The Grade is next Saturday!

General Session #5 - January 9th

Dear Grade participants and parents,

We hope you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year's celebrations! We are gearing up for the second half of The Grade which resumes next Saturday, Jan. 9th from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Please mark your calendars! Also, there are some new announcements from Chaucer Drive Study Center below so please read on.

As always, please let me know if you are unable to attend this session due to other conflicts.



Alex Hoff

Director, The Grade

The Grade General Session

Saturday, Jan. 9th, 2:30-4:30pm

2301 Swift Blvd

Houston, TX

Extra Study Night on Wednesday at Western!

Tuesday Study Nights at Swift are still in full swing, however we are adding an extra study night at Western Academy's corner property on Long Point Rd. for those of you who live on the west side of town!

The studying will take place on the corner of Butlercrest and Long Point at 9909 Long Point. There are two driveways to enter by and a large parking lot!

As with Swift Study Nights, this is a quiet environment where serious study takes place, as well as a time to socialize with friends during dinner.

The schedule is as follows:

4:30 pm - Doors open

4:30 - 6:30pm - Quiet Study

6:30 - 7pm - Dinner (pizza, Chinese, Whataburger, etc. - $5)

7:30 - 7:40pm - Visit to the chapel at Western

7:40 - 8:30 - Quiet Study

8:30 - End

Confessions and spiritual direction with a priest will be available during the quiet study times.

Morning of Recollection at Chaucer Tomorrow!

All high school boys are invited to attend a morning of recollection at the Chaucer Drive Study Center.

A morning of recollection is like a mini retreat where you can spend some time in silence with God and reflect on the direction of your spiritual life. There is time for prayer, spiritual reading, and an examination of conscience. There is also confession available and Sunday mass will be offered. It is a great opportunity to *recollect* yourself and make good resolutions (both spiritual and material) for the month to come.

Here is the schedule:

10:00: Arrive, examination of conscience, spiritual reading
10:30: Holy Mass
11:30: Talk
12:00: Meditation (time of prayer), preached by a priest in the chapel

12:30: Snack
12:45: End

Morning of Recollection

Sunday, Jan. 3rd, 10am-12:45pm

5505 Chaucer Drive

Houston, TX

Dress Code

In order to foster a high tone at the seminar, we request that participants wear a collared shirt and long pants.

What to Bring? Your Binder!

Please remember to bring your Grade binder.

Arrival time

The Grade begins at 2:30 p.m but it is best to be here a bit early. The staff will be here all afternoon. If you happen to arrive late please enter as quietly as possible. For late freshmen, please follow the signs to the back room so you can enter without disturbing the upperclassmen.

Seminar Coordinators

If you have general questions about The Grade, feel free to email or call me at any time.

Alex Hoff

CELL: 713.836.8705 |

If you have questions about a specific seminar, these are the seminar coordinators:

Big Picture Seminar (Freshmen)

Joe Kolf

CELL: 314.402.3491 |

Professional Seminar (Sophomores and Juniors)

Dan Murphy

CELL: 917.224.7851 |

Filling the Gaps (Seniors)

Victor Saenz

CELL: 574.904.3258 |