THE GRADE Announcements

January 2016

Dear Grade Students & Parents,

Last Sunday's Holy Family Homily at Montevista Center

A big Thank You! to all the families that attended the Holy Family Homily this past Sunday afternoon. The refreshments were delicious, thanks to all your contributions! Other highlights included, not only Fr. Bill's homily emphasizing the unity, warmth and affection of the Holy Family as a model for us all, but also Giuliano Bucheli's beautiful cello rendition of Mendelssohn's Ave Maria, plus Christmas carols led by Jeff Cannon and Patrick McNeely and in Spanish by Mariacarmen and Brianna Singh. The 7 horns (the deadly sins) of the pinata took a sound beating, much to the glee of the beneficiaries of its destruction -- candy for all and no injuries! Looks like a nice tradition may be starting!

January's Activities for High School Men include:

Saturday, January 2 - 11 am to 2 pm: Mentoring for the Grade.

By appointment only, as some mentors are not available this week due to holiday commitments. So, call or email your mentor to set up a mutually convenient time to get together, if not this Saturday then some other day and time that works for you both.

Saturday, January 2, 4 pm to 9 pm: High School Men's Meditation, sports, dinner and get together at Montevista Center with schedule as follows:

4 - 5:45 pm - soccer or basketball at nearby Trinity University, weather permitting.

6:00 pm - Meditation preached by Fr. Bill Shaughnessy, Montevista Center's Chaplain.

6:30 pm - Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament in Montevista Center's oratory.

6:45 pm - Free time. Priest available for confession, conversation, spiritual guidance.

7:30 pm - Pizza dinner (suggested donation $5)

8:10 pm - Get together in living room.

9:00 pm - Finish

All Grade students are invited, but not required, to attend, but if you do, bring friends! And if you plan to come, please contact me, Jim Keenan, at 713-703-3153 so we can be sure to have enough pizza!

Saturday, January 9, 2 pm to 5 pm: Mentoring for The Grade

Please call you mentor at numbers below to set a mutually convenient time to meet for 30-45 minutes.

Saturday, January 16, 2:00 pm to 4:15 pm: The Grade at TriPoint Center

Saturday, January 23, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Visit Residents at St. Francis Nursing Home at 630 West Woodlawn Avenue. Mr. Keenan will show his slides of his recent trip to the Holy Land, while students can visit with residents, serve them lemonade, etc.

Friday to Sunday, January 29 (9 pm) to January 31 (2 pm) - High School men's silent, spiritual retreat at Featherock Conference Center, Schulenburg, TX. For information & registration, See: This is the first and last high school men's retreat until the fall of 2016. The spiritual activities at Featherock Conference Center are entrusted to priests of Opus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church.

World Youth Day Trip to Poland - Pre-registration inquiries is now open for all students of The Grade wishing to travel Poland on a pilgrimage to attend World Youth Day in Krakow with Pope Francis on August 12, 2016. The high school/college group, led by the Director of Warwick House, the Opus dei center for men in Pittsburgh, will have the opportunity to visit many other interesting sites in Poland and Europe.

That's all for now. Happy New Year!

Jim Keenan

Director, The Grade

Contact your mentors

Call, text or email or your mentor to set a time (30 minute time slots) or make a appointment


Pedro Caranti, Cell: 713-494-0473 Email:

Kevin Gladin, Cell: 210-663-1364 Email:

Jim Keenan, Cell: 713-703-3153 Email:

Lal Lejano, Cell: 210-428-5554 Email:

Carlos Lorenzo, Cell: 210-753-0312 Email:

Jose M. (Chema) Martinez, Cell: 956-578-2495 Email:

Rafa Mendoza, Cell: 512-632-1860 Email:

Other questions? Please contact me, Jim Keenan at 713-703-3153 or