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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 St. Cletus – Third Pope after Peter who was martyred for the faith.

Please pray for the father of Mrs. Kelly (4C) Mr. Hubert Schwank, who passed away. His viewing will be at OLC on Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. followed by Mass at 11:00.  Burial will be on Thursday. TY Operation “Rice Bowl” containers may be returned to school this week. Grades Pre-K & Kindergarten may …

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Tuesday, April 3, 2017 St. Isidore of Seville – 6th c. Spanish Bishop who worked hard to convert the Goths & Vandals to Christianity.

Grades 3 to 8 had Reconciliation after lunch today. Bob Kelly from FOX 29 Good Day Philadelphia hosted “Kelly’s Classroom” at OLC this morning and the student population was especially energized and excited by his visit.  He was very personable and the students responded with genuine appreciation for his attention.  The segment was brief but …

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 St. Venturino – 14th c. Dominican preacher who was a gifted speaker, missionary, and crusader.

  A reminder that the Parish Mission continues each evening after the 7 P.M. Mass in the Upper Church thru Thursday.  Father had a special Mass for Grades 4 to 8 today at 1:00 P.M. in the Upper Church. Grades 5 & 4  may bring in orders for hot dogs/chips tomorrow  for lunch on Thursday, …

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 St. Finian – 6th c. Irish monk who founded several monasteries and was known for his many miracles.

This morning we became aware that a seventh-grade student did not report to class while on school grounds.  Upon discovering the absence from class, we immediately contacted the student’s parent and searched school property thoroughly for the student.  When the student could not be found, we contacted the parent, Philadelphia Police, and Father Babowitch.  Staff …

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13 Mar · Sister Mildred Chesnavage · No Comments

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 St.Matilda – German Queen with a great reputation for kindness and generosity among her people.

Archdiocesan schools are opening two hours late tomorrow.  If it is necessary for you to drop your child(ren) off at the regular school/CARES time, feel free to do so at the gym.  Students may bring in lunch orders on their designated day and the day before, as usual.  Do not order ice cream the rest …

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5 Mar · Sister Mildred Chesnavage · No Comments

Sunday, March 12, 2017 Second Sunday of Lent

Yesterday Bishop Fitzgerald confirmed 115 OLC and PREP students and 4 adults at the 1o:oo A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Masses.  Father Babowitch was very grateful for the support of all responsible for the spiritual formation and growth of the newly confirmed. Thank you to the 4th grade families who attended the Class Mass this morning. …

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 St. Chad – 7th c. spiritual leader in England.

  Parent Communication Folders were sent home today. Grades 8 & 1 may bring in orders for their nuggets/fries lunch tomorrow for lunch on Monday.  ($2.75) Their ice cream orders may be sent in tomorrow also, in the designated envelope. Please note that the Fridays in Lent are days when we abstain from eating meat. …

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Sunday, February 26, 2017 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Congratulations to Fiona Buck (8B) who has earned a $16,000 scholarship to Nazareth Academy ($4,000 annually) and a $4,000 scholarship to Archbishop Ryan ($1,000 annually). Her supportive parents are to be commended, as well as the teachers who have guided her through the years. (Scholarship total: $455,000) Monday night at 7:30 P.M. in the Faculty …

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Thursday, February 23, 2017 St. Polycarp – 2nd c. martyr and student of the apostle, John. When he protested the violence in the Roman Colosseum, he was ordered to be burned alive. The flames became distant from his body and the emperor then ordered him to be pierced with at lance. He was 86 years old.

This morning Action News was at OLC to interview Mr. Severino and our Rocket Club.  They should be on Channel 6 at 5:30 and 6:00 P.M.  We are very proud Mr. Sev and our “Rockteers” and their accomplishments!  Mr. Greg Kennedy, who formerly worked for NASA, was also there from NASTAR. Dress down day tomorrow …

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Wednesday, February 22 , 2017 Chair of St. Peter

Communion Class: Parent Night tonight at 7:30 P.M. in the Lower Church. Grades Pre-K & K may bring in orders for nuggets/fries tomorrow, for lunch on Friday. “Fuel Up to Play 60” Newcomb Game: (Volleyball)                                         …

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Monday, February 20, 2017 St. Mildred – 8th c. English Abbess of a abbey of nuns and devoted to caring for the people they ministered to in the town.

Alert!  Over the weekend, the switches for the freezers & fridges in the gym kitchen were turned off  (hopefully inadvertently) and it became necessary to throw out the ice cream and many other items for Brown Bag Express & CARES. Brown Bag orders will be honored, as well as CARES food.  The ice cream orders …

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 St. Elias and Companions (Jeremy, Isaias, Samuel, and Daniel) 4th c. Egyptian martyrs who were comforting Christian friends assigned to forced labor in quarries and were captured, tortured, and beheaded. (No good deed…)

A memo was sent home with each student today regarding ice cream orders next week, during lunchtime, on the usual hot lunch days.  They may be sent in tomorrow for next week & Grades 8 & 1 may order for Tuesday with Grades 7 & 2 because of the holiday on Monday. (Optional) Tomorrow and …

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 St. Sigfrid – 11th c. English Bishop who spread the faith in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

Tonight is OLC Night at Burger King.  Be sure to pick up your raffle tickets for gift cards and a chance to win a $25 gift card of your choice. Grades Pre-K and K may bring in orders for pizza tomorrow, for lunch on Friday. ($1.25) Snack orders for next week: 4 days. Congratulations to …

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 St. Valentine (See #1 below.)

