Hilites May 29th, 2015

Busy Month!

What a Great Finish!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are ending with a glorious burst of energy! Thursday, we have first graders at Murphy's Landing, the fourth graders produced a wonderful musical, Kindergartners enjoyed a visit from the ice cream truck (for a Marathon prize), fifth graders participated in a retreat with Holy Angels seniors, seventh graders shared ethnic treasures in Geography Class, and teachers shared a Potluck Lunch to recognize our academic tutors!

This is a wonderful time in the school year. Learning is happening in every corner of the building as we rush into the summer months!

Thank you for a wonderful school year. Next week, we celebrate Graduation with our 8th graders. We wish them all the best as they move into high school. We know we will hear many good things about their future adventures.

Jane Schmidt


I would invite all households to follow Highland Catholic School on Facebook. Even during the summer, we will post some of the happenings!

May Basket Thank You Notes

What a lovely surprise to open my door and find the darling May Day bag and a lemon tootsie roll. I didn't even know there were lemon tootsie rolls. I am enjoying it right no and think of a good place to plant my aster seeds where they will remind me of your thoughtfulness. A Neighbor

Dear Children and Teachers,

I was touched and delighted to find a May Basket at my door today. What a thoughtful project. As a child in the 50's, we always made May Baskets and delivered them to our friends, but I've not received one in years. Thank you, all of you, A Neighbor.

Whenever we worry about where "Hope Is" for the well-being of our world, we will think of seeing all of you in our neighborhood on May 1st. Thanking all so much - and particularly to Maggie who delivered and made our basket. Sincerely, A Neighbor.

Dear Highland Catholic Students.

Thank you so much for the beautiful May Basket! The contents provided such a wonderful treat for my mind (flower seeds to plant), body (sweets to eat) and spirit (uplifting poetry on a stick)! Now I am truly ready for Maytime Magic.

Martha Rossini Olson

Letter from LumenUS

An Ending, a Beginning: A Message from the LumenUs Team

Dear Lumen Christi and Highland Catholic School Member:

After two-plus years of researching, interviewing, discussing, debating, discerning and praying, the LumenUs Strategic Planning Team completed our charge and delivered a starting point to what will become a parish-wide conversation and, perhaps, transformation.

The LumenUs effort was never intended to provide all the answers, more to ask the right questions and discern who we are as parish and what we are called to be for each other and in the world. The planning effort produced several important elements that a new implementation team-made up of members of the Parish Council and the LumenUs team-are working to introduce in the parish beginning this fall.

A New Organizational Structure

As we wrestled with issues and opportunities facing Lumen Christi, we realized our parish

and school are blessed with incredibly gifted people, committed to doing the work of the Gospel. We saw that people find relevance, share gifts and resources, learn, and share faith when they are in communion with one another. And so we set out to leverage that giftedness and commitment by developing an organizational structure that:

*builds networks of relationships and connects people to people;

*relies on servant leadership and creates clear channels for decision-making and communication;

*ensures that the majority of decision making happens where it should-with the people doing the work in the ministries and task groups around the parish;

*introduces a clearer path for visioning and better communication across our various ministries.

In short, we're creating a structure that brings us all into the life of our faith.

The structure also offers many more opportunities to participate in parish leadership as well as training and orientation to ensure leaders understand their roles, expectations, and other factors critical to their success. We will be offering a discernment process for leadership positions this fall.

Detailed report on the Ministry Council Leadership structure.

Ministry Council Organizational Chart

Other elements of the LumenUs Plan will guide our new leadership team and all parish ministries. They include:

Parish Mission

How powerful it would be if each of us began our days, our Mass, our prayer, our meetings reflecting on this one statement! Our new structure and everything we do as a parish will help us live out this mission.

Guiding Values

The values define the essence of Lumen Christi and are intended to provide a foundation for all our actions and decisions. Some values are deeply embedded in our culture and unique to our community, while others we aspire to.These values include Compassionate Listening; Gratitude; Life-long Faith Formation; Prayer; Respect; Service; Transparency; and Welcoming Community.

