Deanery seventh graders enjoy day of faith, fun
Last week, more than 150 seventh graders from around the Deanery spent the day at Providence for Discipleship Day. The one-day retreat experience was a collaboration between our Campus Ministry office and the New Albany Catholic Youth Ministries office, with Mrs. Leah (Cissell) Kelly '05 working with Mr. Phillip Weise, director of NADCYM, to plan the day. Events included a faith witness talk by Mr. Weise; adoration led by Fr. Eric Johnson, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help; various games to build fellowship led by a group of juniors and seniors, and lunch.

The event was well received, and the students said they enjoyed the chance to learn about their faith, meet other Deanery students, and experience a Providence lunch. Seventh grade teachers said they observed students making friends with and wanting to sit with new friends from other schools as the day progressed. And they enjoyed seeing their students have a positive faith experience outside of their school.

"Some of my students asked me afterward if they could do adoration at our school like the eighth graders do," said Mrs. Janice Burch, seventh grade language arts teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic. "I'm so glad they got to experience that."
School News: Freshman Retreat, scholarship winner, and VR goggles
Freshmen enjoy first high school retreat
Earlier this week, the freshman students took part in their first PHS retreat experience, facilitated by leaders from CYO Camp Rancho Framasa. Activities included small group sharing, community building activities, witness talks, and prayer. The students enjoyed the day, from trying "to find God" to the community building activities. Read more.

Freshman receives scholarship with family connection
For the last several years, one of our students has been a recipient of a Flaget Scholarship, a $5,000 award given by the Flaget Alumni Association. This year's recipient is the first Providence student to have a Flaget High School connection. Freshman Abby Shavers is the granddaughter of a Flaget alumnus, the late John Mattingly, Flaget class of 1958. She also is a third-generation Pioneer: her grandmother Bernadette (Kinderman) Mattingly graduated in 1966, and her mother, Nicole Mattingly-Shavers , graduated in 1999.  
Bonfire to kick off Fall Homecoming festivities
The Houses of Integrity, Justice, and Spirit are hosting a bonfire on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 7:00-9:30 in the back parking lot near the baseball field as a kickoff to Homecoming Week. Students will enjoy cornhole, hacky sack, music, and more.

World History students learn in virtual reality
Students in Mrs. Maria (Cochran '10) Harritt's World History class got a dose of virtual reality in class this week. Thanks to virtual reality glasses purchased by the Library/Media Center last year, the students were able to transform a digital presentation on Ancient Egypt into a 360 degree virtual landscape. They created the project on a computer, sent the project to their cell phone, and then inserted the phone into the goggles to view the landscape they created.

Mrs. Connie Scharre received the five pairs of VR goggles last year with points earned from Scholastic Books purchases.
Fall show to offer mix of comedy, mystery
What do Alfred Hitchcock, Monty Python, and James Bond have in common? All three are influences in this year's fall show, The 39 Steps. It's a murder mystery full of zany characters adept at slapstick comedy where even the scene changes are part of the show. The show runs Sept. 15 and 21-23 at 7:00 p.m. and Sept. 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Ray Day Little Theatre. Tickets are $10 each and seating is limited, so purchasing tickets in advance online is encouraged. Tickets will also be available at the door. 

The cast is preparing for opening night and is confident audiences will love it. Read more.

More fall sports to host Deanery Nights
Four fall sports are hosting a Deanery Night in September. First up is the Football/Cheer Deanery Night on Sept. 7 at the home game vs. Clarksville starting at 7 p.m.. All Deanery students are invited to attend. Students with a Pioneer Pass get in free when accompanied by an adult.  Players and cheerleaders in their jersey or uniform also get in free.

At halftime, football and cheer teams from the New Albany Deanery will be recognized in an on-field presentation. Several Southern Indiana Catholic and Clark County Catholic football teams will scrimmage on the field.

