62nd Edition: February 9, 2018

Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

To say that we've been on a roller-coaster this past week would be an understatement. We had "end-cap" snow cancellations this week: Monday's after school activities, and of course, today's snow day. In addition to the many factors that we take when considering school cancellations, we also consider how many of our students travel considerable distances to attend Marian Central. We had to also make a quick decision about our Spring Musical performance for tonight. Considering our students would need to be travelling back to Marian around 4:30 pm, we felt it was too great a risk to have our students - and later, our audience - out in this weather, especially with the wind picking up to add drifting and blowing across the highways.

Once inside our beloved school, our most ardent prayer is that our students feel safe in every possible way. Recently, an act of vandalism involving an unspeakable racial slur caused our students to feel unsafe at our school. Although the vandalism was quickly and completely removed and the investigation was completed with significant consequences, the act itself demanded deeper reflection and discussion within our community. This past Tuesday, at an all school assembly, Mr. Baldwin condemned any acts of racism and hatred, and also challenged the entire Marian Central family to reflect on what it means to be a family of God.

As a school community - we should always aim to welcome and celebrate each other's differences because anything less is "ultimately a denial of human dignity, " as Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, explains in his powerful letter entitled "The Challenge of Racism." Cardinal Wuerl continues:

"To address racism, we need to recognize two things: that it exists in a variety of forms, some more subtle and others more obvious; and that there is something we can do about it even if we realize that what we say and the steps we take will not result in an immediate solution to a problem that spans generations. We must, however, confront this issue with the conviction that in some personal ways we can help to resolve it."

We will continue to discuss and seek understanding in our beloved school. We ask that you continue this conversation within your own family, too, and encourage questions, no matter how uncomfortable they may be. We have made this our goal this year through our Conversations that Matter - to tackle head on the issues that threaten our children - whether it's substance abuse, anxiety, social media, or racism and prejudice.

We vow to provide an environment in which spiritual, academic, emotional, and physical growth may occur safely. We vow to hold accountable actions of malice. As part of our school's mission, we have dedicated ourselves to seek the Truth. And truth is often painful to hear, and it is even more difficult to live. Even so...God has given us the tools to take this pilgrimage. He gave us each other. He gave us this school community. He gave us our Church and all the saints to guide us. Most of all, he gave us his only Son. Let us do this for Him.

Week At-A-Glance: February 10 - 16 2018

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Marian Cares event in Landers Pavilion

3:00 pm - Boys So Basketball vs Harvest Christian

4:30 pm - Boys Var Basketball vs Harvest Christian

5:00 pm - Spring Musical, Cinderella

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

2:00 pm - Spring Musical, Cinderella

7:00 pm - Spring Musical, Cinderella - Friday Feb. 9th tickets honored!

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

8th Pd - IL National Guard rep in Guidance

BlackBox audition sign up outside room 131

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

7:40 am: Rosary Service in Chapel

All Lunch Periods: Eucharistic Adoration in Chapel

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

8:55 am - All School Mass, Ash Wednesday in Landers Pavilion All Welcome!

All Lunch Periods: Eucharistic Adoration in Chapel

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

All Lunch Periods: Eucharistic Adoration in Chapel

7:30 - 8:30 pm: Catholic College Fair in Auditorium Commons!

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 - Spirit Dress Down Day!

5:30 pm - Boys F-A & So Basketball vs Marian Catholic

7:00 pm - Boys F-B & Var Basketball vs Marian Catholic

Check out our detailed Athletic Calendar for all practice times, team dinners, and "Away" games for this week!

Interested in any Clubs & Organizations? Check out the Clubs/Organizations page for more information and a calendar of meeting times!


Rodgers & Hammerstein’s


Saturday, Feb. 10th at 5 p.m.

*Dress up, and bring your camera for a photo opp with your favorite character following the Saturday, 5:00 pm show!

Sunday, Feb. 11th at 2 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 11th at 7 p.m. (Friday tickets honored for this performance)

$10 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

Here ye, here ye! A royal proclamation! Please join us for our rendition of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, including the classic songs, “The Prince is Giving a Ball”, “In My Own Little Corner”, and “Ten Minutes Ago”. Presented by our talented and, of course, royal company, Cinderella reminds us that with faith and love, even “Impossible” dreams can come true.

There are still some tickets available for purchase at the box office. Box office opens 45 minutes prior to curtain time!

Please arrive early if purchasing tickets a the box office!

Come one, come all, for a wonderful show full of fun, dancing, singing and magic!

3rd Quarter Conversations that Matter: Social Media and Texting MARCH 8TH, 7pm

In an effort to partner with our families and community, Marian Central Catholic High School is hosting a quarterly series on various topics that are important and impact our students.

