Dear HRA Families and Friends,
This week brings Cardinal Dolan of New York to give spiritual direction to our priests and seminarians (all four just flew in to participate in the priestly meeting)! Our own high school students are blessed to have an opportunity to meet with Cardinal Dolan at Lumen Christi Monday, March 24th in the afternoon. I look forward to sharing with you their experience in my next blog. In the meantime, you may want to consider attending the Monday, March 24th evening Cardinal Dolan talk at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish hosted by the organization Catholics United for the Faith. The event is free but donations are welcome.
Well, the sun has heralded in spring so beautifully. Happy birthday to Miss Verreux (first/second grade teacher) who shares her birthday with the first day of spring. As the light and the warmth increase, so also do the high spirits of our teachers and students.
This past week we enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day immensely. The faculty and the students were all in green! Tuesday, we were blessed with retired priest, Fr. Brunet, who said mass for the elementary students. Wednesday, Mrs. Schirda organized our St. Joseph Feast Day. Fr. Augustine led us in prayer and the upper school students went on a pilgrimage to sing a St. Joseph song to each of the elementary school classes as well as distribute a prayer card to each. The event was topped off with a delicious potluck of Italian pastas, Mrs. Schirda’s famous white bean salad, and plenty of feast day desserts. Thank you to choir director, Mrs. Colleen Carter-Duncan, for preparing the students to sing on this great event. Thank you to seventh grader, Joseph Bjelland, for carrying around the portrait of St. Joseph during the pilgrimage You have an amazing namesake!
On Wednesday the entire school raced over to the Dome off of Raspberry and ran around the track as Mrs. Pearce is testing them for the Presidential Fitness Challenge. It was such fun to see the students run and release any stress of the week. Thank you to the students for your good natures and good behavior on this outing! Thank you to the many parents who chipped in to help drive. (Mr. Pope, Mrs. Neavill, Mrs. Koop, Miss Bell, Mrs. Miller)
Thursday brought Fr. Mark Francis, O.P. to say mass for the upper school. Thank you to the sophomores for providing meatless soups for lunch. Thank you to Mrs. Erin Furby for organizing the upper school out in many directions for our last month of Community Service this school year. Thank you to the students who helped with kindergartern art and who put down ice melt and cleared the walkways on campus especially. The combination of the sun and long days seemed to move the week along at a very speedy pace.
The Centurion Project is going very well. We have collected almost $5,000.00 in the very first week! Thank you to all our wonderful donors. You may check out our progress on the school website page. I update it daily! Please submit names and addresses if you have not already done so.
The students returned from spring break in good spirits and ready to begin the fourth quarter and rapidly complete the school year! Thank you to the teachers for all the help in making the transition back to school so smooth and joyful.
This upcoming week is quite out of the ordinary. Be sure to consult your child’s teacher if you have any questions.
- Monday, March 24th – high school goes to Lumen Christi H.S. for the Dolan talk
- Tuesday morning at 8 A.M. Fr. Paul Raftery O.P. will day the Dominican Rite mass in St. Dominic’s Hall in honor of the Feast of the Annunciation (all-school mass). Parents and friends are welcome.
- Tuesday through Friday, the upper school is dismissed at noon for Presentations in the afternoon. Each student is afforded twenty minutes to speak to their parents on three areas they wish.
- Friday, March 28th – NO SCHOOL for the Elementary. Elementary students are required to bring their parents to a scheduled appointment to make their presentations.
- After School Care will be available except on Friday. Upper School students staying after school must stay in the school library while they are waiting for their presentations.
My shoulder contiues to improve but prevents me from typing too much. Enjoy the coming week as Lent continues. Consider attending the Dominican Forum by Brother Justin Gable O.P. on Dante’s Comedy or the Friday Frozen Friars Concert (free). Both events are at Holy Family Cathedral.
Finally, Happy Birthday to Helen Marie Schirda, daughter of Mrs. Schirda, who turned one on March 23rd!
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal