Notre Dame Academy Board Members Recognized at National Philanthropy Day


NDA Board Members Mary Westphal and Bart Kulish were recognized for by the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ National Philanthropy Day celebration for their tireless support of our community. Bart Kulish was honored for his support of Notre Dame Academy. Mary Westphal was recognized for her work as Executive Director of the Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Alumni Director Merideth Wagoner, former NDA President Sister Mary Ann Culpert, Interim President and Principal Kim Grilliot and several NDA students attended the luncheon to show their gratitude to Mr. Kulish and Mrs. Westphal for their generous service to Notre Dame Academy.

Do You Pray? Have you Felt God Around You? Theology Students Share Their Answers

Students in Mrs. Shikwana’s Theology class answered some tough and sometimes personal questions about their faith.  We appreciate their honestly and humbleness in their answers, we bet you will too!

NDA Celebrates the Year of Mercy Information

On November 4, Notre Dame Academy will make  pilgrimage to the Rosary Cathedral in Toledo. We will have an opportunity to walk through the Holy Door and celebrate Mass as a whole school.

Please read below for information on this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy – December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016

 Why do we need God’s mercy?

Perhaps it is easiest to grasp the meaning of God’s mercy if we have a kind of context within which we can understand God’s love, our sin, and thus our great need for mercy.  In the end everything is about LOVE.  After all, God IS love – the author and totality of perfect love.  Love is our beginning and our end.  We are created out of love (from God) for love (to know God).  This is the end game – to learn to love perfectly, to love as God loves, and to experience that for eternity in heaven.

Our deep desire for God’s love draws us towards God like a giant magnet.  The problem is though, that unlike our first parents (who knew God and God’s love perfectly before sin), we are impacted by Original Sin which darkens our intellects and weakens our will.  Our desire for perfect love is clouded by this state of sin and the concupiscence that we struggle with daily.  We cannot see clearly, even though we still have this fundamental desire to love and be loved. This is why we spend so much time trying to satisfy this desire for God’s love with so many things of this world.  While the material world (sensuality, materialism, power, etc) can be temporarily satisfying, it will never fulfill us.  And yet God continues to call us to himself, because it is in loving perfectly that we will be able to fully experience the ultimate love – agape love – heaven.

We are called to perfection, to love as God loves. Scripture states “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt 5:48).  Of course that is extremely difficult for us because of the brokenness we suffer due to sin.  And yet, that is exactly what God calls us to.  So how is it that we can ever achieve heaven if we have so much difficulty in loving perfectly?  The answer is God’s mercy………

If we think of our souls as targets (like an archery target), each time we sin it is as if an arrow goes into the target.  The arrow damages the target by putting a hole in it, just as our sin damages our relationship with God and leaves its ugly imprint on the soul.  When we ask God’s forgiveness for our sins, when we reconcile with God (especially through the sacrament of reconciliation) it is like the arrow coming out of the target.  God forgives and forgets as if it never happened (God exists outside of time as we know it, in the eternal moment, so there is no past, no future, only the eternal present – or Presence).  However, because we DO exist in time, we experience the effect of sin, the hole (the damage) that remains in the target even after the arrow has been removed.  

Our goal in life is to get to our death with no holes in our target.  We can “fill in” and “smooth over” the damage that sin leaves on our souls through charitable acts, doing penance, ultimately learning to love.  Everything is about learning to love perfectly because that is what heaven is.  As we work to overcome sin, to repair our relationships and make right what has been damaged due to our sinfulness, we hopefully are learning to love more and more as God loves.  Only a perfect act of love (or God’s grace and mercy) can overcome all of the residue of sin in our lives (what Christ did on the cross, giving all of himself for love of us).  However, for most of us, with the exception of the martyrs and those who have experienced their final purgation on this earth, when we die we will still have some damage from sin on our souls.  