St. Valentine was a 3rd c. Italian priest who was martyred for displeasing Emperor Claudius “the Cruel” who outlawed marriage to build up his army. Valentine was imprisoned for marrying couples in secret and while awaiting death he befriended the blind daughter of his jailer and sent her a note signing it “From your Valentine.” …

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Monday, February 13, 2017 St. Catherine de Ricci – 16th c. Dominican Nun famous for her weekly visions.

Dress down day tomorrow for Valentine’s Day.  Ice cream treat will be given at lunchtime. Grades 6 & 3 are reminded to bring in orders for pizza tomorrow, for lunch on Wednesday. ($1.25) PREP classes tomorrow. Mr. Sev information: a) Mandatory mtg. for field officers & rocket prep specialists of both TARC teams on Wednesday, …

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Sunday, February 12, 2017 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Thank you to the families of our 1st & 8th graders for your fine attendance and participation in this morning’s Class Mass!  As usual, Father Babowitch warmly engaged the students in various topics, the best of which was a rendition of the Ten Commandments. Not only were the 1st graders responsive, in a creative way, …

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Thursday, February 9, 2017 St. Apollonia – 3rd c. deaconess & martyr. Before dying for the faith they knocked out her teeth so she is prayed to for tooth ailments. (No need to be crest-fallen for she is in heaven.)

School is open tomorrow. The students may dress down warmly. Snack orders for next week and lunch orders (nuggets/fries  $2.75) for Grades Pre-K & K  may be brought in tomorrow.  Grades 8 & 1 may bring in their orders tomorrow for pizza lunch on Monday. ($1.25) Ice cream orders will begin next Friday because all …

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 St. Theodore – 4th c. Roman soldier martyred for the faith.

This morning Grades K to 6 attended “The Energized Guyz” assembly sponsored by the National Theatre for Children.  Nikki Neutron, junior superhero is on a mission to  stop energy from being wasted all over town. She does this by taking our students with her as she explains the importance of respecting our environment and conserving …

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Monday, February 6, 2017 St. Paul Miki and Companions – 16th c. Jesuit missionary and his 25 fellow missionaries & Catholics crucified (mounted on crosses & speared to death) for the faith. Christianity was suppressed in Japan for 250 years. When missionaries were allowed to return, they found an “underground” Catholic Church still thriving. (So there!)

Congratulations to Gianna Brock (8C) who has earned an $8,000 scholarship to Hallahan ($2,000 annually).  We commend her supportive parents and the teachers who have guided her through the years. (Class of 2017 Scholarship Total: $425,000) Grades 6 & 3 may bring in orders for nuggets/fries tomorrow, for lunch on Wednesday. ($2.75) Continue to pray …

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Sunday, February 5, 2017 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time “Super Bowl” Sunday

Please remember to pray for Mr. John Murphy, father of Mrs. Wilson (3B) who passed away early this morning.  (He had been very ill.) Thank you to all those families who sent in soup products for the Holy Redeemer Food cupboard.  The gentleman who picked up the soup was very impressed with the number of …

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 St. Ignatius of Antioch – 2nd c. Bishop martyred for the Faith.

Pizza orders may be picked up at the gym beginning this afternoon at 2:30. TY! Thank you to those 3rd graders who brought in lunches for St. Francis Inn today. Snack orders for next week: 5 days. Grades Pre-K & K may bring in orders for hot dogs/chips tomorrow, for their lunches on Friday. ($1.50) …

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 St. John Bosco – 19th c. Italian priest & founder of the Salesians who provided youth with education and working skills.

Grade 3 has been asked to bring in lunches for the homeless who frequent St. Francis Inn. They may decorate the lunch bag and enclose a friendly greeting assuring the person of their prayers. Grades 5 & 4 may bring in orders for hot dogs/chips tomorrow for their lunch on Thursday. ($1.50) Book Fair Schedule: …

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30 Jan · Sister Mildred Chesnavage · No Comments

Monday, January 30, 2017 St. Bathildes – 7th c. Queen of France who was sold as a slave at an early age from England to the royal court of France. She established herself as a young woman of great virtue and leadership which was noticed by the King who made her his Queen. After having 3 young sons the King died and his oldest son was only 5. The queen ruled wisely and when her eldest came of age to rule, she retired to a convent for her remaining years.

Today was our special day of prayer for our families and supportive parishioners and friends.  Tomorrow is “Hat” day with the school or gym uniform if it is your gym day.  It s also “Surprise Teacher” afternoon.  (That should be very interesting…) Grades 6 and 3 are reminded to bring in orders for hot dogs/chips …

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29 Jan · Sister Mildred Chesnavage · No Comments

Sunday, January 29, 2017 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Thank you to all those families who participated in our Noon Masses and “Open House” this afternoon!  Your attendance was very much appreciated and encouraging!  Fathers Babowich, Kirk, & Kevin, Mrs. Costello, the staff and I, are most grateful for your support and realize the sacrifices you make to provide your children with a Catholic …

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Saturday, January 28, 2017 St. Thomas Aquinas – 13th c. Dominican scholar and theologian. He began school at the age of 5, baffled his teachers and went on to write the “Summa Theologica.” His writings inspired Thomas Jefferson.

