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  Phoenix Update 3/7/17 
 Photo of the Week
Our Photo of the Week highlights the tremendous dedication of our entire SJP community! Not only did we experience an incredible attendance of prospective students and their families at our Admitted Student Reception last week, but equally impressive were the number of SJP students who helped and served as speakers and ambassadors for the duration of the event. Their love of SJP was evident and we are grateful for their commitment to excellence. (See the full story below.) 

Calendar at a Glance

Tuesday, March 7: Admitted Student Visit Day.

Wednesday, March 8: Quarter 3 Interim Reports (Seniors).

Wednesday, March 8 - Friday, March 10: Robotics Competition at WPI.

Thursday, March 9Early College Planning Information Workshop: 6:00 - 7:00 PM. 

Thursday, March 9Parent-Teacher Conferences: 5:00 - 8:00 PM.

Friday, March 10: Emmaus Series Conference: Boston College.

Sunday, March 12Daylight Saving Time Begins.

Tuesday, March 14: Morning Mass: Saint Joseph Chapel: 7:10 AM.

Wednesday, March 15: College Road - Class of 2019: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Thursday, March 16: New Student Registration Due.

Friday, March 17: Scholars’ Breakfast & Mass: Maroon Schedule: 8:00 - 10:15 AM.

Friday, March 17 - Saturday, March 18: Robotics Competition at Revere High School.

Saturday, March 18: Paint Night Fundraiser for Haitian Project: 6:00 PM

Monday, March 20: Spring Sports Begin.

Tuesday, March 21: Morning Mass: Saint Joseph Chapel: 7:10 AM.

Friday, March 24 - Sunday, March 26: Spring Kairos Retreat.

Sunday, March 26: Zumbathon Fundraiser for Haitian Project: 11:00 AM

Tuesday, March 28: Morning Mass: Saint Joseph Chapel: 7:10 AM.

Friday, March 31: Multicultural Day.

Friday, March 31 - Saturday, April 1: Spring Musical: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Phoenix Hall: 7:00 PM.


Parent/Guardian Insider

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

Parent-Teacher Conferences & Early College Planning Night

Re-Registration Due

Admissions’ Corner

College Counseling Office Notes


You have probably felt times in your life where you were not good enough. You may have thought, ‘If I change this one part about myself, I will be liked more.’ These feelings of self-doubt will occur for the rest of your life. Do not change to meet the standards of others. Those who like you for all your quirks, and treat you with kindness and dignity because you are simply being yourself, are those worth keeping around you.

— Audrey McDonough ’17

 Quote of the Week
Our Quote of the Week comes from Audrey McDonough ’17,who delivered a most insightful speech on the lessons of Disney movies, especially The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. In exploring how we must be genuine and authentic—and not change simply to appease others—Audrey offered these inspiring words. 
 Chapel Speakers for the Week
R.Mejia, C.Gentilucci, A.Wech, M.Lopez, K.Yuan, I.Baez, S.Jenkins, T.Jing, D.Camilo Caceres, T.Lewis, Y.Xue, S.Bennett, K.Taylor, “JK” Kim, A.McDonough  (Read Highlights)

Scholar Highlights

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

Mr. Macdonald’s Scholars

Ms. Hughes’ Scholar

Mr. Koelsch’s Scholars


Student-Athlete Highlights

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

Winter Athletics Wrap-Up

Spring Athletics Notice

National Girls & Women in Sports


Club/Activity Highlights

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

Boston Bruins PJ Drive

Campus Ministry Lenten Project: Haiti


Alumni Highlights

Alison Socha, MSJA ’95


A Word from Mr. Nunan

Lenten Journey: Ashes

We began our Lenten Journey with Mass on Ash Wednesday. It was a beautiful liturgy, highlighted by a moving homily from Vincent Strand, SJ, the presence of many Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, and a prayerful reception of ashes by our school family.

Ash Wednesday is a powerful—and, at some level, strange—feast. The gospel reading warns against the dangers of hypocrisy… of outward expression not reflective of inward conversion. Jesus’ message is clear: the interior attitude, the authentic compassion, the humble heart, the contrite spirit—these are what matter most. Jesus goes on to target the hypocrites of his day, and he encourages us not to draw attention to ourselves by our actions or appearances, particularly through religious observance or practice.

And yet, on Ash Wednesday, this is precisely what we do. In fact, Ash Wednesday is perhaps the only day in the entire liturgical year when others can tell that we are Catholic simply by looking at us!

But maybe Lent, Ash Wednesday, and all the rest are not just about being Catholic. We, the community of Saint Joseph Prep, are blessed to come from many cultures and creeds, races and religions. We are a richly, wonderfully diverse family of faith, comprised of all kinds of backgrounds, and—as evidenced by our Christmas Program in which prayers from many traditions were read in over a dozen languages—of many tongues.

And maybe the ashes are a sign—a reminder—not for others… but for us. The ashes are a reminder that this life is temporal, that our bodies are temporary. The ashes are a reminder that this world is fleeting, that this reality is passing. The ashes are a reminder that while our souls are eternal, created to live forever with the Triune God who made us, our bodies are destined for dust.

Let this reality not trouble or depress us. Let it free us. Let it free us to focus on what is truly important this Lenten Season: fasting and sacrifice, charity and service, and most especially, prayer.  Let us try to leave all the distractions aside—all the noise and negativity, all the comparing and competing, all the frustrations and fears. Let us make every effort to find time for silence and solitude, to create space in our minds and hearts, in our calendars and schedules, for quiet prayer, for simply “being with God.”

Our Chapel is open every day, throughout the day. Encourage your student to join Mr. Nunan and others at 7:30 each morning, simply for ten minutes of peaceful, silent prayer before school begins. Remind your student that he/she can drop by the Chapel during lunch or a free period, or after school, just to have a little down time. Let’s do what we can, both at home and at school, to make this Lenten Season a journey of prayer.

And let’s embrace the words of Ashes, trusting that whatever we offer to God, no matter how broken, will be both pleasing and acceptable, and in knowing that just as the seasons inevitably turn, whatever hurting we might experience, with God’s grace, will be healed:

We offer you our failures, 
we offer you attempts,
the gifts not fully given, 
the dreams not fully dreamt.
Give our stumblings direction, 
give our visions wider view,
an offering of ashes, an offering to you.

Then rise again from ashes, 
let healing come to pain,
though spring has turned to winter, 
and sunshine turned to rain.
The rain we’ll use for growing, 
and create the world anew
from an offering of ashes, an offering to you.

Listen to Ashes


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