Prior to Deanery Night, the PHS Cheer Squad will host a Cheer Clinic on Sept. 5. Participants will then cheer with the PHS Cheerleaders during the Sept. 7 game. Click here for a registration form.

The Volleyball team will hold its Deanery Night on Monday, Sept. 17, in the home match vs. Holy Cross. The freshman match starts at 5 p.m., and all Deanery players and coaches will be announced between the JV and varsity matches. Deanery players should arrive around 6:30. Any player with her jersey on will be admitted free.

Boys Tennis Deanery Night is Wednesday, Sept. 19. Southern Indiana Catholic Boys Tennis players should arrive around 4:00 p.m. Deanery boys will have the chance to announce the varsity lineup and take part in the pre-match prayer with the team.  The match vs. North Harrison begins at 4:30 p.m., and Deanery team members will be able to enjoy pizza while they watch the varsity match.

The soccer teams previously held a Deanery Day double header.
Football player named a top performer of the week
The News & Tribune named senior Kaden Williams a top football player of the week thanks to his 101 rushing yards and two touchdowns, including an interception, in the team's 30-17 loss to Floyd Central last week. The team is ranked No. 3 in the paper's Power Poll.
Pioneer Pass offers free admission
Deanery students are able to attend Providence home, regular-season sporting events for free with a Pioneer Pass and when accompanied by an adult. Providence coaches have passes available for distribution, and they are also available at entrances to sporting events and require parents to submit contact information. IHSAA rules restrict passes from being given to students not enrolled in a Deanery school. Email for more info.
Parent Notes:  Progress Reports, Picture Retakes
Picture Retake Day is Friday
Picture retakes are Friday, Aug. 31, for students who did not have their photo taken during registration or who are unhappy with their school photos. All students including seniors are required to have a photo taken, even if they do not wish to purchase any -- seniors for Skyward and underclassmen for yearbook.
Photos will be taken in the Administrative Corridor during lunches. Order forms are available in the main office and on the school website. Students unhappy with their original photograph must bring the entire original packet of photos. Students having retakes may dress up and must follow the guidelines in the handbook.
No school on Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 3, is the official observance of Labor Day, and Providence will be closed. Classes will resume on Sept. 4 with a BLUE Days schedule for an A Day.

Parent volunteers needed
Parent volunteers are needed to run the food stand at the Homecoming Kickoff Bonfire on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 7:00-9:30 in the back parking lot near the baseball field. Students will enjoy cornhole, hacky sack, music and more. To volunteer, email

College Night for students, families
College Night at PHS is Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. (The wrong date was published in the previous issue. We apologize for the error.)  Representatives from Bellarmine University, Hanover College, Indiana University Bloomington, and the University of Louisville will be on hand to answer students' and parents' questions about the college admissions process. Students and parents of any grade are welcome to attend, but the evening is especially helpful to juniors and seniors.

Annual Asbestos,  Indoor Air Quality info posted
The annual Asbestos Public Notice and Indoor Air Quality Public Notice have been posted to the school website. Please click here for more information.

Senior parents reminder
Seniors must have their yearbook photo taken at Whyland's Studio in Jeffersonville or Lifetouch in Highlander Point in Floyds Knobs. Please schedule an appointment soon.
Pioneer Pizza Party to plan for Catholic education
Alumni classes from 1995 to 2005 are invited to a Pioneer Pizza Party on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Parlour in Jeffersonville. Alumni can meet with Providence staff and faculty leaders, learn the latest info on planning a Catholic high school education for their children, and network with fellow alumni.

PHS will provide complimentary pizza and salad from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at 131 W. Chestnut St., Jeffersonville (at the foot of the Big Four walking bridge). A cash bar will be available.

