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News & Notes from the Junior School - 11.4.16

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Mrs. Hartnett writes,

We are the lifeline for one another…

Love. One would naturally and rightfully assume that at a school run by Benedictine monks, a school dedicated to growth in faith, a school of service to others, a school which places a premium on the opening of its collective heart to each other and to our world, one would rightly assume that such a school would, with love, face outward as well as inward in both its life here on this campus and also in our wider world. And yet, these ideals are not limited to love alone, but rather include important and related ideals such as mercy, forgiveness, understanding, compassion, kindness, and service.

And this much I know, that I need all of you, I need every single person here, I need everyone in my life to help me to connect to what is good and true and real.


The first of three yearly community service projects is actually a duel effort to battle two of our area’s greatest needs: food and clothing. The food drive is first, and here are the details:

Beginning Friday, November 4, and ending Tuesday, November 22 (at 10:00 am), we are organizing our seventh annual food drive here at in the Junior School. The food that is collected will be donated to the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Program of Catholic Charities, St. Louis. The Cardinal Ritter Program, entitled “We Care and We Share,” serves the needs of senior citizens living in Section 8 housing in the City of St. Louis, and I can assure you that the urgency is very, very real. City-wide and nation-wide, food pantry supplies are woefully inadequate to meet even the most basic of needs.

From a provided list of the most critically needed items, I have created a mini “shopping list” for each advisory — please see attached here (and although cookies and sweets were not on the original list, I added them – a sweet treat is a luxury enjoyed by everyone). I am hopeful that each family in the Junior School can buy at least one of each item on their list (but more is absolutely a good thing) and bring it to the Junior School by November 22 before 10:00 am.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis is a wonderful organization which serves some of the most desperate and disenfranchised families in the metropolitan area. The food which we will donate will help to address the incredibly bleak and recurrent prospect of hunger among some of our most fragile brothers and sisters. I can assure you that our kindness to the hungry is a great blessing to those for whom the next meal is often an illusion. But as we know, Christ is not an illusion. Please “see Christ and be Christ” by participating in this most worthwhile assistance program.

Two years ago, when we helped Cardinal Ritter Senior Services with our food drive, the senior citizens began lining up two days in advance of our delivery, and they had to be told not to wait outside shivering in the cold for the food that was arriving. When I think of someone’s dear grandparents standing out in the cold and braving the weather with such faith and determination and quiet strength, my heart breaks.

The clothing drive, which will happen in December, will be outlined in the issue of the newsletter going live on Friday, December 2. But do keep us in mind now in case you get bit by the Fall Closet Cleaning bug and are looking for someplace to send any gently used clothing that you no longer need or wear. We will gladly take it off your hands and put it in the hands of Catholic Charities Southside of St. Louis.


Form II Form I
Tuesday, Nov. 8  
8:15-9:15 a.m. French/Spanish 8:15-9:30 a.m. Theology
9:45-11:15 a.m. Mathematics 10:00-11:30 a.m. Latin
Wednesday, Nov. 9  
8:15-9:45 a.m. Latin 8:15-9:30 a.m. Mathematics
10:15-11:30 a.m. Theology 10-11 a.m. Science
Thursday, Nov. 10  
8:15-9:15 a.m. Science 8:15-9:15 a.m. Geography
  9:30-10:45 a.m. English


Please refer to the most recent newsletter, dated October 21, for additional details about exams, start and pickup times, etc. Questions? Please call (314-363-8403 or 314-434-3690 x 210) or email at


Please consider inviting a prospective family to the Open House! If you know someone with a son who is in 3rd – 6th grade, send them a text or an email to invite them to get to know Priory. Here are the details:

Saint Louis Priory School Open House
Sunday, November 13
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
500 South Mason Road, High School Building
Register at


Priory parents are reminded that all medications for the Junior School boys, both prescription and OTC, need to be brought to Mrs. Lane’s office and reside there during the school year. No medications of any kind are to be kept in lockers. (EPI-pens are excluded from this directive).


This advance notice will again alert Form II parents that on Wednesday, December 7, at 7:00 pm in the Kevin Kline Theatre, a meeting will be held for parents to learn about the Priory High School program of studies, sports programs, advisory system, and various other components of the next four years of the Priory experience. I urge all Form II parents to mark their calendars and to attend this meeting. The information will be of great value to you as you (and we) prepare your sons for the high school program.


Xanadu 2017

Fathers’ Club Junior School Rec Night

Friday, November 18, 2016, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Priory Gymnasium
The Fathers’ Club invites 7th and 8th grade fathers and sons to the Junior School Rec Night. Dress is casual and rubber-soled athletic shoes are required.. Come prepared to play dodge ball and other indoor games. Come prepared to play dodgeball and other indoor games. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. We hope to see you there! Please register online here by Tuesday, November 15.

Junior School Mother & Son Mass & Lunch

Saturday, November 19, 2016
11:00 a.m. Mass in the Abbey Church
11:45 a.m. Lunch in the Boys’ Dining Hall

Lunch & Photo Session in the Boys' Dining Hall immediately following Mass.

We hope every Junior School mother/guardian and son will attend this memory-making event! Please note that financial assistance is available by emailing Priory’s Director of Finance Dawn Szatkowski at

When registering online, be sure to complete the sentence: “I am thankful for my son because…” Responses will be printed (anonymously) in a special keepsake Mass program.

For questions email or call Hilda Willman at or 314-434-3690, ext. 140. $25 per person. Please register online by Monday, November 14. 

Monk Package Underwriting Party for Couples

Thursday, November 17, 2016
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Switzer House

Don’t miss the Xanadu Monk Package Underwriting Party for couples on Thursday, November 17th, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at the Switzer House. Money raised will be used to underwrite the popular Xanadu monk packages. Come enjoy a unique evening socializing with the Monks and Priory Community. Savor delicious desserts and a variety of after dinner drinks. Suggested donation is $100. Please register online here and plan to join the monks for a wonderful evening

Mothers’ Club Christmas Boutique & Luncheon

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saint Louis Priory School Gymnasium

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending the Christmas Boutique & Luncheon, Wednesday, November 30, 2016, in the Priory Multi-Purpose Gym, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Complimentary lunch provided for Current and Alumni Priory mothers. Friends & Family welcome (suggest lunch donation $10). Please register online for this event here.

Vineyard Vines 10/10 Shopping Event

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Plaza Frontenac

Enjoy a 10% discount on your purchases and Vineyard Vines will donate 10% of the proceeds to Xanadu.

Parent Christmas Happy Hour

Friday, December 9, 2016
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ritz Carlton St. Louis

The Mothers’ Club & Fathers’ Club invite all school parent to join them for this fun evening featuring complimentary appetizers. Please register here to attend.



Friday, Nov. 4
  Food drive begins
Monday, Nov. 7   Reading day - no classes
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Nov. 8, 9, and 10
  First term exams
Friday, Nov. 11
  Grading day - no classes
Sunday, Nov. 13 12:30 p.m.
Saint Louis Priory School Open House
Monday, Nov. 14   Winter term begins
Friday, Nov. 18   The next News 'n' Notes
Saturday, Nov. 19
11 a.m.
Junior School Mother/Son Mass & Luncheon
Tuesday, Nov. 22 10 a.m.
Food drive ends
Tuesday, Nov. 22
3 p.m.
Thanksgiving break begins


Past the seeker as he prayed came the lonely and the lost and the beaten and the afraid. And seeing them, the seeker cried, "Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?" And God replied, "I did do something. I made you." ~Author Unknown


My grateful thanks to all of you for all that you do for the boys, for the School, and for the hungry.

Diana Hartnett

Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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