No Sunday PREP classes tomorrow because of Open House for Catholic Schools Week (1:00 to 2:30 P.M.).  Do not miss the outstanding Science experiments and Rocketry displays in the gym, as well as the projects in and about the classrooms, and our “satellite” areas in the convent and modulars. Noon Masses tomorrow: Families A to …

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27 Jan · Sister Mildred Chesnavage · No Comments

Thursday, January 26, 2017 SS. Timothy and Titus – Friends of St. Paul who were e-mailed (epistles) by him in the New Testament. They were Bishops of Ephesus and Crete respectively.

Thank you to all those families who participated in the inspirational and meaningful “National Rosary for Life” this evening.  We offered our prayerful support for the lives of the unborn and all those who will March for Life in Washington, D.C. tomorrow.  (Grades 7 & 8 will represent OLC School at the 8:00 A.M. Mass …

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25 Jan · Sister Mildred Chesnavage · No Comments

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Conversion of St. Paul – from Saul, the persecutor of Christians, to Paul, their advocate.

All families are invited to participate in the “National Rosary for Life” tomorrow at 7:00 P.M. in the Upper Church.  It is the eve of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. this Friday.  Our prayerful participation will be our way of taking a stand for the life of the unborn.  (Outstanding article in …

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 St. Francis de Sales – 17th c. Bishop of Geneva renowned as the “Gentleman Saint.” (When chided for his gentle manner he said, “God the Father is the Father of Mercy, God the Son is a Lamb, and God the Holy Spirit is a dove.” So there! (Editorial comment)

Congratulations to Danielle Juliano (8B) who earned a $4,000 scholarship to Archbishop Ryan ($1,000 annually) and Jacob Harding (8B) who earned a $6,000 scholarship to Father Judge ($1,500 annually).  We commend their supportive families and the teachers who have guided them through the years.  (Class of 2017 Scholarship total: $408,000) Grades 5 & 4 may …

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Monday, January 23, 2017 St. Marianne Cope – 20th c. German-born American Franciscan nun who worked on the island of Molokai with victims of leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) assisting Father Damien who has also been canonized.

Please continue to pray for our special intentions, Braeden, Philomena, and Mr. Leighthardt who is gravely ill. Please remember the father of Mrs. Allyson Ryan (Pre-K 3B aide) whose father passed away this past weekend. There will be a viewing for Robert Moy at OLC Church this Saturday from 9:00 until his funeral Mass at …

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22 Jan · Sister Mildred Chesnavage · No Comments

Sunday, January 22, 2017 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time and “Anniversary of “Roe vs. Wade” decision that legalized abortion.

Please pray for the following:  a) Pro-Life advocates who work tirelessly to protect the rights of the unborn, particularly the right to LIFE.  b) Mrs. Louise Degnan, great grandmother of Bailey (4D) who passed away.  Her viewing is at Givnish on Academy Road tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and tomorrow morning from 9:00 to …

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20 Jan · Sister Mildred Chesnavage · No Comments

Friday, January 20, 2017 SS. Fabian and Sebastian – 3rd c. martyrs; Pope and Roman soldier respectively. (Sebastian was actually martyred twice by Emperor Diocletian. He was tied to a post, shot with arrows and left for dead. Was revived by a Christian woman who was preparing him for burial. He later confronted the emperor about his Christian faith, and was then clubbed to death.

Today is Inauguration Day and our prayers are for blessings on President Trump, his family, supporters, and administration.  We also pray for the safety of those protecting the President and appreciation for the service of the outgoing administration. The youngest in your family will be bringing home the schedule for Catholic Schools Week.  Please keep …

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 St. Margaret of Hungary – 13th c. princess who became a Dominican nun and expected NO special treatment. She performed the most difficult chores cheerfully and died at the age of 28 (from over-work, seriously). After her death, mega miracles were attributed to her (majesty).

Gianni’s Pizza Drive: Mrs. Costello will accept late orders up until 9:00 A.M. tomorrow.  She has to put the orders on the computer.  Thank you to all those families who participated and earned a dress down for your offspring this Friday! (It only takes an order from one student in your family.) Grades PreK & …

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 St. Anthony of Egypt – 3rd c. monk who is the “Father of Monasticism.”

A reminder that Gianni’s Pizza orders are due tomorrow.  Participation in this drive means a  family dress-down day on Friday. (Only one student in the family need place the order and all siblings benefit.) Grades 5 & 4 may bring in orders for pizza tomorrow for their lunch on Thursday. ($1.25) Continue to pray for …

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Monday, January 16, 2017 St. Berard and Companions – Franciscan martyrs sent to Morocco by St. Francis of Assisi to evangelize, but were unsuccessful.

We remember the service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the country celebrates his life today!  He was a Baptist minister and peaceful activist in the Civil Rights movement from the mid- 1950’s until his assassination in 1968.  His philosophy was non-violent social change. Thank you to all those families who sent in registration …

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Thursday, January 12, 2017 St. Benedict Biscop – 7th c. English priest who advanced education and music for his monks while strengthening the faith in England.

