Sunday Evening News – 12/5/21

December 5, 2021 - 7:23 pm

December 5, 2021

Second Week of Advent

Peace & Greetings:

Advent is active waiting, when the Church readies – physically and spiritually – for the coming of the Christ child. We pray during Advent that we may open our hearts in love and hope as we await the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Come, Lord Jesus!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Advent Prayer Service & Candlelight Ceremony during last Friday night’s Light Up St. Paul event on McPhee Field. Surrounded by hundreds of luminaries, remembering loved ones, we came together as a faith community to usher in this Advent season.

In addition to the assistance of Norma Kendrick and student government representatives coordinating Santa’s Corner for our little ones, I’d like to acknowledge the St. Paul chorus and band, under the direction of David Junko, who performed various seasonal musical selections contributing to a festive evening. Well done!

Our weekend continued Saturday morning with our Frosty Falcon 5K run and walk, in memory of Michael Walsh ‘07. Traditionally an August event, we had one of our best turnouts in years, with many participants dressed in holiday clothing for the occasion. It was great to see many students, faculty, parents, alumni and community members coming together on campus to help raise money for scholarships.

Special thanks to our Advancement staff: Melissa Lindquist, Shelley Mendoza and Amy Wernicki for their efforts in planning and coordinating these two community building events this weekend. Also, a shout out to Duncan Sheedy for lighting our campus.

Our winter athletic season is in full swing with basketball, indoor track, boys’ swim, wrestling and cheerleading programs now underway. We look forward to hopefully a more normal winter season with exciting contests to come!

Thank you to the nearly 40 student-athletes that attended last Wednesday’s two-hour workshop, The Art of Leadership, Team Building & Wellness, facilitated by Dr. Michael Schultz ’72. This was the first in what we anticipate will be a number of voluntary professional wellness workshops provided for our students.

We heard last week that St. Paul Performing Arts received the royalty rights to perform the musical, the Wizard of Oz. Auditions have been announced for Sunday, December 12 at 3:00 pm and Tuesday, December 14 at 6:30 pm. Mark your calendar: the show will be performed the weekend of April 8-10, 2022.

A reminder that this Wednesday, December 8 at 6:00 pm is Junior College Night sponsored by our School Counseling Department. Several college representatives will serve on a panel to answer frequently asked questions for parents and juniors related to the college admissions process.

This Saturday, December 11 at 8:00 am is our next Placement Exam for prospective Class of 2026 students and transfers. Help us get the word out in your hometown or workplace!

Finally, a calendar reminder: Wednesday, December 22 is a full day of school with a 2:12 pm dismissal. Christmas vacation starts on Thursday, December 23 with students returning from their holiday break on Monday, January 3, 2022. It will be here before we know it!

In the meantime, let’s try to slow down and enjoy the preparations for the real reason for this season. Christ is the reason for St. Paul Catholic High School.

In the Spirit of St. Paul,

Cary M. Dupont ‘72
President/Chief Administrator