Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- The funeral Mass for Mrs. Diane Fleming will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral on Monday, January 15th at noon. Archbishop Emeritus Roger Schwietz, OMI will be presiding. Mr. Fleming has asked that the HRA students come to the Mass and sing the Russian Our Father that they do so beautifully. There is no school that day in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We, therefore, implore all of our parents to come to the funeral by 11:50 a.m. with their children in dress uniform. Faculty and students will sit together so we can sing from our places when it is time for the Our Father.
- Holy Rosary Academy proudly presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by the High School Drama class next Saturday evening, January 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Awaken Church (formerly the Alaska Wildberry Theater), 5225 Juneau Street, Anchorage. Reserve seats with the HRA Front Office, $5 per person for all ages.
- HELP FOR FATHER FISHER – Our former chaplain, Fr. A. J. Fisher is in need of help after his knee replacement surgery. He is currently unable to walk and needs assistance moving about his home. He has requested adults, individuals or pairs, to stay with him for four-hour shifts. Please consider helping in this corporal work of mercy. Call the HRA Front Office for Fr. Fisher’s contact information and learn more about how you can help this retired priest.
- AMERICAN LEGION OPPORTUNITIES:
- American Legion Auxiliary State Leadership Camp for Girls – American Legion Auxiliary Girls State celebrates 50 years in Alaska! This one week camp is open to Alaskan high school girls who complete 11th Grade in the spring of 2018. Each American Legion Post sponsors one girl to participate in this citizenship & government leadership camp held June 2-8, 2018 at St. Therese’s Camp in Wasilla. To apply, go to ALA Alaska Girls State Application & Forms. Applications must be submitted by May 22, 2018.
- American Legion Alaska Boys State – American Legion Posts in Alaska are sponsoring the 52nd Annual Boys State citizen leadership camp June 10-16, 2018 at St. Therese’s Camp in Wasilla. All Alaskan boys, age 16-18 who will be high school seniors during the 2018-19 school year are eligible to apply with their local American Legion Post. Applications and more information are available at THE AMERICAN LEGION ALASKA BOYS STATE.
- Participants in both Girls and Boys State are eligible to win a trip to the National leadership camps in Washington D.C. later this summer.
- AMERICAN LEGION HIGH SCHOOL ORATORICAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – The American Legion awards scholarships between $14,000-$18,000 to the top three high school students who exhibit excellent public speaking skills and knowledge on the topic of the Constitution of the United States. Students will deliver one 8-10 minute prepared speech on the topic of the U.S. Constitution with an emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government as well as a 3-5 minute speech on a section of the Constitution to be announced at the competition. Competitors are appointed by each American Legion department (state) in a local competition and then move on to three successive rounds at the National competition. Participants are awarded scholarships of $1500 for each of the first two rounds completed. For more information, go to Contact American Legion Oratorical Scholarships
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Thank you to HRA parent, Mr. Betts, for all of his work remodeling the janitor’s closet in St. Dominic’s Hall. It has provided us with so much more storage for supplies used in Morning Care and indoor recess.
- Thank you to HRA parent, Mr. Swanson, for the donation of his late mother’s electric organ for the JPII Chapel. It fits beautifully and sounds wonderful.
- Congratulations to Gabrielle Holder (12th), she was accepted to the University of Dallas and offered the Dean’s Scholarship for $80,000 over four years. She was also accepted to Benedictine College with an offer of $60,000 over four years as a part of the Benedictine College Award.
5th-8th Grade Volleyball – We currently have 5 team members who have submitted all fees and paperwork to participate. We cannot begin practices until we have a full team of 6-8 players. If your child intends to play volleyball and you have not yet registered, please bring paperwork and the $75 participation fee to the HRA Front Office as soon as possible or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Middle School Volleyball team.
WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 1/8: Morning Assembly – Miss Neumayr made the following announcements:
- The Hurricane Harvey collection totals will be announced next week. Thank you all for your generous efforts to help the Catholic Schools of Houston, TX.
- Please attend the funeral for Mr. Fleming’s late wife. (See announcement above.)
- Congratulations to Michael Lucas (12th) was recognized in the Catholic Anchor for his 3rd Wrestling Championship medal and 161-10 high school record. Go, Knights!
- The High School production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was also featured in the Catholic Anchor in a January article titled, “Independent Catholic school draws on classics to inspire faith & learning” written by former HRA teacher Mrs. Alexandra Braunlich.
- Miss Neumayr previewed the plan for the coming school week and acknowledged everyone with a birthday this week.
