The Wizard of Oz – April 4-7

Based on the classic story, journey with Dorothy through the eye of a tornado into the Land of Oz. Along the way, she’ll meet new friends and attempt to avoid the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West as she travels to the Emerald City in the hopes of finding her way back to Kansas, learning that there truly is “no place like home.” Join the SJCS Theatre Department and the cast and crew of The Wizard of Oz as this classic tale comes to life on stage!

Performances are:
Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 PM – Preview Performance
Friday, April 5 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 PM



Alumni Visit: Brother Ben Weiskircher, CRM (’08)

Brother Ben Weiskircher, CRM, SJCS Class of 2008, returned to campus on March 20th for a visit. While touring the new renovations, he met up with his former Household Dean, Mr. George Carr. Ben entered the Adorno Fathers in 2013, and spent two years in seminary in Ramsey, NJ before being sent to the Philippines in 2015. He made his first Profession of Vows on October 31, 2017. Currently assisting at a Diocesan parish, he will be re-assigned back to the New Jersey seminary in May.

Purchase Gala and Tuition Raffle Tickets

Join us April 26, 2019 for a magical evening of celebration and support the St. Joseph’s Annual Fund! All proceeds fund tuition assistance, academic programs, athletics, fine arts, campus ministry, student life, and more.

Purchase Gala Tickets Purchase Raffle Tickets

Purchase your tickets now for the Gala Tuition Raffle:

  • 1 Ticket = $100
  • Only 300 tickets total available for purchase.
  • No limit on individual ticket purchases.
  • Winner announced on April 26th at the Annual Auction Gala.
  • You do NOT need to be present at the Gala to win.


Full tuition credit for one enrolled student for school year 2019-2020.

Rules and Information:

  • Tickets will be sold beginning Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
  • Tickets will be sold for $100 each on a first-come, first serve basis
  • There will only be 300 tickets* total available for purchase.
  • There is no limit on individual ticket purchases, and you do not need to be attending the Gala to purchase tickets.
  • Tickets may be purchased online or in person in the SJCS Development Office. Online purchases may be made by credit card through a secure link. For online purchases, you will receive an email confirmation of your purchase.
  • Winner will be announced at the Annual Auction Gala on April 26th. You do not need to be present at the Gala to win.
  • Raffle winner will receive full tuition credit (excluding any fees, incidental costs,or supplemental program fees, such as fees for the St. Thomas Aquinas Program fees) for one enrolled student for school year 2019-2020.
  • The tuition drawing recipient must be enrolled at SJCS for the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Raffle winnings are limited to the actual net tuition cost for the tuition drawing recipient for the 2019-2020 academic year. The actual tuition cost may vary depending on financial aid, tuition remission, Exceptional SC Award or other scholarships awarded to the drawing recipient. If winning family member receives tuition assistance or scholarships, the raffle winnings will be limited to that family member’s actual net tuition cost.In no event shall the raffle winnings exceed the maximum tuition of $14,780 if the drawing recipient is a high school student or $13,160 if the drawing recipient is a middle school student.
  • The tuition prize is not redeemable for cash and must be applied to the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Tuition drawing tickets are not tax-deductible.
  • Prize winnings are considered taxable income; accordingly the individual winner will be issued a W-2G in April 2019. The winner must provide SJCS a completed and signed form W-4 before the proceeds will be credited to a student’s account. SJCS will withhold taxes on the winnings in accordance with the IRS and SC Department of Revenue regulations. This is anticipated to be 24% of the winnings. Raffle winnings credited to a student’s account will be less any tax withholdings required.
  • If you have no children who will attend SJCS in the 2019-2020 school year, you may donate the taxable winnings to SJCS tuition assistance fund and receive tax benefits as allowed by law.
  • The winner will be contacted to make their student designation and financial arrangements with the business office. 
  • You must be 18 years or older to purchase a raffle ticket.
  • A ticket is considered purchased when complete payment has been received and is recorded by the SJCS Development Office.
  • The SJCS Tuition Raffle is registered with the SC Secretary of State and will be reported as required.

*A minimum of 150 tickets must be sold for offer to be valid and drawing to take place. If minimum sales are not reached, refunds will be issued.

