Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As we begin the holiest week of our liturgical year, aptly called “Holy Week,” we celebrate the paschal mystery (the life, death and resurrection) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  As we journey together this Holy Week, embracing the paschal mystery, may we witness to the new life our God gives to us in the gift of one another and this Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi.  I invite you to join in our community’s prayers and celebration of the Triduum.  Please note the schedule in our bulletin.

This past Thursday, March 29th I was pleased to participate in the Cardinal Gibbons High School Stewardship Mass.  Each year, Cardinal Gibbons recognizes people for their dedicated service to the school. Among the stewards being recognized for contributing their time, talent and treasure were our parishioners Bob and Susan ’76 Daly and Angela Hampton Hale ’86.

Bob and Susan ‘76 Daly have been longtime supporters of Cardinal Gibbons received the Msgr. Thomas Griffin Award, presented to individuals who have made a positive impact upon the school.  Recognizing the importance of dedicated faculty, the couple in 2008 established an endowment fund and annual award honoring a faculty member, nominated by fellow teachers. This year, in addition to the faculty award, the Susan Scott Daly ‘76 Excellence in Teaching Award, the couple established an award recognizing an outstanding staff member. Susan served on the Family Association Board for many years, and is serving as this year’s Gala Co-Chair; Bob is Vice President of Daly 7, Inc. The couple has four sons who are or will be Gibbons graduates, Scott ’07, Ryan ’08, Matthew ’12 and Sean ’13.      

Angela Hampton Hale ’86 has worked tirelessly on behalf of Cardinal Gibbons for many years was inducted into the Gibbons Alumni Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have made distinguished contributions of time and talent to support the school and the spirit of its mission: to form men and women of faith, service, and leadership in church and community.  Angela has served Gibbons in many capacities and has also been very active here at St. Francis, serving as the recent past chair of the Franciscan School advisory council.  A broadcast journalist at WTVD, Angela hosts the TV show, “Heart of Carolina Perspectives” and is the station’s community affairs specialist. She is married and the proud mother of Anna, a student at Franciscan School.

Congratulations to Bob, Susan and Angela and the many in our community who support Catholic education and formation in countless ways.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark