St. Patrick School Celebrates Annual Fall FestivalOctober 1, 2019
The autumnal equinox recently arrived which is a sure sign that St. Pat’s Annual Fall Festival is just around the corner. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 13, once again sponsored by the St. Patrick Athletic Association, and staffed by our Shamrock athletes, their parents and the coaches. The festival is an […]
The autumnal equinox recently arrived which is a sure sign that St. Pat’s Annual Fall Festival is just around the corner. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 13, once again sponsored by the St. Patrick Athletic Association, and staffed by our Shamrock athletes, their parents and the coaches. The festival is an important fundraiser which generates over 20% of the athletic budget.
The Fall Festival will provide food, fun, and festivities for the entire family. The vendors will open at 9:00 a.m. The first-floor hallway and classrooms will be packed with handmade goods. It’s a great time to start some early Christmas shopping. There is always such a variety that it is difficult to choose what to buy.
The annual PTO Kidfest’s activities, games, face painting, and raffles will keep the kids occupied while you shop. They will open at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the school.
Dinner will be served in St. Patrick’s Cafeteria from 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. It will include roast beef, ham, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, hot vegetables, salad, homemade bread, homemade desserts and a beverage of your choice. Take-out meals are also available in the Parish Hall, located on the south end of the school, adjacent to the Grand River Avenue entrance.
To make room for dinner you’ll want to run in the 5K or half-marathon, which will begin at 8 a.m. If you find the thought of running to be bad for your health, there will be a Euchre Tournament in the Parish Hall beginning at 12:30. This is also a good place to sit and wait while your spouse shops!
Please make sure to purchase your Fall Festival raffle tickets from any school family or you can stop in and purchase them at the big event.
The Fall Festival will offer plenty of fun for everyone in the family. Stop in for shopping or fine cuisine. It is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends or sit down to a family meal. You won’t regret stopping in for a great event. We hope to see you there on Sunday, October 13!
For complete information about St. Patrick Fall Festival, visit the festival website: www.freewebs.com/stpatsfallfestival
St. Patrick Welcomes New School CounselorAugust 23, 2019
Hello! My name is Jenny Garcia and I am the full-time school counselor at St. Patrick School. I am thrilled to continue working with my fellow educators, parents, and community members who are passionate about the education we provide to our students. In college, I was unsure of my career path. I knew I wanted […]
Hello! My name is Jenny Garcia and I am the full-time school counselor at St. Patrick School. I am thrilled to continue working with my fellow educators, parents, and community members who are passionate about the education we provide to our students.
In college, I was unsure of my career path. I knew I wanted to do some sort of counseling but was not sure where I belonged. My interest in school counseling began during my assistance in a DK/Kindergarten class where I was assigned to tutor any students falling behind. I found myself working more to help the social/emotional needs of the students and quickly realized how much better students excelled academically when their social/emotional needs were met. This experience sparked my passion for thinking about the many aspects of students and how it can affect their development.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University during this time. After enjoying two years of being at home with my own children, I pursued my master’s to become a school counselor. My program was heavily rooted in ideals from the American School Counselor Association as well as the idea that as school counselors, we are educators with a specialty in school counseling.
My goal is to provide support and services to all students, catering to the individualized needs of each and every student. Certain services like classroom guidance lessons are provided to all students in an effort to prevent concerns or issues from occurring. Some students need more services like intervention, individual counseling, small group counseling, check-ins, mentor programs, referrals to professional counseling services, etc. I strive to reduce any issues or barriers that may prevent students from learning so that students can become their best selves and be successful within the school setting.
More specifically, each school level may receive different types of support. For our elementary students, the focus is primarily on social/emotional needs with beginning stages of learning about academic skills and careers. Middle school students will continue the fundamentals of career exploration and learning essential academic skills to prepare them for high school. They will also receive guidance on mental health, cyber safety, and social/emotional development.
