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We are all sinners. But God heals us with an abundance of grace, mercy, and tenderness.

- Pope Francis


Fr. Chris Beretta, OSFS

In recognition of the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis, a brief reflection will bridge themes from the scriptures to our life and mission as a school community during the season of Lent.

God is a fool

This weekend’s gospel featured the parable of the Prodigal Son. I’ve never really cared for that title; it has always seemed to me that there are two sons in the story, and neither one are exemplary. The first son, of course, screws up in the most public and obvious way imaginable; everyone knows he is a mess. The second son is more subtle. He’s a success on the surface, but his resentment regarding his father’s generosity is telling about his motives as he calculates the right moves to capitalize on his brother’s absence and corner the market of his father’s favor.

For his part, the forgiving father of the story simply loves his sons. He gives his love away so freely and easily, the world would certainly consider him a fool. As in the story, we are all blessed by the foolishness of a Father’s unconditional love. Like the first son, there’s nothing we can do that can make God love us any less: no sin is too grave, or mistake sufficiently catastrophic, to place us beyond God’s forgiveness. And like the second son, there’s nothing we can do to make God love us any more: no grand achievement, no heroic act of service or charity or faithfulness can punch our ticker or earn our way into a place of special rank or favor. We are already loved fully and completely. God is so insanely in love with each of us that forgiving our flaws and mistakes, our pettiness and our jealousy, comes easily and effortlessly. It is as if he is blinded by his love for us and sees only the original goodness at our core.

To reconnect with that source of love and mercy, consider spending some time this Lent doing nothing. For many of us, this is not an easy task and is actually quite a penance. But sometimes, the best exercise for our spiritual growth is to stop long enough to catch our breath, unplug, and simply let God love us for who we are, in the present moment, with no other agenda or strings attached. At school, we start all our prayers with the invitation to “pause and remember that we are in the presence of God.”  Sometimes, that is the only prayer we ever need.



Mr. Jude Szczerba, Dean of Academic


3rd Quarter Report Cards
The end of the 3rd quarter is approaching quickly. Continued eligibility for extracurricular activities through the 4th quarter depends upon 3rd quarter grades. Students involved in the spring musical, in spring sports, and in activities that extend through April and May should be particularly attentive to eligibility requirements. Freshmen should be aware that this is the last quarter in which the minimum GPA for eligibility will be 1.75. To participate in 1st quarter activities as sophomores, the 4th quarter GPA must be above 2.0 in addition to the regular requirements for passing work in other courses.  Please note that the cumulative GPA, calculated from final grades at the end of the school year, does not affect extracurricular eligibility.


Course selection and scheduling for 2016-2017
Teachers have reviewed all course selection information entered into the computer by students.  Some phase changes will still be made after the 3rd and 4th quarters.  Next, our school and college counselors will review student course selections.  As a result of this review process, some adjustments will be made to student requests.  Students will receive an updated list of approved course requests in March. Each year, there are a few electives that are not run due to low student interest.  Students who selected these electives will be scheduled for one of their alternate choices.


Students Currently Taking Algebra I Phase 2 (course number 409 or 412)
Information will be available shortly for our summer Algebra I course. Students in the Class of 2019 currently enrolled in phase 2 Algebra I are required to take this summer course to prepare for Geometry if their final grade is below a “C.”  Some students will be recommended but not required to take this course. The course will involve 3 meetings total at Salesianum; the rest of the course work will be completed online over the course of 8 weeks under the guidance of a Salesianum teacher.  The cost of this course will be finalized shortly



Mr. Mike Gallagher, Dean of Student Life,
Mr. Bill Dinardo, Assistant Principal for Student Discipline,
Mr. Dan Jackman, Director of Student Activities,


Rebound: The Chris Herren Story
Due to popular demand from our students, we have arranged for Chris Herren to return to Salesianum on Monday, March 14 to speak about his fight for sobriety. Chris will present twice on March 14, once in the afternoon to the students and later that evening at 7:00 PM for families. We encourage all families to make time to join us for this presentation.

Herren excelled on the basketball court becoming one of the top Division 1 prospects in the country, but his basketball success concealed a darker side, and his dream soon became a nightmare of addiction – first alcohol, then cocaine, finally heroin. A chaotic and often uncertain career plagued by drugs and rehab led to the NBA. Chris has been drug-free and alcohol-free since Aug. 1, 2008 and has refocused his life to support his substance-free lifestyle and now shares his story of his experiences and road to sobriety in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in his or her life. You can learn more about Chris Herren online or by watching this report from CNN.  