To RSVP or get more information, contact the Providence Advancement Office at 812-945-3350 or

Reunion planning for 2018
Reunion planning is underway for the class years ending in 3 and 8. To ensure you receive reunion information in a timely manner, please update your contact info here.
  • 1955: Quarterly gathering; Radisson Hotel, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville; 11:30 a.m. No RSVP necessary. Dates: Sept. 14, and Dec. 7, 2018. Contact Donna (Beswick) Detrick at (812) 945-0333 with questions.
  • 1960 - Annual mini-reunion brunch will be on  Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Orange Clover Copper Room. Details will be on  class web page and  Facebook page.
  • 1 968:  Sept.  21, 2018, Jeffersonville K of C, 7:00-? and Sept. 22, 300 Spring, Jeffersonville, 7:00-11:00 p.m. Register here. C lass  Facebook page
  • 1973: Oct. 12, 2018, Sheraton in Jeffersonville; Oct. 13, The Levee at the River House, Louisville. Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Tour & Tasting TBA. Invitations to come.
  • 1978: Sept. 7, 2018, Golf Scramble at Covered Bridge; Sept. 8, 2018, Mass/tour of PHS followed by reception at Covered Bridge Golf Club. Invites have been sent. 
  • 1983: Sept. 1, 2018. Mass/tour of PHS at 4:30 followed by reception at Elk Run Golf Club, 7:00-11:00 p.m. For updates join the class Facebook page. Invites have been sent.
  • 1998: Sept. 21-22, 2018. Sept. 21 - Golf Scramble 9 a.m Champions Pointe. Sept. 22 - Class Buffet Dinner & Bonfire 5:00 -? Invites coming soon.
  • 2008: Nov. 3, 2018, Covered Bridge Golf Club. Save the date and other info on class Facebook page. Invitations coming soon.
Save the date: Class of 1969 50th Reunion, Sept. 20-21, 2019. More info to follow. And mark your calendar for the Golden Diploma Dinner hosted by Providence on March 2, 2019. Save the dates will be sent.
Thank you for your support of the Golf Scramble

Thank you to everyone who participated in or sponsored our 20th annual Pioneer Golf Scramble last week. It was a beautiful day, and everyone had a great time supporting a wonderful cause - our Annual Student Assistance Fund.

We had several winners:
  • Flight One winners: E.M. Cummins Specialty Veneers team (Eddie Zoeller '63, John Paul Grantz '63, Stu Voyles, and Jim King)
  • Flight Two winners: Globe LLC team (Marlin Andres '76, Brian Kruer '94, Bryan Fifer, and Chuck Daniel)
  • Flight Three winners: Koetter Construction team (Bob Koetter Jr.  '78, Kelly Koetter, and Kathleen (Huber) Jacobi '62).
  • $10,000 Putt qualifiers: (Round one: Vickie (Beach) Batliner '81, Tony Drago, and Jacob Julius '04. Final qualifier: Jacob Julius)
  • Closest to the Pin winners: Stuart Voyles (Hole No. 2), Jim Gish (Hole No. 4), Mike Detenber '66 (Hole No. 11), and Todd Frossard '99 (Hole No. 15)
  • Straightest Drive winner: Kelly Koetter
  • Longest Putt winner: Richard Young '69
  • 50/50 winners: Brian Kruer '94 and John Kraft
We are very grateful to our sponsors who allowed us to raise even more money for financial aid for our students.

Dinner sponsors: Ernstberger Orthodontics, Koetter Woodworking and MAC Construction & Excavating

Beverage cart sponsor: CE Hughes Milling, Inc.