Thank you to all those families who supported our OLC Night at Burger King! Grades 7 & 2 may bring in orders for pizza tomorrow, for their lunch on Tuesday. ($1.25) “Dollar Dress Down Day” tomorrow to register OLC for the “Kiss A Pig” contest in the Fall.  Students received envelopes for the event and …

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 St. Paulinus – 8th c. French Bishop, a great scholar, and served at the court of Charlemagne.

Tonight is our first OLC Night at Burger King of the New Year!  Raffle tickets will be for the usual gift cards and a chance to win a $25 gift card of the student’s choice, plus a treat! Flag Football Games: Today:”Black Mambas” vs. “Cranium Crushers”                   …

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 St. Peter Orseolo – Italian statesman who left a profitable position to become a monk.

PREP classes today after school. Legion of Mary meeting today after school in the Lower Church. Mandatory TARC Rocket meeting Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. with Mr. Severino. Grades 5 & 4 are reminded to bring in orders for chicken nuggets/fries tomorrow, for lunch on Thursday. ($2.75) Continue to pray for Braeden, Philomena, and …

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9 Jan · Sister Mildred Chesnavage · No Comments

Monday, January 9, 2017 Feast of the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River by His cousin, John the Baptist.

Grade 5: Thank yo to the families who were able to attend the Class Mass yesterday at 10:00 A.M. in the Lower Church.  We appreciate the teachers who prepared the students who did so well  by processing, reading, cantoring, and extending the sign of peace.  Father Kevin provided a very good message, Mrs. Winski,  great …

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Sunday, January 8, 2017 Epiphany “Three Kings”

Reminder: Sweats are fine for tomorrow!  Below freezing temperature…

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Friday, January 6, 2017 St. Andre Bessett – 20th c. Canadian Holy Cross Brother, doorkeeper, and greatly devoted to St. Joseph. Numerous miracles of healing were attributed to Andre who in turn always pointed to St. Joseph for the credit.

Grade 5 will celebrate their Class Mass this Sunday at 10:00 A.M. in the Lower Church. Family & friends are invited! (Feast of the Epiphany!) Congratulations to Matthew Carr (8A) who has earned an $8,000 scholarship to Roman Catholic High School. ($2,000 annually.)  We commend his supportive parents and the teachers who have guided him …

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Thursday, January 5, 2017 St. John Neumann – 4th Bishop of Philadelphia, first American Bishop to be named a Saint.

Parent Communication Folders were sent home today with your youngest. Grades 8 & 1 may bring in orders for chicken nuggets/fries tomorrow, for lunch on Monday. ($2.75) First Friday Masses tomorrow will be offered for our families and all of our special intentions.                         …

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – 19th c. widow, foundress of the Sisters of Charity, and 1st American born Saint (New Yorker).

Today our First Graders celebrated their “house” Saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, by visiting the Nativity scene in the Upper Church and having a pizza, juice (purchased before tax, whew!) and ice cream lunch, on the “House!” (Flashback: I was a novice (nun in training) studying in Rome and attended her Beatification on March 17th 1963. …

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3 Jan · Sister Mildred Chesnavage · No Comments

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Holy Name of Jesus

We welcomed our students back this morning and all of us are easing back into academics… Parent Communication Folders will be sent home on Thursday. Congratulations to our First Place winners in the Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest:  The 8 to 10 year old level – Reese Gettes (5A) & the …

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Monday, January 2, 2017 SS. Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen – Two important scholars and teachers of the early Church (boyhood buds).

School resumes tomorrow… Happy New Year! Grades 6 & 3 may bring in orders for hot dogs/chips tomorrow, for lunch on Wednesday. ($1.50) No PREP (CCD) classes tomorrow. Braeden Most’s mom, Colleen, is very grateful for our dress-down donation and requests continued prayers as he will have a very important eye exam and MRI next …

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25 Dec · Sister Mildred Chesnavage · No Comments

Sunday, December 25, 2016 Christmas Day! Happy Birthday Baby Jesus!

Merry Christmas & warmest best wishes and prayers for you & yours!  On behalf of our staff & students we are most grateful for your “spiritedness” the days preceding Christmas.  It was truly appreciated! We have received grateful acknowledgments from the retired Sisters at Mount Nazareth for their personal care items, a special card from Kim …

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016 St. Philogonius – 4th c. Bishop of Antioch, the 2nd oldest diocese in the Christian world, after Jerusalem.

This morning Grades K to 2 saw the presentation of our Christmas Pageant in the Upper Church.  They were a respectful and attentive “congregation.”  The 7th & 8th graders and Children’s Choir were fantastic and it was agreed that this would be an annual event, either before or a Meanwhile, Grades 3 to 8 attended …

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Saturday, December 17, 2016 St. Olympias – 5th c. Greek widow, deaconess, and martyr greatly valued by the Church.

Please keep Miss M. Kramer (Gym Teacher) in your prayers as she is very ill.  There are no gym classes next week because our K & Pre-K children are practicing for their pageants/Christmas programs in the gym. Thank you for your generous response to yesterday’s DDDD for Braeden Most.  The change remains to be totaled …

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Thursday, December 15, 2016 St. Mesmin – 6th c. French monk who took great care of his people.

Congratulations to Danielle Juliano (8B) who earned a $12,000 scholarship to St. Hubert’s ($3,000 annually). Her supportive family is to be commended as well as the teachers who have guided her throughout the years! (Scholarship total: $324,000) Tomorrow is a Donation Dress Down Day (any amount) for Braeden Most (3C) while he continues chemotherapy.  As …

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 St. John of the Cross – 16th c. Spanish mystic, Carmelite priest, & reformer.

