(Prayer offered for the entire La Salle Academy educational community on Friday, 27 April 2018–Intercultural Week)
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.
You are who you are when no-one is watching. If you have had the pleasure of working alongside Coach Marcone or as one of his players you have probably heard this saying before or something quite similar. Mr. Pacia shared a prayer with us in the past centered around this idea and I would like to make a connection as well as it relates to mission. Mission is not a catch-phrase, slogan, or marketing campaign. Mission is not words; it is action. As Lasallians we are called to live our mission each day. I was recently reminded of a school in Chicago that transformed its mission into a creed. Each morning the faculty, staff, and students recite this creed as a reminder of who they are and wish to be. I would like to share this creed with you as I have altered it slightly.
Your homeroom teachers will have the words displayed on the SmartBoard and I would ask that you silently read along.
Let us pray,
We are the young men and women of La Salle Academy.
We are exceptional—not because we say it, but because we work hard at it.
We will not falter in the face of any obstacle placed before us.
We never succumb to uncertainty or fear.
We are dedicated, committed, and focused.
We never fail because we never give up.
We make no excuses.
We choose to live honestly and with integrity.
We respect ourselves and, in doing so, respect all people.
We have a future for which we are accountable.
We have a responsibility to our families, community, and world.
We believe in ourselves.
We believe in each other.
We believe in La Salle Academy.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle…..pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts…..forever.
Stephen Emerson–Math Teacher