SJCS FOOTBALL TEAM OPENS WITH VICTORY OVER CAROLINA

Senior Rashad Luckey ran for three touchdowns, and the SJCS football team opened the season with a 26-8 victory on the road against Carolina High at David Farnham Stadium Friday night.

The Knights, who pulled away with two fourth-quarter touchdowns, began the season with a win over Carolina for the second year in a row.

Rashad scored on a short run the first time the Knights had the ball, and they led 6-0 with with 3:16 left in the first quarter.

With 6:27 remaining in the first half, Rashad scored on a 12-yard run and sophomore Hal Freeland added the point-after kick to make it 13-0.

Carolina scored and added a two-point conversion to pull within 13-8 with 9:29 left in the game. But St. Joe’s scored on its next two possessions.

Sophomore K.D. Boyd broke free for 34 yards, setting up his 20-yard touchdown run. Then Rashad scored on a 20-yard run with 1:45 remaining. Hal Freeland kicked the extra point, and the Knights had a 26-8 lead.

School-wide tailgate

The Knights will play their first home game next Friday, August 30, at 7:30 PM against Ninety Six. All SJCS families & friends are invited to attend our Welcome Back Tailgate before the game from 5:30-7:00 PM on the softball field next to the gym.

SJCS parent leader groups will be providing FREE hot dogs (cooked by Mr. Kiser, Dr. Jones and Mrs. J), condiments, plates, flatware and napkins. There is no cost to attend, though we ask that you bring…. If your last name begins with:

A-C: Individual bags of chips
D-H: Dessert (no nuts, please)
I-Q: Side dish (fruit, salads, antipasto, veggies, etc.)
R-Z: Case of bottled water

FOOTBALL BEGINS BIG SPORTS WEEKEND; GIRLS GOLF EARNS VICTORY

The SJCS football team opens its regular season tonight, playing on the road against Carolina High School.

Coach Jon Wheeler’s Knights, with 18 returning starters, are coming off a 5-6 season that included a loss in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM at Carolina High.

Click here to read The Greenville News preview of the Knights’ football team.

It’s the start of a big weekend for SJCS athletics.

The Knights volleyball team will be playing in the Showdown at Sunsphere tournament in Knoxville, Tenn., today and Saturday.

The SJCS swim team will compete in the Splashdown Invitational at the Greenville County Aquatic Complex.

The JV tennis team will play in the Spartanburg tournament at Spartanburg High School.

Girls golf team wins tri-match

Led by junior Emma Curran, the St. Joseph’s girls golf team won a tri-match Thursday at Greer Country Club against Greer Middle College and Landrum.

Curran shot a 39 to lead the Knights (4-1) to a 173 total, four shots better than GMC. Landrum finished third with at 201.

Junior Kaitlyn Dumit fired a 43 while juniors Reagan Lillibridge and Caleigh Noonan shot 45 and 46, respectively. Freshman Marett Cole carded a 47, marking only the second time in program history that the top five golfers all posted sub-50 scores. Seventh-grader Meghan Noonan also competed and finished with a 67.

The Knights next play on the road against Wren Monday, Aug. 26 at Southern Oaks in Easley.

SIXTH GRADE ACADEMY BIBLE BLESSING

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Sixth Grade Academy students participated in the annual Blessing of the Bibles on Thursday, August 22.

Fr. Duncan spoke to the students about reverence and how to care for the Bible and delivered a blessing:

“Lord God, may these writings give us deep understanding of You and of ourselves. May it strengthen our love for You. May it lead us to active concern for our brothers and sisters.”

Fr. Duncan also prayed that the students might “study the scriptures in such a way that they may make the prayer of Jeremiah their own:

“When I found your words I devoured them — they became my joy and the happiness of my heart.” Jeremiah 15:16

SJCS GIRLS GOLF TAKES 2ND, GIRLS TENNIS 4TH IN TOURNAMENT

The St. Joseph’s girls golf team opened its regular season Wednesday with a four-way match at Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course.

Daniel won the team competition with a 174 total, and the Knights (2-1) finished second with 181. St. Joe’s was led by junior Emma Curran, who shot 41. Co-captains Kaitlyn Dumit, a junior, and Caleigh Noonan, a sophomore, posted 45 and 47, respectively. Freshman Marett Cole fired a 48, and junior Reagan Lillibridge had a 51.

