"Brothers and Sisters, We are ambassadors for Christ, as if he were appealing through us." - Corinthians 5:20. 

How is that for pressure! St. Paul, telling us that we are ambassadors for Jesus himself! As such, we are to represent Jesus and his teachings. As Lent begins, Jesus gave us fairly clear expectations in terms of our behavior during Lent. His advice 2,000 years ago regarding almsgiving (do it secretly), prayer (also in secret), and fasting (don't be gloomy), is still relevant today. Fr. Jeff Godecker urged our students to spend more "face time" with others during Lent, as opposed to "screen time." He told our community during our Ash Wednesday Mass last week that "our hearts should be open to God's will" during Lent. With young people averaging nine hours of screen time per day, there sure seems to be room for this goal in our students' lives, and perhaps ours as well. 

We just concluded another rousing Shamrauction last night. This fundraiser is a massive event, requiring countless hours of labor (of love) from our staff and volunteers. I want to thank all who helped with this year's event, which is the single largest fundraiser that we hold. 

Our staff and students continue to excel in many areas. We recently earned a state championship award for our We the People team and a sectional championship for our Speech and Debate team. These students put in countless hours, perfecting their skills to achieve at a high level. We congratulate them for their fantastic accomplishments! Additionally, our wrestling team just completed a "three-peat" as state champions. I was able to attend the finals at Banker's Life Fieldhouse, and it is as scintillating an event as I have seen. The tremendously hard work that goes into wrestling is hard to describe. The positive effects of being on one of our teams go far beyond the trophies and awards. I want to share a quote from a family member of one of our students, who summed our work up very well; 

"Most kids will not get academic or athletic scholarships, but all will continue to be humans in this world. Work to instill confidence and a feeling of self-worth with them. Cathedral has done this for my family member, and it is something that cannot be repaid. Winning a state championship will go down in history, but showing these young people how much they are worth will last a lifetime and impact so many more that they come into contact with."

These comments speak to the Cathedral experience very well. The credit goes to our teachers, coaches, and support staff. As the proud family member stated above, these experiences in any of our activities will have a positive lifetime impact on our students. This Cathedral experience is as rich and rewarding as it has ever been, and we are striving to make it even better every day. Just the other day, one of our seniors described her recent senior retreat as "perfect, just perfect." 

Thank you as always for your support, and please know that we are striving to be perfect in all we do, just as Jesus tells us to "be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48). 

May your Lent be perfect and rewarding for you and yours. Go Irish!
Humbly in service to you,
Robert A. Bridges Signature
Robert A. Bridges

On the Calendar

March 11
7:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

March 12
Coffee House Jam
7:30 p.m.
March 13
No School
St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 16
St. Joseph & St. Patrick Mass
10:50 a.m.

March 21
Trivia Night
5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Welch Activity Center

March 22
National Honor Society Induction
5:00 p.m.
March 23 & 25
Schedule Nights - 
Class of 2024
March 25
Spring Art Show
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(Show continues in the Atrium until April 15)

March 26
Shamrock Scholars Luncheon
11:00 a.m.

March 30-April 3
Spring Break
Due to Spring Break, we will not have a newsletter on April 1. Watch your email box for a recap of ShamrAuction.
Enjoy your break and see you back at Cathedral on Monday, April 6.

News from Cathedral

                        Wrestlers Win State - Again!

Congratulations to the Irish wrestling team on capturing the state championship for the third straight year! Eight wrestlers advanced to the state meet, three advanced to the championship match, and two brought home individual state championships. Congratulations to Zeke Selter '22 and Holden Parson '20 on your titles! Congratulations to Coach Sean McGinley, the assistant coaches, and all of the wrestlers! You make us proud! (Pictured below to the left: Zeke Selter '22. Pictured below to the right: Holden Parson '20)

            We The People - State Champions!

Congratulations to our We The People team on winning the state championship! Our team will represent Indiana at the national competition next month. We wish you all the best of luck! Congratulations to Head Coach Jill Twilleager, our assistant coaches, and all of our amazing students. We are proud of all of you!

                       Freshmen Champions

Congratulations to our freshmen boys basketball team - 2020 City Champions! We are so proud of all of you!

