From January 21
through the 24
Father Darrell, Sr. Catherine Marie, Mrs. Groller and 14 of our 8
grade students set off on a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. where we joined half-a-million others in a peaceful march for the protection of every human life at the
March for Life
. Though the trip was arduous, we kept a smile on our faces through it all - remembering that Christ's disciples live joyfully and courageously, even in the most challenging of circumstances.
Sunday, January 25th, kicked off Catholic Schools Week with our Open House. It was a wonderful event, that was made possible by the generosity of many individuals. Please find
here a letter of recommmendation
written by one of our grateful parents. For any families interested in sending their children to St. Isaac Jogues, please contact the school office.
Monday of Catholic Schools Week we welcomed Mr. Marc Eckel of
to share with us how he lives as a disciple of Christ through his artistic talent. Everyone from the three-year-olds through the 8
ed in the gym to watch. While music played in the background, Mr. Eckel began with writing the various names of Jesus on an 8-square-foot canvas. As the music picked up he grabbed a bucket of paint and, using only his bare hands, let it fly! First in orange, then layered with yellow and ending with white, we watched in awe as slowly the image of a face began to emerge. At the end of the three minutes, a quiet wave of excitement swept through the gym as everyone looked into the eyes of our risen Savior and we spent some quiet moments in prayer together. This uniquely beautiful art-piece was left to us and will soon be hanging in the school for everyone to appreciate.
By Tuesday the students had caught on to the Penny War concept, and the team jars were rapidly filling: both with pennies (earning positive points) and with silver or bills (counting as negative points). For the first fifteen minutes of each day there was a steady stream of students coming in to add pennies to their ow
n jar and “sabotaging” other teams by putting their silver and bills in their jars. Then for the rest of the morning we had a team of parents heroically offering their time to count loose change so that we could announce the results at the end of each day. In the end, Team 2 was victorious! The $1,000+ proceeds of this fundraiser are going toward the outreach project called Wee Care. It is their mission to assist women who have given life to their babies and have little in the way of material goods for the baby when he/she comes home. They provide each woman with a “bundle” that contains diapers, formula, clothing, blankets and knitted sweaters.
On Thursday students clad in their wacky socks made their way down to the basement to enjoy a movie and some fruit snacks provided by the Student Council. The younger grades enjoyed a morning matinee of
, while the upper grades watched
Heaven is For Real
in the afternoon. Meanwhile, Fr. Darrell, Sr. Catherine Marie, Mrs. Elias, the Student Council attended that Catholic Schools Week Mass celebrated by Archbishop Allen Vigneron at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. The Archbishop's homily struck home as he spoke about the role of the Christian to be a
who offers his entire life to God on the altar at Mass. At the end of Mass, each school was recognized for their service work. Erik (8
) and Cooper (6
) received the medal and letter from the Archbishop acknowledging the 105 boxes St. Isaac’s packed through Operation Christmas Child.
By Friday, our school spirit was soaring! We began the day with a beautiful all-school Mass. After lunch we were joined by Fr. Joseph, L.C., Sr. Agnes Maria, Sr. Mary Esther and Evan Pham for a vocations panel. Fr. Joseph is a priest with the religious community the Legionaries of Christ, Sr. Agnes Maria and Sr. Mary Esther are with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, and Evan Pham is a seminarian studying at Sacred Heart Seminary. Together they formed a panel where they spoke with the students briefly about the role their vocation plays in their desire to become Disciples of Christ and then opened it for questions. The students had more questions than the time allowed for, so we hope to have them return soon!
Then in the afternoon it was time for the Faculty vs. 8
Grade volleyball game! It was a wonderful way to end the week as students and faculty came together for some fun rivalry. Both teams proved promising, as the games got underway. After 4 games, each side had won two. A championship game was called for where the Sisters and gym-teacher Mr. Feld joined up against the star 8
grade players. Though it was a hard-fought match, in the end, the 8
graders were victorious. The final tally had 8
graders winning by number of games, while the faculty won with total number of points scored. A perfect end to the week!