Varsity Boys Soccer Claims 2-0 Victory over Southside Christian

Knights Varsity Boys Soccer defeated Southside Christian 2-0 Tuesday night. Sophomore Liam Kelly and senior Jadin Nassif both scored for the Knights, while senior Connor Stein continued to provide excellent coverage as goalkeeper.

The victory follows two hard losses to Gray Collegiate and Cardinal Newman, but reclaims some of the momentum earned by the decisive win over Landrum (10-2) and the exciting PK victory over Christ Church earlier in the month.


Come Cheer on Your Knights!
Varsity Boys Schedule

2/26/19 vs Oakbrook Prep (W) 1-1
2/27/19 vs Wade Hampton (L) 3-1
3/11/19 vs Greer Middle College (L) 3-1
3/12/19 vs Christ Church (W) 1-1
3/15/19 vs Landrum (W) 10-2
3/16/19 Gray Collegiate Academy (L) 1-1
3/22/19 vs Cardinal Newman (L) 3-1
3/26/19 vs Southside Christian (W) 2-0

Lenten Penance Service Welcomes Local Priests to SJCS

Every year, the students of St. Joseph’s welcome several priests from the greater Greenville area to our campus for a special time of Eucharistic Adoration and the sacrament of Reconciliation. This Lenten penance service is a wonderful time of peaceful preparation for Easter, and a ready opportunity for confession in addition to the weekly schedule offered each week at our school. Today, we were blessed with ten local priests coming to hear confessions for our high school, middle school, faculty, and staff.

Rising Freshmen Named St. Joseph’s Scholars

Congratulations to SJCS rising ninth graders Alex Gillespie and Colin Slater, who were recently selected as the recipients of the St. Joseph’s Scholar Award. This merit-based scholarship, awarded annually to two incoming freshmen, recognizes academic excellence and covers one-half of high school tuition. Both boys are current eighth graders at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

St. Joseph: Protector, provider, unsung hero

By Bob Castello

The numbers just don’t seem to add up when it comes to Joseph, the patron of St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

Joseph is never heard from in any of the gospels, he’s rarely mentioned — there’s no reference to Joseph at all in the Gospel of Mark — and yet, there are two feast days in his honor.

“There are zero quotes from him in the gospel,” said Karl Orbon, theology department chair at St. Joseph’s, “so you don’t get anything he ever said. We get very little of what he did, but what’s there is really, really important. He never does anything that’s sort of idle. There’s never a lost opportunity.”

Joseph does things that would be considered out of the ordinary, and he does so without hesitation, Orbon said.

He takes Mary as his wife. When he’s told to move his foster child, Jesus, to avoid a massacre of children under the direction of Herod, Joseph leads Mary and Jesus to Egypt. When he’s told to leave Egypt and move to Nazareth, he does that.

“Within what we do have as a record of Joseph, you see that he’s constantly seeking God’s will and then doing that even when it’s a huge struggle,” Orbon said. “You get a very minimal list of things that he did, but it’s like every single one of them is greater than the next.”

All along, Joseph is an unsung hero.

“Joseph’s role is never for it to be about Joseph,” said Orbon. “His role is to be the guy in the background, pointing to Jesus and Mary and making things right for them. He gives us that example of, it’s not about getting credit, it’s not about getting accolades, it’s about doing the right thing, making sure things happen that need to happen and that you’re faithful to what God’s calling you to do.”

The significance of Joseph is reflected in the two feast days celebrated in his honor: March 19, the principal Feast of St. Joseph; and May 1, added later to remember Joseph the Worker.

“There’s the person who shows the dignity of work,” Orbon said. “The long stretch that we don’t really see explained in the gospels, he was probably just working and providing for the Holy Family. You get the idea of dignity and that doing the humble day-to-day tasks does nothing to diminish our dignity.

“And then March 19, which focuses on his role in the Holy Family. Again, it’s a backseat role. When your family is Mary and Jesus, it’s not about you, and that’s pretty clear. What we can presume from what we do know and then filling in the gaps, he must have been a person of extraordinary God-given grace or he couldn’t have been faithful to the extraordinary tasks God called him to do.”

Joseph’s role within the Holy Family was a primary reason the school was named in his honor.