Thank you to those families who supported our OLC Night at Burger King this evening. Snack orders for next week: 4 days. Grades PreK & K are reminded to bring in pizza orders tomorrow for their lunch on Friday. ($1.25) Our First Graders had an enjoyable time at Conwell-Egan High School and we are most …

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016 St. Lucy – 4th c. young woman from Sicily who was martyred for the faith.

Tomorrow is our December OLC Night at Burger King.  Reminders will be sent home. In addition to a treat from Santa and the usual gift cards, the top raffle prize will be an “Elf on the Shelf.” Tomorrow our First Graders will attend their annual Christmas Party at Conwell-Egan High School.  The students will be …

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Monday, December 12, 2016 Our Lady of Guadalupe – Patroness of the Americas: North, Central, & South.

Amazing facts about the “tilma” upon which the image of Mary appeared after her apparition to St. Juan Diego.  Mary asked that a church be built where she appeared and the bishop refused her request, made by Juan Diego, until she gave him a sign.  After Mary directed Juan to pick roses and place them …

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Friday, December 9, 2016 St. Juan Diego – In 1531 he saw the vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Grades 6 to 8 had a safe & enjoyable time at the Adventure Aquarium. Grade 3 has their Class Mass at 10:00 A.M. this Sunday in the Lower Church. (Pink candle is lit to express joy that Christmas is right around the corner!)  Grades 7 & 2 are reminded to bring in their orders for …

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 Immaculate Conception – Patroness of the United States of America!

A special word of Gratitude to Mrs. Olenski and the volunteers who assisted her with Santa’s Secret Shoppe this week. Congratulations to Sophia Rosa (8A) for earning a $16,000 scholarship to Conwell-Egan High School ($4,000 annually) and Michael Accetta (8A) a $4,000 scholarship to Archbishop Ryan ($1,000 annually). We commend the teachers who guided them through …

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 St. Ambrose – 4th Bishop of Milan and great teacher of the Church.

Grades 1 to 8 will attend Masses tomorrow for the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Grades 1 to 4 – Lower Church & Grades 5 to 8 the Upper Church, both at 9:00 A.M. Grades 6 to 8 will receive report cards tomorrow because they have a field trip on Friday to the Adventure Aquarium. …

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 St. Nicholas – 4th c. Greek Bishop who cared greatly for his people.

St. Nicholas continued: He rescued three sisters by providing a much need dowry for each one.  The youngest had washed her stockings & had them drying by the fireplace when Nicholas dropped the last bag of coins for the dowry and it landed in her footwear.  Hence the tradition… (The first two bags were thrown …

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Grade 4 Parents: Students ARE permitted to wear coats to their classes going to and from the modulars.

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Monday, December 5, 2016 St. Crispina – 4th c. mother from North Africa who was martyred for defending her faith.

Tomorrow is the feast of st. Nicholas and a dress down day to celebrate this great Saint of the early Church. Grades PreK, K, 1, & 2 are invited to Santa’s Secret Shoppe. tomorrow, sponsored by our Home & School. Grades 3 to 8 will do the same on Wednesday. All students may dress down …

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Friday, December 2, 2016 St. Bibiana – 4th c. Roman lass brutally martyred for the faith.

Congratulations to Michael Accetta (8A) who has earned a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 annually) to Archbishop Ryan.  We are grateful to his family for their support and his teachers for their guidance throughout the years. Parent Communication folders are being sent home today with your youngest. Grades 7 & 2 are reminded to bring in their …

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Thursday, December 1, 2016 St. Edmund Campion – 16th c. Jesuit priest, a great orator (easy on the eye) who was martyred for the faith.

Congratulations to Zachary Johnson (8C) who has earned a $12,000 scholarship ($3,000 annually) and Evan Lord (8C) a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 annually) to Archbishop Ryan High School.  We continue to commend their supportive families and the guidance of their teachers throughout the years. (Class of 2017 Scholarship Total is $256,000!) The retreat day at the …

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 St. Andrew – Brother of Peter, 1st apostle called by Christ; was crucified on an “X” shaped cross.

Half of our Confirmation class participated in their retreat day at the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul and the Shrine of St. John Neumann.  They were very well-behaved and we appreciate the attendance of their chaperones.  Remaining members of the Confirmation class will have their retreat experience tomorrow. Snack orders for next week: 5 …

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 St. Saturninus – 4th c. Bishop who was brutally martyred for the faith (dragged by a bull to his death).

Grade 4 visited the historic Eastern State Penitentiary today and were quite fascinated by the experience and hopefully convinced that crime does not pay (interesting dinner conversation tonight, I’m sure.) This is a trip sponsored by the Connelly Foundation, for which we are most grateful! Grades 5 & 4 are reminded to bring in their …

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Monday, November 28, 2016 St. Catherine Laboure – 19th c. Daughter of Charity (nun) who designed the Miraculous Medal after being instructed to do so by Mary.

