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News & Notes from the Junior School - 12.4.15

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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.


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.

Junior School food drive

(l-r): Mr. Billy Lowry and Mr. Larry Deam from Cardinal Ritter; Thatcher E., Michael M., Will H., and Tommy M.


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.


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.


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.


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!


stained glass

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


JS Lost and Found

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.

Volunteers Needed

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 ( 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 7 p.m. Form II Priory HIgh School Orientation - Kline Theatre
Friday, Dec. 11 6:30-9 p.m. Christmas Trivia Night - Priory dining room
Sunday, Dec. 13 5 p.m. Monks' Mass and Open House
Wednesday, Dec. 16 8:45 a.m. -
2 p.m.
Repertory Theatre St. Louis
Friday, Dec. 18   The next News 'n Notes
Friday, Dec. 18 noon Clothing drive ends
Friday, Dec. 18 3 p.m. School dismissed for Christmas vacation
Monday, Jan. 4   School resumes



"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


“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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