Crusader Chronicle

St. Ignatius of Antioch Elementary School

9-11 Prayer of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis

We ask you in your goodness

to give eternal light and peace

to all who died on 9-11—

the heroic first-responders:

along with all the innocent men and women

who were victims of this tragedy.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:

peace in the hearts of all men and women

and peace among the nations of the earth.

Turn to your way of love

those whose hearts and minds

are consumed with hatred.

God of understanding,

overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,

we seek your light and guidance

as we confront such terrible events.

Grant that those whose lives were spared

may live so that the lives lost here

may not have been lost in vain.

Comfort and console us,

strengthen us in hope,

and give us the wisdom and courage

to work tirelessly for a world

where true peace and love reign

among nations and in the hearts of all.


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First Week of School

A Great Start!

Thank you to our faculty and staff, to our students, and to all our parents for a wonderful first week of school. It was a tremendous blessing to welcome all of our students, to see their smiling faces, to hear their laughter in the hallways and at recess, and to witness their excitement about being together. I was able to visit every classroom, where I saw the talent and care of our faculty and the joy of learning in our students.

A special thank you to the parents who volunteered in the cafeteria and at recess this past week. Please see the Google Form in this newsletter if you would like to join us and help at lunch time.

On the first day of school, I told the students, "You may be the only Jesus someone meets today." We all carry Jesus within us, especially through the sacraments, and we have met Jesus many times this week in each other and our interactions at school. Let us pray that within our families, at school, and in our communities, we will allow others to meet Jesus through us.

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Important Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders

Thank you for following the procedures for car drop off and car pick up.

For car drop off, please stay in the drop off line and do not drive around the car in front of you. Wait until the car in front of you pulls forward before you pull forward.

For car pick up, please wait until the school staff member gives the signal for your line of cars to pull out and drive out of the parking lot before starting to drive away.

For Pre-K drop off and pick up, please follow the procedures, leaving the lanes with cones at the ends empty for parents to drive out once they have walked their Pre-K students to the Pre-K building. Please take extra care as you are driving, parking, and leaving after Pre-K drop off and pick up.

Back to School Night

Back to School Night is this Wednesday night, beginning at 6:30 pm in the church basement. After some brief presentations, you will be directed to go to the school building to visit classrooms and hear brief presentations from the teachers. Classroom visitations will begin at 7:05 pm, with three sessions (7:05 to 7:15, 7:20 to 7:30, and 7:35 to 7:45). You will have time to visit your child's homeroom teacher and one or two of your child's enrichment teachers. For those of you with students in Grades 5 through 8, you can also visit your child's Science and Math teachers. If your child is in Math Honors, you can also visit your child's Math Honors teacher. If both parents can attend Back to School Night, feel free to visit two different classrooms during each of the three sessions. You will have time after the third session to stop by the sign up tables for upcoming Home and School events.

We look forward to seeing all of you at Back to School Night this Wednesday!


Our before and after school care program, CARES, started this past week. You can still sign up for CARES if you would like. Please see the attached letter for more information.
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Busing Information

Pennsbury has assured us that they are working on the busing issues. Please contact Mrs. Madden at with any questions.

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, September 14th, at 1:15 pm is the first opportunity this year for St. Ignatius of Antioch student confessions.

Wednesday, September 14th, at 6:30 pm, is Back to School Night. Please come and hear presentations about your children's classes, school events, and volunteer opportunities.

Saturday, September 17th, after 4 pm Mass, is the Parish Picnic. Please sign up on the parish website.

Tuesday, September 20th, is our first school-wide Mass for this school year. We will be joining the St. Ignatius Parish community for Mass at 9 am.

Saturday, September 24th, at 6:00 pm, is the St. Ignatius School Welcome Back Beef and Beer. More information about this fun event is available on the school and parish websites and will be available at Back to School Night.

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CYO News

Please see the attached flyer for Fall 2022 CYO opportunities and information, and click on the link to register.

St. Ignatius of Antioch CYO Cross Country

2022 CYO Cross Country Season

If your child enjoys running and racing long distances, please join us for the 2022 Cross Country season. Registration will start this Monday August 29th and will run through Thursday September 9th. You can register you child Monday through Thursday at the Canal, off Black Rock Rd., at 6:00 PM or at 7 PM.

Registration is open to all families registered with the St. Ignatius parish and attend 1st grade through 8th grade.

We will start practices for 4th graders through 8th graders this Monday August 29th at the Canal (off Black Rock Rd.) from 6 PM to 7 PM. Athletes born from 2013 through 2007 will practice Monday through Thursday. 1st graders through 3rd graders will start on Tuesday September 6th. Athletes born from 2014 through 2016 will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will hold practices for now at the Canal. Eventually, we will alternate practices between Tyler State Park and the Canal.

Meets will be at Belmont Plateau, Fairmont Park in Philadelphia on Sundays from 1 PM to 4 PM. Meets will start mid-September and run through the end of October. More information to come.

Registration will be $70 per child (see attached registration). All athletes from 1st grade through 8th grade are eligible. If you are interested in registering your child or learning more about the program, feel free to stop by the Canal (off Black Road) anytime next week (Mon through Thursday) at 6:00 PM or at 7:00 PM. We have attached the registration form for your convenience.

The age groups for this year are as follows:

Sub-novices: Born in 2016, 2015, and 2014. Their race is 2,000 meters long (1.25 miles)

Novices: Born in 2013 and 2012. Their race is 3,000 meters long (1.9 miles)

Minors: Born in 2011 and 2010. Their race is 3,000 meters long (1.9 miles)

Cadets: Born between Sep. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2009. Their race is 4,000 meters long (2.5 mile

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St. Ignatius of Antioch Cub Scouts

Please click on the link for information about the Cub Scouts and upcoming events.

Other Important Information

If you have not already taken care of it, please check the school website for Medical Records and Immunizations, under the Parents Tab, for the new school year. The Pennsylvania State law requirements are explained there, and the medical forms are linked for those who may still need them. Please be sure to complete all immunizations and dental examinations required for your child's grade level.

For those of you who need to leave medications at school for your children, please complete the forms from the Health Office. Please bring the medication with the completed forms to the Health Office. See the Health Office Aide or the nurse (Wednesdays only) for more information.

Please check the school website ( for updated documents (2022-2023 School Handbook, Responsible Use Policy for Technology, etc.) and for accompanying parent and student signature forms. Please return signed forms as soon as possible. Signature forms are attached here as well.

Parish Women's Bible Study - Walking with Purpose


Walking With Purpose is a national women’s Catholic Bible study program. Participants at the St. Ignatius of Antioch chapter are women of all ages and faith backgrounds , seeking to grow in faith. Our first session is on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. The course this year includes two bible studies:

Ordering Your Priorities lays a foundation that helps women focus on the things that matter most. Diving into the pages of Scripture, we’ll connect our modern-day challenges with the changeless truths of our faith.

Reclaiming Friendship explores God's plan for friendship, and what it means to be created in His image. This study helps us to understand what it is to have lasting and abiding friendships.

WWP meets at St. Ignatius on:

Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:15am in the church auditorium


Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8:30pm in the Antioch Center.

No Bible study experience is needed.

If you can't attend every week, come when you can. If you can’t prepare for each week’s study, come anyway and join the discussion.

Register at - click on Ministries – Spirituality - Women’s Ministry - Walking With Purpose.

Contact us with any questions at:

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St. Ignatius of Antioch, pray for us!