With our hearts full of gratitude for so many blessings, we welcome the month of Thanksgiving, November. This long list of graces includes so many things, but for most of us, our family tops the list. Our seniors chose "Family" as our Holy Cross Core Value for this year, and therefore, we are placing distinct emphasis on our large and ever-growing Cathedral Family. 

Holy Cross founder Blessed Basil Moreau's original vision for a Holy Cross education had family as a critical part, woven throughout his writings. He stated that teachers are "the spiritual parents of these young people. How else will teachers be able to carry out their responsibilities to the families that rely on them to help develop good values in their children?" He expanded that thought by emphasizing our work in forming good parents of the future and therefore, stronger families:

"Hurry then, take up this work of resurrection, never forgetting that the special end of your institute is, before all, to sanctify youth. It is by that you will contribute to preparing the world for better times than ours; for these students who now attend your school are the parents of the future, the parents of future generations, each one of whom bears within them a family."

Each year, we welcome new families to Cathedral, and just as we have completed the first quarter of this school year, we are already working hard to grow our family for our next school year. That's right, the year 2020-21! We have seen tremendously positive traffic in our enrollment office thus far, and we plan to continue that trend.  Our annual Open House is November 14, and our preparations are well underway. We are hopeful that you will feel compelled to share the good news of this 101-year old Irish family to your friends and neighbors and invite them to attend this fantastic event. Our place as central Indiana's most exceptional high school depends in large part to your efforts to share the good news! Thank you.

I will close with more sublime words from Moreau on the topic of the formation of a school community-family, emphasizing "the need for gentle but firm interventions, and the reinforcement of positive values through encouragement and praise. This calls for the teacher to be the host. It calls for hospitality and compassion." Hospitality and compassion. These may not sound like typical words for an education model, but Cathedral High School is no ordinary school. We have extraordinary teachers who compassionately meet students where they are in their educational journey. Whether a student comes in at the ninth percentile or the 99th percentile, he/she will graduate from Cathedral ready for college and life! We invite you to share your family's Cathedral experience with others as we prepare for Open House and the Class of 2024. 

I wish you and your family abundant blessings and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Robert A. Bridges Signature
Robert A. Bridges

On the Calendar

November 1
All Saints Day
All-School Mass
10:50 a.m.

November 5
Math League
7 a.m.
November 6
Forever Irish Ladies Luncheon - 10:00 a.m.

November 14
Open House 
5:30 p.m.

November 22-23
Fall Play-"Radium Girls" - 7:30 p.m.

November 24
Fall Play-"Radium Girls" - 3 p.m.

November 27-Dec.1
Thanksgiving Break

December 2
Classes Resume

News from Cathedral

                           Two Cathedral Graduates
                      Earn A Fulbright Award
Congratulations to Erin Tupman '16 on earning a prestigious Fulbright Award. Tupman was accepted into a Ph.D. program in Slavic languages and literature at Princeton University, but will now take a gap year via the Fulbright. She will use her award to continue her research on Russian literature in Irkutsk, Siberia.

Cathedral also congratulates Kevin Hoeper '11 on being named a Fulbright Scholar. Hoeper, a student at the University of North Carolina, will teach English, conduct research, and provide expertise in the Czech Republic as part of his Ph.D. dissertation project. 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the most extensive U.S. exchange program and offers research, study, and teaching opportunities for students and young professionals. The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Board select students based on academic merit and leadership potential. 

Invitation to Daughters for
Ladies Luncheon

Cathedral High School is proud to announce freshmen through senior daughters, in good standing with their teachers, are invited to attend the Forever Irish Ladies Luncheon with their mother and/or grandmother. Student tickets are $25, and adult tickets are $50. The Forever Irish Ladies Luncheon is Wednesday, November 6, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Ritz Charles in Carmel. Click here to reserve your seats today!

An annual fall favorite, the Forever Irish Ladies Luncheon provides lunch and shopping, engaging those lifelong connections of Cathedral High School. This year's luncheon will include extended shopping with local vendors, a jewelry raffle by Metalmark Fine Jewelry, floral arrangements by Createrella, and more! Special thanks to this year's sponsors, Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza and Community Health Network. 
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                      An Evening of Excellence

Cathedral High School would like to thank everyone who made the Evening of Excellence such a delightful and successful night. In addition to raising $669,306 for tuition assistance, we were honored to induct 19 members of our Cathedral family into the Circle of Excellence. To read more about our honorees and how you can nominate someone for the Circle of Excellence, click here.

                   Our Marvelous Megaphone

Three years ago, the Cathedral High School student newspaper, the Megaphone, didn't even have a website. But now, irishmegaphone.com has been named the best high school newspaper website in its division in the state!

The Indiana High School Press Association recently announced irishmegaphone.com is the top student newspaper website in Division II. RJ O'Neal '19, now a freshman at Indiana University, served as the website editor last year. Colin Bilbrey '20 and Ethan Marasco '21 are taking on that role this year. Liam Keenan '17, now a junior at IUPUI who is majoring in business and journalism, got the website up and running during his junior year at Cathedral, setting up its initial design and formatting templates for stories, videos, and photos. Judges recognized two students for their work published during the 2018-2019 school year. Lila Welch '20 won first place for sports writing in Division II, while Nic Napier '20 earned third place for editorial writing.
                                Senior Wins Artists Showcase 

Congratulations to Caroline Steiger '20, Grand Prize Winner of the Young Artists Showcase! Indy Sister Cities Teacher and Student Outreach Committee, along with The Mayor's Office of International and Latino Affairs, sponsored the contest. Steiger's outstanding food photograph, posted below, will now be entered in a national competition. Good luck, Caroline Steiger!

               Blessing of Eagle Scout Project

We are so proud of Nate Hillenburg '21 for building a Holy Cross Shrine at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House for his Eagle Scout project. Hillenburg's Eagle Scout Court of Honor was last December. The Blessing Ceremony of the Holy Family Shrine and Stations of the Cross occurred in October. Congratulations, Nate Hillenburg!

                       New Faces At Cathedral

Melissa Haley - Academic Affairs Coordinator

Melissa Haley graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Social/Behavioral Science. She worked as a counselor for at-risk girls in Pensacola, Florida, before moving back to Indiana in 2013. She worked at a biopharma consulting company for four years before landing her job here at Cathedral. Melissa and her husband Joe, a Marine Corps pilot, have four children: Michael, Henry, Clare, and Joey. All of the children attend St. Simon Catholic School, and the family has been a member of St. Simon Parish since 2013.  

Brian Haselby (center) - Director of Technology

Brian Haselby comes to us from Verizon Wireless, where he worked for 22 years. During his last 11 years there, he managed a team of engineers who designed and supported services for several customers, including Cathedral High School. His wife, Filemena, is a middle school science teacher in Pike Township. They have two children, Sam Haselby '19 and Beth Haselby, who graduated from Earlham College in 2019. Brian and his family have been active parishioners at St. Monica for 27 years. 

Michael Keefer - Engineering Teacher
Michael Keefer is very familiar with Catholic schools. He is a graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne.  After high school, he went on to study Civil Engineering at Purdue University.  Michael worked for a number of engineering consultants, as well as spending time as a bridge inspection engineer for the Indiana Department of Transportation.  Michael and his wife Katie are still looking for a Catholic parish to call home, but already feel back home again in Indiana.  After living in Iowa for the last four years, they are glad to be closer to family and back in Boilermaker country.   Michael and Katie have two young children, Elizabeth and Gabriel.  
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