Doctor Sandy told of his being born in Sierra Leone, West Africa; growing up motherless after the age of one; being orphaned at the age of 12, when his beloved father died. He related how, at his father's urging, he pursued a good education which led to a life of success. Although he encountered hardships, he was fortunate to have the support of his Catholic Faith family throughout his life, which he considers a great foundation for his success.
Doctor Sandy is now a citizen of the United States, where he holds a position in Washington, DC.
He is the author of a book, "Pointers to Success", in which he wrote a dedication to Father Corley. (It is available on Amazon.)
At his meeting with the students Dr. Sandy discussed the importance of "creating a roadmap" for success:
to find something you would be happy in achieving, to set a goal, to stay focused, to find a mentor, and to ask for guidance fromprofessionals in that avocation.
Dr. Sandy was a cheerful, patient guest, who joyfully answered questions from the students.
As the students came forward to exit the meeting, he shook the hand of each, while demonstrating to them the importance of making eye contact with a firm handshake. The boys were happy to do so.
It was an enjoyable experience for these young men, as they learned much about setting and reaching their personal goal for a successful future .
Office for Clergy
Dear Brother Priests and Deacons,
I am sharing the message below on behalf from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC). The PCC is urging Catholics across the Commonwealth to contact their state representatives in support of proposed increases for tax credits available through the existing Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs.
These initiatives provide much needed financial aid for students attending Catholic schools in the Philadelphia region and throughout the state. Below is additional information from the PCC as well as a link you can use to contact your local legislator quickly and easily. Please consider sharing this material broadly with others. Thank you.
Information from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference/Link to Contact Your State Representative
House Bill 250proposes to increase tax credits available under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program by $50 million (raising it to $175 million) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program by $25 million (raising it to $75 million).
The EITC and the OSTC programs have always achieved bipartisan support and have been acclaimed as two of the best educational programs Pennsylvania offers to students in both public and private schools.
The tax credit scholarships have been a Godsend for students seeking a Catholic or other private education in Pennsylvania. Every Catholic school in all corners of this great Commonwealth benefits from the EITC or OSTC programs.
Each year more than 40,000 families get a scholarship that permits the parents to send their children to a Catholic or another private school. It gives these families a true choice in the right educational path for their children.
Additionally, the program assists countless Pennsylvania students in traditional public schools. Educational Improvement Organizations direct a portion of the tax credits to support innovative educational programs that enhance the regular public school curriculum.
Urge your state Representative to invest in success and support the expansion of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs
by voting YES on HB 250. Please visit the following link to send your state representative a message
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. Daniel J. Sullivan
Vicar for Clergy