MCCHS FRIDAY FOCUS
191st EDITION: April 23, 2021
From the Desk of Rev. Jared Twenty
“From His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace!”
Back in August, I began my first Friday Focus of the year with the bible verse above, in order to introduce the year’s spiritual theme: grace upon grace. Now, as we find ourselves on the home stretch, I would like to return to this theme for reflection.
Grace, theologically speaking, is God’s loving sacrificial gift of Himself, which, when openly received and cooperated within our lives, saves us from sin and transforms us into saints. It is a free gift; it cannot be earned, only accepted with gratitude. That’s why grace is so often used interchangeably with thanksgiving in Christian parlance (for example, when we thank God for food, we “say grace”). Together with St. John, every Christian is called upon to regularly reflect on the abundance of God’s love for them in Christ and say, “From His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace!”
It came to me in prayer last summer that this should be our theme for the year, in particular because it seemed to me that it would be really important for all of us to be grateful, especially in the face of so many reasons why we might be understandably tempted to complain, and even despair.
If you’re like me, you can look back on the past year and find plenty to complain about, plenty to be sad about, but plenty to be thankful and hopeful about as well. The year has been bumpy, but we’ve made it through. We were in person, then remote, then hybrid, then remote, then hybrid – but now we're back fully in person, and it seems to be going smoothly (thank you, Lord!). Not only that, we know now that many of our fun milestone end of the year events (or some version of them) will still be able to take place.
With that in mind, I’m happy to announce that we will be having Revival – our annual all school retreat – next week on Wednesday and Thursday. Additional information is noted below, but the most important thing to know is that our main goal for this time set apart for the Lord is to reflect in gratitude on all that God has given us throughout this past year, in spite of the many hardships.
He’s given us our health, our families, our friends, our school, and our faith. But most of all, He’s given us Himself.
Rev. Jared Twenty
Revival Retreat - April 28th and 29th
We will be having our annual Revival retreat this upcoming Wednesday, April 28, and Thursday, April 29. As usual, it is a requirement to attend the retreat every year at Marian. Like last year, the retreat will involve the entire student body, and will take place in the building. Students will follow the normal bell schedule #1 on both days.
The retreat will involve Mass, Adoration, Confessions, games, student witness talks (pre-recorded and played in the classrooms), and personal reflection time.
Next week we also have spirit dress down days. This will not be interrupted by the retreat. They can wear whatever they have planned for the scheduled theme days during the retreat.
We will continue to follow all social distancing and mask protocols during the retreat.
Remote students will receive links for the videos to watch from the retreat to participate virtually. They will be treated as asynchronous learning days, without attendance being taken each period.
Marian Central will provide lunch from Napoli for all students and staff on these retreat days as noted below. Individual ordering will not be available from Napoli or from our Cafeteria. If your student does not wish to eat the lunch provided, he/she can feel free to bring lunch from home.
Wednesday, April 28: Cheese Pizza, Mozzarella Sticks, Water
Thursday, April 29: Hamburger, Fries, Water
Please keep our students, staff, and faculty in prayer during the retreat, and we’ll pray for you!
Athletic Boosters - Next Meeting
The Athletic Booster Club is inviting you to their next meeting on Tuesday, April 27th at 7:00 pm in the Marian Central Cafeteria. Bring your ideas, come learn about the Athletic Booster Club, and how you can get involved in athletics!
Supporting a Marian Central Family
Last week, Jim Hogel, father of one current and two former Marian Central students, passed away unexpectedly. Jim was a wonderful father who worked hard to provide his children with the education he never had.
Jim’s three children have a combined eight years of college expenses remaining. To help the Hogel family during this difficult time, a GoFundMe has been set up to help cover their children’s remaining education costs.
If you are able, please consider donating and sharing the link below. Our condolences and prayers go out to Jim’s wife, children, and loved ones.
Please click here to learn more about supporting the Hogel Family
Themed Dress Down Days
Marian Central students and staff are invited to participate in the dress down days noted below for the week of April 26th - April 30th.
Monday - Sports Day - Support your favorite team
Tuesday - Freshmen/Sophomores - Country; Juniors/Seniors - Country Club
Wednesday - Dress like your favorite Superhero
Thursday - 80's Throwback Day
Friday - Show your Hurricane Pride by wearing Marian spiritwear
Friday, April 30th
Upcoming Virtual College Visits
Friday, April 30: University of Nebraska-Lincoln - 9th period
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