Spring musical opens soon
The spring musical Jesus Christ Superstar opens next weekend, and the cast and crew are readying for opening night. This is the second time Providence has staged the rock opera, which portrays the final week of Jesus' life as seen from Judas' point of view, the first being in 1995. This version has a modern look in an urban setting and extends the story to Jesus' resurrection.

The production will begin with Premiere Night on April 13 at 8:00 p.m. Regular evening performances will be April 14, 19 and 20 at 7:00 p.m. The two matinee performances will be April 15 and 22 at 2:00 p.m. For tickets, see the Providence website or call (812) 945-2538 ext. 301.

The cast includes an actor with a connection to the 1995 cast, another in his second production of the show, and more.  Read more.
Safe and Sacred training required
Providence relies on many volunteers in its daily operations, from help in the cafeteria to volunteer coaches. We appreciate all they do in their ministry. As part of the school's license to operate, we participate in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis' "Safe and Sacred" training protocol. This program is required for all employees and volunteers who work or serve in our school. 

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis utilizes Safe and Sacred as part of its ongoing commitment to the care and protection of children. All priests, deacons, employees of parishes, schools, and agencies of the archdiocese, and volunteers who have contact with children are required to complete the training prior to their first day of employment, service, or ministry, even if they have taken Virtus or other child protection programs at another diocese or archdiocese. Training is valid for three years, at which time employees and volunteers will be required to re-certify in order to continue their status in the archdiocese.

The course is available anytime online at www.safeandsacred-archindy.org. Thank you in advance to our volunteers for your participation in this training and your commitment to the protection of children.

Safe and Sacred is one of the many important elements in the overall safety and security strategy for Our Lady of Providence High School. Again, we thank you for your unwavering support of this program.
Sports injury leads to Baptism
When junior Chase Aldridge broke his neck in a wrestling accident last March, he was grateful that he wasn't more seriously hurt. When he realized the two injured vertebrae in his neck were just millimeters from causing paralysis, he felt that God had protected him and that God was calling him to join the Catholic faith, he said.

"He definitely had my back when I was injured," Chase said. "I felt a huge blessing that I was not paralyzed."

Chase had attended a Baptist church in his youth but by his teen years, his church attendance was limited to all-school liturgies at Providence. After surgery to repair his neck, Chase started going to Our Lady of Perpetual Help with his next door neighbor, Hugh Ernstberger '77. Last fall, Chase began attended RCIA classes at OLPH with Ernstberger as his sponsor. He was baptized into the faith on Holy Saturday.

Chase also credits Providence Chaplain Fr. Adam Ahern and Football teammate senior Jack Wagner with being influences on his faith. Fr. Adam made his entry into the Church more meaningful since he gave Chase his First Communion during Saturday's liturgy.

Chase said he is looking forward to being able to receive Communion at Providence liturgies with his classmates and hopes that some of his non-Catholic classmates will also be inspired to join the faith. He is grateful to be fully recovered from his injury and was able to return to the Wrestling team near the end of the season and looks forward to his senior season on the Football team next school year.
Student News: Honors, field trips, and more
Freshman wins Right to Life contest
Freshman Clayton  Furnish recently placed first in the Right to Life of Southern Indiana Right to Life Value of Life Oratory Contest for Level I (grades eight to 10). He received a $100 prize.

Juniors chosen for DC trip
Two juniors have been selected to attend a free leadership opportunity with the Indiana Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., this summer. Joe Gryboski will represent the REMC in Harrison County and Tyler Upton will represent Clark County. Last summer, senior Ethan Furnish took part in the week-long tour. 

Franciscan friar shares creative writing tips
Fr. Jim Kent, provincial of the Conventual Franciscan Friars' Province of Our Lady of Consolation in residence at Mt. St. Francis, visited the Creative Writing class this week. He is a writer and shared tips on telling stories and creative writing.

Math Team places 2nd in district

By Coach Stacey Yankey
The Math Team finished its season in second place in District 3 of the Greater Louisville Math League, 5.25 points ahead of New Albany High School. Every student who participated contributed to the second place team finish, including several students who finished in the top 10 for their grade level. The team was led by seniors Nick Stapp (second place) and Kaleb Dunn (third) and junior Adriel Nacpil (fifth). Also making great contributions were sophomores Lauren Stapp (seventh) and Shelby Wright (eighth), and freshmen Allen Kruer (fourth), Grant Dierking (seventh), and Rosie Kempf (ninth).