Picture heaven like this…….It is very much like being invited to a grand banquet.  God stands at the door and greets us all with open arms – because that is what perfect love does.  The soul that has rejected God through mortal sin will condemn itself to hell (the total absence of God and God’s love). God’s perfect love is also perfect justice, so God allows the soul the consequence of its choices, even if that goes against what God would want for us.  God will never impose upon our freewill. However, for those who have tried to live a virtuous life, who have believed in God’s gift of salvation, when we look into the banquet hall it is as if everyone there is dressed in tuxedos and evening gowns.  We are in jeans and a t-

shirt and perhaps a bit grubby from the heat of the day.  While God invites us in, we look at ourselves (we see our souls as they REALLY are) and we say that we will be right back, that we need to shower and

change in order to fit in at the banquet.  We have not rejected God as the soul that condemns itself to everlasting torment, but at the same time, we have not quite figured out how to love perfectly (due to

the residue of sin on our soul), even though our desire has been for God.  In God’s great mercy, this is what purgatory is all about.  It is that final chance to be purged of the damage of sin so that we CAN enter the heavenly banquet dressed in the white garment.

We are either saved, or we are not, it is heaven or hell. Scripture is very clear about that.  So Purgatory is not a third choice.  The souls in Purgatory are saved, but in God’s mercy, Purgatory is where we learn the final lessons in loving perfectly.  It is where we let go of the last attachments of earthly existence in order that we only desire God.  Purgatory is where we can become perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect in order to experience heaven. The souls in purgatory can do nothing for themselves, so they depend on our prayers and good works for their final purgation.  

So what does this have to do with mercy?  God so wants us to spend eternity with Him in heaven that he offers us great graces along the way that we might not have to suffer because of the residue of our sinfulness.  In this year of mercy, we have the opportunity to receive a plenary indulgence that wipes away all the damage of sin on our souls.  It is a chance to experience God’s great love, the perfection of love in our lives, to truly leave the old behind and start fresh with a clean slate.  God’s mercy in our souls can help us to understand what it means to truly love as God loves.  Why would we not take every advantage of this wonderful gift?

What is a Jubilee year?

The practice of a jubilee year has ancient roots in the Jewish tradition and evidence for it can be found in the Old Testament (for example, see Leviticus 25).  The jubilee year was called every fifty years and was a time for forgiveness.  It stood as a reminder of God’s providence and mercy.  The dedication of a year for this emphasis provided the community with a time to come back into right relationship with one another and with God.  As the practice of the jubilee year was adopted into the Catholic Church, these themes of mercy, forgiveness, and solidarity continued. 

How is this Jubilee different from other Jubilee years?

The Jubilee of Mercy that Pope Francis has called, from December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016, is an Extraordinary Jubilee.  This designation as an “Extraordinary Jubilee” sets it apart from the ordinary cycle of jubilees, or holy years, which are called every 25 years in the Catholic Church.  By calling for a holy year outside of the normal cycle, a particular event or theme is emphasized.   For example, Pope Francis called this particular Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy to direct our attention and actions “on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s actions in our lives . . . a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective” (MV, 3 ).

Why a Jubilee of Mercy now?

Pope Francis himself addressed this question in his homily  for First Vespers for Divine Mercy Sunday.

“Here, then, is the reason for the Jubilee: because this is the time for mercy. It is the favourable time to heal wounds, a time not to be weary of meeting all those who are waiting to see and to touch with their hands the signs of the closeness of God, a time to offer everyone, everyone, the way of forgiveness and reconciliation. May the Mother of God open our eyes, so that we may comprehend the task to which we have been called; and may she obtain for us the grace to experience this Jubilee of Mercy as faithful and fruitful witnesses of Christ.”

What is the Jubilee of Mercy?

In the Bull of Indiction, Misericordiae vultus, Pope Francis declared that the Jubilee of Mercy will begin on December 8, 2015 (the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) and conclude on November 20, 2016 (the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the

Universe).  December 8, 2015 also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, a Council that sought to bring the love of God to the modern world.  Similarly, the Holy Father

strongly desires this Jubilee celebration of mercy to be lived out in the daily lives of the faithful, and all who turn to God for compassionate love and mercy.

How do we live out the Jubilee of Mercy in our daily lives?

In Misericordiae vultus, Pope Francis emphasizes the need for the Church and all her members to live out the loving mercy that God has for us.  Our response to God’s loving mercy towards us is to act in that same way to all those we meet.  The Holy Father reminds us that “Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life.  All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers; nothing in her preaching and in her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy.  The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love” (MV, 10).  As members of the Body and Christ, our lives should reflect this witness of mercy to those we meet on a daily basis.

What are the Holy Doors? 

