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April 8, 2020


Suffering has meaning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today, we are in the middle of Holy Week. Even though we will not be in church to be reminded of our Lord’s Last Supper, of His passion and death or of His glorious resurrection, we are still able to find meaning there.

At St. Xavier and at McAuley, I taught a course to juniors and seniors which focused on suffering. Students had to come to terms with this profound syllogism. Life has meaning; Life has suffering (therefore inescapably) Suffering has meaning. We are reminded this week of Jesus’ own struggle with the mystery of suffering. Jesus cries out on the cross, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani? My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (MT 26) If Jesus must also wrestle with this truth, so too must all of us.

I do not pretend nor presume that I understand why so many are suffering during this pandemic. I do not have the wisdom nor the insight to understand why we are here. However, in the confidence and faith in the Risen Christ, I do believe that this suffering also has meaning.

I hope, pray and believe that in coming through this we will have a profound commitment to the dignity of all human beings even those whom we may have overlooked or even looked through in the past. I believe that we can emerge from this with a deeper respect for all life; our own, our families, our neighbors, the unborn, our planet and especially the poor. I believe that, if in the midst of this suffering we turn to kindness, compassion and generosity, we will become more fully who God is calling us to be this Easter Season.

Please take the time this week to pray with your daughters and sons for the Easter Faith to work at trusting that Suffering has meaning. I do not and will not in this life fully understand this mystery, but I take hope in the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ. We have included in this newsletter a Fox 19 News video about real strength in the face of suffering. This article is about Mr. Tony Acito’s daughter, Emily. It gives me great hope, and I believe that it will for you as well.


Dan Minelli

The Strongest of Souls: Emily Acito

Joe Danneman - WXIX on Facebook Watch

Blessings Bags for Healthcare Heroes

The St. John the Baptist Parish Development Committee is creating "round two" of their Blessings Bags for Healthcare Heroes and dropping them off to local ER's in Cincinnati.

If you would like to sign up to donate and/or learn more about this service project, please click the link below. Deadline for drop off is April 11th.

Blessings Bags Sign Up



Don't miss out on all the memories! We have received so many wonderful photos of everything you are doing at home these past few weeks to finish our yearbook pages.

1) Order your yearbook online at and use Yearbook ID Code: 12651120

Yearbooks should arrive in mid August and be distributed at the beginning of next school year.

help support Colerain Small Businesses

It is important to remember our small business owners in Colerain Township during this difficult time. They are always very generous to St. John's when it comes to our school and parish fundraisers, and we need to make sure that we support them in return in whatever way possible.

Pebble Creek Easter Egg Coloring Contest

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Google Classroom User Guide

If you have any questions about Google Classroom, follow the link below for a complete guide.

Blue Jay Showcase

And the Winner is...EVERYONE!!!

That's a wrap on our "30 Seconds of Fame" Virtual Talent Show. We hope you enjoyed watching all of the videos last week on our social media channels. Check out some highlights in the video below. Thank you to all of our amazing and multi-talented participants! Everyone is a WINNER!
St John's Virtual Talent Show Highlights

The Gift of Time

Just another small blessing amidst all the uncertainties that surround us right now....the gift of extra time. Time that this creative seventh grader used to search the great outdoors for the perfect sticks to build this cross. What a beautiful idea during Holy Week!

Holy Week Kindergarten Project

Mrs. Unkrich's kindergarten class completed a Holy Week project from home by using different creative ways to make three crosses on a hill.

Getting Our Distance Learn On!

Thank you to everyone who continues to share their distance learning photos with us. We love seeing our students hard at work and play. Please keep the pictures coming to

We have an author in the house!

One of our talented eighth grade girls has written a novel and had it published on She is currently ranked #136 out of 15.2k stories in the "siblings" ranking. What an accomplishment!
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Check Out These Resources

Free Access to over 800,000 Books

You have FREE access to over 800,000 ebooks, including textbooks, educational materials, bestsellers, young adult, and children’s titles. Students can read books in audio, audio + highlighted text, braille, and large font.

Click here: Bookshare

Make a corona Virus Time Capsule

Get TIME for Kids Free

Made possible by Google, AT&T, HP and PwC Charitable Foundation, the new TIME for Kids digital library will be available for free for the remainder of the school year.

Click here: TIME Kids

Resources & Activities for Every Age Student

Check out this incredible list of resources for parents. Thank you to Shannon Bonno for sharing this valuable information with us.

Click here: Resource List

Velocity Speed & Agility Summer Camp

Athletic Boosters

St. John's Football Sign Ups

Football sign ups are open until April 26 for the fall 2020 season. The season will run from August 3rd through November 4th (play offs). For more information or to sign up please visit the SJB Boosters website. Any questions, please contact our coordinator, Brant Smith at 615-9383.

Program Levels are as follows:

Bandit (Kindergarten-2nd grade), Pony (3rd-4th), Reserve (5th-6th), Varsity (7th-8th).


Bandits practice Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Pony through Varsity practice Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (typically).

Equipment is provided by the program.

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