166th EDITION: October 2, 2020

From the Desk of Mr. Mike Shukis

Throughout my first year I began to tackle the question of, “What is Marian Central Catholic High School?” Who are we or better yet, who are we becoming? Asking around gave me a few good insights and what follows are some of those ideas combined with some of my own thoughts.

  • At Marian Central, our community is built upon the words of the Gospel – prayer, love, forgiveness, nonjudgement, humility, and truth.

  • Marian Central is a college prep high school that fosters responsible leadership, scholarship, spiritual growth and appreciation for the power of service.

Community, Responsible Leadership, Scholarship, Spiritual Growth, and Service all describe who we are and who we need to strive to become. We, however, need a strong foundation for which to build upon these qualities at Marian Central. I feel strongly that they can only be built on a foundation of Grace and Truth. In the Bible, Grace and love are often interchangeable. Grace is often times thought of as love or “getting along, being friends, being nice” and if you can’t be good you will be forgiven. To put it another way, Grace is unconditional love and acceptance. Therefore, Grace should be thought of as being the first ingredient needed in the construction of our foundation as it will also lead us in growing up in the image of God. In the end Grace will support all of us, the Marian faculty/staff, and students, to be who we truly are.

The only problem is that when Grace is alone, we can easily hear very little Truth spoken. With just Grace and no Truth, we can keep falling into the same old patterns over and over again. At times, we all need a little guidance. This is where Truth comes in. Truth will clearly show us the difference between what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is not good. More importantly, God’s Truth leads us to what is real, to what is accurate. Truth must be the second ingredient necessary for Marian to grow in the image of God. Truth and Grace must become equal parts to comprise Marian Central’s foundation.

How do I see Marian? I see Mary our Mother, answering our prayers for her beloved school and blessing us with a strong foundation of Grace and Truth. As we fill our school with love, forgiveness, and the knowledge of what is real and what is accurate, Marian Central will be able to build a strong Community that will include Responsible Leadership, Scholarship, Spiritual Growth, and Service.

Mr. Mike Shukis

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COVID-19 Update

Marian Central has not had one student test positive since we moved to the hybrid schedule. We have received word that some family members of our students have tested positive. These students have been tested and will quarantine as necessary. We will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with the MCDH and the Diocese of Rockford, and we look forward to the day we can all be together in our building at the same time.

Athletic Registration - DEADLINE TODAY

Attention ALL student athletes interested in playing a sport this school year: Please register by the end of the day today, Friday, October 2nd. Registration can be completed on Marian's athletic website or by clicking on the photo.

Winter* - (Nov. 16 - Feb. 13) Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Competitive Cheer, Competitive Dance and Boys Swimming & Diving.

Spring* - (Feb. 15 - May 1) Football, Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball

Summer* - (May 3 - June 26) Baseball, Softball, Boys and Girls Track & Field, Girls Soccer, Boys Lacrosse and Boys Tennis.

TBD - Chess, Bass Fishing and Fencing

*Subject to change

College Visits

WEEK OF 10/5 – 10/9

All juniors and seniors may attend these visits. Students must receive permission from their teachers to attend each visit and must sign up for all visits in SCOIR. Students learning remotely on the day(s) of any visits will be sent links to access the presentations through their MCCHS E-mail accounts.

Monday, October 5th: Bradley University, Xavier University

Tuesday, October 6th: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University

Wednesday, October 7th: Butler University, Dominican University (Illinois), Saint Louis University

Thursday, October 8th: Northern Michigan University, Knox College, University of Illinois-Springfield, Purdue University, Creighton University

Friday, October 9th: North Central College, Beloit College, Central Michigan University, University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology

Yearbook Photos

Yearbook photos for freshmen, sophomores and juniors will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 10th and 11th. Full uniform (sweater season begins Monday, November 2nd) is required for the photos. Ordering information will be shared at a later date.

Seniors who missed senior portrait days are invited to have their portraits taken on these days also.

Chapel Schedule

Fr. Twenty welcomes everyone to join him in the Marian Central Chapel daily during the times listed below.

Adoration: Daily during lunch periods

Confession: Daily at 2:40 pm

Mass: Daily at 3:00 pm

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conferences with teachers will take place virtually this year on

Thursday, October 22nd

from 5:00 - 8:00 pm and

Friday, October 23rd

from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

For additional information, please click here.


Order lunch from the Marian Central Cafeteria or from Napoli on any school day. Just place your order online prior to 8:00 am on the day you want to order. It's that easy! Click below for menus and ordering information.

Late Start

Wednesday, October 7th is a late start day. The first class for all students will begin at 9:45 am

Order lunch from the Marian Central Cafeteria or from Napoli by clicking here.

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