Seniors honored in Business First
Seniors Olivia Dome and Shawn Fitzpatrick were the latest seniors to be recognized in Business First of Louisville in the "First Honors" section. They are among the top seniors in the Class of 2018 and were nominated based on their academic achievement as well as leadership and extracurricular involvement.

Students take spring break field trip
Eight students took part in a spring break field trip to learn about local energy providers. They toured the LG&E/KU Cane Run Generating Station's natural gas combined cycle unit, the LG&E/KU Ohio Falls Hydro Station, and Harrison REMC's Lanesville Solar Array. Students participating included (need class years) juniors Aaron Agtuca, Olivia Hall,  Maria Makowsky, Katie Oelker,  Matthew Reger, Carter Roe, and Mary Short, and sophomore Amanda Pasierbowicz. Hosts included Linn Oelker of LG&E/KU (father of Katie Oelker) and Bob Geswein '67 of Harrison REMC.
Seniors' video gets attention
File photo
Senior Mirashaye Basa simply wanted to promote the March for Our Lives Southern Indiana event in New Albany last month when she and fellow senior Eli Lucas made a video promoting the movement. The video includes images from news reports of school shootings while Eli plays the piano and the two sing a rendition of "Angel Down" by Lady Gaga. Mirashaya posted it on Twitter and YouTube in hopes that students in Parkland, Fla., who started the March for Our Lives movement would see it and that local students would see it and attend the local rally.

Her posts did get some response, but she also got some unexpected requests from several online media outlets. Mirashaye was featured in an online magazine for young women, a podcast and a local writer's blog. Read more
Sports News: Player honors, Purdue-UK at PHS
See Purdue Volleyball vs. UK at PHS
Providence will host a free women's volleyball match between Purdue University and the University of Kentucky on Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Larkin Center. Of note, Kathy Jewell '94 is a member of the coaching staff, and senior Marissa Hornung has committed to play for Purdue next fall.

Spring sports schedules available
Spring sports schedules are now available online. For the most up-to-date schedule, check the Athletic Calendar link on the Providence website. For a pdf of the individual sports schedules, click here. (Note: these schedules are not updated throughout the season.)

Basketball senior named to All-State
Senior Hannah Wolford has received two additional postseason honors. She was named to the IBCA All-State Second Team and Academic All-State First Team.

Volleyball players recognized
Three volleyball players have received postseason honors from PrepVolleyball.com. Freshman Ali Hornung was named a Frosh 59 member as one of the best freshman volleyball players in the country and selected as one of 15 National Freshman of the Year finalists. Sophomores Ceci Rush and Courtney Glotzbach received Sophomore 79 Honorable Mention.

Spring sports athletes to be honored
Senior Timmy Borden is a nominee for the IndyStar Sports Awards baseball athlete to watch, and junior Halli Trinkle is a nominee for the IndyStar Sports Awards girls' tennis player to watch. They are invited to attend the awards banquet in Indianapolis on April 29.
Parent Notes: Spring musical tickets, freshman info
Spring musical tickets on sale
Tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar are on sale via the school website and by calling (812) 945-2538 ext. 301. Tickets are $15 for show dates April 14 (7 p.m.), April 15 (2 p.m.), April 19 (7 p.m.), April 20 (7 p.m.) and April 22 (2 p.m.). Premiere Night is Friday, April 13, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the transformed Koetter Gym featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets for the premiere are $40 each.

Freshman Parent Abstinence Program
The freshmen will be taking part in an abstinence program during their theology classes, and an important component of this program is an informational meeting for parents on April 12 in the Administrative Corridor from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Enter via the student entrance.

