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 March 21, 2013  

   Palm Sunday

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? 

 from Psalm 22     



Palm Sunday
"And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest."  Matthew 21:9
 Message From the Principal

Dear Families,


Next week is Holy Week, when the Church calls upon her people scattered throughout the world to come together to watch and pray with Jesus.   On Monday morning the students will lead us into these holiest of days as they pray and sing  Sacred Silence under the direction of Pat Tsagalakis. 

Sacred Silence
Click to listen 


Sacred silence, holy ocean

gentle water, washing over me.

Help me listen, Holy Spirit, come and speak to me.


God my Father, Christ my brother, Holy Spirit, sanctifying me.

Lord, I'm sorry, please forgive me, come and set me free.


Sacred silence, holy ocean, gentle water, washing over me.

Help me listen, Holy Spirit, come and speak to me.


Holy Mary, gentle mother, God's pure vessel, praying for me.

Saints and angels, all in heaven, come and be with me. 


You are welcome to join us for these brief moments during which we slow down the 'busyness' of our days and listen to the word of God.  We will have the Shadow Stations on Friday at 2pm.


Grandparents Day 2013 The kindergarteners and first graders were delighted to have their grandparents and special friends here today. So were we!







Bernadette O'Leary


Jesus with Children Easter Sunday Mass


This year we invite all children to attend the Children's Easter Liturgy at 10:30 am on Easter morning.  As the children enter the church on this joyous morning students from St. John School will give each child a paper cross.  We will ask that the children write a special and personal thank you note to Jesus on their crosses, thanking Him for the gift of life and for showing us how to live a life of love.  Then they will be asked to raise their crosses for a Sprinkling Rite. Finally all the crosses will be collected at the offertory and presented to Christ on the altar.  Please help your children think about the many ways in which they are grateful for Christ's Easter sacrifice.

That's Amore Auction Logo

Invitations are going out next week, so watch your mailbox. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of this year's Saturday Dinner Menu, provided by Act 3 Catering:



Fresh Tomato Bruschetta on Toasted Crostini

Signature Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Capresé Skewers



Classic Caesar Salad with Shaved Parmesan


Entrée Selections

Grilled Flank Steak with Caramelized Onions & Gorgonzola

Chicken Marsala

Grilled Balsamic Portabella Mushroom with Cannelloni Beans, Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Garlic and Mozzarella Cheese (Vegetarian and Gluten-Free option)



Cheese Tortellini with Classic Marinara Sauce

Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables


Includes Fresh Baked Rustic Rolls with Butter


As always, dinner will be followed by our fantastic Dessert Auction. 

photog Get Ready for the Yearbook!


We are busy compiling photos of the year's activities, for the Yearbook.  Please forward digital photos (jpg format) you think might would be great for the Yearbook, to Señor Pablo.  Images should be of high quality, good light, and in focus.  Photos must be received by Wednesday, March 27.  Thanks! 



Lenten offerings may be brought to Easter Sunday services. Visit for additional resources to use at home such as recipes, prayers and information on some of the countries supported by CRS.

Track & Field
Sign Up NOW for CYO 2013/2014 Track and Field


Sign up now! Registration for 2013 St. Al/John CYO Track & Field is open for students in grades 4-8. Practices begin the first week of April, and the season is scheduled to run into late May. Email Gordon Lanser, or Pat Daly, if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you all display your athletic prowess!
Download and return the CYO Track & Field registration form 
to the school office.
Children of Eden
Mrs. Hendrickson's Grade Two to Participate in BBHS Production 
On April 26-28, the award winning Bishop Blanchet drama program will present the spring musical,
Children of Eden. More than 135 BBHS students make up the cast and crew. Unique this year is Bishop Blanchet's collaboration with five Catholic elementary schools to add an additional 80 student actors to the ensemble. The participating schools are Assumption-St. Bridget School, St. Anne School, St. John School, St. Joseph School and St. Therese Catholic Academy.  Children of Eden, from Stephen Schwartz and John Caird, is freely based on the story of Genesis and is a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that "the hardest part of love... is letting go."  Tickets went on sale through on March 20, 2013.


Crown of Thorns"But Palm Sunday tells us that...It is the cross that is the true tree of life."
Pope Benedict XVI    
Important Dates

Thursday, March 21     
Report cards home with students
PK, K, and Gr. 1 Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Friday, March 22
Deanery Curriculum Day
School not in session

Monday, March 25     
Holy Week begins

Wednesday, March 27      
Sr. Liz Tiernan visits

Friday, March 29
Good Friday Stations, 2pm, Church

Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5 
Easter Holidays - school not in session 

Parish Lenten Schedule
Rabbit SCRIP  


Only one more week left to purchase scrip for March Madness.  The school as a whole has ordered $112,337.00 to date.  Let's get that total up there so the entire school can receive free dress.


Remember, Easter is right around the corner.  We have grocery stores for Easter brunch, clothing stores for a new Easter dress and See's Candy to help the Easter bunny.  We also have lots of restaurants should you decide to go out - Palisade's, Palomino, The Metropolitan to name a few.


Lisa Mendenhall and Lisa McKenny
Hot Lunch

No Junk Logo

Want more information on ordering?  View the video attached.



Monday, March 25                

Buttered noodles w/choice of Parmesan, sweet peas & carrots, organic seasonal fruit   


Tuesday, March 26             

Pig in a blanket, oven roasted red potatoes, local organic seasonal fruit 


Wednesday, March 27           

Chicken or veggie burger, oven roasted diced sweet yam & red potatoes, local organic seasonal fruit 


Thursday, March 28      

Pasta Cabonara w/bacon & peas, fresh baked Focaccia stick, local organic fruit


Friday, March 29

Creamy tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, local organic fruit 


Visit "Menus" for extended menus.  

Math Summer Solutions Math Enrichment
Again this year Miss Gudaitis has arranged for your students to strengthen their math skills over the summer.  The Summer Solutions books are perfect and are available for all levels.  See the attached form for ordering instructions.  Order before April 30 and earn $1.00 for St. John School.  Orders will be shipped directly to St. John and distributed to students in their classrooms.  Contact Miss Gudaitis with questions.
Alumni News
We are proud of all of our graduates.  Katie Lee and April Pradhan will be two of the Co-Salutatorians for the Holy Names Academy Class of 2013.  Katie and April are St. John School graduates of the Class of 2009.
Lenten Supper
Join with the community, enjoy a bowl of soup and bread.  Soup suppers will be held each Friday evening during Lent, at 6pm in Egan Hall.  Free will donation to benefit Operation Rice Bowl.  Suppers will be hosted by grades as follows:

March 22, Grade 7

Stations of the Cross will follow in the Church, at 7pm. 
Thank You Corner



Thank you to the 3rd grade parents who made the Ice Cream Celebrations happen! To all those who brought items, and especially to the volunteers for serving and clean up: Ana Santos, Meg Deines, Karen Smiley, Jen Bergman, Laura Herzog, Patti Embry, Tara Cannava and Grandma Cannava!


Thank you to Meredith Lambert for donating her instructional time and talents to leading our Math Olympiad club. 


Thanks to the 3rd grade Coffee & Donuts crew from last Sunday: Suzanne Fairchild, Patti Embry, Dan Branley and Michelle Branley.


Thank you to all who made treats and served to make PK, K, 1 Grandparents & Special Friends Day a success! 


Is there someone you wish to thank?  Send your "thank you" to 
Diane Crockett
for publication.