Marian Central Friday Focus
278th Issue - December 15, 2023
From the Desk of Mike Shukis
For this Friday Focus I will share my favorite Christmas story called, Jesus Came to Dinner.
Ruth looked at the envelope again. There was no stamp, no postmark, only her name and address. She read the letter one more time…
I’m going to be in your neighborhood Saturday afternoon and I’d like to stop by for a visit.
Her hands were shaking as she placed the letter on the table. “Why would the Lord want to visit me? I’m nobody special. I don’t have anything to offer.”
With that thought, Ruth remembered her empty kitchen cabinets. “Oh my goodness, I really don’t have anything to offer. I’ll have to run down to the store and buy something for dinner.”
She reached for her purse and counted out its contents. Seven dollars and forty cents. “Well, I can get some bread and cold cuts, at least.” She threw on her coat and hurried out the door.
A loaf of French bread, a half-pound of sliced turkey, and a carton of milk…leaving Ruth with a grand total of twelve cents to last her until Monday. Nonetheless, she felt satisfied as she headed home, her meager offerings tucked under her arm.
“Hey lady, can you help us, lady?” Ruth had been so absorbed in her dinner plans, she hadn’t even noticed two figures huddled in the alleyway. A man and a woman, both of them dressed in little more than rags.
“Look lady, I ain’t got a job, ya know, and my wife and I have been living out here on the street, and, well, now it’s getting cold and we’re getting kinda hungry and, well, if you could help us, lady, we’d really appreciate it.”
Ruth looked at them both. They were dirty, they smelled bad and frankly, she was certain that they could get some kind of work if they really wanted to. “Sir, I’d like to help you, but I’m a poor woman myself. All I have is a few cold cuts and some bread, and I’m having an important guest for dinner tonight and I was planning on serving that to Him.”
“Yeah, well, ok lady, I understand. Thanks anyway.” The man put his arm around the woman’s shoulders, turned and headed back into the alley.
As she watched them leave, Ruth felt a familiar twinge in her heart. “Sir, wait!” The couple stopped and turned as she ran down the alley after them. “Look, why don’t you take this food. I’ll figure out something else to serve my guest.” She handed the man her grocery bag.
“Thank you, lady. Thank you very much!” “Yes, thank you!” It was the man’s wife, and Ruth could see now that she was shivering.
“You know, I’ve got another coat at home. Here, why don’t you take this one.” Ruth unbuttoned her jacket and slipped it over the woman’s shoulders. Then smiling, she turned and walked back to the street…without her coat and with nothing to serve her guest. “Thank you, lady! Thank you very much!”
Ruth was chilled by the time she reached her front door and worried too. The Lord was coming to visit and she didn’t have anything to offer Him. She fumbled through her purse for the door key. But as she did, she noticed another envelope in her mailbox. “That’s odd. The mailman doesn’t usually come twice in one day.” She took the envelope out of the box and opened it.
It was so good to see you again. Thank you for the lovely meal. And thank you too, for the beautiful coat.
The air was still cold, but even without her coat, Ruth no longer noticed.
Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?’
And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.”
Prom Dress Code
Over the years I have learned some good life lessons, one I would like to share with you is that you need to start shopping for your Prom dress soon! Being a guy this thought would never have crossed my mind, but after experiencing this with two wonderful daughters I feel it is something that I need to share with you, especially for all the fathers of daughters out there.
Over the past few years we have put together a visual guide (see below) to help you with that important selection process. Remember we are a Catholic school and we want all students to dress modestly, yet tastefully and make this event a positive night to remember for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Jr. Hurricanes Boys Basketball
The Jr. Hurricanes Boys Basketball Program is open to aspiring high school athletes in grades 5-8 who wish to develop their skills, increase their basketball knowledge, and meet other basketball players before high school! Players from all schools are welcome to join.
If your child is interested in playing, please complete the interest form here. More details and registration coming soon to those who complete the interest form.
Save the Date - College Information Night
Please save the date for the annual College Information Night. This in-person program will take place on Wednesday, January 24th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, with a meet and greet with college reps from 6:00pm - 6:30pm. More information will be available after the first of the year. This program is also open to freshman and sophomore families.
Exam Exemptions - Seniors
if you would like to be exempt from Semester 2 exams, the process starts now. Please review the form below to make sure you understand what you will need to accomplish regarding academics, discipline and attendance over the next 2 quarters in order to be exempt from your second semester exams.
Exam Exemptions - AP Classes
ALL STUDENTS (GRADES 9-12):
If you are enrolled in, paid the fee for, and eventually take the College Board test for any AP class, you have the options to be exempt from taking their end of semester 2 final exam for that class. Students qualify by earning at least an 87% in the class by May 17 AND have taken the AP College Board test.
Please use the form below to submit your request to the main office no later than end of day Monday, May 16.
First Semester Exams are approaching quickly! On Wednesday, November 29, our wonderful Student Mentors met with their Freshmen and Transfer Mentees and reviewed some great tips on how to not only survive but thrive during this otherwise stressful time for students.
Though the packet linked below was already shared with the Freshmen and other new students to Marian, we also thought it would be useful for all students and parents to peruse. Whether students use some of the tips or all, if this information can be of any help to better preparing our students for the upcoming exams, all the better!