A s students, faculty and staff head back to the classroom, many people throughout the diocese have sent prayers and best wishes for a faith-filled and fun school year. Here are just a few.

From Bishop Robert J. Cunningham:

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students of our Catholic Diocese: In his July address to educators and students Pope Francis proclaimed, “let us journey together” as Catholic education holds a mission of message, community, and service. He prayed, “May the Holy Spirit inspire and accompany us, for He has given us the opportunity and the duty to offer the best of ourselves. May the Spirit always be our teacher and our companion along the way.” Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Syracuse prays that each and every one of you has a great school year of teaching, learning and play. May the Holy Spirit guide you this school year and beyond with knowledge, self-pride and respect for all. God Bless.

— Catholic Charities, Diocese of Syracuse

It’s that most wonderful time of the year! Enjoy gathering with your friends, meeting new teachers, classmates, teammates and learning more about the wonderful gifts of God’s creations. Let every day be an opportunity to live out Jesus’ message to “love one another as I have loved you.”
All of us in the Office of Faith Formation will be joining parish catechists, catechetical leaders, and the students in parish faith formation programs, as we hold you, your families, your teachers and other school staff in prayer, united in Jesus’ love.

—  Diocesan Office of Faith Formation

The Catholic Sun, your diocese news source, welcomes back all Catholic students, teachers, faculty and staff and sends best wishes for a fun and faith-filled school year. This year, let everyone in the diocese know all the wonderful things happening at your school. Subscribe to the Sun and stay up-to-date on what is happening in the diocese, and don’t forget to send stories and pictures of your team, organization and school events to info@thecatholicsun.com. Have a great year!

— Catholic Sun Staff

Magnificat, Mary proclaimed, after she received her calling.
Excited to lay down her life for the Lord, she shared her joy with Elizabeth.
Receiving is the most powerful human activity.
Christ continues to offer Himself to those who would share.
Your call.
I look forward to vocations visits to your schools and classrooms during the upcoming Year of Mercy.

— Father Joe O’Connor, Vocations Director

Wherever you go, remember that Jesus is there with you! He wants to help you become the best version of yourself. Talk to Jesus (we call this prayer) and let him know how you’re feeling, what you need help with, and ask him to look out for you. Trust that your prayers will be heard and answered, and know that you are never alone when Jesus is by your side.

— Diocesan Office of Evangelization

Christ the King Retreat House is preparing to welcome all new and returning students to the Retreat House.  Whether you are coming for a Confirmation retreat or with your class, our beautiful, well-maintained grounds and house hope to provide you with an environment to strengthen your faith and grow personally and spiritually. Our annual fundraiser this year is a production of “Peter Pan” at Syracuse Stage on Dec.13. We hope that this production will appeal to our students and their families and be an opportunity to add to your family memories. For more information and tickets, see our website at www.ctkretreat.com. We have a new and healthier menu to fortify you during your visit. Our staff will treat you as the gift from God that you are. Upon visiting the Retreat House remember it is your House where you can recharge, renew and refocus. Our light is always on for you as you continue your journey this school year and throughout your life.  May God Bless you and keep you safe.

— Christ the King Retreat House and Conference Center Staff

Pope Francis said, “God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.” Christian Brothers Academy principal Matt Keough and the staff of CBA welcomes back all Catholic school students throughout the Diocese of Syracuse — extending their prayers that each student find their divine light in the 2015-16 school year. May the upcoming year be blessed with many successes!

— Christian Brothers Academy

I wish to welcome back all Catholic students attending school throughout the diocese, as well as students and families returning to St. Mary’s for the 2015-2016 school year. I also wish, to those families who are joining our school community for the first time, a warm welcome to our St. Mary’s family!
I am sure that this year will be full of many special graces for our children as they grow in their friendship with Jesus, take part in their lessons and give of themselves in service to others. We are blessed to have a faith-filled and enthusiastic faculty and staff that give so much of themselves as they challenge our students to excellence in all that they do. I am very excited for what this new year will bring and let us pray that through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, she may guide the footsteps of all our children as she guided those of Jesus, her Son. Wish all God’s many blessings.

—  Father Joseph Scardella, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Baldwinsville

Warm wishes for a wonderful school year to all students, teachers, faculty and staff! God has a great plan for your year!  Trust in His goodness and give Him your best by respecting yourselves and one another.
For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—says the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you.  When you look for me, you will find me.     Jeremiah 29:11-13
—The Office of Respect Life Ministry, Syracuse Roman Catholic Diocese 

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