"Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them." - Matthew 18:20 

Well, January flew by, and as February arrives, I am wondering if winter is coming or if it will miss us altogether! My Michigan roots hope to the contrary, but my Brazilian family is decisively in favor of an early spring. We shall see. In the meantime, amazing things are happening here on the hill. I certainly feel God's presence "in our midst" daily.

On January 29, right in the "midst" of Winterfest and Catholic Schools Week, which we call WACS Week, we paused to celebrate Mass and, for the first time on record, we did so in dual languages, Spanish and English. Fr. Dennis Strach, the new assistant Holy Cross Vocations Director from the University of Notre Dame, displayed strong language skills in celebrating with us, as did our Latino Student Council. Three educators, Grace Rodecap, Matt Cannaday, and Marian Bender, shared their sublime skills by leading us in song, and our students responded as they always do, with grace and respect. Following Mass, 20+ students shared lunch with Fr. Dennis and agreed to stay in touch with him. Our world needs more vocations to the Catholic priesthood, and our combined efforts on that day were a positive contribution to that noble cause!

Another positive development is our Innovation Center, which was approved to proceed by our Board of Trustees this past month. Construction on the building should begin this spring and summer. It will likely take 18 months to complete. On the other side, Cathedral will have a breathtakingly impressive space for our STEM classes and labs, as well as new gathering and dining spaces that will offer tremendous opportunities for our students well into the future. Please stay tuned for exciting updates all along the way. 

I believe it is fair to call our Catholic schools' existence a miracle. While the United States offers free and universal education, it remains the only country in the western world that intentionally prohibits the presence of any religion other than the secular in its government schools. It also makes it nearly impossible to have equal financial support for non-government schools (Buetow, 2002). Despite that, our foremothers and forefathers sacrificed with their time and faith to establish Catholic schools. In reality, Catholic schools have created a stronger educational alternative for millions of American families, have relieved the tax burden by scores of millions, and have been a "gold standard" model for other school alternatives. Most importantly, Catholic schools have changed the trajectory of students for more than 150 years, to become better citizens of this world, and to become citizens of the world yet to come, thereby fulfilling their destiny to become saints. 
I urge you to take a look at the trailer for the new movie, Miss Virginia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOUUA7JTIEo

The film is based on the true story of Virginia Walden Ford, who struggled to afford the right schooling option for her son in Washington DC. She became a driving force for the district's school choice program. The heroic efforts of Miss Virginia and others make Cathedral and other outstanding schools an option for those who may not be able to afford it otherwise. Every child of God deserves the best possible education, and Indiana's school choice program is a beacon of hope for so many. Thank you to all who have made this possible and continue to work to enhance Indiana's program. 
I hope to see all of you at ShamrAuction on Saturday, February 29. This fabulous event raises more than $500,000 for need-based tuition assistance. This year's fund-a-need is to provide meals for our food-insecure students. Approximately 70 of Cathedral's current students receive a healthy breakfast and lunch, at no charge to them, each day. Food insecurity is a real issue, as well as the fear of the stigma that comes with it. Because providing meals to our students is such a vital part in nourishing students' bodies and their mental health, we hope to raise $60,000 for our fund-a-need. Please register today at gocathedral.com/shamrauction.

Thank you for your support, and thanks be to God for our miraculous Catholic schools!

Faithfully,
Robert A. Bridges Signature
Robert A. Bridges
President

On the Calendar


February 6
Parent/Teacher Conferences
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

February 11
Math League
7:15 a.m.
February 12
Black History Month Assembly
10:50 a.m.

February 18
Becoming Irish Event -
Welcome Class of 2024
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

February 22
Cathedral STEM Conference for Middle School Students
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

February 26
Ash Wednesday
Mass
9:45 a.m.
February 28
No School
ShamrAuction Set Up

February 29
43rd Annual
ShamrAuction - 
Copa Cathedral!

Mass - 4:45 p.m.
Doors Open - 5:30 p.m.


News from Cathedral

Camp Cathedral

Registration is now open for Camp Cathedral! Our camp is dedicated to providing every camper with a safe environment where he/she can learn, discover, and have lots of fun! We have more than 50 enrichment camps, including theatre, music, art, and community service. Sports camps are available, as well. Click here to find out more and register today!

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!

       Circle of Excellence - Nominations Needed


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.
There are four categories for nominees:

Student - A student who had an illustrious career in academics, athletics, or extracurricular activities during their time at Cathedral High School.
Alumni - Alumni who have made a difference through distinguished professional, personal, or community contributions after graduation. 
Faculty, Staff, Administrator, Coach - A faculty, staff, administrator, or coach who has served his/her students in exemplary fashion.
Community Contributor - A community contributor who has profoundly impacted the lives of students at Cathedral High School.

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

                        A Few Spots Remain!


We still have a few spots open for Cathedral's Middle School Stem Conference on Saturday, February 22. For more information and to register, click here.
                                   Educator Wins Award

Cathedral Educator Ria Pereira received the College Board's AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for attaining female student representation in AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) for 2019! This honor acknowledges the outstanding work Ria and Cathedral are doing to engage more female students in computer science. Congratulations, Ria!

                    Second Sibling Shadow Day


Our fall Sibling Shadow Day was so successful that we decided to hold another one during WACS Week (Winterfest and Catholic Schools Week). We were so excited to have 60 7th and 8th graders shadow their older sibling, and enjoy the day at Cathedral. The Holy Cross value "Family" is the school theme this year, and we were blessed to meet future members of our Irish family.

                      Students March for Life


We are so proud of the students who celebrated Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on January 22 and then joined the March for Life to the Indiana Statehouse. God bless our students and the others who joined them!

                       New Faces At Cathedral

Dane Rowles - Latin Teacher

Dane Rowles majored in Anthropology, Latin, and Ancient Greece at Ball State University and graduated in 2011. He graduated with his MA in Greek and Roman Archaeology from the University of Newcastle - Tyne, the UK in 2012. He is the faculty sponsor for the Swing Dance Club, Greek Club, and the Cathedral chapter of the Junior Classical League. In his spare time, Dane also enjoys fencing.

Pete McCarthy - Math Teacher

Pete McCarthy came to teaching late, after a successful career in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur. He was originally only going to coach, but based on his engineering education at Georgia Tech and a school need, he was asked to teach math. He found he loved working with students who had previously struggled!  He spent 15 years in an inner-city technical school in the Boston area before retiring. When his wife's career moved them to Indy, Pete honed in on Cathedral's "strong tradition and sense of community." Pete and his wife, Sandy, have three children, a daughter who is working in Durham, a son who is working in Boston, and their youngest, a son, is a senior at Virginia Tech.

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