Thank you to all those parents/guardians who attended the Confirmation Parent Night this evening. Grades 6B & 3: A reminder to bring in orders for hot dogs/chips tomorrow for Wednesday’s lunch. ($1.50) Marks close this Friday.  Please remember to keep up with tuition & school fees before report cards are issued next week. FYI: Warning …

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Sunday, November 27, 2016 First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the Church Year. (Liturgical Year)

Just returned from Thanksgiving with my family in Baltimore & all is well.  Hopefully you & yours had a chance to bond & enjoy each other, as well as have a hearty meal! Confirmation meeting: A reminder that we will get together at 7:30 tomorrow evening in the Lower Church.  I am mindful of the …

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Blessed Miguel Pro – 20th c. Jesuit priest martyred for the faith in Mexico.

Thank you to all those students & families who participated in our closing “40 Hours” service and procession last night.  The respectful behavior of our students was very impressive and inspirational. Our donations for Father Mike’s parishes in Malawi resulted in $1, 086. 55 and the donation from 4B’s “Turkey Feathers” for Shriner’s Hospital was …

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016 St. Cecilia – 2nd c.martyr, along with her husband & his brother, for defending their faith. Patroness of musicians.

Congratulations to Gianna Brock (8C) and Korianna Rosenthal (8C), who earned each scholarships to Nazareth Academy High School ($20,000/$5,000 annually). We commend their supportive families and the teachers who have guided them through the years. (Total scholarships: $184,000) Grades 8 & 1 may bring in orders for hot dogs/chips tomorrow, for next Monday. ($1.50) Snack …

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Monday, November 21, 2016 Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple

Congratulations to Danielle Juliano (8B) who has earned a scholarship to Nazareth Academy High School          ($4,000, renewed annually, $16,000)!  We appreciate the guidance of her teachers throughout the years and the support and encouragement of her family. Archbishop Ryan is offering a Music Theater Scholarship and having auditions on Sunday, December …

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Sunday, November 20, 2016 Feast of Christ the King & end of the Liturgical Church Year.

Please pray for the aunt of Sister Joyce (3C) Catherine Polantz, who passed away in Scranton, PA. Our annual Forty Hours devotion begins after the 6:00 P.M. Mass this evening. Reminders: No Home & School Pie Sale this year & the Chinese Acrobats assembly has been postponed to December 20th. Grades 7 & 2 are …

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Friday, November 18, 2016 St. Rose Duchesne – 19th c. missionary who opened the first free school for girls & founded 6 convents along the Mississippi River.

This just in!  Mrs. Garczynski (K3) gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Kayleigh Elizabeth who checked in (or should I say out) at 6:55 this morning weighing 8 pounds, 14 ounces!  Your prayers were and are appreciated! Twitter message:  #MyFirstJobin4Words: Garden. Snake. Apple. Eviction.  @almightygod

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 St. Margaret of Scotland – 11th c. Queen who encouraged religion, education, the arts, and reaching out to the poor. Patron Saint of Scotland.

Confirmation meeting postponed until the Monday after Thanksgiving (11/28) due to the Mercy Services this week at 7:00 P.M. in the Upper Church. Snack orders for next week: 3 days. Grades 8 & 1 are reminded to bring in orders for chicken nuggets/fries tomorrow for Monday’s lunch. ($2.75) Dress down day tomorrow for all those …

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016 St. Albert the Great – 13th c. scholar proficient in biology, chemistry, astronomy, and geography. Known as the “Universal Doctor.”

Congratulations to Matthew Carr (8A) for earning the Principal’s Achievement Scholarship to Father Judge High School ($16,000/$4,000 annually).  We appreciate the support of his family and the guidance of his teachers throughout the years!  (Class of 2017 Scholarship total: $128,000!) Grades 5 & 4 are reminded to bring in their orders for pizza tomorrow, for …

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Monday, November 14, 2016 St. Frances Cabrini – First U.S. citizen to be canonized. 20th c. Foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart who worked tirelessly to plant the faith in America.

A very special “Thank You” to Mrs. Olenski and her team of Home & School volunteers, Father Babowitch, Father Kevin, OLC Faculty (past & present) and students (grade school & high school) who prepared and worked at an AWESOME FALL FESTIVAL!  We appreciate all those who donated prizes and whoever attended and participated in any …

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Saturday, November 12, 2016 St. Josaphat – 17th c. Bishop martyred while trying to unite the Western & Eastern Rite Churches.

SILENT  AUCTION  WINNING  NUMBERS:  (May b e picked up in the gym by 7 P.M. After that call Mrs. Olenski at 215-300-2951.) TY!                                                                 …

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Friday, November 11, 2016 “Veterans’ Day” St. Martin of Tours – 4th c. soldier, hermit, & Bishop of Tours, France.

Thank you for all the donations for our Fall Festival!  They are greatly appreciated!  You and yours are welcome to attend this evening (adult crowd from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. and 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. tomorrow for all)! Congratulations to Zachary Johnson (8C) who earned a Presidential Scholarship to Father Judge High School, amounting …

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Thursday, November 10, 2016 St. Leo the Great – 5th c. Pope who convinced Attila the Hun not to invade Rome.

There will not be a Home & School Thanksgiving Pie Sale this year. Tomorrow is a dress-down for students who brought/will bring in baked goods & other donated items for our Fall Festival. Grades 8 & 1 may bring in orders for pizza tomorrow, for Monday’s lunch. ($1.25) Grade 2 will celebrate their “House” Saint, …

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome;founded by Emperor Constantine.

