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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 it is still early in the season. 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 situation, 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 personal responsibility 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 love him, 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.
THE PRIORY JUNIOR SCHOOL FOOD DRIVE
As I mentioned in the last issue of the newsletter, our JS food drive was a great success, all because of YOUR generosity and YOUR kindness and YOUR caring and YOUR love. Three truckloads of food were transported to the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Center - just imagine the reaction of the recipients to your benevolence! The photo below shows two of the gentlemen from CRSSC along with some of the boys who helped to load the trucks.
(l-r): Mr. Billy Lowry and Mr. Larry Deam from Cardinal Ritter; Thatcher E., Michael M., Will H., and Tommy M.
THE CLOTHING DRIVE (DECEMBER 7 UNTIL NOON, DECEMBER 18)
In the last issue of the newsletter, dated November 20, you received information about the clothing drive. We will gratefully accept your donated items and put them in the hands of immigrant communities served by Catholic Family Services South Side. Thank you in advance for your kindness to those who desperately need your help.
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Thanks to a scholarship grant won two years ago by Form II student Joe B., the entire Junior School will be going to the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Last year, thanks to the grant, the Form I students went to see The Winslow Boy. The underwriters of the grant were so impressed with the Priory boys that they have decided this year to invite all Junior School students. The grant includes tickets for all of the boys, their chaperones, and bus transportation to and from the theatre.
The play that the boys will see is Peter and the Starcatcher, and a short description is printed below.
On December 16, the Junior School boys will miss all of their classes before sports. They will return at some point during sports, then have lunch here. The last two periods of the day (after sports) will be held as normal.
Please visit the Priory website in order to sign the online permission slip so that your son can attend the play.
Peter and the Starcatcher
An apprentice starcatcher and a young orphan boy find themselves on a life-changing adventure when they are charged with protecting magical starstuff from a fearsome pirate. Pursued by a giant crocodile, mysterious mermaids and angry islanders, their fantastical journey is filled with spectacle and whimsy. This swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan is rich in stage magic, off-the-wall humor and touching sincerity as it takes us on a voyage to an island where dreams are born and time is never planned. The play is a winner of five 2012 Tony Awards.
CHRISTMAS TRIVIA NIGHT!
We all know that Rudolph has a red nose, but does Rudolph have antlers? *
The Saint Louis Priory School Student Council has organized a Christmas Trivia Night for boys and girls in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. The fun begins at 6:30 pm and ends at 9:00 pm, and is held in the Priory School dining room. Additional details and a registration form can be found in the shareable flyer on our website. We hope that you can join us - it should be lots of fun! * PS - see the end of the newsletter for the trivia answer.
FORM II PRIORY HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION
Parents of Form II boys are reminded that on Wednesday, Dec. 9, we will hold our Form II Priory High School Orientation. Hopefully, your calendars are already marked!
MONKS' OPEN HOUSE
The monks of Saint Louis Abbey invite you and your family to celebrate Mass with them at 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, 2015, as we look forward to Christ’s coming. An open house will follow in the monastery. More information
LOST AND FOUND REDUX
Surely, someone owns these things.....
Xanadu 2016 Garden Party 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, Feb. 6, 2016. Don’t forget the Preview Party is Friday, Feb. 5, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Donations & Volunteers Needed
Form Gifts Due Dec. 31
Please send in your Form Gifts by December 31, 2015 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, Jan. 6
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 2015 tax period.
Form II Moms Needed for Table Skirting – Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 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 3 beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Form I Moms Needed for Table Setting – Friday, February 5, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
Form I mothers are invited to help with setting the tables on Friday, February 5th. 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 4- February 5, 2016
Adult volunteers are needed for set up on Thursday, February 4 and Friday, February 5 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 6, 2016
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 (email@example.com) in the Development Office. Thank you!
|Monday, Dec. 7
||Clothing drive begins
|Tuesday, Dec. 8
||Feast of the Immaculate Conception - School closed
|Wednesday, Dec. 9
||Form II Priory HIgh School Orientation - Kline Theatre
|Friday, Dec. 11
||Christmas Trivia Night - Priory dining room
|Sunday, Dec. 13
||Monks' Mass and Open House
|Wednesday, Dec. 16
||8:45 a.m. -
|Repertory Theatre St. Louis
|Friday, Dec. 18
||The next News 'n Notes
|Friday, Dec. 18
||Clothing drive ends
|Friday, Dec. 18
||School dismissed for Christmas vacation
|Monday, Jan. 4
"What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family." Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910 - 1997) was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun with Indian citizenship who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.
By the 1970s Mother Teresa had become internationally known as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless, due in part to a documentary and book entitled Something Beautiful for God written about her life by Malcolm Muggeridge. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980, for her humanitarian work. Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity continued to expand, and at the time of her death it was operating 610 missions in 123 countries, including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; children's and family counseling programs, orphanages, and schools.
Following her death, Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
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.
* Yes, Rudolph has antlers
Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School