Finally, high school students will receive support with a focus on college/career exploration, college applications, study skills, organization, credit recovery, graduation requirements, mental health, cyber safety, stress management, and much more. I am flexible with my services and am comfortable talking to students about a variety of topics.
It is important to note that my job cannot be done without the collaboration of our teachers, parents and school staff. We are a team and can work together to ensure all of our students’ well-being. My door is always open. Please let me know if you ever have any concerns about a student. I am available through email, phone calls, and in-person meetings. I look forward to this new school year together!
Gearing up for a great school yearAugust 16, 2019
St. Patrick School is gearing up for another exciting and successful school year. The following is a list of what is new when we kick off the school year: Administration: As most people are now aware, Mrs. Cortney Smith has been hired to serve as the Preschool through 8 th grade principal. Cortney officially started […]
St. Patrick School is gearing up for another exciting and successful school year. The following is a list of what is new when we kick off the school year:
Administration: As most people are now aware, Mrs. Cortney Smith has been hired to serve as the Preschool through 8 th grade principal. Cortney officially started on July 1 and has been getting acclimated to her new position. Mr. Randy Hodge will serve as the high school principal for the 2019-20 school year while our pastor, Fr. Mike Alber will oversee the school in his role as Canonical Administrator.
Counselor: Mrs. Jenny Garcia has been hired to serve as our full-time counselor. She has spent the latter part of the school year as part-time counselor so the transition to full-time has also been ongoing throughout the summer.
1:1 Chromebook: We will have completed the process for all students in grades 6-12 to now have their own chromebook.
Virtue in Education: St. Patrick School will be implementing Education in Virtue® which is a Christian curriculum structured on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas regarding the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It aims to provide a consistent structure and systematic instruction for youth to learn about the virtues so that they can form the habits and dispositions necessary to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.
10 Point Grading Scale: St. Patrick School will be switching to a 10-point grading scale. This means the A range will now be 90-100%, B range 80-89%, C range 70-79%, D range 60-69% and
59% and lower is an F. The following grading scale will be used beginning this school year:
F 59 and below
Construction: The new roof has been installed on the school building over the summer and is ready to go for the new school year. The new gym floor is in the process of being installed and will be completed by the end of September. Work for the security grant will be completed during the school year.
We are excited and ready for an outstanding 2019-20 school year! We are excited about these new programs and are currently enrolling new students. I encourage you to take a look at our prospective families webpage: http://www.portlandstpats.com/prospective-families and schedule a tour. “Try Us. You’ll Like Us” Scholarships are still available for new families.
New principal is excited to beginJuly 6, 2019
Dear Community, It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write this letter to you as the incoming pre-school through eighth grade principal at Portland St. Patrick School. My heart overflows with passion for this great school and I am truly honored. As I embark on my fifteenth year in education, I bring […]
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write this letter to you as the incoming pre-school through eighth grade principal at Portland St. Patrick School. My heart overflows with passion for this great school and I am truly honored.
As I embark on my fifteenth year in education, I bring a broad range of experiences to my role as elementary principal. My first encounter with education was at a very young age toddling around my father’s classroom. I quickly fell in love with the environment and the art of teaching. As an adult, I have very fond memories of all of my teachers and the dedication they gave to me. I am a mother of three children and can fully relate to the challenges and celebrations we all face every day to provide the best educational experience for our children.
Since graduating from Michigan State University, College of Education, I served the Grand Ledge Community as a teacher and leader in curriculum/instruction, technology, mentoring and research. During this time, I earned my Master of Arts in School Principalship at Central Michigan University. Each year I continue to learn and explore education to further strengthen my knowledge and experiences.
I firmly believe education is a partnership of parents, school faculty and students working together to achieve individual goals. I take great pride in caring for the whole student and their family. St. Patrick School is unique in that Jesus Christ is the foundation of everything we do – and so I am committed to fostering excitement and growth both spiritually and academically. I will guide and encourage students, parents and faculty; celebrating the self-confidence, skills and love of learning which form the foundation for continued success.