MONDAY 1/8: The Upper School followed a Joseph Schedule in the morning
MONDAY 1/8: We thank everyone who attended the 3rd annual HRA Epiphany Concert. The students sang and performed beautifully. Thank you to Mrs. Klump, Mrs. Kinder, and Mrs. Welsh for all of their hard work preparing the students for the concert. We would also like to thank Mrs. Marquez for bringing cookies, cocoa, and hot cider as a treat at the end of the concert, and all the parents who helped distribute programs and straighten the chairs in St. Dominic’s Hall after the concert.
TUESDAY 1/9: Fr. Tom Lilly presided over the Elementary Mass in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Lilly. We would also like to thank those who helped with the Mass in particular ways:
- Altar Servers: Isaac Grandel (6th) and Earthen Le (6th)
- Prayer Leader: Mason Nguyen (6th)
- First Reading: Amarisa Manuel (6th)
- Responsorial Psalm: Stephen Hart (6th)
- Petitions: Verity Pendergast (6th)
WEDNESDAY 1/10: Grades K-2 enjoyed an afternoon trip to the Anchorage Museum of History & Art. Thank you to the parents who helped chaperone the trip.
THURSDAY 1/11: Fr. Christopher Brannon O.P presided over the Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Christopher. We would also like to thank those who helped with the Mass in particular ways:
- Altar Server: Mikael Hilario (8th)
- Reader: Macklen Bell (10th)
- Cantor: John Lastimoso (11th)
- Petitions: Angel Beaty (9th)
FRIDAY 1/12: Upper School students followed a Mary Schedule in the morning. 7th-12th Grades spent the afternoon packing the Christmas decorations and helping with campus stewardship chores. We are very impressed with the quick and efficient work of the students. They finished the jobs with enough time to earn a study hall to complete some of their weekend homework.
FRIDAY 1/12: Grades 3-6 ventured out to the Eagle River Nature Center for a day of bonding in the great outdoors while they learned the basics of winter survival, fire-building, shelter-building, animal tracking, and snowshoeing. Thank you to the parent drivers and chaperones: Mr. Denzer, Mrs. Dixon, Mr. Dubay, Mrs. Longlet, Mr. Manuel, Mr. Murray, Mrs. Reiman, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Woyte.
THE WEEK AHEAD:
MONDAY 1/15: NO SCHOOL for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
MONDAY 1/15: The funeral Mass for Mrs. Diane Fleming will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral at noon. All students are asked to attend and sing the school’s signature Our Father during the Mass.
TUESDAY 1/16: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall, 8:00 a.m.
TUESDAY 1/16: Elementary Mass with Fr. Whitney in the JPII Chapel, 2:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 1/17: Pizza Day
WEDNESDAY 1/17: Upper School Spirit Day, Disney theme
THURSDAY 1/18: 9th-10th Grade Confession opportunity, 9-9:30 a.m.
THURSDAY 1/18: Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel, 9:45 a.m.
THURSDAY 1/18: 11th/12th Grade field trip to talk at Lumen Christi, 10:00-noon
FRIDAY 1/19: NO SCHOOL – Faculty In-Service
SATURDAY 1/20: High School production of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, 7:00 p.m. at the Awaken Church (formerly the Alaska Wildberry Theater). Seats are $5.00 for all ages.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- There will be an additional performance of the (More details to come.)
- The Catholic Schools Day Mass is Monday, January 29th. All Grades will go to Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral for the Mass with Archbishop Etienne.
- CORRECTION: Raffle Tickets are due Friday, January 26th.
- Raffle Ticket Drawing, Wednesday, January 31st at noon in St. Dominic’s Hall
- We are very excited to welcome two speakers from NASA, who are coming to speak to grades 3-12 on March 7th. Thank you to Mr. Dick Armstrong for arranging this event.
Holy Father’s Intentions:
Evangelization: Religious Minorities in Asia
That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.
- Lumen Christi High School, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, St. Mary’s School, and Our Lady of the Valley School
- The novices of the Western Dominican Province as they begin the first year of their studies: Br. John, Br. Paschal, Br. Athanasius, Br. Paul Marie, Br. Andrew Thomas, and their Novice Master, Fr. Anthony.
- 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) & 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan (Fr. Ken Bolin, Upper School parent, is one of the chaplains going with them)
- For the victims of natural disasters all over the world, especially the people of the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico
- Mike & Shelley Gordon (benefactors of the school)
- Clyde Klump, grandfather of alumni
- Bonnie Bezousek and family after the loss of her father.
- Eric Pallister (family friend of the Reimans) in ICU after a fall rock climbing in Montana.
- The people of Houston, TX dealing with the damage caused by hurricane and floods, including Miss Neumayr’s brother-in-law’s family, who lost their home and vehicles.
