May – The Month of Our Lady
May is the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth. Recall that the Academy’s crest symbolizes our belief that Mary plays a special role in our apostolate. The Fleur-de-Lis signifies the motherhood of Mary and the mission of the school in assisting families. The Crown, at the top of our crest signifies the Academy’s trust in the protection of the prayers of Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven. Mary’s mantle has been tightly wrapped around all at the Academy this year. Perhaps the first outward manifestation of this was the time our faculty was blessed to spend in reflection at the Marian shrine on the hill that overlooks Mount Saint Mary’s in Maryland where we attended the Catholic Classical Education Conference last summer. Next, Bishop Walkowiak celebrated his first Mass and made his first visit to Sacred Heart on October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Yesterday, Father Peter, during his homily, reminded us of the significance of Our Lady of the Rosary (also known as Our Lady of Victory) in the survival of Christendom. This reference was part of Father Peter’s discussion of Pope Saint Pius V, and who was the pope during Mary’s intercession in Christendom’s victory at the Battle of Lepant. Our Montessori program was blessed and consecrated to Mary, the Immaculate Conception on December 8. Our first lunch program was in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Many additional personal blessings have been received by members of the Academy community as a result of their own personal consecrations to Jesus through Mary. During our first school assembly, our students learned about Our Lady of Czestochowa, whose icon hangs in the baptismal alcove to the left of the sacristy door in our church.