Let us pray for our newly elected President, his family, and our country as we adjust to moving on for the good of all. Snack orders for next week: 4 days. Grades PreK & K are reminded to bring in their orders for chicken nuggets/fries tomorrow, for Friday’s lunch.   ($2.75) Tonight is OLC Night …

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Monday, November 7, 2016 St. Willibrord – 7th c. Archbishop who worked hard to convert the pagan tribes of Northern Europe.

Reminder: No school or PREP classes tomorrow.  OLC gym is a voting area. Due to the parish evening services next week as we honor the “Year of Mercy,”  The Confirmation Parent Night scheduled for next Wednesday will be on Monday, November 28th, at 7:30 P.M. in the Lower Church.  Thank you for understanding! Grades 5 …

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Friday, November 4, 2016 St. Charles Borromeo – 16th c. Bishop of Milan and leading spirit of the Council of Trent.

Grades 6 & 3 are reminded to bring in their chicken nuggets/fries orders on Monday, for Wednesday’s lunch. ($2.75) Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Flag Football results: “Big Cats”   54    “Avengers”  44 We prayed for our special intentions at our Masses this morning, especially for Philomena & Braeden.  We have also been …

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Thursday, November 3, 2016 St. Martin de Porres – 17th c. Dominican who spent his life caring for slaves.

Congratulations to Matthew Long (8A) and Nicholas Raines (8B) who have earned the “Principal’s Achievement Scholarship” to Father Judge High School!  These deserving lads will receive $16,000 each for their high school education ($4,000 annually).  We are grateful for the support of their family and friends and the teachers who have nurtured their skills throughout …

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 All Souls Day Mass of Remembrance at OLC tonight at 7:00 P.M.

Thank you to those 6th grade students who remembered to bring in lunches and friendly messages for the homeless who visit St. Francis Inn. Snack orders for next week: 4 days. Grades Pre-K & K are reminded to bring in orders for hot dog/chips tomorrow, for Friday. ($1.50) Parent Communication Folders will be sent home …

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016 All Saints Day!

Today our 5th Graders went to see the Philadelphia Orchestra, courtesy of the Connelly Foundation.  After reading the evaluations of the students I was so impressed with their appreciation of actually witnessing a live orchestra, mentioning the songs they knew, really liking that they could “dance” in place for certain renditions & get involved with …

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Monday, October 31, 2016 All Hallows Eve

Grades 1 to 3 will attend Mass in the Lower Church and Grades 4 to 8 in the Upper Church tomorrow at 9 A.M. to celebrate All Saints Day.  Other Masses tomorrow will be at 6:30 & 8:00 A.M., Noon, and 7:00 P.M. PREP classes tomorrow.  No PREP classes or OLC school next Tuesday, Election …

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Sunday, October 30, 2016 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thank you to all those families and friends who supported our “Race for Education!”  The students were great as they made their way around the neighborhood, and we appreciate the parents/grandparents/siblings, etc. who were able to accompany them.  So far we have received $33, 343. 79 in pledges!  That is fantastic! Grades 7 & 2 …

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 St. Frumentius – 4th c. man of deep faith who became the Bishop of Ethiopia.

Flag football game is cancelled due to rainy weather.  “Fuel Up to Play 60” meeting for Grades 7 & 8 is still on, as are the Science Explorers and Children’s Choir. Grades 8 & 1 may bring in their orders for hot dogs/chips tomorrow, for Monday. ($1.50) As you remember our special intentions, pray for …

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Wednesday, October 25, 2016 St. Rusticus – 12th c. French Bishop known for his kindness and built the city’s first cathedral.

Tomorrow is the dress down day promised for all students who turned in labels or pledges, and permission forms for our “Race for Education.”  Attire for Friday, when all grades “race,” will be gym uniforms or school colors (navy/gold/blue/yellow).  Times (unless otherwise indicated by teachers):                     …

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 SS. Crispin & Crispinian – 3rd c. Roman brothers who preached the Gospel and were martyred for their faith.

Race for Education adjustment: Due to the strong possibility of rain on Thursday,  all grades will “race” on Friday at their scheduled times.  It is do-able as we have done this before.  Please make sure the blue permission form has been sent to school.  Souvenirs, treats, and water will be supplied after each grade’s race …

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Monday, October 24, 2016 St. Anthony Mary Claret – 19th c. Spanish missionary, Archbishop of Cuba, and founder of the Claretian order.

School picture re-takes will be on Thursday, November 3rd. Continue praying for our special intentions and include Mrs. Pagano’s Dad who is seriously ill, Mr. Heywood (8B) who was in an accident (not his fault) with his son and both are okay, just rattled, and for the safety of Father Babowitch as he visits the …

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Sunday, October 23, 2016 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time EAGLES WON!!!!!

Thank you to all those sturdy families who participated in our Home & School “Trick ‘n Treat” event this past Saturday!  Great to see so many clever costumes and creative vehicles!  Mrs. Olenski & her Home & School team are appreciated for providing us with this fun opportunity!  (The Moon Bounce was grounded for obvious …

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Saturday, October 22, 2016 St. John Paul II – 21st c. Pope who greatly affected the Catholic Church and the world during his lengthy papacy.

