Dear Cathedral Family,

Just over one month ago, we celebrated some fairly significant events. Many of us enjoyed ShamrAuction, we celebrated Mass for Ash Wednesday, beginning our Lenten journey, and we celebrated a third consecutive Wrestling State Championship (The Swamp!). Little did we know that we were sailing into a storm, and our busy world of parties and packed schedules were about to stop.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, shared with an audience at St. Peter's Square on March 27 that "for weeks now, it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets, and our cities. It has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people's gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the gospel, we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm." (Referencing Mark 4:35)

Then, on Sunday, March 29, this crazy, sullen, and scary scenario turned more personal and tragic. Our own Mario McCullough '21, who had charmed and entertained us for the past two and a half years, was killed in senseless gun violence. Number two, the toughest defensive back in the state, who feared no foe, was gone, just like that. The darkness that Pope Francis spoke of became even darker.

On Thursday, April 2, we held a Moving Memorial for Mario, in the circle on the hill, with passers-by staying in their cars as they paid their respects to #2 and his family. The Cathedral family gathered to surround a grieving family with love while respecting social-distancing. Practically an impossible feat, but we did it. And even then, with a three-hour stream of cars passing through, we were met with even more darkness: Governor Holcomb announced that our school year was over. Just like that. Amid grief layered upon more grief, came what seemed like a blow too heavy to overcome: our seniors' days on the hill were over. No Irish 500. No Prom. No Senior Skip Day, kayaks and canoes and tailgates, no sharpies on khakis, no painting the wall. No spring sports, no spring musical, no senioritis. All gone. Just like that. 
Cathedral has faced long odds and challenging times in the past. We were crazy enough to kick off a capital campaign the week after 9/11. And we survived. Even the opening of Cathedral 101 years ago was delayed by, wait for it...a flu bug that closed the entire city of Indianapolis. And we survived! So, are we going to let COVID-19 stop us!? NO WAY! Don't even get me started on the Irish Potato Famine in the 1800s! And how the Irish came to this country, started with nothing, and have placed a permanent shamrock in the hearts of most Americans!
We, the Cathedral Irish, have seen doom and despair. We are ready for this challenge, and we will survive once again. I firmly believe in my heart that we will survive because we are people of hope. Endless hope. We have to be. Our hope and faith for times better than ours are what drive us. Hope will drive us to hold, in some form or fashion, these special senior events when we are able. We owe it to the Class of 2020 and our community. More importantly, we will continue to show and share this hope that is a part of us. We speak of hope and faith for times like these, to keep us going toward better days to come.

During Mario's memorial, I told several people who passed by, "Thank God for Faith." I really believe that. How else can we get through times like these? We have to know two things: 1. Mario is in a better place, and 2. We all have a chance to be there someday as well. So, Cathedral family, as we go through these upcoming days of endless evening, let us be the ones to keep hope alive. To have faith and to share that faith. To offer hope and faith to others. We are the Irish, and we are a faith and hope-based family, and we will survive and thrive and live to fight another 100 years!

Our educators will continue to educate, our support staff will keep supporting, and our advancement team will continue to ask our donors to support us, now more than ever. Our enrollment team will continue to welcome and grow our future students, and our prayer team will keep praying. In summary, we will continue to be the Cathedral Irish. Thank you for your continued support and prayers. We will pray for you and will strive every day to fulfill our mission. Peace and a virtual hug to you and your families.

In hope and faith and the Irish spirit, 
Robert A. Bridges Signature
Robert A. Bridges
President






Our Mission   Continues

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Sunday Mass
Father Jeff Godecker is streaming Mass on Cathedral's Facebook page from Cathedral each Sunday at 11 a.m. 
Morning Prayer
Students and staff receive morning prayer, so we can continue our tradition of starting the day with prayer.

Daily Prayer
Please consider saying this prayer each evening with your family.
Prayer Requests
Please let us know if you have a special prayer request.

Supporting Our Partners
Cathedral has been blessed by the support of local restaurants when requesting donations for our events. Now, we want to do our part in giving back to these generous partners by sharing their information with the Cathedral family. 
Counseling Dept.
Our counselors are still available during this time.
e-Learning Resources
Includes The Kindness Project, student videos, and more!

