Join us March 28 – April 1 for a Busy Person’s Retreat at the Academy of the Sacred Heart
A busy person’s retreat (BPR) is a week-long retreat for people like yourself, a busy person in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. It begins with an Opening Prayer and an opportunity to meet your Spiritual Companion on Monday afternoon at the Academy.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday you are encouraged to take a half hour of personal prayer each day and to meet with your Companion to discuss your spiritual journey and to help you discover the movements of God in your life. The retreat closes with prayer/reflection on Friday afternoon.
The BPR is open to all and is an invitation to live mindfully in God’s presence in the midst of your busy, daily activities and to learn how to integrate this into your life even after the retreat is over.
To date, Academy alums have raised more than $21,000 for the 2020-21 Annual Fund. Now in its third year, March for the Heart, our Alumni Annual Fund Challenge, seeks to boost overall alum participation and gifts to the Annual Fund. Thanks to our generous Academy alums, last year we raised $10,207 during this 2-week campaign from nearly 100 donors!
Virtual Busy Person’s Retreat at the Academy of the Sacred Heart
This flexible retreat opportunity is open to ALL Academy alumni, faculty, staff, parents and trustees, whatever your faith tradition. If you are unable to commit to all the components of the retreat, please don’ t let that hold you back from participating. Be open to whatever you need in this moment. The Spirit works, no matter what.
“As a child at St. Charles and later as Assistant Principal, I loved our beautiful tradition of giving generously to those in need during the Christmas season. Thank you for organizing the alums so that we, too, could participate in this beautiful event.” — Mary Pat White, RSCJ ’59
We knew our 7th Annual Alumni Christmas Basket Collection would be different this year, but we were unprepared for the overwhelming generosity from alumni and parents of alumni! Nearly 900 items were delivered via our Amazon registry or dropped off in-person and $5,445 was raised to purchase an additional 3,700 items. On behalf of the Academy alumni, 83 baskets were contributed to the school’s overall effort, significantly impacting so many in our community!
For the past several years, alums have commemorated Philippine’s Feast (Nov. 18) with a Day of Service. Not only is this a community builder among alums, it is a direct expression of Goal 3 of Sacred Heart education: a social awareness which impels to action. In the past, our alums have served at area organizations as well as completed projects on the Academy’s campus.
For this unique year, we are planning projects on the Academy campus where we will be following our safety guidelines (temp checks, social distancing and mask wearing). We’ll begin at 8:30 a.m. with prayer in the Shrine, followed by coffee, juice and donuts in the Cafeteria. Projects will begin around 9 a.m.
MARCH for the HEART, our Alumni Annual Fund Challenge, runs from March 17-31. Our goal is to increase overall alumni participation, so YOUR gift ― no matter the amount ― is gratefully received and benefits every Academy student every day.