Sunday Evening News – 10/3/21

October 3, 2021 - 7:01 pm


In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them,
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
(Mk 10:2-16)


October 3, 2021

Peace & Greetings:

Wow … the school year is moving along as the calendar has turned to October. We will reach the midpoint of the first academic quarter this Wednesday. Hopefully, students have settled in and are keeping up with their studies or reaching out to their teachers/counselors for extra help.

It’s a busy month on the school calendar. A reminder that this Friday, October 8th  is our annual Walkathon/Oktoberfest celebration from noon to 2:00 pm. Please consider supporting our only student driven fundraiser of the year. Thanks!

No school for students/teachers on Columbus Day, Monday, October 11th. However, the main office will be open. St. Luke’s Production will be at St. Paul next Tuesday, October 12th performing “Tolton” for our freshmen and sophomores. Augustus Tolton was the first black Catholic priest ordained in the U.S. in 1886.

Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 13th  from 1:30 – 7:30 pm (10-minute appointment blocks). An email will be sent tomorrow with online sign-up information.

Our second Open House for prospective Class of 2026 students and transfers is scheduled for Saturday, October 16. I remain grateful to the student Blue Key Club ambassadors and faculty who provide the tours and to everyone who have taken lawn signs or encourage others in your community or workplace to check us out!

There are three class retreats scheduled during October. The freshmen on October 13th, the sophomores on October 25th and the juniors on October 21st. Homecoming Weekend is scheduled for October 29th – 30th with a return of our hall decorating contest, pep rally, dance and several athletic contests.

Congratulations to Nathan Stellmach ’21 and Gillian Smith ’21 for recently being named a National Merit Scholarship Foundation Semi-finalist and Commended Student respectively. This is an impressive academic honor!

A shout out to everyone who put themselves out there and ran for a class office position. This year’s officers are: Seniors: Gabe Duncan, Keira Dubitsky, Olivia Belfonti and William Kurnik; Juniors: Allison Barton, Tessa Strasser, Kirsten Ward and Dylan Bird; Sophomores: Ty Davis, Allison Smoloski, Anna Kronen and Emily Walker; and Freshmen: Victoria Matkowski, Ella Dubitsky, Rihanna Paulene-Resale and Eleanor Matusik.

Congratulations to William Kurnik who received the St. Gianna Beretta Molla Award from Archbishop Blair this afternoon at the annual Respect for Life Mass at St. Bridget of Sweden Parish, Cheshire. Also, receiving the award was St. Paul alum Alex Wells ‘13 and his wife Lauren.

As you know, the Archdiocesan Consecration to Jesus through Mary Journey started on September 4th and will conclude this Thursday on October 7th, the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Each year, the Catholic Church dedicates the month of October to the Most Holy Rosary. Weather permitting, our entire student body will pray the rosary on McPhee Field at 1:00 pm tomorrow. In addition, we are pleased that on Consecration Day, Fr. Matthew Collins ‘12, recently ordained in June, will celebrate his first Mass as a priest with our St. Paul community at 10:15 am at St. Gregory the Great Church. We welcome Fr. Matt back home!

I’d also like to acknowledge another St. Paul alum and my classmate, Fr. Ed Przygocki ’72 who is celebrating his 40th Anniversary of the priesthood this weekend. Fr. Ed is Chancellor of Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell. Congratulations Fr. Ed!

Governor Lamont signed an Executive Order earlier last week extending wearing a mask in public and private schools through February 15, 2022. I remain grateful to our students, faculty and staff for complying with our COVID-19 mitigating practices assisting in making our campus a safe and healthy environment.


Let us be #spstrong by continuing to come together respecting and nurturing each other in our words and actions, on campus and on social media. To be stronger than ever, we must understand that it takes every one of us to intentionally contribute to raising up our St. Paul community.

Make it a great week!

St. Paul, pray for us!

Cary M. Dupont ‘72
President/Chief Administrator

Parent/Student Newsletter – October 3, 2021