Soundings Newsletter - Campus news for the Saint Joe family.
Dear Parents and Friends of Saint Joseph:

Our lives are busy, filled with school and work and various events to attend. With the holidays upon us, it is difficult to slow down and focus on what is truly important during Advent and Christmas. It is easy to allow the busyness to consume us. We may fail to see Jesus in our lives - in the Sacraments, in the poor around us, in our communities, and perhaps in our own families and friends.

The season of Advent provides us with an opportunity to take a breath and spend time in personal reflection - to focus on Jesus and think about the importance of being ready. As Catholics, we spend our lives waiting for something bigger than anything we have ever imagined. We are waiting for the day when Jesus returns in glory. Advent is a time that allows us to prepare for this day, but also serves as a time to remember His arrival into our world more than 2,000 years ago. As we light the candles in our Advent wreaths, let us remember the light represents the promise of Christ's unending love for us when He returns. This is, indeed, something to focus on and slow down our fast-paced lives.

I enjoy listening to Christmas music during this time of year. One of my favorite artists is Amy Grant. The lyrics in "I Need a Silent Night" always make me stop and reflect each year as I listen to this song:

".... children are crying while mothers are trying to photograph Santa and sleigh. The shopping and buying and standing forever in line. What can I say?

I need a silent night, a Holy night to hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise. I need a midnight clear and a little peace right here to end this crazy day with a silent night. (chorus)

December comes then disappears faster and faster every year. Did my own mother keep this pace or was the world a different place? Where people stayed home wishing for snow, watching three channels on their TV. Look at us now rushing around trying to buy Christmas peace."

With the hustle and bustle of the season, may we remember to prioritize God at the top of our list. May we make the necessary changes to our daily schedules that allow us to fully prepare our hearts to grow closer to Christ. My hope is that our waiting this Advent season be joyful and fulfilling, a spiritual revival of our soul. In the quiet moments of this holiday season, may each of us find HIS peace and joy.

Wishing the Saint Joseph family a peaceful Advent and a blessed Christmas!

Susan Richter
Campus News

Saint Joseph High School is pleased to announce two seniors earned a first and second place award from the German-American Day Essay Contest for high school students sponsored by the Indiana German Heritage Society! Congratulations, Joseph Forchetti and Claudia Nolan on winning this state-wide competition.

Thank You

Thank you to all the generous parents who baked, decorated, and packaged plates of cookies for the Saint Joseph High School faculty and staff! We are blessed to have such generous families in our community. Thank you to organizer Mrs. Meg Loitz for all her hard work on this wonderful project.

Semester 1 Final Exam Schedule 
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Science: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  
World Language: 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Math: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  
Social Studies: 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Friday, December 22, 2017
English: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  
Theology: 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Room assignments will be announced and posted at school. Students need to be here for their exam periods only on these days. Regular dress code will be in place. 
Students are expected to take their finals on the days scheduled. If a student is ill or not able to take a final, the student will need to make up finals upon returning to school in January. All make up finals need to be completed by Friday, January 12, 2018. Students will not be allowed to take semester finals early.

Saint Joe Athletics

The Lady Indians Swimming and Diving Team took first place in the South Bend City Swimming and Diving Championships!

Ski & Snowboard Club News

Get out and enjoy the snow this year with the Ski and Snowboard Club!

Students do not need any equipment or experience, and free lessons are provided on the first three trips

The club attempts five to six ski trips a season on Friday nights beginning after Christmas break (weather permitting). Students travel by bus and leave at approximately 3:45 p.m. from the student parking lot and return at 11:00 p.m. Granger students can be dropped off just before 11:00 p.m. at the Wells Fargo bank located off of Grape and Cleveland Road.

Membership prices including bus and lift tickets begin at $191 and $234 with rental.  If you can only participate a few trips due to other activities, see Mr. Davidson about a split membership card in advance of registering.  

If you have any questions see moderator Mr. Ben Davidson at the iHelp Desk.

Why Choose Catholic Schools?

Among some of the reasons why parents choose a Catholic school for their children is "strong moral values." This statement is backed by a report by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. Another study by the University of Pennsylvania reveals "success is not the number-one priority for most parents. We're much more concerned about our children becoming kind, compassionate and helpful." These are just a couple of reasons to choose Catholic schools, but there is more to Catholic education than remarkable character-building. Catholic schools prepare students to be true disciples of Christ.
Keep school records updated by reporting any new phone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses to Ms. Josie Dieter at
Student Affairs office: 574-239-7665 | Main office: 574-233-6137 | Athletic office: 574-234-5455

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