We shall not cease from exploration
                      And the end of all of our exploring
                      Will be to arrive where we started
                      And know the place for the first time.
                     -T.S. Eliot’s Little Gidding, from Moreau’s                                  Christian Education

Dear Cathedral Family,                

The month of March is here, and yet it seems winter’s grip remains firmly in place. The seasons have such a primary role in the rhythm of our lives. Just as we are on the verge of spring, we are also approaching a significant time of exploration at Cathedral High School. In September, we celebrated our 100th birthday and have basked in its glow ever since. Now, in true Irish style, we begin our next century with what I believe will be an exploration, as our Holy Cross founder describes in the above quote. Over the next few months, our Cathedral educators will be working together to chart a path forward as “the Catholic high school of the future,” as promised in our school’s vision statement. In doing so, we will hold on to what is most special, cast away what is irrelevant, and create new ways to educate our students’ hearts and minds to be prepared for today’s new world. We have always been a school that thrives on being the best in so many ways, and this will continue to be the case.

Last weekend was our huge annual fundraiser, ShamrAuction, and it was out of this world! ShamrAuction:The Next 100 was the perfect theme, and many of our guests embraced the tone of the evening with futuristic attire. The generosity of our supporters is matched by the dedication of our staff and volunteers. This event truly brings the community together and provides much-needed support for our school. Thank you to all who invested time, talent, and treasure to insure our auction exceeded everyone’s expectations.

We are in the process of welcoming new families to the Cathedral community as the class of 2023 begins to take shape. We know much of the success of our enrollment is due to the sincere efforts of many of you, in the way you share the good news of Cathedral High School to your friends and neighbors. I thank you for this and ask that you continue to do so. Authentic, face-to-face conversations are the essence of strong relationships, and relationships are at the core of our wonderful school community.

Our new tradition of a Champions Walk took place this week, as our state champion wrestling team paraded from Cunningham through Loretto to the Welch Activity Center lobby. This team personified grit, determination, and togetherness that carried them to “the bank” for the title. In humility and grace, Coach Sean McGinley led this team and gets a special hats off! Go, Irish!

In closing, I want to encourage you to support our efforts for renewal and rebirth during the upcoming Lenten season. Each year, we as a Catholic school community have the unique opportunity to accompany Jesus on His walk to and through Holy Week, all the way to His death on the cross. Fortunately, the journey does not end there, but continues through the resurrection on Easter Sunday. We will remind our students and educators to find ways to accompany our Savior this year through acts of service, increased prayer, and the sharing of our many gifts. As always, your support at home will increase the chances of these valuable lessons sticking to the souls of our children. Thank you in advance for your work with us on the most important single thing we do, the formation of the hearts of our students. May the incredible peace that can only come through Jesus Christ be with you and your family this Lenten season. I hope to see you soon,

Robert A. Bridges Signature
Robert A. Bridges

On the Calendar

March 6
Ash Wednesday Mass
March 11-14
Embrace Week 
March 15 
St. Patrick's Day Parade
No School
March 20
Lenten Reconciliation
March 25
St. Joseph's Mass

April 1 - 5
Spring Break

News from Cathedral

                    Our National Merit Finalists

All six of our National Merit Scholarship semifinalists are now National Merit Scholarship finalists!! We are so proud of Jacob Schneider '19, Brendan Hurley '19, Ava Sweeney '19, Blake Lowe '19, McKenna Wylam '19, and Anna Pohl '19. These academically talented high school seniors will continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. These students are exemplary examples of our Holy Cross value of Excellence! Congratulations to our finalists, their families, and their teachers!
      High School Placement Test Academy

Did you know that the Cathedral High School Placement Test Academy improves scores an average of 11 points? Higher scores on the HSPT can mean acceptance into the private high school of your choice, awards such as Cathedral's Presidential Scholarship worth $12,000 over four years, and placement in AP and IB courses.
The academy includes two practice tests, three days of direct instruction from experienced Cathedral math and English teachers, and small class sizes. Scores during the academy can be used for admission to Cathedral and/or for Cathedral's merit scholarships.
While the price is only $100, Cathedral is offering an early bird price of just $85 for those who register by May 15. Sign up at GoCathedral.com/HSPTAcademy or call 317.968.7370.
Spots are filling up fast, so go online today and register for Camp Cathedral! We offer more than 85 camps from June 3 - July 26. The new camps this year include American Girl Doll Camp, Advanced American Sign Language, Minecraft Games & More Camp, Young Men's Leadership Retreat, and Show Choir Camp EXTRAVAGANZA! Cathedral also offers Speech and Debate, Theatre, Pottery, and Culinary Camps.
Camp Cathedral is dedicated to providing every camper with a safe environment where he/she can learn, discover, and have lots of fun.
If you wait too long, your favorite camp might be full! Register now at CampCathedral.com.
Test your trivia skills and have a fabulous time with your Cathedral family at this year's Trivia Night! Teams are encouraged to bring appetizers to share with their table. Beer and wine will be provided. There's also a prize for the best themed table, so get creative!

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at the Northside Knights of Columbus. Trivia begins at 6:00 p.m.
Click here and register today for our 7th Annual Trivia Night! This year's Trivia Night is presented by Old National Bank. [License #147178]
                             Our Awesome Auction!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 42nd annual ShamrAuction a smashing success! The highlight of the evening was our Fund-A-Need for a new Cathedral bus. We surpassed our goal of $65,000! We are so grateful to our supporters.

Thank you to the following event sponsors: Dr. Stephen and Kathy Martin '83 O'Neil; Flik Hospitality Group; Hope Plumbing; Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Prime Car Wash. Click here for a list of our Friends of Cathedral. Thank you for your generous support! 

We'd also like to thank our volunteers, educators, and students who gave their time, talent and treasure to make this fundraiser such a phenomenal event.

And of course, a very special thank you to our co-chairs, Dennis '83 and Marianne Flynn '84 O'Hara and Rick and Julianne Streiff. The dollars are still being counted, but we'll let you know soon how much was raised at ShamrAuction: The Next 100.
Our beloved school has been richly blessed in her first 100 years. Thanks to everyone's genorsity, Cathedral will be blessed for years to come. 
            The Cecilia M. Mimms '77 Gymnasium

On February 8, Cathedral High School proudly dedicated the Cecilia M. Mimms '77 Gymnasium. The celebration of naming the auxiliary gym in honor of Cecilia Mimms was a joyful occassion that included a reunion of friends, teammates, and classmates from the 1970s. Many of those at the dedication attended Ladywood/St. Agnes Academy with Cecilia Mimms, and went on to graduate from Cathedral. Special thanks to the donors who made this wonderful tribute possible, Katie Welsh '78 and her husband, Gary Loveman. To learn more about Cecilia Mimms and her achievements, please click here
                WRESTLERS WIN STATE - AGAIN!

Congratulations to our wrestling team on winning the state title! Individual state champions are Elliott Rodgers '20 at 152 and Jordan Slivka '19 at 160. Congratulations to the coaches and team on back-to-back state titles!
                                      SAVE THE DATES

* Spring Musical - Seussical, The Musical - April 11-14
* All Out Irish Day of Giving - April 30
* Grand Reunion Weekend - June 21-22

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