I look forward to working with parents as a team, to champion each student to ensure they meet their goals and have a successful school year! All are welcome at St. Patrick School!
My door is always open and I am available to give tours to those interested to see our school and learning environment. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns, as well as compliments you might have throughout the school year.
To our students, I am excited to see you in August! Let’s make 2019-2020 a great year of learning. I wish you the best summer with lots of fun in the sun and reading!
I am looking forward to leading and learning together as a community.
Mrs. Cortney Smith
St. Patrick School
Preschool – 8th Principal
2019 Spring Sports Wrap UpJune 18, 2019
The 2019 St. Patrick School spring sports season has officially come to an end. We would like to congratulate all of our teams for their efforts throughout the season. A lot of time and hard work was put forth on the field, track, course and in the classroom by our student athletes to ensure success. […]
The 2019 St. Patrick School spring sports season has officially come to an end. We would like to congratulate all of our teams for their efforts throughout the season. A lot of time and hard work was put forth on the field, track, course and in the classroom by our student athletes to ensure success. There were many outstanding individual and team performances. We would like to thank and congratulate our spring sport athletes on another outstanding season.
The varsity baseball team had a strong season this year going 27-5, winning the Central Michigan Athletic Conference, being ranked number 1 in the polls all season in Division IV, winning the Kris Popp Invitational and beating Dewitt in the Lansing Area Diamond Classic. Individual honors for our baseball team include:
- Brandon Scheurer: 1st team CMAC, All District, All Region, Academic All State and has signed a letter of intent to play college ball at Saginaw Valley State University
- Nathan Lehnert: 1st team CMAC, All District
- Ryan Lay: 1st team CMAC, All District
- Evan Schrauben: 1st team CMAC
- Sam Mauren: 2nd team CMAC
- Seth Hoppes: 2nd team CMAC
- Devin Fedewa: 2nd team CMAC
- Connor Cross: 2nd team CMAC, All District
- Alex Kissane: Honorable Mention CMAC, Academic All District
- Chase Fitzsimmons: Honorable Mention CMAC
- Bret Weller: Academic All State
- Riley Kissane: Academic All District
- Zach Spitzley: Academic All District
The varsity softball team showed much improvement this season and caught many opponents by surprise. They finished with a record of 22-12, third place in the Central Michigan Athletic Conference, won the Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart Invitational and finished as runner up at the Kris Popp Invitational. Individual awards include:
- Summer Russman: 1st team CMAC, All District, Academic All State and has been invited to play in the Lansing Area All Star game
- Samantha Teachworth: 1st team CMAC, All District
- Lydia Meredith: 2nd team CMAC
- Carly Scheurer: Honorable Mention CMAC, All District
- Ally Florian: Honorable Mention CMAC
- Aurora Beckhold: Honorable Mention CMAC
The boys track team had a successful season with a third place finishes at the Webberville and Portland Invitational, while competing with only seven athletes on the team. Individual honors include:
- Paul Cook: Athlete of the Meet for the Portland Invitational; All-Region 300H (regional champ), 110H, 4×400; All-CMAC 300H (1st team), 110H (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 300H (7th place); State Finalist 300H (12th place); school records in the 300H and 4×400
- John Schneider: All-Region 300H, 110H, 4×400; All-CMAC 300H (honorable mention); school record in the 4×400
- Tyler Coyne: All-Region 4×400; school record in the 4×400
- Ned Smith: All-Region 4×400; school record in the 4×400
The girls track team continues to improve and find success; winning the Webberville Invitational, finishing 4th at the Regional Meet and finishing 11th at State Finals. Individual honors include:
- Annie Gunderman: Athlete of the Meet for the Webberville Invitational and Portland Invitational; All-Region 400 (regional champ), 200, 4×200, 4×400; All-CMAC 400 (2nd team), 4×200 (honorable mention), 4×400 (honorable mention), 4×800 (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 400 (3rd place), 4×400 (6th place); State Finalist 400 (State Champion – All-State), 200 (All-State 6th place), 4×400 (9th place); Academic All-State 200 & 400; Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic; school records in the 800 and 4×800
