A Warm Welcome to Sandra Hidalgo, our new receptionist

May 11, 2021

 

Dear Families of Incarnation Catholic Academy,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Ms. Sandra Hidalgo to the Incarnation Catholic Academy Family.

Ms. Hidalgo will be working in the Main Office. She will be monitoring the door, answering the phone, and returning emails on behalf of the Academy.

Please join me in welcoming her to Incarnation!

Sincerely,

Ms. Mary Bellone

Happy Mother’s Day Letter from Dr. Tom Chadzutco

 

Dear Families and Members of the Catholic Academy, Parish School and Catholic High School Communities,

 

On May 9th, we celebrate the wonderful occasion of Mother’s Day. This is an opportunity to honor all the women in our lives who serve as mother and motherly figures, for their tremendous love, strength, and compassion. As we think about the mothers in our own lives, we are called to remember the mother of Jesus and our Church, Mary. Mary’s role in the life of Christ highlights the qualities that all motherly figures possess and the way these qualities tremendously impact a child’s life.

Mary is known for many blessed qualities and her unwavering faith in God. We see Mary, a young, betrothed virgin, say yes to God, despite her fear of the unknown. She says yes despite knowing that Joseph, her betrothed may turn away from her. Her yes shows not only the unwavering strength of motherhood, but the faith that all mothers possess to say yes.  

 

Mothers are not born at the same moment as the birth of a child. A mother steps into this role the moment she chooses the love of a child. For some mothers, this is the moment they hear a heartbeat or when they first see their child’s face. For other mothers or mother figures, it is the moment they took a child into their arms and said yes to giving their love to this child. Mothers, whether biological, stepmothers, adopted mothers, grandmothers, aunts, all experienced a pivotal moment in saying yes to God’s call to love. There is no greater gift that we give to God than the love we show for another, especially a child.

 

In the Gospel, we find only four passages that depict Mary speaking, yet her presence in the life of Christ is pivotal. Her quiet strength is displayed throughout Jesus’ early life and this strength undoubtedly made it possible for his ministry to develop. We can recall Mary’s journey to Bethlehem as a mother-to-be, undoubtedly exhausted and uncomfortable, yet willing to do what was necessary. Her quiet strength is seen in Jesus’ birth in the stable and again in their exodus to Egypt while fleeing Herod. A new mother, Mary gathers what few things they have and flees to an unknown land to protect her son.

 

The strength of a mother has unlimited potential. Mothers and mother figures seem like they can do it all, from getting just the right snack, to knowing which special stuffed animal needs to be found, to giving an exactly right hug to make everything better. A mother’s strength, while often tested, does not waver, because it is founded in the deep love for a child. This strength is what allows a child to grow and thrive. A child knows that they can make their way in the world and have their mother behind them, a quiet strength, a force for good, a guide.

 

Mary was wholly devoted to loving and caring for Jesus. Her life centered around his birth, his ministry, and continuing that ministry after his death on the cross. Mary’s sacrifice begins in the moment she says yes to God. Some part of her undoubtedly knows that this will be a difficult journey. She does not know what will lie ahead yet, she sets aside her own life and focuses to place her focus on Christ. Mary’s devotion is that of all mothers and mother figures. Mothers constantly make sacrifices for the good of their child, their child’s goals, and their child’s future.

Mothers often set aside their own needs to prioritize the needs of their children. This selflessness embodies the love and compassion of a mother. Mothers do not know what lies ahead, in choosing the journey of motherhood, but they continue to do so with the selflessness that Mary embodies. On Mother’s Day, remember to honor the sacrifices that mothers and mother figures have made, even if it’s only in the form of trading a cold cup of forgotten (sacrificed) coffee for a hot one.

 

Each child is blessed with a mother figure and sometimes, receives the blessing of several mother figures. Mothers and mother figures are truly a gift of God’s endless love for us. We honor them, especially on Mother’s Day, for their endless love, strength, and compassion. Thank you to all the mothers and mother figures who are changing their child’s life each day, by being a faithful presence. Your example of love serves as a guide to us all.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

In Christ,

 

Thomas Chadzutko

 

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

R.C. Diocese of Brooklyn

Teachers Appreciation Week

To Our Fabulous Incarnation Catholic Academy’s teachers, for this Teacher Appreciation Week and every other week of the year, thank you, teachers, for everything you do to inspire your students and help them build a better future.

4/19/21-Picture Day

Incarnation flyer

The morning will be for in-school students only. 
The afternoon is for remote students who wish to have their picture taken.
The schedule is:
9am – 11am- Photograph “in house” students and “in house” graduates, and faculty.
11am- 12pm- Lunch break and custodian will sanitize the room (OLPH Room behind the stage). 
12pm- 2pm- Remote Graduates and remote students.
Remote students will come in through the OLPH door only. (door B on Francis Lewis Boulevard).

All orders are done online.
Again, we are not taking any money or orders in school, all online.

A Letter from Dr. Chadzutko

Dear Families,

 

This year has been one of struggling to rise up; rising up above negativity, stress, worry, doubt, and often fear. The story of Easter parallels our lives in incredible ways this year. While we cannot compare our difficulties to the agony of Christ, this year has indeed challenged our hearts. As Easter approaches and we feel the sorrow that comes from the knowledge of the death of Jesus, we must remember the joy that will follow. In difficult times, experiences of joy cannot be overlooked or diminished. The words of Luke, He is not here; He has risen! is one of the most joyful verses we can experience. Let us celebrate this Easter season with the hope that comes from the risen Lord.

 

As we celebrate Easter, the greatest focus is on the Resurrection, which of course is one of the most important tenets of our faith, in our salvation through Jesus’ death and Resurrection. I would encourage you to also take time and reflect on Jesus’ journey to the Resurrection. The way Jesus chose to follow God’s path and accept his fate teaches us the true meaning of following the path of righteousness. Jesus, with the knowledge of the difficulties that would lie ahead, made the choice to continue demonstrating the love of God. We see his humility in riding the humble donkey into Jerusalem and quietly looking for a room to celebrate Passover. We see his forgiveness as he breaks bread knowing the disciples would turn away from him. We witness his service in the washing of the disciple’s feet. Even when faced with death, Jesus chose to react, not in anger but with compassion saying, Father, forgive them.

 

For us and especially for our children, Jesus’ choices to continue in love, compassion, and forgiveness even in the face of death provide us the example we need for our own lives. Each day we will face challenges, some small, but some that are seemingly insurmountable. The story of Jesus’ death and Resurrection shows us that God’s grace is always present. As Jesus was man, he was presented with choices, as we are. We can choose to turn away from God in our actions or we can choose to follow the path of the Lord. With the acceptance of God’s grace, we can choose to follow His path. As we read the Passion this Holy Week, ask yourself and ask your children, “How will I show compassion today?” “How can I serve others as Jesus washing the feet of the disciples?” “What burdens am I carrying that can be released through forgiveness?”

 

The choices we make enable us to walk with Jesus. Let us celebrate this Easter season with compassion, forgiveness, and love. This has been a challenging year and making such choices are often difficult but, in these actions, we are preparing our hearts to embrace the joys that lie ahead. Engage with your children in reading the Gospel. Celebrate the ways you have walked the path of the Lord together. Above all, embrace the hope and joy that comes from the Risen Lord. We have been delivered from the darkness and will stand in the light of Christ.

 

Wishing you a Blessed and Joyous Easter!

 

In Christ,

Thomas Chadzutko

Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D.

Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services