Riverside (215) and Powdersville (218) rounded out the field.

The Knights are back in action today, Aug. 22, against Greer Middle College and Landrum at Greer Country Club.

Girls Tennis

The SJCS girls varsity tennis team placed fourth at the Furman Girls Preseason Invitational this past weekend. Christ Church won the championship, followed by J.L. Mann and T.L Hanna.

Eight teams from the Upstate competed. Daniel, Mauldin, Riverside and Travelers Rest rounded out the field.

2019 FALL RED DOOR CEREMONY

St. Joseph’s Catholic School’s annual Red Door Ceremony was held Wednesday, August 21 prior to the first all-school Mass of the year.

All freshmen, as well as new students in grades 10-12, were formally welcomed into the school community by processing in through the red door, just as this door welcomed the first 13 high school students to St. Joe’s in 1993.

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SJCS BOYS SWIM TEAM DEFEATS RIVERSIDE

The SJCS boys swim team snuck past Riverside by three points Tuesday night and lost to J.L. Mann.

The Knights had outstanding performances from junior Silas Crosby, who won the 500 free; senior Peter Permanente, who won the 100 fly; and senior Preston Jennings, who won the 100 free. The boys swept the 200 and 400 free relays with help from James Cline and newcomer Colin Jordan.

The girls team fought hard against Riverside and J.L. Mann, with junior Elizabeth Loudermilk winning the 500 free and sophomore Mary Kate Farrell winning the 200 IM.

The team achieved 15 individual state cuts, 22 additional consideration cuts, and four relay state cuts.

The Knights will compete in the Splashdown Invitational at the Greenville County Aquatic Complex Saturday.

SJCS HONORED AS A RECYCLING SCHOOL OF THE YEAR

The Greater Greenville Sanitation Commission has recognized St. Joseph’s Catholic School as a Recycling School of the Year for 2018-2019 — one of just five schools in Greenville County to receive this honor!

The GGSC recognized the schools “for their recycling impact throughout the school year. These schools have done an outstanding job helping students learn the importance of recycling.”

Congrats to Green Steps Coordinator Mrs. Joanna McLucas and her team!

SJCS WINS 2019 BEST OF GREENVILLE AWARD

St. Joseph’s Catholic School has been selected for the 2019 Best of Greenville Award in the category of Catholic School.

Each year, the Greenville Award Program identifies companies it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community.

According to the Greenville Award Program, these exceptional companies “help make the Greenville area a great place to live, work and play.”

Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Greenville Award Program and data provided by third parties.

Congrats to SJCS faculty, staff, students, parents, grandparents, alumni, benefactors and all those who helped bring this recognition to our school!

FACULTY/STAFF TEAM DEFEATS SENIORS IN KICKBALL

The SJCS faculty/staff jumped on top, kept the offense humming and rode the pitching of Coach Kucinic and Dr. Jones to a 16-9 victory over the seniors in the first kickball game between the friendly rivals Thursday, August 15.

Congrats to all for an incredible display of athleticism and sportsmanship, especially to the seniors for allowing the older set’s brief return to glory.

Good luck to all in the coming school year! Go Knights!

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SJCS THEATRE DEPT. PRESENTS CHARLOTTE’S WEB AUG. 16-18

Join the SJCS Theatre Department in kicking off the school year with the memorable childhood tale, “Charlotte’s Web.” Join Wilbur as he finds a new home on the Zuckerman farm. His blossoming friendships with Fern and the farm animals become a source of courage in the face of danger. It’s Charlotte’s artistic messages that truly save the day. Take a journey to a world where animals talk and friendships’ ties are strong!

PERFORMANCES
Friday, August 16, 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 17, 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 18, 3:00 PM

Click here to purchase tickets.

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SJCS STUDENTS WIN LITTER ENDS HERE PSA CONTEST

SJCS rising seniors Julia Thompson and Elizabeth Tamura won the Greenville County Litter Ends Here Public Service Announcement Contest.

Julia and Elizabeth created their PSA as a final project for Joanna McLucas‘ Environmental Science class and submitted it to the Greenville County contest as well.

