Dear Crusader Families,
The Crusader community is very blessed to have so many positives. Below are a few of the Crusader Shout-Outs that occurred this week.
There are a couple of volunteer opportunities available, so please take time to read and consider helping.
It is the time of the year when the High Schools begin sharing their information regarding Open Houses, Shadow Days, etc. To schedule a shadow day, please click on the High School link. If there are any questions regarding the High School information, please reach out directly to the High School.
I hope everyone has a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!
First Prayer Service
Many thanks to Ms. Cartone and the 7th grade class who prepared the first Prayer Service for the 2023-2024 school year!
Weeping Rachel Statue
The Respect Life Committee is pleased to announce that St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church will be blessed to have a “Weeping Rachel” statue permanently on our church grounds.
The statue is located between the Parish and School in the outdoor gathering space. The dedication and blessing of the statue will occur after the 9 am school Mass on Wednesday, September 13. Please join us as we officially welcome her to our community to provide comfort and hope to any man or woman who has lost a child under any circumstance. The dedication will occur just days before the Feast Day of Our Lady of Sorrows. Please pray that this statue will provide comfort to many and will broaden our scope of how our church can embrace all respect life issues.
Please read below to learn more about the talented and faithful artist, Sondra Jonson, Creator of the Weeping Rachel Statue:
With clients from the U.S. and Europe, Jonson puts everything she has into her art, whether it's a life-sized piece like "Rachel" or smaller pieces. Her work has been commissioned from the White House to the Vatican, for prisons, churches and parks, in secular and liturgical themes. But no matter what she makes, Jonson is meticulous in her work. "I can't just throw it out there, if I'm going to do it, I'm going to do my best," she said. This means what she creates takes time, with life-sized pieces taking almost a year to complete. Although some artists today don't follow standard aesthetic principals, using the theory of "anything goes," for Jonson, it's an intense emotional as well as a technical undertaking. "It's not like I'm making a widget. So much of your heart and mind goes into a piece," she explained. Such as one of her most popular sculptures, "Rachel." Based on Jeremiah 31:15-16. "Rachel mourns her children. She refuses to be consoled because her children are no more," this sculpture is her most collected and widely-known piece. She started the first life-sized Rachel in 1998 and completed in 1999. Now, there are 10 bronze pieces of "Rachel" and eight resins. The sculpture is unusual as it recognizes and honors how women grieve the loss of a child, due to miscarriage, abortion, addiction or other circumstances. Jonson said she was constantly praying while creating "Rachel." "I didn't want to make women feel worse. My prayer while making Rachel was to help me do this so it's helpful and not hurtful." "It's hard to acknowledge grief," she continued. "But if we don't address it, it gets buried." Jonson described the Rachel she depicted in her sculpture as mother with nothing left, the empty blanket a symbol of her loss. This represents her complete emptiness to God, Jonson said, "and only when she comes to that place, can God heal her." "I pray every day for the loss of a child through any circumstance," she said. "I feel so deeply for all women who lose their babies through any means or situations."
- Picture forms will be coming home with the students the week of August 28-September 1.
- Students should bring the picture forms, along with the picture form money, to school on Friday, September 8.
- All students will be Out of Uniform for Picture Day.
You are invited to attend a Mental Health First Aid training with the SFDS Teachers and Staff on Tuesday, September 12 and Tuesday, September 19 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The trainer is Lisa Averion, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Associate Director for Persons with Disabilities and a Crusader Parent. The training is open to the first 20 participants. The training is Free. More information can be found in the flyer. To attend the training, please register by clicking the link below.
Basketball Coordinator Opportunity
The position has not yet been filled and there are several things that need to be done:
- coordinating Home game gym availability
- coaches/league meetings
- practice schedules
- team registration/fees
- player registration/fees
- ref fees
- uniform distribution
The uniform coordinator position is also available. The uniform coordinator assigns uniforms, helps to distribute, then collects and inventories the uniforms.
Please note, if we do not have a designated Home gym with confirmed availability for our games, GCCYS will not allow us to participate in the basketball leagues. Availability disappears quickly and needs to be secured now.
If interested, please contact Andy Thomas. His contact information is listed below: