Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

4th Edition October 7, 2016

from the Superintendent...

Maybe it's because things have been so busy lately, but I just noticed for the first time this week that the leaves on campus have changed color. Gone are the varying shades of green; now we have muted green mixed with yellow and orange. Add to this fact the recent change of weather, and I think we can say with some certainty that Fall is finally upon us!

With the coming of Fall, our schedule here at Marian Central starts to speed up even more (if that's possible!). The Columbus Day break; the Grandparents' Mass on the 21st; Quarter Exams at the end of the month; parent-teacher conferences early in November; the retreat season; Thanksgiving: all are happening in the coming weeks. It will be Christmas before we know it!

In any case, at this moment when we pause to celebrate the coming home of our alumni, family, and friends, let's make sure that we spend a minute to take a break in the coming week ourselves. Let's find moments to slow things down a little bit. If we don't, we might find that we have missed out on those things that make our lives so precious and the changing of the leaves.

from the Spiritual Director...

Did you know that we have the help of two other priests at Marian Central this year? Fr. John McNamara and Fr. Ervin Caliente, both parochial vicars at St. Mary Church in Huntley, are coming up on Mondays throughout the year to celebrate the sacraments and interact with our students. They are spending time counseling and forgiving sins in the Confessional during all lunch periods, and making our Lord present in the Eucharist at after school Masses. We are extremely excited and grateful to these holy priests for taking time out of their schedules and coming to Marian Central to be part of our family.

Mark your calendars for the annual Grandparents' Mass, taking place on Friday, October 21st at 8:55 AM in Landers Pavilion. All grandparents are welcomed to come and celebrate Mass with the student body. We look forward to this Mass every year, especially those great moments after Mass when the students and grandparents have a chance to meet for a hug or chat. Every year, more and more grandparents have been joining us for this celebration of all that they do for our students and our school community. Hopefully, more of our grandparents can join us this year.

Homecoming Week 2016 - the Final Chapter

Homecoming Week 2016 has been a great success! The students joyfully participated in so many aspects of the celebration week, from dressing up for the themed days to spontaneous singing "Sweet Caroline" in the lunchroom! It always fills our hearts to watch the students experience this week, as we all recall our own personal memories from high school. Our Friday was filled with celebrations - first, celebrating Mass together this morning and ending our day celebrating our students in an action-packed pep assembly. Tonight, we celebrate our Homecoming Royalty, witness great sportsmanship, and honor several members of our dear Marian community together. We take this moment to appreciate what a blessing our school has been in our lives, and re-dedicate ourselves to its future together.

A special thank you to the Executive/Student Council and several faculty advisers who worked tirelessly to plan the events of this week. Planning for Homecoming actually began at the end of last school year, and continued through the summer up until now. This week is a true celebration of all of their hard work and dedication.

The PowderPuff game last night was thrilling and hard-fought. With 9 minutes left in the game, nature intervened (lightening) and the game had to be called. The girls played with such determination and grit, and the boys put on a half-time routine that has already become legendary! Furthermore, the entrance donations yielded over 200 lbs of non-perishable food items for the local food pantry, and your $2 door donation allowed us to contribute several hundred dollars to the Key Club's food truck scheduled later this month. Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed the evening with us!

Be sure to stop by the Fathers Club Pavilion tonight at the game to enjoy a FREE Italian Beef Sandwich from Joe's Place!

2016 Homecoming Court

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Week At-A-Glance: October 8 - 14, 2016

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016

  • Homecoming Dance 7:30pm - 10:30pm in Landers Pavilion
Please note: No admittance after 8:30pm. We do not allow students to leave and re-enter the dance, nor do we "hold" them at the dance until a specific time. Please know your student's plans for the evening.

Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

No School - Columbus Day

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

No School - Teacher Institute

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016


  • 7am: Books with Breakfast in the library
  • 2:40pm: Key Club meeting in cafeteria

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

  • Friends of Rachel Club meeting in Guidance

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
  • 7:30am: NHS meeting in Auditorium
  • 3pm-4pm: Key Club Baggo Tournament (sign up all week at lunch, $5 per player)

These are just the highlights of the activities happening this week at Marian. For a more detailed calendar, including all away games and practices, please visit our 8to18 Athletics Calendar. Or, click here for a more detailed look at the Marian Central school calendar (non-athletic.)

Girls Golf Class 1A Regional Champions! Sectionals on October 10th at Pontiac Elks Country Club, in Pontiac, IL!

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Boys Golf Class 2A Regional Champions! Sectionals on October 10th at Old Orchard Country Club in Mt. Prospect, IL!

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Student Activities and News

STEMfest at NIU!

Looking for something fun to do with your family tomorrow (Oct. 8th)? Check out STEMfest hosted at the Convocation Center at Northern Illinois University from 10am to 5pm. It's free and open to visitors of all ages and no registration is required to attend. What a great way to engage young learners in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! Information is linked in the above title, or available at go.niu/stemfest

Yearbook Survey

The Memorare staff is so excited as they begin work on this year's book, themed "Capturing the Memories"! The staff would like to find out what has been successful for our book, what traditions are favored that makes it truly part of Marian memories, and what areas they can improve! Please consider taking the brief survey (linked above by clicking on the title "Yearbook Survey") and help make the next yearbook the best ever!

Marian Central News online!

Have you checked out our online student newspaper yet? Through the combined effort of our Publication class and Journalism club, The Crown student newspaper online is bursting with new student-written articles and photos!

Fall Play is looking for parent-volunteers to help with flower sales and other areas of parent-support! If you have availability, please fill out this Fall Play Volunteer Form and come support this wonderful production. Tech week is just around the corner!

Parking Lot Improvements

When your students return to school on Wednesday, October 12th - they will immediately notice a few parking lot safety improvements that will be installed over the holiday weekend. We will be installing several stop signs, clearly indicating traffic right-of-way in addition to other necessary traffic pattern delineators. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to keep our students safe!

Office News...

Tuition Statements will be in the mail by October 12th. Due to the delay in this mailing, the payment due date has been changed from October 15th to October 21st.

Student Lunch Account balances can be increased online! Simply visit our school website, click on the "Payments Online" link, then select "lunch" from the drop-down menu to add money to your student's lunch account using a credit card. Or, simply click here for a quick-link: Payments Online

Marian's Future Looks BRIGHT!

Yard Sign Campaign: It's not too late to sign up! Our goal is to cover McHenry County with 350 signs from Halloween to November 20th. Please email our Director of Admissions, Mr. Mike Maloney at to reserve your yard sign today!

Calling all Parent Ambassadors!

The admissions office is looking for 5-7 parents to serve as Parent Abassadors for Marian Central Catholic High School. These dedicated volunteers would serve the school community in multiple capacities:

  • Be present at the Open House events to speak with prospective families.
  • Volunteer or identify volunteers to act as Marian Central's representative(s) at McHenry County Deanery Catholic Parish events.
  • Speak on behalf of Marian Central at masses.
  • Serve as general outreach support for the Office of Admissions and Marketing.

Ideally, we would love to have representatives from the various geographical reach of our student population. If you are interested in this inaugural group, please contact Mr. Mike Maloney at, or call (815) 338-4220 ext. 108.

Who Wants a NEW CAR? Back by popular demand, we will be auctioning off another BRAND NEW CAR for this year's auction raffle! Tickets will be on sale at the Homecoming Game!

Annual Phone-a-thon: This year's annual Phone-A-Thon will take place October 24th - 27th. Please contact 815-338-4220 ext. 125 if you would like to help with this great event! This is a wonderful way to get involved and work to support our Marian community!

Visit the Marian Central Website!

All announcements, schedules, and forms are published on our Marian website for your convenience! After any new announcements are broadcast via email, we make sure we post a permanent link to the information on our website for your reference.