The Home & School “Trunk ‘n Treat”  is still on for this afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 P.M. in the OLC parking lot near the basketball courts. The Green Drop truck is on the convent side of the parking lot for clothing & special item pick-ups for the St. Vincent de Paul Society for those …

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Thursday, October 20, 2016 St. Paul of the Cross – 18th c. Italian mystic and founder of the Passionist community.

Tomorrow will be a donation-dress-down day for Juvenile Diabetes. (any amount) Science Explorers meet after school today until 4:00 P.M. Thank you to all those families who sent in peanut butter and jelly for the Holy Redeemer Food Cupboard.           Pick-up was yesterday and they are most appreciative of your kindness …

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 St. Isaac Jogues & Companions – 6 French Jesuits and 2 lay missionaries martyred in North America.

Communion Class Parents: Thank you for your fine attendance at our Reconciliation meeting tonight. Grades Pre-K & K are reminded to bring in their orders for pizza tomorrow, for Friday’s lunch. ($1.25) Snack orders for next week: 5 days. Home & School “Trunk ‘n Treat” at OLC schoolyard this Saturday from 1:30 to 4:00 P.M. …

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016 St. Luke – Greek physician and author of the 3rd gospel & Acts of the Apostles.

Thank you to all those students and families who attended our High School night and especially our Student Council Officers & Reps who aided the presenters and were great “welcomers” to our guests. Grades 5 & 4 are reminded to bring in their orders for pizza tomorrow for their lunch on Thursday. ($1.25) Our Pre-K …

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Monday, October 17, 2016 St. Ignatius of Antioch – 2nd c. Bishop & martyr. It was in Antioch that we were called Christians for the first time, by Ignatius.

Communion Class:  We appreciate the participation of the students and families at yesterday’s Presentation Mass. Grades 6 & 3 are reminded to bring in orders for pizza tomorrow, for Wednesday’s lunch. ($1.25) Thank you to all those families who sent in peanut butter & jelly for the Holy Redeemer Food Cupboard. Grades 7 & 8 …

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15 Oct · Sister Mildred Chesnavage · No Comments

Saturday, October 15, 2016 St. Teresa of Avila – 16th c. Spanish Carmelite nun who reformed the order and was the first woman to be named a “Doctor of the Church.”

Grade 8 Neumann Scholarship candidates are reminded to be at Archbishop Ryan tomorrow at 12:30 for the test if that is your scheduled date.  The testing begins at 1:00 P.M. and if you are late you will not be permitted to take the test.  (Specifics were given out yesterday to each eligible student.) Our Communion …

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13 Oct · Sister Mildred Chesnavage · No Comments

Thursday, October 13, 2016 St. Edward the Confessor – 11th c. King of England who established justice & concern for all its inhabitants.

Dress-down tomorrow for the return of the Home & School Silent Auction envelopes, with a $2 donation for the Fall Festival. A word of gratitude to all those families who supported our OLC Night at Burger King! Grades 8 & 1 are asked to bring in their orders for pizza tomorrow, for lunch on Monday. …

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016 St. Maximilian of Lorch – 3rd century martyr who refused to worship pagan gods.

Important reminder: Applications for 2,000 new four-year, K-8th grade scholarships for low income Philadelphia children are available now. Please submit an application before November 15, 2016.  All scholarships are need-based and awarded by random lottery.  Priority application winners will be notified in December, 2016.  The application period will remain open through March 1, 2017 and …

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 St. John XXIII – 20th c. Pope who convened Vatican Council II.

Tomorrow is our OLC Night at Burger King!  An early “treat” plus a raffle ticket will be provided for those who are able to attend. Silent Auction envelopes were sent home today requesting a donation of $2 for our Home & School Fall Festival.  Students returning envelopes & donation by Friday have a dress down …

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Monday, October 10, 2016 “Columbus Day” St. Francis Borgia – 16th c. widower with 8 children who eventually became a Jesuit and defended the Church during the Protestant Reformation.

There WILL  be PREP classes tomorrow after school. MAST is the only Charter School that has off tomorrow. A special word of gratitude to all those families who sent in address labels or requested letters to deliver personally for our “Race for Education.” If your child was absent, addresses may still be brought in this …

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7 Oct · Sister Mildred Chesnavage · No Comments

Thursday, October 6, 2016 St. Bruno – 11th c. hermit, mystic, and founder of the Carthusian monks in Germany.

Let us remember in our prayers all those who have been affected by Hurricane Matthew during its destructive path… “Race for Education” address labels are due tomorrow.  Feel free to divide them among your children if that works for you.  Keep in mind that all students in a given family get credit for the number …

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 St. Flora – 14th c. woman who spent her life caring for the sick and needy.

IMPORTANT: CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON NOVEMBER 15, 2016.  Awards will be given by December 15th, 2016 for the 12017-2018 school year. We appreciate the lunches provided by our 7th graders for the homeless who visit St. Francis Inn. Snack orders for next week: 5 days. Soaring Six Rocket Team has a meeting …

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 St. Francis of Assisi – 13th c. founder of the Franciscans & Poor Clares (nuns).

Grade 7 students have been asked to bring in lunches tomorrow for the homeless who frequent St. Francis Inn.  We encourage the students to decorate the outside of the lunch bag provided and enclose a friendly note to the person about to enjoy their lunch which will surely make their day. (personal touch) Grades 5 …

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