Congratulations to Knights QB Luke Bynum on being voted the Fox Carolina Player of the Week by more than 50% of the vote! Bynum’s performance during Week 4 against West Oak led to a dominant 45-0 victory for the Knights. His highlights for the game included 126 pass yards, 2 pass touchdowns, 64 rush yards, and 3 rush touchdowns.
As the sixth graders settle into the routine of classes in the Academy, they are preparing to begin their study of the Old Testament scriptures. Before they dive in to the book of Genesis, however, the Academy invited Father Duncan to hold a special Blessing of the Bibles.
The students brought their bibles from home and listened as Father Duncan explained reverence for the Holy Scriptures, how they can be a part of everyday life and help the students to know Christ. The children learned from the words of St. Paul that, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Father Duncan also explained how reverence for their bibles also means they should use their bibles, marking them up with highlighters and writing notes and questions in the margins as they create a habit of praying with the scriptures.
As part of the blessing service, the students all received a laminated card with bible references they could read when they are going through difficult times or feeling sad and remember how God loves them.
Continuing an extraordinarily strong season, both the Girls and Boys Swim Teams swept Greenville Tech Charter and Greer Middle College last night. The boys topped both opponents by 180 points with girls winning by a convincing 170 points. Congratulations to our swimmers, and good luck at the 2(A) Region Swim Meet this Saturday! Go Knights!
Coach Kucinic with his mother and sister at the awards ceremony.
On September 15, St. Joseph’s boys varsity soccer coach Frank Kucinic was named to the All 20th Century Soccer Team for Lakeland Community College. This honor was bestowed to a very limited number of players from the history of the school’s program, where Coach Kucinic began his collegiate soccer career. Though his time at the school was brief before transferring to West Virginia University, Coach Kucinic made a lasting impact on the program, as well as leading his team as captain and lead goal scorer, as well as being named Ohio All-Conference, All-Region XII, and All-American.
St. Joseph’s is fortunate to have Coach Kucinic lead our boys varsity soccer program, which has claimed 9 State Championships. Congratulations and we look forward to the coming soccer season!
Did you notice the Environmental Club hosting their Litter Free Game at Homecoming last week? These awesome students are committed to preserving the environment and raising awareness of environmental issues through campus recycling programs, energy conservation, clean air initiatives, and on-campus gardens and vermiculture. Thank you for all you do to keep both our campus and our world beautiful!
On Tuesday, September 18th, the Pope Francis Forum for Dialogue and Diversity hosted their first speaker of the year. Fr. Patrick Tuttle, OFM, long time pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and School and former SJCS chaplain, spoke to students and faculty about his Catholic faith and his work in West Greenville supporting the more vulnerable members of the community.
The discussion included unpacking the concept of Life and Dignity of the Human Person in Catholic Social Teaching, and on housing issues for the working poor in our city. As an advocate for the West Greenville community, Fr. Pat answered questions from the students regarding the impact of property taxes and median income on affordable housing. He encouraged to the students to continue to educate themselves on these issues and to be a voice for the poor.
Thank you to senior Maegan White and Mrs. Jennie Neighbors for continuing the work of the PFFDD and organizing this discussion!
Congratulations to Anthony Cinquemani and Joshua Powers, who were named National Merit Semifinalist out of a class of 109 seniors. Ranked in the top one percent of the nation’s high school students, these seniors will be notified in February 2019 of their standing as Finalist. The National Merit Scholarship Program, a privately financed academic competition for recognition and scholarships, bases its awards on high school student results on the PSAT.
For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.”
This year’s theme is taken from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. It is chapter 2 (and the entire epistle, for that matter) that I had in mind when choosing the theme: “For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.”
We live and teach at a time when many no longer believe that each human person is a unique creation by a good and loving God. Lacking the certainty of an identity and meaning given by God, they are left to ‘create’ themselves according to their preferences and desires. The necessity to self-create is reinforced through social media where one’s worth is judged by the number of ‘likes’ and ‘followers’ one has. To say that our kids face a daily existential crisis is not to be overly dramatic.
Therefore, I chose this theme to keep in front of us/them the truth that we are each God’s handiwork, or as other translations more descriptively put it, God’s ‘craftsmanship’ or even ‘artwork’. Would that we could help our students realize that they are wonderfully made (see Psalm 139) by a God who looks on each one with an affirming love which says: You are precious in my eyes, cherished and wanted. My love for you is not conditioned on your performance nor even on your good behavior, but rather simply is through a preference, a choice. May we strive to find a way to pass on this gaze to our students as we work with them this year.
