Dear Cathedral Family,
“Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence.”- St. John Paul II

It happens each year, in the same order. The annual American rite of Thanksgiving rolls right into the Advent season, with the boost of gratefulness assisting us. Thomas Merton said, “To be grateful is to see the love of God in everything.” And G.K. Chesterson stated, “When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” Gratitude is no small thing. 

God continues to bless us at Cathedral High School. Consider this: Just by being able to practice our faith here on the hill each day without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, we are more blessed than three billion people in the world. I believe we often take our faith for granted and the ability to practice it freely. This is why we pray regularly here; before school, at the start of each class, meeting, and event, and as we end each day. These prayers should always begin with a “thank you” to God, our Creator. 

One of the things I thank God for each day is the gifted, faithful educators who work here. Cathedral has undoubtedly been blessed throughout her history with outstanding teachers, coaches, and other adults. Recently, we shared exciting news updates for two of those people. Dave Worland, after 17 and a half years as a tireless advocate for our students and teachers, has accepted a new position as Senior Vice President for Mission and Advancement. Dave has exemplified our mission exceptionally well, and now will take that passion to assist in our fundraising efforts, a never-ending task. A student asked me last week where we get our money from, and I told her that we have to raise every dollar every year. She seemed genuinely surprised. I told her that next time we have to sell raffle tickets, or support a school fundraiser in another way, to stop and remember that we need to do this to keep our school viable. Dave Worland will be highly successful in his new role, as he continues to personify our mission! 

Dennis Thomas continues the long tradition of Cathedral enriching the local educational community with our talented people, by recently being named the new Principal of Shortridge High School. Dennis has had two stints at Cathedral, over 20 years, and has served as a classroom teacher, coach, and most recently Vice Principal of Academic Affairs. The Holy Cross educational model has been of particular interest to Dennis, and his focus on educating the hearts and minds of young people will unquestionably continue to drive him in his new role. 

Both of these opportunities present our beloved school with two new vital leadership opportunities, and we have already begun the search process for the principal role. Trust me. I know Cathedral is a one-of-a-kind place to be, and we will rely on this as we search and discern our candidates. As we continue to develop and execute on our plan to become the Catholic school of the future, we eagerly anticipate the new energy and vitality that will come with our new leadership. 

Gratitude, enthusiasm, and confidence. May we uphold the words of St. John Paul II as we enter the Advent season. After all, we have so much for which to be thankful. Let us be moved in gratitude to thank God, and to share our gifts this season and always. Thank you and may God be with you,

In gratitude, enthusiasm, and confidence, 
Robert A. Bridges Signature
Robert A. Bridges

On the Calendar

December 2
Sophomore Class
Ring Ceremony &
2:00 p.m.

December 4
Mothers Club
Christmas Luncheon
for Educators
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
December 5
7:50 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

December 6
Parent Preview Day
8:00 a.m.

December 14
The Art of Christmas & Breakfast with 
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Christmas Dance
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

December 20 - January 3
Christmas Break
We will not send out a President's Newsletter on January 1.

We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

News from Cathedral

The Cathedral Alumni Association and Cathedral Choir Program invite you and your family to The Art of Christmas and Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 14 from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. You will not want to miss this amazing morning filled with everything Christmas! We'll have choirs singing carols, canvas painting, cookie decorating, and a visit with Santa! This festive event will benefit our awesome choir program! Click here to register today!

2020 ShamrAuction:

Copa Cathedral

Are you ready for the "Hottest Party on The Hill?" Picture an extravagant affair with rhythmic samba music, brightly colored decor, and more than 700 of your closest Cathedral friends ready to P.A.R.T.Y... and you've set the scene for this year's theme: Copa Cathedral!
One of the largest single night fundraisers in the Midwest, ShamrAuction raises more than $500,000 for need-based tuition assistance and to promote excellence in academics, the arts, and athletics. Our event brings together generations of alumni, parents, supporters, and friends in an over-the-top evening of food, fun and festivities, live and silent auctions, complimentary valet parking, open bar, hors d'oeuvres, plated dinner, music, and entertainment.
Don't delay in putting your table together as these HOT tickets won't last long!

What: Copa Cathedral - 43rd Annual ShamrAuction
When: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Where: Cathedral High School
Time: Mass begins at 4:45 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Due to the popularity of this event, only full tables and sponsorships will be sold. However, should you wish to attend but can't pull together an entire table of ten, please feel free to contact Michelle Rhodes '01 Taylor regarding opportunities to be paired with fellow Cathedral supporters!

Special thanks to this year's co-chairs, Jeri Huntington and Dave Temple!
Purchase your table or sponsorship NOW!

                  Fall Commitment Ceremony

Congratulations to our senior student-athletes who signed their Letter of Intent to continue their athletic career at the collegiate level!

Grace Lorsung  ‘20- Softball - Indiana University
Meg Coleman ‘20 – Tennis – University of Notre Dame
Sophie Mernitz  ‘20– Diving – University of Iowa
Gillian Cridge ‘20 - Triathlon – University of San Francisco
Mia Dittoe ‘20 – Softball – College of Charleston

                   We The People - Statebound!

Congratulations to Cathedral's We The People team! Our team placed first in the Central Regional competition and is headed to state! 

1st - Cathedral High School
2nd - Fishers, Hamilton Southeastern Schools
3rd - Plainfield, Plainfield Community School Corporation
                Speech and Debate Team Starts Strong!

Congratulations to Cathedral's Speech and Debate Team on another strong start to the season. Cathedral has come in first at two tournaments and second place at another, even though we have a smaller team and fewer entries than most of our competitors. Keep up the great work, Cathedral!

                                         Bravo, CaTheatre!!

Congratulations to our CaTheatre Department on another outstanding production! Radium Girls was fantastic!!
Gloria Boone was in the audience for the November 23 performance of Radium Girls. Her mother was an actual Radium Girl who worked in the factories painting dials with radium paint. Gloria's mother died when she was just three years old. She said she felt like CaTheatre's production told her mother's story. Gloria Boone attended the show with her two sons, one of whom is a Cathedral graduate (Craig Mulvany '87) married to another Cathedral graduate (Mona Moore '87 Mulvany). It was an honor to have Gloria Boone and her family in the audience. 

                                 Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who made this season's canned food drive such a huge blessing to families in need. Students contributed approximately 19,400 cans and $4,600 that will help Holy Cross Catholic Outreach, St. Vincent de Paul, Boulevard Place, St. Louis de Montfort, Providence Cristo Rey, Mid-North Food Pantry, Lord's Pantry/Anna's House, Little Sisters of the Poor, and Cathedral High School habitat baskets.

                       New Faces At Cathedral

Carrie O'Brien - Director of Events

Carrie O'Brien is a parishioner at Our Lady of Grace in Noblesville where she has served as the Grace Gala co-chair for multiple years. Early in her career Carrie worked for Party Time Rental (one of our vendors) and has most recently worked as the Chapter Administrator for the International Live Events Association. Carrie and her husband Mark have three young children, Kellen, Finley, and Quinn. 

Tristan Zavaleta - Theatre Director

Tristan Zavaleta majored in Theatre Education at Ball State University and graduated in 2019. He attended Guerin Catholic High School where he was involved in theatre and wrote and directed a show his senior year. Tristan has done an outstanding job since he joined the Cathedral family. We appreciate all he has done with our Irish Improv group. His first fall production, Radium Girls, was a huge success! Tristan's favorite hobby is rock climbing.

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