“A lot of our students came from St. Mary’s, at least to start with,” said Louis Beck, one of the school’s founders. “That was going to be our primary feeder school, along with Our Lady of the Rosary, but St. Mary’s had a good name, and we said, ‘Well, the next step is St. Joseph.’ Since he was such a good protector and provider and our school was going to need a protector and provider, we said, ‘Let’s just call it St. Joseph’s High School.’ ”

Barbara McGrath, Director of Admissions and another of the school’s founders, said that once the school name was established, the first newsletter mailed out to supporters, donors and families was called “Protector and Provider.”

The initial handbook, published in 1994, included the following explanation:

“St. Joseph was chosen as the Patron of this School because God chose him as the Protector and Provider of Jesus and Mary. By our faith and confidence in Jesus our Savior, we are assured that St. Joseph’s High School and its students will be protected and its needs provided.”

Orbon said Joseph is a tremendous role model for high school students.

“Our high schoolers don’t necessarily know what their ultimate vocation will be,” he said. “They might have interests, they might have plans, but they don’t ultimately know what’s going to happen.

“Again, it can be tempting to look past today — ‘Someday I’m going to do great things’ — but part of that is to wait for God to tell you what’s next, listen, think, pray, be faithful, and when that calling is there, as best as we can, step up and live it.”

Likewise, Joseph serves as an excellent role model for fathers.

“As a dad, I can’t imagine what that felt like not knowing the next step,” Orbon said. “As fathers, we want to know that we’ve got the knowledge and control to take care of our kids, and if we’re honest, we don’t have either one of those things as fully as we’d like.

“When we look at what St. Joseph is a model of, it’s pretty everyday stuff, like doing your job, loving your family and doing the best you can to help them and take care of them. Ultimately in his case, not by his doing, it leads to the redemption of the world.”

Boys Golf Wins Season Opener


SJCS Boys Golf begins their season with a victory, defeating Landrum 198 to 204. Joey Clary finished as a medalist with 38, CJ Sahlman at 49, Sam Nixon 52, and Jakub Bonnert 59. Also, Ryan Meyer finished at 64 and Sebastian Casanova at 72.  A great season opener for the Knights!

“Yesterday’s win vs. Landrum was achieved by strong finishes of several of our team members,” said Coach Ted Coia. “Joey Clary’s amazing birds on 3 of the last 5 holes, including one on the final hole, Sam Nixon’s pars coming down the home stretch, as well as CJ Sahlman’s and Jakub Bonnert’s focus on rounding out the team total despite some ups and downs during the afternoon. This proves good things can happen in the game of golf (and in life) if you continue to work hard stay focused on completing the task at hand.  There’s no quit in this team!”

Students Seek Truth, Beauty, and Justice at New York Encounter 2019

Mid-February, 19 SJCS students and 4 parents travelled to New York City with Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, their 2-month old baby, and Ms. Houmis to participate in the New York Encounter. The New York Encounter is an annual three-day public cultural event in the heart of New York City, offering opportunities for education, dialogue, and friendship. According to St. Paul’s suggestion to “test everything and retain what is good” the Encounter aims to discover, affirm, and offer to everyone truly human expressions of the desire for truth, beauty, and justice. The encounter took place at the Metropolitan Pavilion on 18th and 6th in Manhattan, and was comprised of a weekend of speakers and exhibits exploring a theme from the Italian poet Cesare Pavese: “Has anyone promised us anything? Than why do we expect something?

In between speakers and exhibits, the group visited some of the sights of NYC, including Ground Zero, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Times Square. One of the most interesting parts of the weekend was the chance to meet other high school kids from around the country who, as one of the St. Joe’s seniors put it, “do what we do at Wednesday night campus ministry.” Thank you to all those who made this trip possible for our students!

Annual Minimester provides break from the ordinary

By Bob Castello

Algebra, chemistry and English classes have been replaced by horror movies, dog training and beading this week at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

And murder mysteries, military figurines and trips to the Greenville Zoo and Congaree National Park. And much more.

It’s the annual Minimester, a breather after the first three quarters and a break from traditional classes.

“This is a rough time of year for students in any school, because Christmas has passed and we’re just trying to slog through to get to the end of the year,” said Dr. Steven Jones, director of the high school at St. Joe’s.

