“I surrender to You my striving, I let go all need to effort and to struggle, I relax deeply into things exactly as they are, I accept life that it may move through me with grace." - Marianne Williamson, Illuminata Jennifer Campbell Northrop '86
“May God be with us all and may be world live in health and peace. Particularly, we send love and support to the graduates and especially to our wonderful granddaughter Caroline. May the future of all the Sacred Heart Community be blessed and joyful.”Gloria and Robert Seminara GP'20
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." - Archbishop Desmond TutuAnnmarie Benedict '89
“We all have an unsuspected reserve of strength inside that emerges when life puts us to the test.- Isabel Allende - A quote that I love and believe in. It's in difficult times that we see just how strong we are. Thank you to NCDS for all that you do for our girls.”Noreen Lombard P'22
I think the five goals are a source of hope and inspiration in and of themselves right now: Goal 1: A personal and active faith in God. Goal 2: A deep respect for intellectual values. Goal 3: A social awareness that impels to action. Goal 4: The building of community as a Christian value. Goal 5: Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.Siobhán Campbell '07
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength — carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength."— Corrie ten BoomJohn Reine, Former Faculty
“We are daughters and sons of Madeleine Sophie who lived through a terrible cholera epidemic in Rome. Her message then -- and to us -- "The heart's best security is trust in God alone." United with all in the Newton family in prayer and trust.”Frances Gimber, RSCJ
“I am not sure if resilience is ever achieved alone. Experience allows us to learn from example. But if we have someone who loves us- I don't mean indulges us, but who loves us enough to be by our side- then it's easier to grow resilience, to grow belief in self, to grow self-esteem. And it's self-esteem that allows a person to stand up." - Maya Angelou
Wishing the NCDS community, especially our young women resilience right now. Pray together. Love each other. Stay by each other's side- together we will get through this - apart. Stay safe and stay in.”Alaina Barletta P'18
“I pray for all the students who have lost the safe haven that is NCDS. I know I relied on school to get me through hard times, but even though you no longer are at school physically - the community is still there for you as they always were. Please reach out. Sending all my love.”Caroline Boucher '17
“We are so grateful for the wise and caring leadership of the administration, as well as for the incredible effort of the teachers to support our girls and continue to challenge them and teach them during this tumultuous time. It was so good for our daughter to be able to see her trusted teachers and friends and to return to studying when everything else seems disordered. Thank you so much for your intentionality, creativity, and humility in this new adventure and for your determination to continue the reach all Five Goals despite the distance."
"Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."- Philippians 4:6-7Sarah Goodman P'25
During this time of healing our faith in God binds us more than ever. We are grateful for our incredible NCDS family and all they continue to do for our girls and the world.Parent '21'22
“Oh Lord always show us the right path, guide us with your own fingers and keep us under your shadow all the time. Bless thy all the family members, especially NCDS of Sacred Heart students. Thank you Lord Amen.”Grandparent '25
Please Lord have mercy on the world and forgive us for our sins. Please protect everyone especially those who are front line workers and providers. Please protect the doctors and the nurses all around the world. In Jesus name Amen!Parent '21
“To all of those who are or who have loved ones who are frontline workers - doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, first responders, etc., I am sending love, strength, and faith. I too feel the fear, worry, and helplessness."
"Together, we can get through this uncertainty. The irony of loneliness is we all feel it at the same time, together." - Rupi KaurAlumna '11
“...Do not fear what may happen tomorrow, the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and everyday. He will either shield you from suffering, or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.”Anne Marie Dunne P'23
I pray for the entire Sacred Heart Community. Remember to not only focus on your studies or your work but to realize that God has given you this time to spend with your family. Make special memories during this time that you will never forget. Stay safe, stay healthy, and love one another.Sarah Kelleher '16
“We extend our love, hope and support to all our world community, our fellow Americans and those we hold dear in our hearts and especially our medical community who unselfishly attend to our sick, perhaps risking their own health and those of their families...We pray that our leaders may have the wisdom to follow the medical and scientific information that guides our return to healthy living. We also extend our gratitude for all our blessings- my daily gratitude list is a source of comfort in these trying times...God bless you all!”Donna Martiniello Callanan '66
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9Current Parent P'25
“When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free." -Wendell Berry Parent of Alumna
I pray for everyone, especially those with few resources to withstand the effects of this pandemic. I also hold all the healthcare works in the light of God.Parent of Alumna '13
I pray for everyone in the Newton Country Day community to use this time as a blessing to be with friends and family, recognize what we’re grateful for, and take advantage of the technology that can be of use. I pray to reunite soon with my classmates and teachers, but am grateful that NCDS is able to find ways to make this experience the most enjoyable and safe it can be! Natalie '24
“The most comforting, inspiring, words I know are Isaiah 41:10 'So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.'
"These days will pass regardless of what we do, how they pass is entirely up to us. Prayer, love, service, finding moments of joy in the uncertainty and expressing gratitude for each blessing are ways of keeping your mind and your body healthy. A full heart is a strong heart.
We are so deeply grateful for the tireless work of the faculty, staff and the entire NCDS community to teach, support and nurture our girls so that they can go out into the world and live the Goals.”Parent '22
“Sometimes I feel lost," said the boy. "Me too," said the mole, "but we love you, and love brings you home." Taken from The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
Stay safe, stay hopeful.”Marty Kinnealey Donoghue '78
May the lessons of God's love, devotion, and sacrifice give hope and strength to the graduating class and all the young women at NCDS. Continue a path of learning that will help our broken world. Enjoy spending days with family as a time of renewal. Easter greetings to all.Grandparent '21
“For centuries women and men have cried out in the words of the Psalmist and today more than ever these words have meaning, " Have mercy on your people! Help us to wait in Silence listening for Your Word, Strengthen us with courage to face the fears within. O, that we might be converted in our hearts and walk together in peace and harmony... Increase the Light within us-Oh Beloved, hear our prayer." - Psalm 90.Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ
This is from the New Zealand Prayer Book of the Episcopal Church:
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.Catherine Sullivan '06
This time is the time of our quarantine. We may feel very isolated because we are away from people we love and deprive from all activities that we enjoy to do, but remember the Lord self quarantined in the desert. This is our share of his suffering. He knows us, He is with us through it. He, himself, went through it and ended it with Easter Sunday " Resurrection" trust him, He will do the same for us. We will rise with Him and we will have a new life in Him, for, during this pandemic we are digging deeper into our heart, deeper in our personal relationship with Him. This is a time of meditation and contemplation that will definitely bring us closer to him. Let us stay in prayer and in communion with one another and with the lord. I give thanks to the Lord for Sister Rogers and her faculty/staff. What a wonderful job you are doing! Parent of former and current studentsCurrent Parent