Mr. Will Yarnell, Director of Guidance -


ACT Registration
The late registration deadline for the ACT held at Salesianum on April 9 is March 18, register online


Graduation Survey
A reminder to senior parents that Mrs. Correale will be meeting with all seniors during their open times beginning Monday, February 7 to answer questions about the Graduation Survey. If students have questions about whether to list a particular scholarship, have them bring the scholarship letter to the Guidance Office and Mrs. Correale will assist in determining whether or not to add to the survey. Information inputted to the survey is included in the graduation booklet. 


Navigating Financial Aid
Navigating Financial Aid will be conducting a "Making College Affordable " presentation on Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00 PM at their office which is located at:2701 Centerville Road, Wilmington Delaware 19808. RSVP is required by calling 302-200-6321.

Topics will include: The FAFSA process, when and how to file for financial aid, how to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), possible strategies to lower your EFC, the CSS profile, how to calculate your cost of attendance for college, explanation of percentage of needs met, TOTAL out of pocket expense for college, Stafford and PLUS loans, and payment strategies. This is a free workshop, but the services that are offered following the workshop are fee-based.


University of Delaware Edge Program
The application deadline for the University of Delaware’s pre-college program is May 1. If you have are a current sophomore or junior who is interested in experiencing college life at UD this summer, you can learn more about the program and apply online via the website at  


SAT/ACT Test Prep Options
The Guidance Department has compiled a listing of available practice tests and study resources that are available free of charge.View our onCampus report for full details.


Mr. John Helmick, Director of Institutional Advancement -


Blue Mass – March 18
Salesianum will host its annual Blue Mass on March 18 at 9:00am in the gymnasium.  Parents who are first responders or members of the military – active duty or retired - are invited to attend this special liturgy.  Breakfast will follow in Centenary Hall. Register online at


For the Boys – Silent Auction
For the Boys, Salesianum’s largest fundraising event, is looking for silent auction donations.  Restaurants, experiences, unique items, memorabilia are all welcome. Contact to arrange a donation. For the Boys will be held at Vicmead Hunt Club on April 16. Registration is open online at



Fr. Mike Vogt, OSFS, Pastoral Care Coordinator -


We keep in prayer this week all members of our extended School Community:



  • Chris White
  • Bernard Fiorvanti, faither-in-law of Mr. Joe Gioffre
  • Robert Gray, father-in-law of Mr. Mark Quinn
  • Patricia Vachris, mother-in-law of Mr. Dave Goorland
  • Mary Ann Kreps
  • Joan Muelbauer, grandmother of Matt Griffith '19


  • Doris Mills Stoddard, grandmother of Jeremy Stoddard '18
  • Philip Mueller, grandfather of Randy '16 and Jay Mueller '15
  • Alan P. Truszcienski '71
  • Jere mcCarthy '01
  • And for all the names listed in the Salesianum Book of Remembrance




Monday, March 7

A-Day: Regular Schedule   


Tuesday, March 8

B-Day: Regular Schedule  


Wednesday, March 9

C-Day: Wednesday Schedule

  • Faculty Professional Time, 2:00 PM
Thursday, March 10 

D-Day: Regular Schedule

  • Stations of the Cross
    2:50 PM, Centenary Hall
Friday, March 11

E-Day: Regular Schedule


Saturday, March 12
  • 7th Grade Practice Exam, 8:30 AM
  • Varsity Lacrosse at South River


Sunday, March 13

  • SALSTHON Dodgeball Tournament
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Gym


Monday, March 14

F-Day: PM Assembly Schedule   


  • Salesian Gentleman Formation
    Patience with Ourselves: Chris Herren
    1:40 PM, Auditorium

  • Chris Herren Presentation
    7:00 PM, Auditorium
Tuesday, March 15

G-Day: Regular Schedule  


  • End of 3rd Quarter


Wednesday, March 16

A-Day: Wednesday Schedule

  • Faculty Meeting, 2:00 PM
Thursday, March 17

B-Day: Regular Schedule

  • Stations of the Cross
    2:50 PM, Centenary Hall

  • Spring Sports Parent Meeting
Friday, March 18

C-Day: AM Assembly Schedule

  • School Mass: Blue Mass
    9:00 AM, Gym
Saturday, March 19



Sunday, March 20