One of the central components of the Jubilee of Mercy is that the Holy Doors throughout the world will be opened during this Jubilee year.  When they are opened at the beginning of the year, “the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope” (MV, 3).  Since each diocese will have the opportunity to open a Door of Mercy in their diocese, all members of the faithful will have opportunity to make a pilgrimage to their local Holy Door during the Jubilee.  This pilgrimage is to be a journey of walking closer with God and discovering “moment[s] of grace and spiritual renewal” (MV, 3).  These doors are symbols of God’s mercy, open to welcome everyone into the compassion of God’s love that Christ proclaimed.

What is a Plenary Indulgence?

To understand what an indulgence is, one first has to understand that sin has a double consequence. As is noted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “grave sin deprives us of communion with God and therefore makes us incapable of eternal life, the privation of which is called the ‘eternal punishment’ of sin. On the other hand every sin, even venial, entails an unhealthy attachment to creatures, which must be purified either here on earth or after death in the state called Purgatory. This purification frees one from what is called the “temporal punishment” of sin. These two punishments must not be conceived of as a kind of vengeance inflicted by God from without, but as following from the very nature of sin. A conversion which proceeds from a fervent charity can attain the complete purification of the sinner in such a way that no punishment would remain.” (1472) “The forgiveness of sin and restoration of communion with God entail the remission of the eternal punishment of sin, but temporal punishment of sin remains. While patiently bearing sufferings and trials of all kinds and, when the day comes, serenely facing death, the Christian must strive to accept this temporal punishment of sin as a grace. He should strive by works of mercy and charity, as well as by prayer and the various practices of penance, to put off completely the ‘old man’ and to put on the ‘new man’.” (1473) An indulgence, therefore, is the remission before God of all or part of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven.

How to receive the Plenary Indulgence?

To receive the Year of Mercy indulgence, you must fulfill the usual conditions, and perform the act carrying with it the indulgence, which is: passing through a designated Holy Door during the Year of Mercy, or performing one of the corporal or spiritual works of mercy. As for the sick and the elderly, the Holy Father says, “For them it will be of great help to live their sickness and suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord who in the mystery of His Passion, death and Resurrection indicates the royal road which gives meaning to pain and loneliness. Living with faith and joyful hope this moment of trial, receiving communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer, even through the various means of communication, will be for them the means of obtaining the Jubilee Indulgence.” For the imprisoned, the Holy Father says, “They may obtain the Indulgence in the chapels of the prisons. May the gesture of

directing their thought and prayer to the Father each time they cross the threshold of their cell signify for them their passage through the Holy Door, because the mercy of God is able to transform hearts,

and is also able to transform bars into an experience of freedom.” You may receive the plenary indulgence once per day, either for yourself or you may offer it for a soul in purgatory. The plenary

indulgence may be obtained under the normal conditions: namely, by having the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, receiving sacramental Confession and the Holy Eucharist, and praying for the intentions of the Holy Father.  (this is not a “magical” formula, but done with a sincere intention of the heart).


  • Admonish the sinner
  • Instruct the ignorant
  • Counsel the doubtful
  • Comfort the sorrowful
  • Bear wrongs patiently
  • Forgive all injuries
  • Pray for the living and the dead


  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Clothe the naked
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit the imprisoned
  • Bury the dead

Holy Door Sites

  • Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary 2535 Collingwood Boulevard Toledo, Ohio (Holy Door accessible Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Weekends before, during and after all scheduled Masses and Confessions)
  • Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation 315 Clay Street Carey, Ohio (Holy Door accessible 24 hours every day)
  • Divine Mercy Parish 417 North Main Street Paulding, Ohio (Holy Door accessible Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 7:00 pm; Saturdays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sundays 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
  • Sorrowful Mother Shrine 4106 State Route 269 Bellevue, Ohio (Holy Door accessible daily 8:00 am to dusk)

Prayer of Pope Francis for the Year of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!” You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests His power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God. Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind. We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen

Divine Mercy Novena

Jesus asked that the Feast of Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.  He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray each day of the Novena, saving for the last day, the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:

“These souls cause me more suffering than any others; it is from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives.  It was on their account that I said: ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.”  The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy.”

In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:

“On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in the ocean of My mercy……on each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls.”

The following prayers are prayed each day along with the Divine Mercy Chaplet (see end of article)

First Day – Today bring Me all mankind, especially all sinners.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins, but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.

