Dear St. Stephen families,

March is here and we are observing the Lenten Season through acts of Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.  The students have been bringing in items for the Lincoln Park Crisis Pregnancy Center and items to fill the coffers for Christian Service.  Fr. John invited Fr. Bonaventure Rummel to conduct a three-day mission with the students during a series of all school Masses.  The students were very attentive to Fr. Bonaventure’s message of honoring God by honoring each other and to listen to God when he calls upon us.  Enlightened words for any time of the year, but especially affecting during Lent.

On Friday the 8th of March, some of our 7th and 8th graders participated in the annual Academic Olympics at Cabrini High School.  We are so proud of them for their efforts! They brought home 6 medals this year. In the 7th grade, Ionna Laskaska won a bronze medal in the Religion category and DJ Sorrell won the silver for Art.  In the 8th grade, Avery Schellenberger won the bronze medal in the category of Health, Hunter Bruck won silver for Religion, Lenny Fritz won a gold medal for History, and Michael Lynch won gold for Math.  Congratulations!

March is reading month, so the classrooms have decorated their doors with books that the students have read, and the middle school students have also decorated their lockers with titles of books that they enjoyed. The faculty and staff were the guest readers in the different grade levels this year. We all enjoyed traveling from classroom to classroom to interact with the children. On March 22nd, the whole school participated in ‘Character Dress Up Day’, and Friday the 29th the students wore slippers and PJ bottoms and had ‘reading parties’ in their classrooms. I think the students appreciated the quiet time to read; I know the teachers and staff did!


God bless,

Mrs. Christine Vaughan