Dear Cathedral Family,
"This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad!"

This phrase is more than a psalm. It is an excellent suggestion. Remembering God's place in our lives and thanking Him for each day is a sign of gratitude and humility. Those are two characteristics we want our children to have. 

October is a month we finally get to wear our favorite hooded sweatshirt, enjoy a fun fall activity, and maybe eat a pumpkin spice donut! The changing of the season signals change for us on "The Hill," as well. Our fantastic foliage creates a breathtaking sunset, once again reminding us of the beauty of God's artistry. 

We will soon host a special evening that will honor Cathedral's finest who have blessed our school's first century. Our Evening of Excellence on October 3 will include the inaugural induction of our Circle of Excellence award winners. If you have not RSVP'D, please do so. I promise you will leave with renewed zeal and appreciation for our outstanding school.

As a Holy Cross school, we are called to create a family atmosphere. Our students chose Family as our Core Value for the school year, and I believe it is the perfect theme for us. In the spirit of our founder, Blessed Basil Moreau, we are a community that welcomes families from all walks of life and backgrounds. Each year, we reinvent ourselves with approximately 25% new students; therefore, we are in a constant state of renewal. Welcoming a freshmen class each year keeps us fresh and vibrant. What remains constant, however, is our Catholic faith and our Holy Cross Core Values. Those values, which we exemplify every day, are as follows: Divine Providence, Excellence, Integrity, Educating Hearts and Minds, Hope, Inclusiveness and Diversity, Option for the Poor, Zeal, and yes, Family. As a new enrollment season begins, I ask you to share the good news of Cathedral High School and invite a prospective family to visit the campus. Please note our annual Open House scheduled for November 14. We know from experience that your personal stories are our most compelling marketing efforts, and I encourage you to continue to share them!

I just returned from an accreditation visit at a fellow Holy Cross high school in Ohio, where the Catholic school market is ultra-competitive. It was affirming to repeatedly hear that Cathedral is viewed by many as the "gold standard" of Catholic schools. We often hear this in Indiana, but it was exciting to listen to those sentiments from our neighbors in Ohio. Catholic Holy Cross schools have always focused on educating the hearts and minds of their young people. The results speak for themselves every day. Cathedral leads the way, and I pledge we will continue to work each day to make it even better than the day before, constantly renewing and improving ourselves. Thank you for being a part of our vibrant Cathedral family!

Robert A. Bridges Signature
Robert A. Bridges

On the Calendar

October 3
Evening of Excellence

October 4
Picture Retakes

October 8
All-School Rosary

October 9
Raffle Free Day
No Classes

October 10 & 11
Fall Break
No Classes

October 15
Math League

October 17
Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 23
IB Information Night
October 28

News from Cathedral

                          National Merit Semifinalists
Congratulations to the six Cathedral seniors who have been named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Olivia DeLise, who attended St. Simon the Apostle School, is a parishioner at St. Simon the Apostle and is the daughter of James and Laura DeLise.

Henry Eifert, who attended Our Lady of Lourdes School, is a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes and is the son of Andrew and Virginia Eifert.

Andrew George, who attended Our Lady of Grace School, is a parishioner at Our Lady of Grace and is the son of Malcolm and Carolyn George.

Nicholas Grill, who attended Avon Middle School, is a parishioner at St. Susanna and is the son of Daniel and Johana Grill and Candelaria and Brian Olson.
Jackson Hern attended The Oaks Academy. He is the son of Kevin and Amy Hern.

Elizabeth Sheddy, who attended St. Louis de Montfort School, is a parishioner at St. Louis de Montfort and is the daughter of Kevin and Clare Sheddy.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

More than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

                Circle City Classic Coronation

Congratulations to Clara Isaac ‘20, the 2019 Miss Circle City Classic Queen! We are so proud of all six of the young ladies who represented Cathedral in this year’s Circle City Classic Coronation, including: first runner up, Kennedy Maye '20; second runner up, Alise Chavis '20; Brea Sims '20; Nyah Conway '20, and Danielle Levingston '20. Well done, young ladies!

                        Sibling Shadow Day

Cathedral was thrilled to host her first Sibling Shadow Day during Homecoming Week this year. Thank you to everyone who made the day a smashing success. We look forward to welcoming all of the siblings to the Class of 2024!