Second Day – Today Bring Me the Souls of Priests and Religious.

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in us, that we may perform worthy works of mercy, and that all who see us may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company [of chosen souls] in Your vineyard – upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation, and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

Third Day – Today Bring Me All Devout and Faithful Souls.

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in the great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your Merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant

protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lost the treasure of the holy faith, but rather , with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Fourth Day – Today Bring Me The Pagans and Those Who Do Not Know Me.

Most Compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of pagans who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of pagans and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Fifth Day – Today Bring to Me the Souls of Heretics and Schismatics.

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of heretics and schismatics. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of heretics, and schismatics, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your Own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Sixth Day – Today Bring Me The Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of Little Children.

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said, “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.” Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy, and they are the heavenly Father’s favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek and humble souls, and upon the souls of little children, who are enfolded in the abode of the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight you take in them: bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Seventh Day – Today Bring Me The Souls Who Especially Venerate and Glorify My Mercy.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your Mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident in Your Mercy. These souls are united to Jesus and carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy and their spirit,

overflowing with joy, sings a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God: Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them, “I Myself will defend as My own glory, during their lifetime, and especially at the hour of their death, those souls who will venerate My fathomless mercy.”

Eighth Day – Today Bring Me The Souls Who Are In the Prison Of Purgatory.

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of purifying fire, that in that place, too, the power of Your mercy may be praised.

Eternal Father, turn Your most merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded, manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way than through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

Ninth Day – Today Bring Me The Souls Who Have Become Lukewarm.

Most Compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love; and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen

Divine Mercy Chaplet

The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer.

1. Make the Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

2. Optional Opening Prayers

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. 
(Repeat three times) 
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

3. Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.

4. Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

5. The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

6. The Eternal Father

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

7. On the Ten Small Beads of Each Decade

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

8. Repeat for the remaining decades

Saying the “Eternal Father” (6) on the “Our Father” bead and then 10 “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion” (7) on the following “Hail Mary” beads.

9. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times)

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

10. Optional Closing Prayer

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

NDA Open House Scheduled for November 6th from 11am – 2 pm.

OPEN HOUSE- Save the Date! Notre Dame Academy welcomes you to visit us during our Open House on Sunday, November 6 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm! Meet our master faculty, view classroom presentations, enjoy student performances of singing, dancing, orchestra, speech, and so much more. Walk through our prayer garden and athletic fields on our 18 acre campus! We ARE the girls of Notre Dame, come and see why we are Bold, Brilliant, Beautiful, and truly Blessed!

Breast Cancer Bowl A Huge Success!

NDA Commissions Student Eucharistic Ministers

Over 30 Notre Dame Academy students were commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers during an all-school Mass.  Students prepared with study and prayer for the commissioning along with receiving a recommendation from their parish priest.

“I love having all school Masses at NDA because I believe that celebrating Mass together is an important part of growing in our faith as a school,” said Ms. Alyssa Sherman. Reverend Adam Hertzfeld of St. Joan of Arc Parish said, “It was an honor to recommend that Ms. Sherman be accepted as a candidate.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “The Eucharist is a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Father, a blessing by which the Church expresses her gratitude to God for all his benefits, for all that he has accomplished through creation, redemption and sanctification” (CCC 1360).

Eucharistic Ministers Commissioned in 2016

Christ the King: Sophie Andrei, Josie Kennedy, Aubrey Mishler

Holy Trinity: Allison Fritsch, Erin Sasala, Lauren Sasala

Our Lady of Lourdes: Deborah Corson

Rosary Cathedral: Ailis Dillon

St. Aloysius: Kate Miller, Casey Paluch

St. Henry Dayton: Drew Whitaker

St. Joan of Arc: Maddie Cronin, Aby Griffith, Bridget Reed, Sophia Rodgers, Alyssa Sherman, Ashley Zenker

St. John XXIII: Anna Birkemeier

Little Flower: Rachel Canales, Kasey Fitzpatrick, Lyndsay Hayden, Emily Smith

St. Joseph Maumee: Katherine Garver, Juliane Gillen,

St. Joseph Sylvania: Evelyn Hamady, Emily Pawlecki

St. Patrick Heatherdowns: Sarah Ohlinger, Melanie Faltys

St. Rose: Maria Basista, Sarah Goblirsch, Autumn Maher, Stephanie Ravas


NDA Announces 2017-2018 Enrollment Dates

Open House
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 11am-2pm

8th Grade Student High School Placement Test Experience AND Parent Information Night : Investing In Your Daughter’s Education 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7-8:15 pm  Students – Check-in behind the Performing Arts Center / Parents – Be seated in the Performing Arts Center

We invite girls applying to 9th grade to learn tips and techniques  to get comfortable with the HSPT by practicing.  RSVP is required!
While the girls are learning about the HSPT, we invite parents to learn about the advantages of an NDA education and how it is easier to invest in it than you may think. No RSVP necessary for parents.