     Irish Adrenaline Hitting All the Right Notes

Congratulations to our Irish Adrenaline Show Choir on a fantastic competition season! In early February, the ladies were named the Small Unisex Grand Champions of the Fishers High School Silver Spotlight Show Choir Invitational! The following weekend, the ladies earned third runner up in the Contest of Champions. Also, Janay Zak '20 won the Best Performer Award. The ladies also captured third runner up last weekend at the Warren Central Circle City Showcase. Congratulations to Marian Bender and all of the young ladies who continue to make us proud!

                  Speech and Debate Champions

Congratulations to Cathedral's Speech and Debate Team on their sectional championship! Eight orators were named individual champions, and 24 students are advancing to state!
The sectional victory was a wonderful way to recap an excellent month for our sensational Speech and Debate Team! Our outstanding orators captured first place in team sweeps at the Tri High School Speech and Debate Tournament.  The following week the team won second place at the Columbus East Tournament. Good luck to our debate students who are competing at districts on March 7, and good luck to everyone competing at state on March 14.

                            Awesome Artists 

Congratulations to the art students who took home awards in this year's Regional Scholastic Art Competition. The students will be honored on March 22 at Clowes Hall at Butler University. Please click here to view our winner's impressive work. Thank you to all of our gifted art teachers for supporting our students' artistic endeavors.
                                      ISSMA State Gold!
All four performances at ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble Contest earned a gold rating! Congratulations to Emily Nevins '21, Katie Timble '21, and Chloe Miller '21-flute trio; Chloe Miller-flute solo; Andrew Marcou '21 (pictured right)-snare drum solo and Gabriel Tice '21 (center)-alto sax solo. Gabriel Tice also earned a "with distinction" rating added to his gold medal. Congratulations to these outstanding musicians! We are so proud of you! (In the trio photo, Emily Nevins is on the left, Katie Timble is in the center, and Chloe Miller is on the right.)

                      Black History Celebration

Cathedral proudly welcomed Marion County Clerk Myla Eldridge (pictured front, center) as the guest speaker during our Black History Month Celebration! The 2020 William Violet Leadership Award recipients are Sean Ledford '20 (pictured top, left) and Danielle Levingston '20 (pictured top, right). The 2020 Black Alumni Council Trailblazer Awards for Service to Community went to DeAnna Woodruff '94 (pictured left) and Eric D. Saunders '01 (pictured right).

Also, during the evening, the Black Alumni Council presented 37 students with the Tomorrow’s Leaders Award for academic achievement.

In addition to this inspiring evening, Cathedral students enjoyed our annual Black History Month Assembly. Thank you to Eric Saunders '01 and Major Justin Newett '01 for speaking to our students. We'd also like to thank the Black Student Union, Ken Barlow '82, Jean Smith '97, and Brittany Schaffer '00 Denny for organizing such a wonderful assembly. Click here if you'd like to see the assembly, which Cathedral's talented broadcast class captured on video.

   Deadline Approaching for Circle of Excellence

The purpose of the Cathedral Circle of Excellence is to honor those who have perpetuated the good name of Cathedral High School by exhibiting Holy Cross values in making significant, substantial, and long-standing contributions to Cathedral or their city, state, country, or global community.

To nominate an outstanding member of the Cathedral community for this distinguished honor, click here. We will accept nominations through April 1.

                   STEM Conference Success

Congratulations to all of the educators who played a role in making our first Middle School STEM Conference such a huge success! Seventy area fifth-eighth graders took part in the sessions, and the feedback has been phenomenal. Purdue University, Cathedral's STEAM Department, and Cathedral's admissions department sponsored the February 22 event. Special thanks to Cathedral's Director of STEAM Shelbi Smeathers and all of the educators who spent part of their weekend inspiring future scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians.

                                  Trivia Night

Cathedral's 8th Annual Trivia Night, presented by Old National Bank, is set for March 21 in the Welch Activity Center. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Trivia begins at 6:00 p.m. Click here and register today!

                           Camp Cathedral 2020

Registration is now open for Camp Cathedral!  Click here to find out more and register today!
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