- Leah Cook: All-Region Long Jump (regional champ), 400 (regional runner-up), 4×200, 4×400; All-CMAC long jump (2nd team), 400 (honorable mention), 4×200 (honorable mention), 4×400 (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 400 (7th place), 4×400 (6th place); State Finalist 400 (All-State 6th place), Long Jump (11th place), 4×400 (9th place); Academic All-State 400, Long Jump, 4×400; Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Jenna Pung: All-Region 300H, 4×200, 4×400; All-CMAC 4×200 (honorable mention), 4×400 (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 4×400 (6th place); State Finalist 4×400 (9th place); Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Marlie Bengel: All-Region 4×400; All-CMAC 4×400 (honorable mention); Greater Lansing Honor Roll 4×400 (6th place); State Finalist 4×400 (9th place); Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Veronica White: All-Region 4×800; All-CMAC 4×800 (honorable mention); school record in the 4×800; Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Leah Kissane: All-Region 4×800; All-CMAC 4×800 (honorable mention); school record in the 4×800; Greater Lansing Honor Roll All-Academic
- Tessa Lawson: All-Region 4×200, 4×800; All-CMAC 4×200 (honorable mention), 4×800 (honorable mention); school record in the 4×800
- Cordelia FoxElster: All-Region 4×800
Together, the girls and boys teams earned 142 medals.
As a Catholic School, we expect our student athletes to represent us in a positive manner, bringing Christ to everything they do, and make us proud with their sportsmanship. Without a doubt, they have done so and represented our school mission statement: We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve! to their fullest, God-given potential.
Capping off another successful yearJune 10, 2019
It’s hard to believe but another school year has come and gone! Each year our success is possible because of everyone who lends a hand in making St. Patrick the place it is; we couldn’t do it without you. I hope you know how grateful all of us at St. Patrick School are of your commitment. […]
It’s hard to believe but another school year has come and gone! Each year our success is possible because of everyone who lends a hand in making St. Patrick the place it is; we couldn’t do it without you. I hope you know how grateful all of us at St. Patrick School are of your commitment.
On behalf of our pastor, Reverend Michael Alber, the St. Patrick School Board and myself, we would like to offer many thank yous for a great 2018-19 school year. We would like to specifically thank the following:
Our school families for making the commitment to send their children to St. Patrick School. We appreciate that you are a part of our school family and that you let us be a part of yours. This thank you extends to all our grandparents as well.
Our top-notch teaching staff, school counselor, coaching staff and parish staff. All of you are an integral part of our family and we couldn’t do anything without you. Thank you for continuously going above and beyond to ensure all of our students are cared for.
The student body for working hard both in their academics and in extracurricular activities and for serving as living examples of the Catholic faith. We can’t wait to see how you grow and what you will achieve next school year.
The entire school support staff. We are blessed to have excellent administrative assistants who work in our school and parish office. Their ability to multitask and accomplish so much each day never ceases to amaze me. In addition, we are blessed to have an excellent maintenance and custodial staff who keep our school and grounds remarkably neat and clean. There are so many others, too many to name, including those who work in latchkey and in the lunchroom. All of you are involved in the important task of running our parish school.
The volunteers who do so many things behind the scenes! We rely on our school board, Father Flohe Foundation members, PTO and Athletic Association members, as well as many other groups and individuals for help throughout the year.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the school or parish this year! Your financial support allows us to offer an education that nourishes the entire mind, body and soul of a child. You are helping us to create the future leaders of our Catholic Church and community. Thank you for your generosity!
We would like to express our gratitude for your trust, support and cooperation during the
school year. We are appreciative and thankful to everyone who makes St. Patrick School a great
place to educate the children of Portland and its surrounding communities. We hope that you will take time this summer to rest and enjoy the wonderful opportunity to renew body, mind and spirit before we begin another school year.
