Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, April 11, 2021

Jesus died so that we may live……..So live well!

We have been talking about respect with the older students at Sacred Heart School. The first step to choosing respect is to honor oneself. Then, to see this honor reflected in others and to treat others with dignity and courtesy. We have been struggling with this because respect involves free will, is a chosen attitude and involves a lot of self-control. Choosing to be respectful when you are 10 or 11 can be difficult.

What does Easter mean?

Sometimes our children and the students at Sacred Heart forget to try hard. They need to care more about their day. They have slipped into a pattern of not wanting to work hard or they are spending more time coming up with excuses instead of taking the same time to just do our work.

Sometimes the students forget to care about the people around them. My team won at kick ball, why do I care if the teams were very uneven? Why do I care about grades? Why do I care about giving my best effort? Why do I care about how I treat other students? Or my teacher?

The answer is so simple. We care because we are made to care. Your life is important and everything about you matters. Jesus on the cross is your constant reminder that you are so loved and so needed, that you are worth dying for.

“May the Lord be on my mind, on my lips and in my heart”.  We are all familiar with this action made before the reading of the Gospel. By heart we especially mean our will, affections, emotions and passions.

God’s Image and Likeness

This spiritual aspect of human nature is the reason we are described, both in Scripture and Tradition, as being made in God’s image and likeness. When God declares he will create humanity “in our image, according to our likeness” (Gen 1:26), this does not refer to a physical likeness; it refers to certain God-given capacities which are not only proper to our human nature but also unique to it. Put simply, we are made in God’s image because we alone have been made capable of knowing and loving as God does. We alone, “of all visible creatures” are “called to share, by knowledge and love, in God’s own life” (CCC 356).

Through Christ, we learn not only that God is good, but that we too are good: that everything about us that makes us truly human is given to us by God as a reflection, an image, of His own pre-eminent goodness.

To be created in God’s image and likeness, and to have had that image restored by the grace of Christ, is a call to live human life fully, authentically and joyfully. So do not fall victim to complacency and arrogance. Open your eyes to living in God’s image as a light of Christ. Respect yourself and respect all of God’s people.


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

Sacred Heart School


Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the

unconditional love of Jesus.

Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.


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