This third session in this series will review the dangers pre-teens and teens face while engaging with social media and texting. This session will include a discussion on the recent data about teen use of their devices, benefits and dangers of social media, legal ramifications of certain online and texting behaviors, as well as the effects on both senders and receivers.

Specific focus will be on:

- Sexting

- Harrassment

- Cyberstalking

- Online Preditors

We will have two expert speakers to address this topic:

Patrick Kenneally, McHenry County State's Attorney

Dan Wilbrandt, McHenry County Assistant State's Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division

Feel free to click on the speaker's name for a brief bio about her.

We will also have a priest, Father Carl Beekman from Sts. Peter and Paul, Cary, that will address the Church's perspective on this issue.

Please join us as we talk about these tough issues and look for real solutions together.

>>> This session is designed for BOTH parents and students.


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To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select Marian Central Catholic High School to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Your selection will be remembered and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

You use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Calling All Seniors: It's Time to Submit Your BABY PHOTO!

Dear Marian Senior Family,

It is the time of the year where the yearbook, The Memorare, is collecting baby photos of the Senior class. Photos should be appropriate and tend to be between ages 6 months-2 years. We ask that these photos be clear and scannable.

Senior students will be turning in their baby photos to their English teacher. We will return these photos in the same condition, we just ask that the following information is provided on the back of the photo:

  • Student’s printed FULL name
  • English Teacher’s Name & Class Period

*You May also email a clear JPEG File of the scanned baby photo to Please include your student’s full name with the email.

If your student(s) chooses not to submit a photo, he or she will have no smaller photo next to their official portrait. The space will simply be left blank. To guarantee every Senior has a photo, we ask that students bring their photos in NO LATER than Thursday, March 8th, 201​8

We will return the photos once they have been successfully scanned into our system.

Should you have any questions, please contact Miss Gallagher ( We look forward in creating a lifetime of memories for the Class of 2018!

Sincerely, The 2017-2018 Memorare Editors, Advisers, and Staff

Dodge Journey Raffle UNDERWAY!

Who wants a FREE CAR?

or better yet...

Who wants a DAY OFF SCHOOL?

On Monday, Jan. 22nd, we sent home raffle tickets to every student, and we are already receiving requests for more! The class with the most ticket sales will be excused from school the day of prom (Friday, April 27). Students are not required to sell raffle tickets and can turn unsold tickets in to the office.

Click HERE for more information about the Raffle and our annual Dinner/Dance Auction!

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Roaring 20's Annual Dinner Auction: Saturday, March 10th! SAVE THE DATE!

Save the date for the Roaring 20's Annual Dinner Auction on Saturday, March 10! Enjoy a night of dinner, live entertainment, cocktails, live and silent auction and dancing. All proceeds will go towards Marian families in need of tuition assistance. To purchase tickets, click HERE!

Mini Catholic College Fair coming to Marian Central on Thursday, February 15 at 7:00 pm!

Admissions representatives from fifteen Catholic colleges in the Midwest will be here at Marian to answer all your questions! The evening will begin at 7:00 pm in the auditorium with a 30 minute presentation about the benefits of attending a small, Catholic college. The actual mini fair will take place from 7:30-8:30 pm in auditorium lobby. Each college will have a table set up with information and an admissions representative on hand to answer your questions.

The following colleges will be in attendance:

Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI

Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI

Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI

Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN

Loras College, Dubuque, IA

Marian University, Indianapolis, IN

Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI

Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA

Quincy University, Quincy, IL

St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

St. Mary's University, Winona, MN

St. Norbert College, DePere, WI

University of Mary, Bismarck, ND

Viterbo University, LaCrosse, WI

Any questions...please contact the Guidance Office!

Spring Sports Registration Information

If your student plans to participate in a Spring Sport, please be aware of the deadlines that are quickly approaching for registration and sports physicals. On-line Registration and Physical required by February 19th. Please mail, fax or drop your physical forms to the AD Office before registration deadline. Failure to register and provide a physical will result in student-athletes not being able tryout/participate on the start date of their sport.

· On-line registration is located on the Marian Central Catholic Athletic site under the registration tab.

· Athletic Director Office direct fax: 815-338-5883

· If you have any questions please contact:

o Athletic Director Mr. Curtis Price at or 815-338-4220 ext. 119

o Assistant Athletic Director Mrs. Kelly Jackson at or 815-338-4220 ext. 111

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PROM -FORMAL (April 27th - Juniors and Seniors only) Gowns and Tuxedos are the typical attire for this event. Again, with dresses, since there are so many selections out there - it is important that our school's conservative attire is respected.

Society (and the media) may be tempting our young men and women to dress and behave far beyond their age - but we have to do our best to protect the age they actually are. Thank you for always partnering with us in this effort to prepare them for adulthood, while still honoring and protecting their age.

We hope you find this Semi/Formal Dress Guideline helpful!

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