- Kathy Conley (sister of one of the cantors at St. Nicholas of Myra parish) in the hospital in critical condition (please pray for recovery)
- Emily Peters (a friend of Miss Verreux’s) in the hospital
- For the intentions of the Benton family
- Gabriella Schilling (friend of Mrs. Stramilov) in need of healing prayers
- Prayers for the Droege family’s Intentions
- For the community of Wasilla Lake Christian School after the car accident that injured three students on their jr. high soccer team and killed their goalkeeper.
- Hoa Pham (paternal grandmother of Mason & Mimii Nguyen)
- The victims of the Texas shooting 11/2/17
- Kolbe Kinder (infant son of Mrs. Kinder) having seizures
- Harmston family, special intentions
- For Anna Abbott, recovering from a miscarriage & surgery
- Antwaun Carrothers (friend of Dr. Walters), recovering from surgery on 12/8/17
- A.J. Fisher (former HRA chaplain) recovering from knee replacement surgery. (Mrs. Shaut reports he is recovering well. Thank you for your prayers.)
- For the special intentions of Lisa Stephens (HRA parent) & family
- Dr. Walters has a cracked tailbone after a fall on the ice
- Victoria Leinon (godmother of an HRA student) having a difficult recovery after knee replacement surgery
- Therese Rhoter, wife of the founder of St. Augustine Academy (injured in CA mudslides, in stable condition but lost her husband)
- The St. Augustine Academy community who lost their friend and school founder, Roy Rhoter
Expectant Mothers :
- Maisie Klocek (friend of Miss Neumayr & Mrs. Schirda)
- Mrs. Denzer (HRA parent)
- Mrs. Kinder (Upper School Music Teacher)
- Mary (Pearce) Ahonen (daughter of Mrs. Pearce) expecting the 2nd of March
- Cecilia (Pearce) Latt (daughter of Mrs. Pearce) expecting a boy the 1st of May
- Elena Begojevec (Mrs. Stramilov’s sister-in-law)
- Melissa Montague (HRA parent)
New Mothers, their babies, and family:
- Mrs. Shoop & Josiah
- Mrs. Klump & Mary Ruth
- Megan O’Lena & Kilian Wayne
- Judy McArthey & Reuben Jerome
- Mrs. Kinney (former HRA teacher) & Thomas
- Sheen Bjelland (father of Eric & Joseph)
- Drew Koop (Maria Koop’s father) diagnosed with cancer
- Darrell Murray (Maria Koop’s grandfather) in the hospital with a heart condition and advanced dementia
- Cole Abel (father of alumni) has stage 4 cancer
- Tim Holder (brother of Neil Holder) undergoing surgery and chemotherapy for bladder cancer
- Maggi (sister of Miss Verreux’s friend) with terminal cancer
- Ron Pollock (friend of Miss Verreux) in radiation treatment during the month of October
- Tony Lewkowsky (former HRA parent & Board member) recovering from a heart condition
- Naomi Clements (family friend of the Furby family) fighting childhood cancer
Rest in Peace (R.I.P.)
- Barbara Doerner (former Principal)
- Andy Coldiron (former teacher)
- Tom Neumayr, uncle & godfather of Miss Neumayr
- Dawn Bennett, friend of HRA
- Tim Rickert, family friend of Miss Neumayr
- Gerald Webster Bergford, father of Bonnie Bezousek, diocesan employee
- Jane O’Connor, friend of Dr. Walters
- Annie Hardoy, (Mrs. O’Neill’s mother)
- Michael Martin & Michael J. Martin Jr. (friends of Mrs. Stramilov who passed at ages 90 and 5 respectively)
- Jeff Scott (a friend of Miss Verreux)
- Carol Klump (grandmother of alumnae)
- Gene LeBlanc (grandfather of Mrs. Stramilov) who passed in May
- Mary Trueblood (mother of a benefactor)
- Andrew Caleb Erlwein (cousin of Dr. Walters)
- Liz Marquez (grandmother of Mitchell Marquez)
- Margaret Briganti (friend of Mrs. Holder)
- Robin Tanner II (Mrs. Harmston’s cousin) killed in car accident, leaving behind a wife and two children
- Dorothy Foos (Mrs. Stramilov’s great aunt)
- Manuel Marfil (godfather of Joseph Bjelland)
- Gene & Roma LeBlanc (Mrs. Stramilov’s grandparents)
- Lorraine Lopez (grandmother of former student, Jacob Lopez)
- Herbert Froesch (grandfather of student, Ashley Stephens)
- Tathana Atanasoaie (sister-in-law of Mrs. Schirda)
- Diane Fleming (wife of Trustee)
- Sylvester Smith (SEAS parishioner & UAF student) hit by a car while helping a disabled vehicle
- Patricia Billimek (grandmother of Quinn Swanson)
- Steven C. Moore (former pastor of SEAS)
- Roy Rohter, founder of St. Augustine Academy of Ventura, CA (killed in the California mudslides)