The image for the year is taken from a 13th century mosaic on the ceiling of St. Mark’s in Venice depicting the Creation of the Universe. The image is “a continuous succession of twenty four scenes in three zones forming concentric circles…In the very center, the Holy Spirit is shown hovering above the waters. In the first circle around the Holy Spirit, the creation of the heavenly bodies is shown. In the next circle outward, the creation of the birds and the beast of the sea, as well as the creation of all the beasts of the land are shown. In the outermost circle is the creation of man, life in paradise, and the fall of man. In the corners the six-winged seraphim are guarding all that God the Most High has created…” (from a pamphlet by St. Isaac of Syria Monastery)
The image calls to mind, of course, that we are created, along with the painful reality that we are fallen creatures in need of salvation. As St. Paul says in Ephesians 2:1-3, we “were dead through our trespasses and sins” and “were by nature children of wrath.” Like creation, salvation is also God’s initiative and gift: “But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses and sins, made us alive together with Christ…For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift God — not because of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:4-5, 8) It’s important for us to realize that for St. Paul, knowing and being in Christ doesn’t merely enrich the life of the believer. Rather, faith in Christ gives life to the spiritually dead.
Moreover, St. Paul tell us that we have been brought to life in Christ “for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in him.” As founding board chair Margaret Ann Moon put it so eloquently: “Our graduates are destined to change the world.” As I see it, our work here at St. Joseph’s is first to make God’s gratuitous, salvific love in Christ known to our students and then to patiently help them discover and develop their talents for “the good works that God has prepared in advance for them.”
Are you a prospective middle school student who would also like to see what life is like at St. Joe’s? While we require high school applicants to shadow a day in our high school, we offer one day each academic year when prospective middle school students can visit.
Homecoming 2018 will be remembered along side the approach of Hurricane Florence, as the upcoming storm forced the reschedule of the game, tailgating festivities, and dance. However, the Knights didn’t let the inconvenience throw off their groove one bit.
The Thursday night game was a decisive 45-0 victory over West Oak. The Knights scored their first touchdown in the first ten minutes of the game with a 15 yard rush by the quarterback Luke Bynum, followed ten minutes later by another 17 yard rushing touchdown by Bynum. Before the first quarter ran out, Kyle Lonergan caught a beautiful pass to put away one more touchdown for the Knights. The Knights continued to perform with touchdowns by Harrison Scott and Rashad Luckey, big sacks by Jake Johanning and Alec Miller, and consistent work by kicker Jadin Nassif, including a 15 yard field goal to bring the final score to 45-0.
Homecoming Court was presented at halftime, with Jack Malo and Ava Keating crowned King and Queen. The court also included a young stand-in, sixth grader Lucas Salgado, representing his older brother Marcos Salgado, who was injured in the Knights game against Liberty. Many of Salgado’s teammates dedicated the game to him as he recovers from ankle surgery and will be out the rest of the season.
The Communications Department would like to offer special thanks to Student Council members Annika Bissinger and Hallie Palms for their live social media coverage of last night’s game! Interested in volunteering? Contact Sarah Pelicano.
Greenville Journal: Author Matt Pelicano and illustrator Ashley Spikings collaborated to bring Philbert to life. Photo by Will Crooks.
In a September 13, 2018 Greenville Journal article, SJCS sophomore Ashley Spikings and alumni parent Matt Pelicano were recognized for their collaborative work “Philbert LaRue Had a Hole in His Shoe”, a children’s book authored by Pelicano and illustrated by Spikings.
Matt Pelicano, husband of the late Jennette Pelicano who taught at St. Joseph’s for many years, is the father of three children, all of whom attended SJCS. While writing this book, Pelicano sought out a young illustrator to bring his character Philbert to life, and so approached the SJCS visual arts department last year. After reviewing several student proposals, Ashley Spikings was chosen to complete the project.
The St. Joseph’s Boys Cross Country team (James Clemence, Isaac Hine, Dylan McTigue, Josh Powers, Brendan McTigue, Tristan McTigue, and Zac Palmer) had their first-ever podium finish at the prestigiousCoachesClassic in Columbia this past Saturday placing 3rd out of 69 of the top-ranked teams from all over South Carolina.
Also noteworthy were Top-30 individual performances by Brendan McTigue (13th), Zac Palmer (24th), and Tristan McTigue (25th) out of 486 runners. Congratulations Knights and Coach George Carr on your victory!
Playing shorthanded, the St. Joseph’s girls golf team suffered only their second loss of the season falling to AAAA power Daniel 164-184 last week. The dual match was played at The Walker Course at Clemson University.
The Lady Knights (6-2) were led by Emma Curran who shot a 45. Sophomores Caleigh Noonan and Kaitlyn Dumit each fired a 46 while eighth-grader Marett Cole shot her best ever nine-hole round of 47.
At St. Joseph’s, opportunities for worship and growing in relationship with Jesus Christ extend far beyond the weekly all-school Mass on Wednesday afternoons! Over these first few weeks of school, it has been a true joy to see the student body taking advantage of the many occasions to grow in their faith together.
One such example was this morning, the first Agape group meeting for sunrise service. Over a dozen SJCS students got up extra early to start their Friday morning off together, the sun cresting the hill as they raised their voices in songs of praise and worship! Agape is a student-led group, one of the beautiful outgrowths of our Campus Ministry program.
Thanks to our full-time chaplain, Fr. Duncan, St. Joseph’s also is blessed with a rich sacramental life. Students can be seen attending daily Mass every day of the week, joining in Morning Prayer and Adoration on Thursdays, as well as taking advantage of the sacrament of Confession.