High School Placement Test (HSPT) for incoming 9th grade students AND Coffee and Questions for Parents (8-9:00 am)
Saturday, December 3, 2016

HSPT testing from 8am-noon / No RSVP necessary / Check in-in begins at 8 am in Lobby D

    • Bring $20, #2 pencils & calculator of choice
    • The HSPT is to be taken at your first choice high school 
    • We automatically award the following Honors Scholarships strictly based on HSPT national scores:100-98th percentile: $3000; 97-96th percentile: $2000; 95-90th percentile: $1000; 89-85th percentile: $500; 84-80th percentile: $250

Freshman Application Deadline
Friday December 9, 2016 is the preferred date for 9 grade applications

Make-up HSPT
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8am-noon – RSVP required

Make-up HSPT
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 8am-noon – RSVP required

Financial Aid Application Due
Sunday, January 8, 2017 is when FACTS Management Company financial aid applications are due for all incoming NDA students applying for financial aid

Acceptance Letters
Friday, January 27, 2017 is when high school acceptance letters will be mailed

Make-up HSPT – RSVP required
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 8am-noon is the final test date to be considered for an Honors Scholarship

Freshman Welcome and Registration
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

At this special night, we welcome the class of 2021 and their parents into the NDA community. Students will register for classes (including paying their $200 registration fee).
$200 registration fee due for incoming

Class of 2021 Parent Daughter Night
Wednesday April 26, 2017   7-8:00 pm

Educational Loan Deadline
Thursday, June 1, 2017 -If you plan to utilize an education loan, apply to Your Tuition Solution (YTS) at before this date .

Monthly Payment Plan
Thursday, June 15, 2017 – Your monthly payment plan should be set up with FACTS Management Co.; payments will begin in either July or August.

Tuition and Fees Balance Due
Wednesday July 12, 2017 is when all tuition and fees balances are due.  Tuition assistance will be deducted from the balance due.

NDA Celebrates Fall Sports With Pep Rally

Notre Dame Academy begins year with Fall Pep Rally!  Athletes from all of the fall sports were announced, Dance team and Hip Hop club performed, along with NDA cheers and student games!


“His Own” Ministry Urges NDA Students to Cherish Their Gifts

You are good not because of what you do, but because God made you ~

Notre Dame Academy welcomed the women of “His Own” ministry to speak at an all-school assembly. Students heard a captivating talk encouraging them to know that their beauty comes from within and is a gift from God.

“We want these young women to come away knowing that they are loved and that God cherishes them,” Maria Spears, a member of the ministry said.  “We want the girls to ask God to show them their beauty, to show them who they are, and to go one step further and ask God who He is while they continue to build that relationship with Him.”

“His Own” consists of three close friends from Nashville who began making music together, shared their hearts, prayed together and felt called to fulfill the need for a ministry specific to young women. During their presentation Kara Klein, Maria Spears, and Christine Simpson shared their original music as well as uplifting and heart-felt stories about becoming the woman Christ calls us to be. For more information on this ministry, visit


Athletic Boosters Reverse Raffle Live & Silent Auction -September 24, 2016

This is a fun-filled evening which benefits all NDA athletes through the NDA Boosters 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the NDA Dining Hall $50/Person includes: One “Reverse Raffle” Number & BBQ Buffet Dinner provided by Shorty’s Barbecue

GRAND PRIZE $3,000 Cash, with cash prizes for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Places!

Purchase your 2016 Reverse Raffle Tickets Today! Complete this portion and return to NDA attention: “Athletic Boosters” with payment. Please make checks payable to: Notre Dame Academy Athletic Boosters. Or you may contact Lisa Genson, Cross Country & Track and Field Booster Rep. at for further information.