Comment from the contest coordinator: “We thought the video was a great mix of education and compassion, which is exactly what we were looking for. Plus, the dog was so cute.”

Congrats to Julia and Elizabeth!

COME BACK TO GIVE BACK 2019

On Saturday, August 10, numerous members of the St. Joseph’s family participated in the annual Come Back to Give Back event. About 90 volunteers surrounded the school and went to work, including weeding; cleaning flower beds, vegetable beds, windows, buses and bleachers; picking up trash and trimming shrubbery.

Many thanks to all of those who gave of their time in preparation for the start of the 2019-2020 school year!

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THE WINNER OF THE GOLF TOURNAMENT/MICHELIN RAFFLE IS …

The winner of the 1st Annual SJCS Athletic Department Golf Tournament Raffle — and the owner of a brand new set of Michelin tires — is … SJCS teacher and coach Ron Thompson!! Congratulations!!

A huge thanks to Michelin for its generous support of this event, and thanks as well to everyone who purchased their Booster Club memberships for a chance to win.

Even though the raffle has passed, the Booster Club still needs your support if you have not already joined. Please note that the deadline for our Platinum Level members to be included on the football field and gymnasium banners is Friday, August 23rd, so please be sure to join as soon as possible.

You can sign up online by following the link below, or you may download a membership form from the website and return it, along with a check, to the office at any time. Our target is 100% participation this year.

JOIN THE BOOSTER CLUB

Go Knights!

SJCS GRAD MADELINE FRIC FOCUSES ON ROLE AS MISSIONARY

By Bob Castello
SJCS Director of Communications

Madeline Fric didn’t know until a little over a month ago that she’d be heading off to Benedictine College in Kansas, nearly 1,000 miles from home, and she doesn’t know where she’ll be a year from now, and she’s not really concerned.

She has God as her compass.

“I’m really just an instrument of whatever God wants me to do,” Madeline, a 2014 SJCS graduate said during a recent stop at her alma mater.

Madeline, who graduated from Samford University in December, recently committed to volunteer as a missionary with FOCUS — Fellowship of Catholic University Students. It’s been a long, interesting journey, one that she travels with a smile and with her faith in tow.

Upon graduation from St. Joe’s, Madeline enrolled at the University of California, San Diego, but she transferred after one year. She began at Samford in the spring of 2016 and became involved with FOCUS that fall.

After graduating from Samford in December, Madeline accepted an internship with FOCUS in Denver this past spring, after which she was asked to work at its summer training program.

“It was about halfway through training and I had four days to pray and discern if this was what God was asking of me,” she said, “and through Mary’s Fiat and the Blessed Sacrament — I think those were the two things — it was very clear that God was inviting me to be a missionary this fall, and I decided to go to campus as a missionary with Focus.

“I couldn’t be more excited or more certain that this is what God has asked me to do.”

She’s headed to Benedictine, “another surprise she didn’t see coming,” but despite the distance, she’s excited to follow God’s plan for her.

As for her daily activity, Madeline said it will consist of Mass, praying a holy hour and praying a rosary as a team. She’ll be encountering students on campus, meeting girls for meals and Bible studies and fun events in the evenings like basketball and bonfires.

“I think the biggest part for me is the community aspect, the call to be friends and grow together and encountering a deeper love for Christ through friendship,” Madeline said.

As for a long-range plan, Madeline said she knows only that she has a two-year commitment with FOCUS and that she’ll be at Benedictine for at least a year.

“I know that Benedictine is where I’m supposed to be for this next year, so that is where God is deciding to work His will,” she said. “But I’ll probably take it year by year and see if I’m called to stay longer.”

Madeline said St. Joseph’s continues to have a huge impact on her experiences.

“I think St. Joe’s is where I discovered what it means to have faith and the desire to continue to pursue that throughout my life,” she said. ” I don’t know who I would be without my experience at St. Joseph’s.

“I definitely attribute it to the teachers as being role models for what it’s like to live the experience of the Catholic faith and the desire to show that with us. I can see that as a gift I received here. And I still keep in touch with some of the amazing friends that have journeyed with me since I graduated.”

For more about Madeline’s work with FOCUS and about supporting her journey, go to:
https://www.focus.org/missionaries/madeline-fric

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