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News & Notes from the Junior School - 12.2.16

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Mrs. Hartnett writes,

Peace on Earth…

As I write these few words to you, the Thanksgiving holiday has passed and we are now in the throes of the Christmas season. The serious snow that I am desperately waiting for hasn’t fallen yet, but there is still time. This is my absolute favorite time of the year, and it is also a time of memory, a time when I try to carve out some quiet solitary moments to remember my parents, and most especially, my father. Given the current world-wide immigrant discussion, my memories are particularly poignant.

My Dad, a Swedish immigrant named Svend Johannssen, came to the United States at the age of four to begin a new life in Pennsylvania with his parents and twin sister. More than anything else, this little family wanted to find the hope and the promise that they envisioned in their own dreams. Not many years after their arrival, my grandfather was killed by a hit and run driver, and so I never met this familial icon of hard work and determination. But I could see and feel his message of love firsthand in the life and in the eyes of his son. My Dad was a convert to Catholicism, and one of my fondest memories is being my Dad's Godmother at his baptism. My Dad died when I was much younger and I am sorry to admit that as much as I loved him, and love him still, my memories of him are not as clear to me now as they once were long ago and, most sadly, there is no way to recapture that past. For many reasons, I remember my Dad most especially at this time of year. He loved Christmas, and even though the presents under our tree were never numerous or costly, they always spoke of my Dad’s love and his care for his family. One of my greatest regrets is that my own children, Andrew and Liz, never met my Dad. They never knew him. Yes, they would have loved him, too.


I am so happy to report that our Junior School food drive was a great success, all because of YOUR generosity and YOUR kindness and YOUR caring and YOUR love. Two truckloads of food were transported to the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Center - just imagine the reaction of the recipients to your benevolence! Truly, you have seen Christ and you have been Christ.


In many ways, the recent spate of cold weather has proved providential, because I am certain that while you were all spending your afternoons and evenings indoors, you passed the time by …. cleaning out your closets!! Please do know, dear Junior School families, that we are having a clothing drive here and that your help is once again needed. Gently used clothes (other than clothes which say Priory on them) of any type or size, newborns through adults XXL, will be gratefully accepted. Shoes, boots, and bedding (sheets, blankets, towels, etc) of all types are also needed. Underwear, if donated, needs to be new and in the original packaging.

The drive will begin today, December 2, and will last until noon on Monday, December 19, and I assure you that what you donate will help to warm the hearts and bodies of the very neediest of all. Catholic Charities Community Services Southside is our recipient. This fine organization works with immigrant and refugee communities here in St. Louis, and their ministry is extremely important and far-reaching. Currently, in some cases, CCCSS is assisting second and third generation immigrant and refugee families from Bosnia, Nepal, Viet Nam, Mexico, Colombia, and several of the sub-Saharan African nations. And so, we need your help. Please send anything, anything at all.

As an addendum to the clothing drive, may I add that the Junior School lost and found collection is reaching critical mass with clothing items. Please see the photo below. (Somehow, the pile grew over the Thanksgiving vacation…how did that happen???) Please be aware that any unnamed clothing items (other than items that say Priory on them) not claimed by the morning of December 19 will be added to the clothing drive collection. I urge all Junior School boys to reclaim their lost items. Daring and courageous parents are also invited to sort through the collection….just make certain that you have had your tetanus shots!!


lost and found

Surely, someone owns these things.....


Parents of Form II boys are reminded that on Wednesday, December 7, at 7:00 pm, we will hold our Form II Priory High School Orientation. Hopefully, your calendars are already marked!


We have had a very successful shadow visit program this fall, and we want to express our gratitude for each of the Junior School students who volunteered to host visiting students this year. The Priory students have done a wonderful job of making our guests feel welcome and showing them around our campus. If you know any other 5th or 6th grade boys who might want to learn more about Priory, please let them know that we will continue to host shadow visitors in December and early January, and we would be happy to reach out to set up a visit. Our application deadline is January 17. Thank you for your support of our efforts!


