To Scott and Holly Herald, there is nothing more important to pass on to their four children than the commandment to love others as God loves us.
The couple has four children — Mary Rose, Grace, Francesca, and Philomena. The three oldest attend Mater Dei Academy. Scott and Holly are so pleased with the education the children are receiving.
“Our children are getting a great education,” Scott says. “But more importantly, they’re learning to serve God and others, and that’s our goal as parents — to teach our children to love others as God has loved us. The community of people is great.”
Scott and Holly both work as educators — Scott is an assistant principal at Madison High School, and Holly is a teacher at St. Paschal Baylon in Highland Heights. They are a busy family, but make time to serve where they can. Mary Rose and Grace are altar servers — they enjoy this ministry because it brings them closer to God, and they feel they learn more about the Mass while serving God and the parish.
Scott serves with the Catholic Youth Organization, coaching various sports. Holly is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion during Mass at
St. Paschal Baylon. Both Holly and Scott were raised Catholic and credit their families for laying a firm foundation in the faith.
“We both received the gift of faith from our parents, and we’re trying to do the same for our children,” Holly says.
Immaculate Conception, like Mater Dei Academy, is very important to the Herald family. They value the relationships they have made and the community of faithful people.
“We love the fact that the church is literally in our backyard, and we center our lives around it as well,” Scott says.
Getting involved in the parish can help you feel more part of the parish community. Scott and Holly encourage their fellow parishioners to get involved in something they are passionate about.
“People should be involved in their church — ministry or activities — because it puts into action what we listen to in the Gospels,” Scott says. “Actively volunteering and simply taking action to help others is so simple, yet rewarding.”
The couple notices how giving of their time reflects on their children — the children pick up on the importance of helping others.
“We are so proud when we hear our children talk about helping others or simply when they want to do something kind for others,” Holly says. “This is when we see God working with our children and making the Gospels real in their lives.”
In their free time, the Heralds enjoy spending time with family. The kids also participate in sports and activities through the school.