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Mount Sacred Heart School Opens Doors To A New Beginning

November 18, 2015 | posted by Mount Sacred Heart

Topics: Catholic Schools

Mount Sacred Heart School Opens Doors  To A New Beginning

When students arrive on their first day of school, they usually bring a bright smile and great anticipation of a new start. This year, the students of Mount Sacred Heart School had even more to smile about as the 86 year-old school opened its doors to a new school year with a newly renovated 3rd floor wing.

The “New Beginning Campaign” renovation – which initiated in March 2015 – includes four new classrooms, boys’ and girls’ restrooms, a piano room, a spacious Fine Arts classroom, an expansive hallway with student lockers, central air/heat, new roofing, over 100 new student desks, fixtures and technology equipment.

The 1.2 million dollar makeover marks the first major capital project the school has undergone in many years.

“I love everything about the new classrooms, especially the lockers and bathrooms,” exclaimed 4th grader, Alexa Tijerina.

Mount Sacred Heart School Principal, Maria Casto said, “We are excited to offer our 4th and 5th grade students a state-of-the-art learning environment. We’re grateful to our many partners in mission – parents, alumni, Board members, benefactors, and the SSCJ Congregation for making this a reality for our students. The future of MSH is bright thanks to the generosity of so many loyal and faithful friends.”

Celebrations of the new wing didn’t end on the first day of school. On Sunday, September 27, 2015, the Mount Sacred Heart Community celebrated MSH Heritage Day – a commemoration of the school’s founding congregation – the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - profession of vows and recognition of their legacy and source of inspiration for future generations. The occasion also served as a time to bridge the wealth of Mount’s heritage with the promise of a bright future for the school.

"Our Heritage Day Celebration gives us an opportunity to celebrate our 86-year presence in the San Antonio community. The blessing of the renovated 3rd floor as part of that celebration is witness to the vitality of our community and its commitment to continue the ministry of Catholic education for generations to come," said Principal Casto.

Members of the School community including the SSCJ, parents, students, faculty/staff, alumni, friends, benefactors and board members were all on hand to pay tribute to the spiritual ancestors of the school as well as experience the excitement of the school’s future with a tour of the new 3rd floor wing and special blessing given by former MSH student, Fr. Art Flores, OMI.

“On this day we give thanks to the many Sisters, lay faculty and staff, and benefactors who have given generously of their time and talents to ensure that Mount Sacred Heart is able to continue its ministry. As we reflect on our rich past, and look ahead to a bright future we are confident that the seeds of faith will continue to grow in the hearts of our past and current students."

Mount Sacred Heart School is a private Catholic elementary school sponsored by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. For more information please contact the school office at:(210) 342-6711 or online at