A note from the principal
As our parish second graders prepare for their first reconciliation Thursday evening, I’m reminded of an Irish expression to ‘chance your arm’. It means to put yourself at risk for the benefit of a cause, to have a go, even though you may fail. The story begins in 1492, when two rival Irish families, the Butlers and the Fitzgeralds were involved in a bitter feud. This disagreement centered on the position of Lord Deputy. Both families wanted one of their own to hold the position. Eventually outright warfare broke out, culminating in a skirmish outside the Dublin city walls. The Butlers went into retreat and barricaded themselves into the chapter house of the cathedral. The Fitzgeralds followed them in and kept them under siege. Eventually, the Fitzgeralds called for peace and invited the Butlers to come out into the open. However, the family, fortified and safe within the bowels of the cathedral, believed there would be a wholesale slaughter, if they left their sanctuary. As a gesture of good faith, the head of the family, Gerald Fitzgerald, ordered that a hole be cut in the door. He then thrust his arm through the hole and offered his hand in peace to those on the other side. Upon seeing that Fitzgerald was willing to risk or ‘chance’ his arm, by putting it through the door, the Butlers reasoned that he was serious in his intention. They shook hands through the door, the Butlers emerged from the chapter house and the two families made peace. This story and the door are wonderful analogies for what reconciliation is all about. A true reconciliation involves risk, putting you in danger and seeking true peace. It takes humility and courage to truly resolve a major dispute. In families and in schools, things do not always go perfectly. People make mistakes. Seeking ‘right relationship’ and creating a safe and healthy school environment are key to creating confidence and happiness in our children. Here at school, we strive to help our students ‘chance their arm’ so that peace and compassion are genuinely given and received on a daily basis. Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation we can maintain a healthy relationship with Jesus and each other. Let us keep our second graders in our prayers this coming week as they receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.
Basketball Uniform turn in
Please drop off your clean and in good condition basketball uniform on Wednesday, March 6 from 5:30 - 7:00 in the gym lobby. As you know, boosters purchased all new basketball uniforms this year. Everyone signed an agreement to ensure the uniforms used by their children would be taken care of properly and returned in the condition they were received. We understand some uniforms had threads pulling and stitching issues, that will be addressed, but if it's stained, you will be obligated to replace the piece.
If you can't make it on March 6, please contact Amy Muench to make arrangements to meet up. DO NOT send uniforms into Mrs. Lorenz in the school office.
Dine to donate ALL month
For the month of February we are Teaming Up with Buffalo Wild Wings for the ultimate Dine to Donate. The program runs from February 1-29. Every visit counts whether it is lunch, dinner and anything in between!
Here is how it works:
1. Bring your Teammate Card into the Newport Buffalo Wild Wings between February 1-29.
2. Show your card, either on a mobile device or a printed copy, to your server and let them know you are part of the Home Team Advantage Program- TEAM C.
3. The server will add 10% of your total sales to go to St. Catherine's running total. It’s that easy!
4. It includes both dine in and takeout, with the stipulation that it cannot be a prepaid web order. The check must be paid in store for the server/cashier to attach the fundraiser to it.
The Teammate Card and more details are attached. So get your team together for post game wings, gather your girls for a fun weekend lunch, call your guys to watch your favorite team play. Every visit the entire month gives us 10% of your bill when you tell them you are with Team C!
Fish Fry season is here
Our famous hand-breaded cod dinners with all the fixings are back this year! Once again, we are offering Dine-In and Drive-Thru service. We had record sales last year and would love to do even better this year! For each Fish Fry, we're in need of many adults and kids to cover all of the volunteer shifts. Working a shift (or two!) is always a great way to meet your fellow parishioners and to serve the parish. If you’re new to the parish, this is a great way to meet and have fun with your wonderful St. Catherine faith community. For all your service-seeking-students, there are opportunities for them as well. You can sign up to work by clicking the link below! Hope to see everyone there!
Diocese of Covington Lunch
Fowling is Back!!
By popular demand Fowling night is on the books for Friday, April 12th! See attached flyer.
If your not familiar Fowling is a combo of Bowling and Football. An easy game for all!!! You will be paired up for a team of four that will play in a bracket style during the evening! Get a sitter, maybe some dinner reservations! There will be snacks available. Drinks are from their cash bar.
If this is your first time attending, as you are driving there you will question if you are in the right spot as you turn into a warehouse parking lot that seems closed…keep going straight you are in the right spot!!
Cafeteria Help needed
We can still use some help in the cafeteria. Please take a look and see if there is a day you can come and help. The kids love to see you and we have fun while there! Hope to see you soon!