For the high school students, Minimester is a three-day stretch at the end of the quarter that enables them to learn and connect with teachers in a different way. (The middle school has its own version of the Minimester, comprised of various field trips throughout the year.)

“It’s nice because it’s a break, but there are good options you can do that are relatively entertaining and/or educative,” junior Philip Mosley said.

A large portion of the senior class takes part in a mission trip, during which students work for Habitat for Humanity and some other groups in and around Tampa, Fla. It’s a five-day trek that normally extends into the weekend; this year it’s during the week because school is out Thursday and Friday for the annual Diocese of Charleston Teacher Education Conference.

Among the other popular trips during the Minimester are those to Barrier Islands and the Biltmore Estate. In addition, many juniors and some sophomores take the opportunity to make college visits.

Some of the courses involve traveling relatively short distances, but many students stay in town and take advantage of local field trips and on-campus activities.

“We try to have a good mix of things that are outdoors and things that are a little calmer,” Jones said. “A few of them can get pricey, and not everyone wants to do that, so we try to have some that are free or $20, along with the larger ones.”

In preparation for Minimester, teachers submit proposals for activities. A committee is in place to make sure there is a good balance, and each activity must have at least 10 students. They choose from a list of about 20 activities, most of which are “things that teachers have their own intellectual interests in,” Jones said.

“It’s very relaxed,” said Jones. “They’re not going to be in uniform, and they bring snacks in. Part of the goal is for the students to be able to catch their breath and relax a little bit, so we don’t push them real hard.”

Father Jonathan Duncan discusses the church’s teaching on the supernatural in his “Theology of Horror” course Monday during Minimester at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

Mosley and 10 other students are taking part in the Theology of Horror class being led by Father Jonathan Duncan, the school’s chaplain. Mosley said he and Duncan had talked about creating a Minimester activity, and this — the supernatural — seemed a natural.

“He talks about horror movies in his homily sometimes,” Mosley said.

Duncan has an affinity for the genre, which he said is increasing in popularity and “skewing toward younger and younger kids.”

“They have this interest in the supernatural,” Duncan said, “and if I can get them to explore that there might be a devil, if they’re willing to kind of entertain that, then they’re on their way to believing if there’s a devil, there must be a God. There must be a good.

“Because there is so much pushing them in the direction of unbelief, we can begin to say, ‘Why do you think you’re drawn to some of these movies and stories? What can we pull out of them that’s consistent with a Christian and a Catholic world view?’ “

Meanwhile, in his classroom, math department chair George Carr has students recreating various battles from history with the help of miniature soldiers. His father had a large collection, and Carr has added to it over the years.

Ten students divided into two teams are competing while moving from the Anglo-Zulu War in South Africa in 1879; to the Battle of Agincourt in the Hundred Years’ War in France in 1415; to the Russo-Finnish Winter War in Finland in 1939.

Dice are rolled, scores are kept and strategy is critical.

“I would say they’re pretty engaged,” said Carr.

“It’s extremely fun, just sitting around trying to figure out how not to die,” senior Zack Copher said with a smile.

Among the other activities being offered this week are beading, fencing, dog training and hiking.

“It gives the students a chance to kind of take a mental break,” Carr said.

“Some people think, ‘I need to work, work, work,’ ” said Copher. “But some people who are like me say, ‘I just want a little time to hang out with whoever’s in the Minimester with me, get to know some new people and just shoot caution to the wind and have some fun.’ “

George Carr (back, center) leads students through the recreation of the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War with miniature figurines in his “History in the Making” course Monday during Minimester at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

Fish Fry & Oyster Roast

The Parents Guild Proudly Present

Annual Fish Fry
& Oyster Roast

Friday, March 15th
5:00 PM-8:00 PM

Update: Orders Closed

Join Us For: Stations of the Cross, Live Music featuring Tailspin, Fellowship, Charlie’s Famous Fried Fish (Dine-In & To-Go), and NEW! Oyster Roast (Dine-In Only)!
We’ll Be Outside Under the Big White Tent

$9-Fish Plate
$3-Kids Pizza Plate
$20- All-you-can-eat Oysters and more!