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Santa Barbara Catholic School
274 W Santa Barbara,
Dededo, GU 96929
info@sbcs.edu.gu
tel : +1.671.632.5578
fax : +1.671.632.1414
Principal: Sr. Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM

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7K/2K Fun Run

Posted on Sep 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 7K/2K Fun Run

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2017 Girls Basketball Game Schedule

Posted on Sep 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2017 Girls Basketball Game Schedule

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Archbishop Byrnes visits Santa Barbara Catholic School

Posted on Oct 17, 2017 in Archbishop's Visit, Mercy Day, Mercy Week, News, Sisters of Mercy, SY 2017-2018 | 0 comments

Mercy Day celebration at Santa Barbara Catholic School was made more special this year with a visit from Archbishop Michael Byrnes on Friday, Sept.  22.

The archbishop presided over the morning Mass held at Santa Barbara Catholic Church. Afterwards, he went on a tour of the school with Principal Sister Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM leading with the Sisters of Mercy Traveling Museum that showcased SBCS history from 1950.

Surprise performances from the K4 and sixth grade classes came next. He also stopped by the Art Room of Mr. Julius Cena and viewed student artworks and displays.

Archbishop Byrnes then visited the Ysrael Building which houses the Computer Lab and Science Lab. He even got his turn under the digital microscope!

Capping the visit was a luncheon with select SBCS eighth graders, faculty & staff where the SBCS Honor Choir serenaded everyone with their version of the classic “What a Wonderful World.” Students also had a chance to ask the archbishop questions which ranged from “Do you play any sports?” and “Who influenced you to be priest?” to what his views are on climate change – all of which he gamely answered.

Santa Barbara Catholic School’s Mercy Day celebration continued throughout the day as classes engaged in community outreach activities and visited the office of Sister Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM to personally greet her “Happy Mercy Day.”

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Guam International Coastal Clean Up 2017

Posted on Sep 20, 2017 in Coastal Clean Up, SY 2017-2018 | 0 comments

September 16, 2017

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Sisters of Mercy traveling Museum

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 in Sisters of Mercy, SY 2017-2018, Traveling Museum | 0 comments

The Sisters of Mercy Traveling Museum opened it’s doors on Tuesday Sept. 12, 2017. An opening ceremony was held to bless the museum. Alumni, Sisters of Mercy, SBCS students, and other guests enjoyed a trip through the ages of the history of the Sisters of Mercy and most especially the history of Santa Barbara. The traveling museum will be open until Sept. 22, 2017. So come on down to Santa Barbara and enjoy a walk through time at the traveling Museum.

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September 8 Prayer Service

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 in SY 2017-2018 | 0 comments


Sept. 08, 2017

To celebrate the birthday of Mother Mary, Santa Barbara held a special prayer service to honor her. The students also presented her with flowers and sang Happy Birthday.

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Faith Formation at Santa Barbara

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 in Faith Formation, SY 2017-2018 | 0 comments

 

By Jhoanna Co
From the Umatuna Si Yu’os

“I learned that God really loves us.”

“I liked that we got to know more about our classmates, their lives.”

“I like the activities… they taught us more about God.”

These were some reflections of fourth grade students at Santa Barbara Catholic School who were first to experience a retreat this academic year held on Aug. 29 and 31, 2017.

SBCS conducts retreats annually as part of the school’s Faith Formation program, and students from 4th to 8th grade are able to participate after they’ve received the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist usually during 3rd grade.

Retreats are designed to help students form and deepen their relationship with God and one another, as well as to strengthen the Mercy charism of the school.

The themes that the school adapts are grounded on the following Mercy Core Values (common to Mercy Schools all over the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas):  Dignity of the Human Person, Compassion, Justice, and Stewardship of the Earth.

“The most helpful part was when we all sat down together and prayed as a family,” said one student.

“I learned that God’s love is stronger than any love in the world,” said another. At the end of the day, the students came away from the retreat refreshed and centered on God.

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SBCS Faculty and Staff

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 in Faculty | Comments Off on SBCS Faculty and Staff

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SY 2017-2018: Open Doors at SBCS

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 in SY 2017-2018 | Comments Off on SY 2017-2018: Open Doors at SBCS

Santa Barbara Catholic School (SBCS) faculty and staff gathered from August 1-7 for their annual recollection and orientation in preparation for the new school year.

Fr. Fran Hezel of Santa Barbara Catholic Church presided over the first day recollection and mass. New principal, Sister Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM set the tone for the year with an inspiring welcome message that brought into focus the ministry of SBCS as a “Mercy school” in these dynamic times. As its new head of school she recognizes the responsibility and stated that, “The call to be a principal is a call to professional leadership. It is a call to be the visionary and lead teacher. It is a call to express the Gospel.” She encouraged teachers to view this coming school year as a year for opening doors. In her message Sister Maria Rosario said, “As I begin my new role as principal, I pray that we may open the door of collaboration….open the door of mercy….open the door of service. From yesterday’s recollection with Fr. Fran, we acknowledged that teaching in a Catholic School is a vocation and a mission entrusted to us by Jesus Christ. It is a call to service not for our sake but for the sake of the school community. It is a call to proclaim and put into action the love and mercy of God to our students. It is a call to be a healing presence to our students and to protect them from negative influences that may harm them…. I am hopeful that with all of us working together, united in the same vision and mission of SBCS, we will be able to surge on as we educate the mind, heart, and spirit of our students.”

Throughout the week, faculty and staff engaged in reflection and prayer centered on the Sisters of Mercy Critical Concerns: nonviolence, racism, reverence for the earth, women and immigration. Ms. Bernadette Alcantara, Assistant to the Principal for Formation, facilitated the reflection sessions and activities. Mrs. Arleen Suplido, Curriculum Director, discussed procedures and changes to schedules and other requirements.

The orientation was capped with a special commissioning and blessing of faculty and staff with the words from St. Pope John Paul II’s homily for the inauguration of his pontificate, “Do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power. Open wide the doors for Christ.”; and a Mercy Blessing from the Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy, “May the Spirit of God find a home in us. Amen. May the Spirit of God animate us. Amen. May the Spirit of God create new hearts in us. Amen.” And with that everyone was ready to open the doors to new beginnings and possibilities!

 

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Last Day of School – Academic Awards

Posted on May 30, 2017 in Awards, SY 2016-2017 | Comments Off on Last Day of School – Academic Awards

May 24, 2017

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Athletics Awards 2017

Posted on May 30, 2017 in Awards, Sports, SY 2016-2017 | Comments Off on Athletics Awards 2017

May 23, 2017

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Field Day 2017

Posted on May 30, 2017 in Student Activities, SY 2016-2017 | Comments Off on Field Day 2017

May 22, 2017
The students of SBCS enjoyed a day of competition and fun during the field day activities.

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K4 Moving Up Ceremony

Posted on May 30, 2017 in K4, Moving Up Ceremony, SY 2016-2017 | Comments Off on K4 Moving Up Ceremony

May 19, 2017
Congratulations K4 for a job well done for SY 2016-2017!

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