NCC boys soccer
Newport Central Catholic High School will have a Player/Parent Soccer Meeting on Monday, March 4th at 6pm in the NCC cafeteria. If you are currently in 6th – 8th grade and interested in playing boys soccer for NCCHS this fall, please consider attending! If you cannot make the meeting, but would like further information, please email Ben Williams at email@example.com. See you there!
Although it may not be real cold and wintery outside right now, it is still winter so we need to start thinking of green grass, leaves on trees, old-fashioned fun, hotdogs, hamburgers, s’mores over a campfire, and another really awesome St. Catherine of Siena Parish Campout!!! Whether this is your family’s 1st time joining us or the 18th, we know you’ll have lots of fun!
Our annual campout will again be at the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) just south of Georgetown Kentucky.
A few aspects regarding KHP.
No park entry fee for visitors or families camping.
KHP has a swimming pool, playground, sand volleyball, tennis courts, basketball courts, and even laundry within a short walking distance of your campsite. No need to drive to these locations.
You are allowed more than one car per site.
Most sites have at least one shade tree, grass, and are relatively flat – ideal for tent campers.
Horseback riding is available near the campground!
We have blocked out about 70 sites within the area where we will play games and have group meals for our St. Catherine group.
If you don’t enjoy tent camping or own a camper, we have an option for you. For previous Campouts, some families have rented a camper for the weekend and had great experiences. For this option, the camper is delivered to campsite, setup and would be ready for you when you arrive. At the end of the weekend, you pack up your things and head home. The camper is then picked up by the owner. Prices for this option seem to be very reasonable. If you’re interested in the option, please contact one of the Campout Captains listed below.
Camp Out Dates: Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23, 2024
Here’s how to book your site:
1. BOOK SOON to get your preferred camping spot.
2. Call GROUP CAMPING at 1-800-370-6416, and select Option 2 for Campground Store. You will need to speak to a person to confirm a spot.
3. Let them know you are with “St. Catherine Foresters”.
4. You can request a certain spot from the attached map or they can randomly assign you a spot.
5. Pay by phone or make arrangements with KHP staff.
6. MOST IMPORTANTLY –
a) Let us know which site you reserved.
b) Let us know how many people will be attending, names and t-shirt sizes for each attendee! We need this information for supplies!
c) We will also need to know if you’re just coming down for the day or staying elsewhere instead of camping.
Contact the Campout Captains with your reservation information or if you have any questions:
Rob Hans, firstname.lastname@example.org; 859-750-2242
Tom Kaelin, email@example.com; 859-630-3217
Attached is a highlighted map showing the approximate area that is blocked out for our group.
These sites are blocked out for St. Catherine Foresters:
C131 – C159
C172 – C193
D207 – D216
D239 – D248
D251 – D256
We switched companies for school pictures this year which means we also changed our yearbook company. StrawBridge has an awesome yearbook website with an easy to access upload page for candid photos!
For the yearbook to be a great success with lots of different activities and students in it, we NEED your photos! To get to those to us, follow these four steps:
2) Choose one of the preset categories in the drop down menu (ex: sports).
3) Choose "upload your files'' (for PC, phone, tablet storage) or Google Drive or Instagram.
3) Choose your photos and click "start upload."
4) Once you get the message that your uploads are complete. You are set!
This is the BEST and EASIEST way for you to share and us to receive pictures for the yearbook. Please consider saving or bookmarking the link for easy adding of photos after an event
Please take a few minutes to go in and add events for this year so far:
first day of school, soccer, cross country, field trips, class days, assemblies, volleyball, etc... We need those pictures!
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Joiene Garlich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
nominate a teacher or staff member
We have amazing educators here at St. Catherine of Siena School. I would like to encourage you to recognize teachers and staff members who have positively impacted your child/children. Check out information below:
Do you know a St. Catherine of Siena teacher/staff member that has really helped you or your child? Has a teacher/staff member been highly effective, engaging, and motivating?
Our staff takes great pride in helping students achieve their spiritual, academic, emotional, social, and physical potential. Take a few minutes and let your teachers/staff members know how much you appreciate their work!
Recognize a teacher/staff member by clicking on the link below.
Diocesan Curia, Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington, Kentucky 41011. Thursday, February 29th, 2024, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. NEW
Diocesan Curia, Bishop Auditorium Memorial Auditorium, Covington, Kentucky 41011. Thursday. February 29th, 2024. 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. NEW
Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, Miller Building -Training Room, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky 41017. Tuesday, March 5th, 2024. 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Diocesan Curia, Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington, Kentucky 41011. Thursday, March 19th, 2024. 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. NEW
Diocesan Curia, Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington, Kentucky 41011. Thursday, March 19th, 2024. 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. NEW
The December bulletin posted on Sunday, December 3rd and was due on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024.
The January bulletin posted on Sunday, January 7th, and is due on February 6th, 2024.
www.virtusonline.org, user id and password.