Freshman/parent ring order opportunity
On Wednesday, April 18, Herff Jones will offer opportunities for freshmen to purchase class rings in preparation for the Sophomore Ring Ceremony next fall. Freshman students can turn in their ring orders during lunches. Their parents will have an opportunity to view and/or purchase class rings in the auditorium lobby from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Reunion planning for 2018
  • 1955: Quarterly gathering; Radisson Hotel, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville; 11:30 a.m. No RSVP necessary. Dates: June 8, Sept. 14, and Dec. 7, 2018. Contact Donna (Beswick) Detrick at (812) 945-0333 with questions
  • 1958: May 13, Covered Bridge Golf Club, 6 p.m. Contact 
    Mimi (Marguet) Paris '58 at (812) 246-1020 or Mary Lee (Freund) Eldridge '58 at (812) 949-8095.
  • 1968: Golden Graduation Ceremony & Dinner April 14 at PHS. Invitations have been mailed.  50th reunion in Sept. 21, Jeffersonville K of C, 7:00-? and Sept. 22, 300 Spring, Jeffersonville, 7:00-11:00 p.m. Contact Kathy Elder '68 or class Facebook page
  • 1973: Oct. 12 Sheraton in Jeffersonville; Oct. 13 The Levee at the River House, Louisville. Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Tour & Tasting TBA. Save the date cards have been sent.
  • 1978:  Sept. 8, Covered Bridge Golf Club. More info to follow.
  • 1988: July 28, Buckhead Mountain Grill in Jeffersonville, 7 p.m. For more info, check class Facebook page or email Cinnamon La Hue-Grubs.
  • Reunion planners needed for the following classes: 1993 and 2008.
Cross Country videos available
Former Providence coach Fred Geswein '65 has Super 8 footage of Cross Country teams from the 1971-1978 seasons. He is eager to pass these on to members of those teams on a first come, first serve basis - free of charge. Contact Geswein at (502) 554-7245 and leave a message.
Biddy soccer starts this weekend
Deanery school children in grades kindergarten through four are invited to attend a series of free soccer training sessions each Saturday in April, beginning April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Providence High School.

Instruction for these outdoor classes will be provided by the coaches and staff at Providence. Deanery youth soccer coaches are welcome to attend as well. Participants are not required to attend all sessions, just come when you can. Parents must sign a consent form and be in attendance with their child. For more information contact Coach Dave Smith at 812-945-3350 or dsmith@providencehigh.net.
PHS to offer kids' Bowling Clinic
Does your child like to bowl, or would he or she like to learn how? Sign your children grades kindergarten through eighth up for the Bowling Clinic, held at Blackiston Bowl in Clarksville on four Sunday afternoons starting April 15. Registration closes Friday. Cost is $32. Click here for more information.
Easter Egg Hunt a success
Thank you to everyone who attended the annual Providence Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31. More than 150 children and their families enjoyed the free event sponsored by the Providence Girls Soccer team.
STEM Camp 2018 registration starts soon
Registration for the PHS STEM Camps for Deanery students grades one through nine will open on April 9. Camps start June 4 (grades one to three and four to six) and July 16 (grades seven to nine) and go for 10 sessions. Spots fill up fast, so be sure to register early. Click here for more information. 

Looking for athletic summer camp opportunities for your children? Check out the PHS Summer Camp offerings. Click here to view.
Act of kindness leads to nonprofit ministry
Matt Andres '99 and his wife, Barb, have come to see firsthand how God can take one act of obedience and turn it into a greater work. Last year, Barb was inspired to rally her friends to help a friend prepare a nursery for her second child as the baby spent time in critical care. Then, they did the same for Matt's cousin, Shawn Edelen '05, and his wife, Alli (Stormes '08), when their baby was in critical care. Soon Barb and her friends found another family in need, and the friends formed The Nursery Project, a non-profit organization helping families in crisis deal with the birth of a child. Their next recipient will be Megan (Wheatley) Mammolenti '08. Read more.
April 8: Senior/Mother Luncheon
April 11: Purdue vs. UK volleyball game
April 12: Freshman Parent Abstinence Program
April 13-15: Spring Musical
April 18: Freshman Ring Orders
April 19-20, 22: Spring Musical

Divine Mercy prayer 
(Divine Mercy Sunday is April 8, 2018)

Eternal God,
in whom mercy is endless
and the treasury of compassion
- inexhaustible,
look kindly upon us
and increase Your mercy in us,
that in difficult moments
we might not despair
nor become despondent,
but with great confidence
submit ourselves to Your holy will,
which is Love and Mercy itself.


Christa (Payne) Hoyland '84
Director of Communications
eVision reporter/writer

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