Due to a speaker making a presentation in the high school, the Junior School will have a late start (following a Thursday schedule) on Wednesday, December 7. The first class will begin at 8:51 am. High school students will have a regular start day. Enjoy those extra few moments of sleep!


You and your family are invited to join the monastic community for their annual Mass and Christmas Open House.

Sunday, December 18
Monks’ Christmas Open House
5:00 p.m. Mass at the Abbey Church
6:00 p.m. Reception at the Monastery


If you were unable to pick your order up at the Christmas Boutique, please stop by the Development Office in Switzer House (M-F, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).


Xanadu 2017

Xanadu 2017 “A Night on the Red Carpet” is just around the corner. Invitations will be mailed in the next few weeks!  It’s time to start putting your tables together for Xanadu which benefits every Priory student! Put the date on your calendars and come have a magnificent evening Saturday, February 4, 2017. Don’t forget the Preview Party is Friday, February 3rd, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Donations & Volunteers Needed


Form Gifts Due December 31, 2016

Please send in your Form Gifts by December 31, 2016 if you have not already done so. Recommended amount is $25 per student. Please make checks payable to “Saint Louis Priory,” and send them to Saint Louis Priory, Attn: Development Office, 500 South Mason Road, St. Louis, MO 63144. Please note the applicable Form(s) on the Memo line of your check.

Xanadu Donations Deadline—Wednesday, JANUARY 5, 2017

Please bring all donations to the Development Office, located upstairs in the Switzer House. Please fill out an acquisition form for each item with a complete description and value. By making your donation to Xanadu before the Christmas break, you can receive a tax deduction for the 2017 tax period.

Volunteers Needed

Form II Moms Needed for Table Skirting – Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Form II mothers are invited to help with skirting the Xanadu display tables on the afternoon, time to be determined, on Wednesday, February 1 beginning at 1:30 p.m.  

Form I Moms Needed for Table Setting – Friday, February 3, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Form I mothers are invited to help with setting the tables on Friday, February 3rd. The table setting begins at 11:00 a.m. We need approximately 20 Form I moms to help with this job. 

Xanadu Set Up – Thursday & Friday, February 2- February 3, 2017
Adult volunteers are needed for set up on Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3 in the Corley Gym, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided both days. If you are new to Xanadu, set up days are always fun and a great way to meet other Priory Moms. Any amount of time is most appreciated.

Xanadu Night – Saturday, February 4, 2017
Adult Volunteers are also needed the night of the auction. Please consider volunteering to work part of the night of the auction. Volunteers are needed for silent auction sections and coat check.

If you would like to volunteer for any of these jobs, please email Mary Rhodes ( in the Development Office. Thank you!

Family Tribute Xanadu Ads

If you or your son’s grandparents would like to honor your Priory student by placing an ad in this year’s Xanadu auction catalog, please submit your ad by Friday, Monday, December 19, 2016. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to show your support for his hard work, and to let him know how proud you are of him. Please complete and return this Family Tribute Advertisement form

Should you have any questions, please email


Friday, Dec. 2 (today)
  Clothing drive begins
Wednesday, Dec. 7 8:45 a.m. start Late start for the JS
Wednesday, Dec. 7 7 p.m. Form II Priory High School Orientation - Kline Theatre
Thursday, Dec. 8
  No classes - Holy Day
Friday, Dec. 16   The next News 'n Notes
Sunday, Dec. 18 5 p.m. Monks' Mass and Reception
Monday, Dec. 19 noon Clothing drive ends
Tuesday, Dec. 20 3 p.m.
School dismissed for Christmas vacation
Wednesday, Jan. 4   School resumes


“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. & great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves & even loved in spite of ourselves.” Victor Hugo

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry and then from his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand high in critical esteem. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). He produced more than 4,000 drawings, and also earned respect as a campaigner for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment.


Thank you gratefully for all that you do for the boys, for the School, and for those in need. We are blessed that you are in our lives.

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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