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Please join us for Good Counsel's first Women in STEM Night, sponsored by the Empowerment Club! We have invited several accomplished women in STEM careers to speak about their experiences in traditionally male-dominated professions and to offer advice to students who are considering pursuing careers in STEM fields. This will be a panel discussion featuring distinguished guests such as Dr. Eileen Haase, Director of the Biomedical Engineering program at Johns Hopkins University. All members of the community are invited to the event, which will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, April 25, in the Good Counsel Dining Hall.

For some, Easter break is a chance to relax and unwind, but for many GC students, it is an opportunity to serve their community. Over the break, nine Falcons headed to Haiti to learn more about the country's history and the difficulties it has faced. They also worked with the children of our sister school, St. Gabriel's, in Fontaine, Haiti, on English and computer skills.

On the mainland, a cohort of GC seniors headed to Exmore, Virginia, where they put in some manual labor with Habitat for Humanity. They put up a fence, mixed and poured concrete, and installed a roof. It is always inspiring to see Falcons taking the precious free time they have and using it to serve others.

Dr. Paul Barker | Good Counsel President
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It's a small world.

Who hasn't heard that expression? We are surprised when we find an unexpected link with someone or discover a shared acquaintance or location. Acknowledging the smallness of our world expresses some level of shared identity. It feels good. And it's not new. The world was small long before the Facebook, LinkedIn and the like were around as constant reminders of how few levels of separation there are with people across the globe.

I write less than 48 hours after returning from a trip to see my parents in New Zealand. I attended Easter Sunday Mass at the parish church I grew up in, Sts. Peter and Paul in Lower Hutt. The church structure has been modified in recent years, strengthened in response to earthquake activity (three tremors during my visit), but in most respects it is the same church where I was an altar server almost 50 years ago.

I had an "it's a small world" moment. In 1968, the parish population was relatively homogenous, white families of European descent – the Irish, Poles, Dutch, Italians, and so on. Almost half a century on, as I looked around I could have imagined myself 10,000 miles away back in Maryland with my fellow parishioners at St. John the Baptist on New Hampshire Avenue. The Church has changed in Lower Hutt, just as it has in Silver Spring. In both settings, today's community looks like the world, with families descended from Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, Africa and Europe.

The powerful sense of the catholicity of today's Catholic Church was further emphasized by a celebrant from India assisted by a deacon from the Philippines, elements of Samoan culture in the vestments, and Maori culture in the sacred vessels. The priest used the long Eucharistic Prayer, the one that includes a litany of saints and martyrs. Easter 2017 offered a deeply satisfying sense of belonging to a community of believers, having a shared faith heritage, and coming together on the biggest feast day of the Church year to celebrate the mystery and triumph of the Resurrection.

This Easter season my wish is that we might all have more "moments" that lead to a deeper appreciation of the threads we each contribute to form the beautiful tapestry of the community of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.

It's a small world. It's a universal Church. Hallelujah!

Just before Easter Break, 12 Falcons joined over 600 other Marylanders for the Maryland March for Life. This is the second year that GC Religion teacher Thomas Kolar has lead a cohort of GC students down to the event. The Catholic Standard was at the March and spoke with Mr. Kolar and Faith Rizvi '17. The Archdiocese of Washington also made this lovely video about the event in which you can see several Falcons marching.

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