Descriptions of how Lumen Christi is guided by these values

Overarching Goals

In setting the parish's focus for the next three to five years, the LumenUs team recommended three cross-ministry outcomes to help align resources, inspire involvement and guide leadership decisions and annual planning. They include:

1.Build the new Leadership Structure

2.Create a Culture of Welcoming, Belonging and Service to Others

3.Integrate Parish and School Community

Detailed report of Overarching Goals

Consistent Themes and Demographics

These 14 trends and issues identified through information gathering and analysis, present key challenges to Lumen Christi over the next three to five years and formed the basis of the Strategic Plan.

Click on the theme for a full description.

1.) Belonging

2.) Communication

3.) Disciples & Stewards

4.) External Community: Highland Park Demographics

5.) Forming One Parish and School Community

6.) Leadership

7.) Life-long Faith Formation

8.) Liturgy

9.) Organizational Structure

10.) Parish Finances

11.) Pastoral Care for an Aging Population

12.) Property Management

13.) School Sustainability

14.) Youth Ministry

Demographic Report

And so we begin

As we said, all of this work, documentation and planning bring us not to an end, but a starting point. The details will never be completely worked out, the process never perfect. So we will trust the spirit and the people of this parish and simply begin. An implementation team under the guidance of Fr. Paul is tasked with preparing for this beginning, with the goal of inviting parishioners into the new leadership structure in Fall 2015. The team, made up of the members of the LumenUs team plus Parish Council Members John Krenik, Deb Mauer and Kari Tierney, is focused on five charges:

1.Leadership Orientation and Training


3.Leadership Discernment Process and Forming the First Leadership Team

4.Annual Planning and Budgeting

5.Breaking Bread-Preparing the environment for all parish leaders to gather monthly for a simple meal and information sharing before they convene their own Ministry Council Meetings.

There is so much more to share. Our intent is to give you a sense of where we're headed as a parish and connect you with more detail if you desire. It's time now to expand beyond a planning team and draw the entire parish into the conversation. We hope each parishioner will open your heart to consider your role in living out the mission and values of Lumen Christi. The invitation to leadership and continued community participation is coming...

With blessings and gratitude,

The LumenUs Planning Team

Ann DeGree, Kevin Franklin, Mike Harley, Margaret George, Bill Leary, Anne Maley, John Morin, Amy Murphy and Tom Schumacher

4 Star Parent Aware Rating

Our Preschool was just awarded the highest possible rating, 4 stars! This rating shows our commitment to quality early care and education and assures families in our community that we are reaching for the stars! Congratulations to Preschool Director, Kassy Kenney, and the incredible preschool team.

Chance to Support St. Jude's

Soon to be third grader, Drew G. is running Grandma’s 5K again this year to raise money for St. Jude. Here is a link to his fundraising page:


Way to go Drew!

All ProDad Breakfast

Our AllPro Dad Breakfast was a huge success! Over 170 Dads and children attended our kick-off event. Please mark your calendars now for next year's breakfasts: 9/25, 1/8, and 5/20. Thanks to John Francis and our HCS Men's Club for bringing this great gathering to our school community.

Upcoming Dates

Out-of-Uniform the remainder of the school year.

Monday, June 1st 8:15 a.m. Last PRIDE of the year.

June 1st 5:30 p.m. Bus leaves for Council Meeting - Click here to sign up: http://tinyurl.com/HiCbus

Tuesday, June 2nd -Graduation Breakfast 8 a.m. Community Room

- Graduation Photos 6 p.m. in Church

- Graduation Mass 7 p.m. followed by Reception

Wednesday, June 3rd - Third Grade Riverboat Excursion

Thursday, June 4th - LAST day of school!

-Field Day K-4, Thanks, Mr. Petersen.

-5th Grade Bowling Trip

-All School Treat from Home and School Committee-Cupcake Truck!

-Prayer Service 2 p.m. in Church

Please join us as we close out this year and bid farewell to second grade teacher, Mrs. Judy Litecky, after 43 delightful years at Hi-C!