Saying Goodbye to the Class of 2019May 22, 2019
When I began my tenure as administrator of St. Patrick Catholic School, the students from the Class of 2019 were in 2rd grade. After eleven years with them we said goodbye on Sunday, May 19th. On that day, they entered a new phase of their lives. Our goal at St. Patrick is to ensure […]
When I began my tenure as administrator of St. Patrick Catholic School, the students from the Class of 2019 were in 2rd grade. After eleven years with them we said goodbye on Sunday, May 19th. On that day, they entered a new phase of their lives.
Our goal at St. Patrick is to ensure that when our seniors receive their diplomas on graduation day, they have a strong foundation for a successful life–a life that our Lord has prepared for each one of them. We hope that they will continue to serve as living representatives of our school mission statement: We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve!
It is my belief that the Class of 2019 lives and represents our mission statement in a positive way. They were strong leaders throughout the school year beginning with our annual spirit week celebration, continuing through the planning of their senior trip adventure to Boyne and right up to their last day of school. As seniors, they succeeded in serving as role models for our younger students and provided many outstanding suggestions for ways to improve our school. I am proud to say they leave our school with a firm foundation to continue living our mission statement.
Graduation began with Mass celebrated by Bishop David Walkowiak, providing inspiring words for the Class of 2019 during his homily. After Mass, the graduates and their families moved to the school gymnasium for commencement. Fr. Mike opened the ceremony with prayer and shared some inspiring words with the graduates. Mr. Hodge shared the major achievements of the Class of 2019 which included:
• 13 of the 25 students are members of the National Honor Society.
• 14 were recognized as CMAC Scholar Athletes, meaning they had at least a 3.4 GPA and lettered in at least two sports, one of which was in their senior year.
• 24 out of the 25 plan to go on to higher education with one student taking a gap year before going to university.
• Three have signed a National Letter of Intent to participate in college athletics.
• 15 are graduating with honors (3.79 GPA or higher) with six of those having a weighted 4.0 GPA or higher. 24 have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
• They were offered a total of $786,430 in scholarship money. They have accepted approximately $534,295 of that money from the schools they plan on attending in the fall.
Valedictorian Brandon Scheurer and Salutatorian Alexis Hass addressed their classmates; sharing accomplishments, memories, good times together and all the possibilities for a great future. Following the speeches, the graduates were called forward to receive their diploma from Bishop Walkowiak. One by one, they turned their tassel and the Class of 2019 joined a group of approximately 2,000 Shamrock alumni around the world.
Fr. Mike closed the ceremony with prayer, and they processed out of the gym and into the future. There were hugs to give and pictures to take. Finally, caps were tossed as an official ending to a great school career by a great group of students.
The Class of 2019 are leaving us with a rock-solid foundation of values, knowledge, wisdom and faith. I can say with the utmost certainty that they prayed, they learned, and yes, without a doubt, they achieved. May God bless each one of them and their future endeavors as they move to the next phase of their lives.
St. Patrick School Annual Shamrock Auction Aiming for SuccessApril 15, 2019
Shamrock Auction co-chair Ann Kissane contributed to this week’s column. The Shamrock Auction started 17 years ago and continues to be one of St. Patrick School’s largest fundraisers. All proceeds are split between the Athletic Association and the school general fund. Since its inception, the auction has raised almost one million dollars. This […]
Shamrock Auction co-chair Ann Kissane contributed to this week’s column.
The Shamrock Auction started 17 years ago and continues to be one of St. Patrick School’s largest fundraisers. All proceeds are split between the Athletic Association and the school general fund. Since its inception, the auction has raised almost one million dollars.
This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 at the Knights of Columbus Hall and doors open at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “Hawaiian Luau.” The entry fee of $20 includes a buffet meal and free drinks for the entire evening. Tickets may be purchased using our new online software at www.bidpal.net/shamrockauction2019 or at the school office.