          Luck of the Leprechaun Student Raffle

Congratulations to the Luck of the Leprechaun Student Raffle winners! This year's raffle raised $200,000 for Cathedral's tuition assistance fund. Also, a percentage of every ticket sold will be given to the Cathedral club/sport/activity of the student's choice. Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets to support our students! Please join us in congratulating the following winners: Rosalie Calkins, $1,000; Brett Quenell, $2,500, and Gloria Storey, $10,000! [License #150269]

                           IRISH I Knew Day

Cathedral educators did an incredible job with Cathedral's first IRISH I Knew Day.  Students had the opportunity to learn skills that teachers and staff wish they knew in high school. There were many "How To" sessions, including Change a Tire, Sew, and Swing Dance. These sessions, held during Homecoming Week, were immensely popular. Thank you to all the educators who made this happen!

Forever Irish
Ladies Luncheon

Mothers of current Cathedral students, alumna, faculty, and friends are invited to join us for the Forever Irish Ladies Luncheon. This traditional luncheon, catered by Ritz Charles, offers extended shopping with local vendors, a jewelry raffle, and an opportunity to spend an afternoon with female members of our Cathedral family.

This year's event is November 6 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Ritz Charles in Carmel. The cost is only $50 per person. Click here and register today!

                         We Will Never Forget

Cathedral High School was honored to host the Annual 9/11 Mass for the Indianapolis Firefighters Emerald Society. Mayor Joe Hogsett was on hand as we paid tribute to the victims and first responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. 

After the Mass, the Emerald Society awarded Mairead Minch '22 one of the organization's scholarships! The Emerald Society awards scholarships to deserving students at multiple Catholic high schools throughout Indianapolis. Congratulations, Mairead Minch!
We are thankful to all firefighters and first responders for their bravery and service to the community. A special thank you to our alumni firefighters who joined us for the 9/11 Mass. Eric Guhl '88, Eric Hofmeister '81, Howard Stahl '76, and John Schulge '03 joined us for the commemoration and posed with a sign listing the Cathedral alumni who have served with the Indianapolis Fire Department. May God continue to bless and protect those who are called to serve and protect.
             Cathedral Sophomore Named Riley Champion

The 2020 class of Riley Champions includes Sir Jonathan Thompson '22. Sir Jonathan will spend the next year serving as an ambassador for Riley Hospital for Children.

Sir Jonathan was diagnosed with severe asthma when he was an infant. This chronic and unpredictable illness led to multiple hospitalizations, including time in Riley's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Sir Jonathan has learned to manage his condition, even while grappling with his father's untimely death from cancer in 2018. Sir Jonathan's doctors credit his hard work as the reason he's avoided hospital stays for two years.
Sir Jonathan enjoys singing, acting, and volunteering with kids. Last fall, he was awarded Cathedral's St. Andre Bessette Award for serving others.
Sir Jonathan was celebrated after Cathedral's Day of Service. Representatives from Riley and Kroger were overwhelmed by the love and affection Cathedral students showed Sir Jonathan. They commented they had never seen anything quite like it!

Coach Streiff Inducted Into Butler Hall of Fame

Butler University inducted Cathedral's athletic director and former head football coach Rick Streiff into the Butler Athletics Hall of Fame on September 28. Coach Streiff had a stellar football career as a player and a coach, guiding Cathedral to an unprecedented 10 state championships. Congratulations, Coach Streiff! Your Cathedral family is very proud of you!

New Faces At Cathedral

Each month we'll be introducing you to the new faculty/staff members at Cathedral High School. 

Katherine Douglass (left) - English Teacher
Katherine Douglass comes to Cathedral High School from Warren Township, where she taught for five years. Before her time in Warren Township, she taught for five years at Herron High School. Katherine says she is blessed to have parents who modeled and continue to model a profound passion for Jesus and the Bible. She strives to instill that same passion in her children. Katherine says she is grateful to have the opportunity to teach at Cathedral and be part of such a faith-filled family. 

Lisa Finn (center) - Varsity Head Basketball Coach/Permanent Substitute Teacher

Lisa Finn is a 1996 graduate of Huntington High School and was the 1996 Indiana Miss Basketball, as well as a member of the 1996 Indiana All-Star Team. She was also a member of the 1995 Indiana Girls Basketball State Championship Team. Finn played basketball for Valparaiso University, where she was the team captain in 2000 and the team’s most valuable player. Her basketball coaching career includes Ben Davis High School, Indiana Basketball Academy Revolution, and St. Louis de Montfort. Lisa and her husband Billy have three children. Mia is a junior at Cathedral. Max and Luke attend St. Louis de Montfort.

Allison "Allie" Griffith (right) - English Teacher

Allie Griffith is originally from Akron, Ohio and is thrilled to be teaching English and coaching girls basketball at Cathedral. Allie graduated from Notre Dame with degrees in American Studies and English. She went back to school to get her Masters through the Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellows Program. Allie attended a Holy Cross high school in Akron, so Cathedral's Holy Cross values are close to her heart. She enjoys running, biking, reading, and cheering on the Irish!
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