Memorial Hole sponsors:  Allen Willis, Larry Paris, Danny Libs '58, and Jack Langness in memory of Mary Libs and  Don Day '58 and Nancy (Phillips) Day Voignier '57 in memory of Barbara (Roy) Day '58 and Butch Day '57

Hole sponsors:
* Dr. Thomas '78 & Mrs. Cindy Andres
* Assured Partners - Pete Corrao '72 & Todd Stocksdale '87
* Bluecap Financial - Shawn Edelen '05 & Michael Joksimovic
* Larry '58 & Margaret MacLeod '59 Burke
* J. Terrence Cody '67, Floyd Circuit Court judge
* Jeffrey & Lisa Conder
* Crickets Café
* Edward Jones Investments - Bill Kaiser '91 and  Greg Nash '92
* George Pfau's Sons Co., Inc.
* German American Bank
* Globe, LLC
* Huber's Orchard & Winery
* Hughes Group, Inc.
* ISU Insurance & Investment Group - Bill Barber & Jerry Rauck
* J. Rorrer & Co.
* Jacobi Sales
* Kightlinger & Gray, LLP
* Koetter Construction, Inc.
* Libs Paving Inc.
* The Locker Room
* McCrite Milling, Inc.
* Mountjoy, Chilton & Medley, LLP
* New Washington State Bank
* The Paris Group Partnership, LLP
* Point Package Liquors - Brian Chinn
* RKR Incorporated
* Retailers Supply
* Paula (Sellers) Robinson '65 
* Seabrook Dieckmann Naville Funeral Homes
* Wolf Glass & Paint

Golf cart sponsors:
* Callistus Smith Agency, Inc.
* Daniel '56 & Juanita Marra
* Don & Joyce Gibbons
* E.M. Cummings Specialty Veneer
* Flooring Concepts
* Kochert Insurance
* One Anesthesia PLLC - Mike & Jody (Cooley '81) Fitzpatrick
* Pacers and Racers
* Practice Management Solutions - Christine Geswein
* Providence Booster Club
* Ridgeview Animal Clinic
* Sam's Food and Spirits
* Southern Indiana Chiropractic
* Southern Indiana Oral Surgery & Implant Center
* Star Electric, LLC

Donors: Champions Pointe Golf Club - Scott Ivey, Covered Bridge Golf Club - Kevin Grantz '85, and Larry Paris '58.
All alumni invited to attend Alumni Night 
All alumni are invited to come "home" on Sept. 14 for Alumni Night during the Pioneer Football homecoming game vs. Charlestown. Activities will include an Alumni Tent on the Pioneer Athletic Center patio inside Murphy Stadium. The gates open at 6:00 p.m., and game time is at 7:00. Tickets are $5 each.
Archbishop Thompson to speak at ASAP
Save the date for Oct. 24 for the Annual Student Assistance Program dinner at Huber's Orchard & Winery. Archbishop Charles Thompson will be the featured speaker. Funds raised go directly to help students in need of financial assistance.
History of Providence basketball available
Copies of A Pioneering Spirit, co-signed by the authors, are available for sale in the Providence Main Office during school hours, or simply call Charlie Jenkins '57 at 812-945-8715 or email Ray Day '57 at to order. Books are just $20. When ordered by phone, add the cost of shipping.

If you are in any way related to the Providence community you'll surely appreciate this first-of-its-kind Providence publication. Tradition, heritage and Pioneer blue pride leap from every page. Think graduation. Think birthdays. Think anniversaries. Think reunions. And then order an extra one for yourself.

The book is also available online at but the book will not be signed by the authors.
Welcome, Coach Sean Smith
Coach Sean Smith has settled into his new job at Providence as social studies teacher and head basketball coach as well as assisting with the House Leadership Program and in the Athletic Department. Filling all those roles certainly keeps him busy, but he enjoys it all, he said.

"After being here a few weeks, I can tell that Providence is a very special place," he said. "it's exciting to be part of a great tradition."

Aug. 31: Picture Retake Day
Sept. 3: Labor Day, no classes
Sept. 6: College Night
Sept. 8: Homecoming Kickoff Bonfire
Sept. 14: Homecoming
Sept. 15-16, 21-23: Fall Show

Opening prayer for Novena to St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"Don't search for Jesus in far lands; He is not there. He is close to you; He is in you."

St. Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus (here make your request).

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others.


Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me!


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

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