In addition to the live auction, there will be several fun-filled raffles, 50/50 raffles, and a silent auction, which runs from 6-9:45 p.m. This year, all bidding for silent auction items will be done through our new software straight from your phone or device. No more waiting in line to bid on the items you want!
The live auction begins at 8 p.m. and is loaded with fabulous items such as tickets to see Hamilton in Chicago, club seats to both the Tigers & Redwings, and even an opportunity for a Portland Fire truck to pick your child up from school. You also don’t want to miss the lower elementary class projects or the themed baskets from our older students.
At past auctions, there have been two “wish list” items, one from the school and one from the Athletic Association. This year, in place of our “wish list” items, we will have one appeal which will be used to fund the continuation of excellence in the classroom and on the field. As the last live auction item of the night, we hope you will all donate generously to “Fund the Excellence at St Patrick School.”
But the fun doesn’t stop there – there are also a few new experiences at this year’s event! One of them is the addition of a Giving Center to support our newest Shamrock – Father Mike. At this center you will be able to help us raise money for new priest vestments. Also new this year, after the live & silent auctions are complete, you are encouraged to stay for our after-auction social which includes music and dancing. Local favorite Skip & the Dude will be performing.
The Shamrock Auction is an event that truly brings our school families, alumni, parishioners and school supporters together. It requires a lot of hard work and a huge commitment of time from many people. But it pays off greatly—not only in the money that it brings into the school and athletic programs but as a wonderful social event, enjoyed by hundreds. Its success stems from a great volunteer committee and the dedication of parents, family, friends, alumni and the support of many local businesses!
If you would like to donate an item to be auctioned or to make a cash donation, you may drop either item off at the school office during regular office hours. If you are unable to attend the Shamrock Auction you can still support St. Patrick School by making a donation through our online portal (www.bidpal.net/shamrockauction2019). Or use this link to purchase a tuition raffle ticket – the winner will receive 50% off their first child’s tuition.
In the meantime, mark your calendars for April 27 and plan on a great evening of entertainment, socializing, and fun! We hope to see you there!
Winter Sports Season a SuccessMarch 28, 2019
On March 20, St. Patrick student athletes, their parents, and the winter sports coaching staff gathered at the Knights of Columbus Hall for our annual Winter Sports Awards banquet. The purpose was to celebrate a successful winter sports season. This event is graciously hosted by our Athletic Association every year. I personally believe a school’s […]
On March 20, St. Patrick student athletes, their parents, and the winter sports coaching staff gathered at the Knights of Columbus Hall for our annual Winter Sports Awards banquet. The purpose was to celebrate a successful winter sports season. This event is graciously hosted by our Athletic Association every year. I personally believe a school’s sports programs and the students involved in those programs should represent the goals and values being taught in the school’s curriculum. With that as the standard, our student athletes accomplished all that could be expected of them and more during the winter sports campaign. They exemplify the third part of our mission statement: We Achieve!
There were many highlights during the winter sports season. Individual and team accomplishments for the season include:
The girl’s bowling team finished 2nd in their league, 3rd in the regional and 11th overall in the state. The boys team finished 2nd in their league, 2nd in the regional and advanced to the elite eight before getting ousted by the number one seeded team. This is the first time in school history that both our boys and girls teams advanced to the state level of competition in the same season. Congratulations to both teams on an outstanding season! Individual honors include:
- Marian Pearson finished 15th in the state in individuals.
- Stephen Wernet was named as the Brandon Vanderbrook scholarship winner which is awarded to the bowler which exemplifies the characteristics displayed by Brandon when he was a bowler in high school.
The JV boys basketball team started out slowly but improved as the season went on picking up momentum and finishing with a three-game winning streak.
The varsity boys basketball team finished with a 9 – 9 overall record and beat every team in the league at least one time except one. Individual awards include:
- Brandon Scheurer: 1st team CMAC, Academic All-State, Honorable Mention All-State, and he scored his 1,000th career point during the season.
