It’s the word of the season, isn’t it? This is the season to believe with all of your heart, even when it’s hard, even when it’s a struggle, even when you may feel as if you have nothing left to believe in.  For our youngest family members, to believe in December means to have faith in the fact that they’ve made the nice list, that Santa will come down the chimney, that their dreams will be wrapped up in packages under the tree on Christmas morning. For those of us who are older, to believe in December is to be able to renew our faith in God’s eternal gift to us, his only Son, by recalling with joy the story of His birth in a stable in Bethlehem, spotlight by a star.  This year more so than ever before we all need to be able to believe in that central Christmas story, for it is what matters most.

I focus my thoughts on the idea of believing in something today, because I along with everyone else at Saint Dominic Academy know just how hard the months from March to December have been on our students, our faculty and staff, our alumnae, parents and families. To be sure, there have been many times over the past months when I’ve wished I could be spirited away to some beautiful place, where masks aren’t worn and curfews aren’t enforced and yes, even toilet paper is not hard to come by. I’m sure all of my readers here have longed for the same thing—to visit some place of beauty that brings joy to the heart and soul.

Well, we at Saint Dominic Academy are not miracle workers, but that does not mean we can’t make magic happen every now and then.   It is my pleasure today to invite each of you to come away with us in March of 2021…so save the date of March 26 or March 27 and take a journey with us to a place far, far away. How do you get there, you ask? Well, it’s simple really. The directions are as follows: Second star to the right, and straight on until morning.  What do you need to bring? Oh, not much just three important things:  Faith, hope and pixie dust! 

If you haven’t guessed it by now, the Theater Arts Department of Saint Dominic Academy, under the direction of Ms. Stephanie DeSarle will be putting on a production of Peter Pan this March.  An all virtual production, with auditions being held via Zoom  next week, this is an new and unexpected undertaking for our program, but one that we are certain will bring happiness and joy to all who join us in Neverland this coming March. Ms. DeSarle has brought to life the streets of NYC during the Depression, the hills of Austria, the far away land of Siam and the lively TV studio in Baltimore during her time with us at Saint Dominic Academy and with her at the helm, we’ll be off to Neverland faster than you can say “Captain Hook is a codfish!” I thank her for being so willing to take on this creative directing project! 

So please, CLAP your hands if you BELIEVE in the shining stars at Saint Dominic Academy and come away with us to Neverland in March of 2021…it will be a magical journey you’ll remember for a lifetime!

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