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  Phoenix Update 12/7/16 
 Photo of the Week
Our Photo of the Week highlights the start of the Winter Athletic Season. Members of the SJP Boys’ Basketball team, along with Coach McCarrick, visited Boston College on Saturday, December 3 to take in a BC Basketball game, as well as check out their locker room and film room. This experience is sure to inspire an exciting season for this squad! (See details below in the Student-Athlete Highlights.) 

Calendar at a Glance

Wednesday, Dec. 7: Quarter 2 Interim Reports

Thursday, Dec. 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass: Maroon Schedule: Holy Family Chapel: 9:15 AM. All are welcome.

Friday, Dec. 9Movie Night: Phoenix Hall: 6:30 PM.

Thursday, Dec. 15: PSAT Night & Junior College Kick-off: Phoenix Hall: 6:00 PM.

Saturday, Dec. 17: SAT Practice Exam: 8:00 AM.

Monday, Dec. 19 - Tuesday, Dec. 20: OxFam Fast

Tuesday, Dec. 20Christmas Program: Phoenix Schedule: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.

Wednesday, Dec. 21 - Tuesday, January 3Christmas Break: No Classes.

Friday, Dec. 30Holiday Skating Party: Warrior Ice Arena: 4:00 - 6:00 PM.


Parent/Guardian Insider

Click on the links below for more information on these important events and updates:

Holiday Skating Party

Parent Book Club

Admissions’ Corner

College Counseling Office Notes


“Would you rather dream your life

or live your dream?”

— Tyler-Gary Louis ’19

 Quote of the Week
Our Quote of the Week comes from Tyler-Gary Louis ’19, who gave his Chapel Speech on the importance of working to achieve one’s loftiest goals, even if those goals appear out of reach. He closed with the provocative question above. Well said, Tyler-Gary! A powerful question for all of us to consider. 
 Chapel Speakers for the Week
K.Allen ’18, J.Cieri ’18, A.Veras ’20, A.Zhang ’20, S.Gyurmey ’19, A.Tracanna ’19, T-G.Louis ’19, J.Pineda-Ruiz ’18, P.Getant ’18, J.McDonough ’17, A.Donabedian ’17  (Read Highlights)

Scholar Highlights

Click on the links below for the full story on these excellent experiences in the classroom:

Ms. Hughes’ & Ms. Gabriel’s Senior Theology Scholars

Mrs. Muth’s Precalculus Scholars

Mrs. Osborne’s Biology Scholars


Student-Athlete Highlights

Click on the link below for updates on our athletic teams at Saint Joseph Prep:

Winter Athletics Begin


Club/Activity Highlights

Click on the links below for more information on these Club and Activity updates:

Servants to the Dear Neighbor


A Word from Mr. Nunan

Season of Light

Advent is a season of waiting—waiting for the coming of God into our world. Advent is a season of hope—hope for the coming of the Messiah, born to a virgin named Mary betrothed to a man named Joseph.

Advent is also a season of light—light that shines bright and breaks through—light that overcomes and overpowers any darkness we might experience. The bright bulbs on our trees and homes echo the four candles of the Advent Wreath; everywhere, even as the days grow shorter, we seek light.

In our Chapel, the center stained glass windows depict the visit of the Magi. We know the scene:  the lowly manger in crowded Bethlehem; the three wise men with their gifts; Mary and Joseph, and the baby Jesus. Everyone is gathered to welcome the infant, the stranger, the Divine presence revealed in a little child.

As I prayed in Chapel one morning recently before school, I had in my head a favorite Christmas song. It is “Who Comes This Night,” performed by James Taylor:

The lyric that stayed with me:

Brother Joseph bring the light
Fast, the night is fading.
And who will come this wintry night
To where the stranger’s waiting?

I looked up at the stained glass windows; I have stared at them countless times. This was the first time I noticed it—the lantern.

Joseph is standing next to Mary and Jesus, watching over them—loving them, protecting them, and yet in awe of them—shining the lantern upon them. Joseph offers what he can—his lantern, his small light to illumine the Light of the World.

What a wonderful image, I thought. Where can I shine my light? To whom can I bring my lantern? How will I help to illumine the presence of God in places of darkness?

The song kept playing, kept reminding me… bring the light, carry the lantern, welcome the stranger, give the fullest measure, ease the soul that’s aching, heal the heart that’s breaking.  May this be our Advent prayer.


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