- Nathaniel Leahy: 2nd team CMAC and Academic All-State
- Graham Wohlscheid: Academic All-State
- Nathan Lehnert: Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) Team Award
The JV girls basketball team had an outstanding season only losing to one other school all season and finishing with a record of 16-2.
The varsity girls basketball team finished 3rd in a tough CMAC which saw four teams win a district title, with two advancing to the final weekend including one state champion. They won their 5th district title in six years and lost in the regional finals for the second year in a row to the eventual state champion and finished with an overall record of 18-7. Individual honors include:
- Lydia Meredith: 2nd team CMAC
- Mara Schrauben: 2nd team CMAC
- Annie Gunderman: Honorable Mention CMAC
- Lexi Hass: Honorable Mention CMAC
Most importantly, our student athletes worked hard to maintain their grades and demonstrated good sportsmanship throughout the season. All in all, I am very proud of the way our student athletes represented our school both on and off the court and lanes throughout the season. Their strong work ethic, commitment to success, positive attitude, and teamwork propelled our teams to a successful winter sports season of which they can be very proud. Our student athletes have been exemplary examples of what we expect at St. Patrick School. Congratulations, teams for a job well done!
St. Patrick Students Participate in the March for LifeJanuary 30, 2019
This week’s column is submitted by Junior Anna Schasser who attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. for the second consecutive year. A group of kids from a small Catholic school gather their forces and prayers and step into action to do what is needed to protect the defenseless. This is the story told, […]
This week’s column is submitted by Junior Anna Schasser who attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. for the second consecutive year.
A group of kids from a small Catholic school gather their forces and prayers and step into action to do what is needed to protect the defenseless. This is the story told, when referring to Portland St. Patrick High School’s trip to the March for Life. The trip was amazing! It was my second year going on the March and both times I witnessed such strength and unity.
Imagine this: more people than can be fathomed gathered in a single place for a good cause united by the fact that they believe. This belief is for life. The life of the baby and the morality of society. Everybody gathered in DC had this belief in common. Everyone marching was there for the good of our future generations. Why did I decide to join the March? I decided to march because of this unity, because of the cause, because I believe that it is better to act than stand by idly. St. Patrick School brought a total of 56 people to the March. Fifty of them were students, each one made the undeniably brave choice of taking action. This is almost half of the entire high school. On the March, the 56 of us became bonded and united by that experience, the experience we shared.
To walk you through the trip, we left around 5 a.m. on Thursday, January 17 and arrived at our hotel in the evening. After we all got settled we went to an event called the “Life is Very Good” event. This event can bring a person to tears. It took place in a huge stadium and included adoration, confession, and excellent music. It was fantastic, even more so, moving. As the Christian music band MercyMe reminds us – When the heart is moved, it changes a person and plants a seed of faith. Sometimes you only need a little faith to move mountains.
After the event we hit the hay because the next day would be long, tiring, and in almost every way, fulfilling. Morning came, we ate, we packed lunch, we left. The group ended up at the Lincoln Memorial and from there we split into teams to explore. After seeing the sights, everybody gathered together and moved to the area of the March. Several speakers addressed the crowd including Vice President Pence and his wife. Then we had a video call from the President himself. It was exciting and empowering to know that such influential people were on our side and supporting the half a million of us.
Soon the March began, and we flooded the street. There were loud noises and songs playing as everybody crammed together, but that was okay. We did not mind so much because we all had a bigger goal in mind. As we marched we all experienced quite a few, fantastic things. We experienced the shouting of rallying cries, and a rosary. At one point we even got to sing with a bunch of seminarians. We ended up by the Capitol building where we split off the main group and made our way to the National Basilica. There we had the choice to attend Mass and explore. Our group was there for over an hour until we had to leave that night back to the little town of Portland.
I cannot speak for everybody, but I can speak for me, and I believe the March is something incredible, and the only true way to do it justice is to experience it yourself. I encourage people to take a few days to go and fight for life.