News from Cathedral

                        Remembering Mario


For those who would like to support Mario’s family with their funeral and burial expenses, please direct your gifts to the Cathedral High School Angel Fund –gocathedral.com/angelfund. The Angel Fund was established in line with Cathedral’s Holy Cross Values of Family and Hope to allow community members an opportunity to give monetary contributions to support some of the various financial needs that our students and families might encounter. Some of these costs may include but are not limited to mission trip costs, iPad/technology fees, retreat fees, food service balances, or emergencies that arise, such as home displacement, illness, and death expenses.

Also, a meal train has been set-up, mealtrain.com/kl2l4dto provide daily meals to keep the family nourished during this difficult time. “Contact-free” delivery is available by using the cooler at the front door. The family is also open to having meals delivered from restaurants or local caterers who are delivering at this time.  

                   Thankful for Our Teachers

In a matter of days, our talented teachers converted their phenomenal face-to-face lesson plans into dynamic e-Learning classes. Teachers are conducting classes via Google Meet, Zoom, and other virtual classrooms. Liz Browning even reached out to a family she and her students met in Tanzania last summer. They had a virtual meeting to discuss everything from hobbies to toilet paper. We thank our Cathedral educators for doing everything humanly possible to maintain some sense of normalcy for our students. Also, thank you to Nick Bozzelli-Levine '22 for words of encouragement for our Cathedral community. 
                                    Our Mission Continues

As a member of the Cathedral family, you know the difference Cathedral can make in the life of a student, so we ask for your help to ensure Cathedral’s mission continues. We ask that you prayerfully reflect on a gift to Cathedral. Your gift will support our wonderful educators and will provide even more children in need with a Cathedral education.  
Thanks to our generous Cathedral donors, the Cathedral High School transportation department, and various staff and volunteers, we delivered two rounds of grocery gift cards to each student who receives a free breakfast/lunch at Cathedral. The first 75 cards were delivered March 16. We delivered another 75 cards on March 23. Should anyone else need support, please do not hesitate to contact Duane Emery, Director of Counseling and Financial Aid, at demery@gocathedral.com or 317-968-7360.

There continues to be a need to help our food insecure families. Please visit gocathedral.com/fundaneed

                                Virtual Jam

From Google Meet classes and town meetings, to Zoom club gatherings and video game contests, Cathedral students are finding creative ways to stay in touch.
Anne Leppert '20 shared this video of a song she was going to perform for our Coffee House Jam. As you will hear, Anne has a beautiful voice. If any other student would like to share her/his Coffee House song or perhaps a poem or reflection, please feel free to send it to marketing@gocathedral.com.
   
                                  Celebrating Our Artists

Congratulations to Kiara Taylor '23 on winning a Silver and a Gold Medal at the National Scholastic Arts Competition. The above photo on the left, "Water Boy," was her Gold Medal winner. She also won an American Voices and Vision Award for this amazing picture. The photo on the right, "Daunting," earned her a Silver Medal. More than 110,000 students submitted nearly 320,000 works of art and writing for the 2020 Scholastic Awards.

Please visit our virtual Irish Spring Art Show! We are blessed with incredibly talented artists and we are sure you will enjoy viewing their work.
           
                              Grill Named Academic All-Star

Nicholas Grill '20 has been named a 2020 Indiana Academic All-Star. Grill is among 40 students selected from a field of 280 outstanding nominees from the state's private and public accredited schools. Academic All-Star distinction recognizes seniors who excel in the classroom first and foremost, but who are also actively involved in their schools and communities, and take on leadership roles in those activities. The program is produced by the Indiana Association of School Principals, with support provided by DePauw University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Purdue University, along with corporate partner Herff Jones. Congratulations, Nick Grill!

                     Join us for Camp Cathedral!

We know this is an anxious time for many families. Camp Cathedral administrators are closely monitoring safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We also know that once our lives return to normal, students are going to need the camaraderie and adventures of camp more than ever.

We are planning a summer of learning enrichment, sports, and fun at Cathedral! If we must delay the start of our camp season, families will be notified two weeks before the start of camp and receive a full refund.
Our enrichment camps include Creative Writing Camp and Math Mania, perfect for challenging students and getting them ready for the 2020/21 school year. Register today at campcathedral.com!
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