Mrs. Snow’s News & Notes

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As we continue to journey through Advent, we wait for the birth of Jesus, who came to show us the Father’s love. We wait for him to be born again in our hearts, our classrooms, and our homes as the Light of the World. We begin our Morning Prayer in song, led by Mr. Tom Baroco. We pray for God to be our guiding light through His Son’s likeness and to spread light throughout the world.  We ask God to help us to live our life with our daily actions rooted in goodness and forgiveness.

Please join us for Mass tomorrow as we extend an invitation to our school and parish community to meet for fellowship after Mass. Thank you to Michelle Benzinger and Molly Kane for organizing this event. If you meet outside of church, Michelle and Molly will direct you to the Rita Reynolds room in the parish building.

Thank you to all of the children and families for being part of our wonderful evening of Christmas songs and performance. Once again, we are shown the wonderful talent our students exhibit at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. As I said last evening, thank you for giving us the privilege of working with your family for academic excellence and service to all.

Midterm exams for students in our middle school are next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students have been given study guides and the review has begun. Thank you for supporting your child in academic excellence with this endeavor.

As a reminder; we have noon dismissal on Friday, December 18. There will be NO extended care.

Mrs. Snow

Children’s Christmas Festival Choir

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Our Children’s Christmas Festival Choir is open to children in grades 2 – 8. The choir will sing as part of the Nativity Play prior to the mass, and will provide the music for the 4:00pm Christmas Vigil Mass.

Contact Tom Baroco ( to sign up.


Wednesday Dec 16, 3:00pm-4:00pm in the Parish Hall

Wednesday Dec 23, 10:00am-11:30am in the Parish Hall

Thursday    Dec 24, 3:00pm in the Parish Hall, immediately prior to the 4 pm Christmas Vigil Mass.

Mrs. Snow’s News & Notes

Advent Greetings,Advent Wreath for Week 1

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first Spiritual Evening. The teacher’s made, shared and served their famous chili recipes. Mr. Hartwell reflected on the season and the evening ended with the making of a family Advent wreath. We really appreciate our families and look forward to continuing to meet during our liturgical year and to pray for our school and community. Please join us for prayer and community building after the December 11th 8 a.m. Mass. Michelle Benzinger and Molly Kane will be hosting the event in Ave Maria Hall. Please bring your Mass friends with you also…everyone is invited.

Friday, December 4th, we will celebrate St. Nicholas Day and Monday, December 7th, is our Advent Reconciliation beginning at 9 a.m. We will be attending 8 a.m. Mass on Tuesday, December 8th, for the feast day of the Immaculate Conception. Please join us Wednesday, December 9th at 5:45 p.m. for our elementary school Christmas celebration. Students in Prek-5th grade will be sharing their talents with us as we delight in an evening of Christmas songs.

Middle school exams will be the week of December 14th. A schedule is being sent to middle school parents with the specifics. We have noon dismissal on Friday, December 18. We will NOT have extended care.

Please pray for our Science Olympiad team as they travel to Orlando next weekend to compete in their first Invitational, competing against 10 teams. The students have worked hard, not only during their elective class and after school, but also on the weekends to prepare for their events. Thank you to the many teachers and volunteer coaches who have helped prepare these students for competition.

Student Council Mission

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Advent Greetings,

As we immerse our hearts and thoughts into this Advent Season, we are reminded of the many blessings we have been given.  The Student Council’s Advent project is to identify several families on the Angel Tree at Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish.  We have identified three families who include 10 children.  It is our goal this Advent season to collect money so we can provide presents for these children.

We are asking for monetary donations, which we will be collecting until Friday, December 11.  Once the money is collected, student council members, teachers, and representatives will shop for the presents requested.  We will then wrap the presents and bring them to church at our liturgy on Friday, December 18.

We thank you, in advance, for your participation in this project.


Student Council Officers and Representatives

Mrs. Snow’s News & Notes

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Our first Family Spiritual Evening will be held during the first week of Advent, on Wednesday, December 3, 2015. The evening will begin with a chili dinner, prepared and served by our teachers. We will meet in the gym where dinner will be served. Just bring your family to enjoy. We appreciate you, our parents, and welcome you in partnership during the spiritual development of your child(ren) throughout the year, but especially during this Advent season.

Following dinner, Mr. Hartwell will present a reflection on “Celebrating the Presence not the presents”. This short reflection will be followed up with age-appropriate discussion groups. The teachers will be leading the discussion groups.   Everyone will then come together for an Advent family activity where the families will be given the supplies to make an Advent wreath for the home. The evening will begin at 5:30 and will finish no later than 7:30.

Please plan to join us for this evening of spiritual growth during the Advent season. We look forward to the opportunity to grow together as a family community in anticipation of the celebration of Christmas.

Please RSVP by November 30th, so we have enough supplies…

You may send an email to indicating family name and number attending or send an email to your child’s primary teacher. Thank you for all you do in partnership with us in promoting our Catholic identity within our schools and families.


Elizabeth Snow

The Saints – Middle School Swim & Dive Team


swimWho:               All 6, 7, and 8th grade boys and girls attending Catholic, parochial and private schools in Escambia County.

Where:           Practice and swim meets at Washington High School pool (WAC).

When:            Tuesday December 1, 2015 thru Thursday March 3, 2016.

Practice:       Be at the pool 15 minutes before scheduled practice time with swim suit, towel and goggles.

Swim Practice – Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm.

Diving Practice – T.B.A.

Booster Club: A booster club will be set up to help organize and manage the expenses for the team (awards, etc). Commitment is $75.00 per swimmer (or diver) for the season. More info to follow.

Meets:            At Washington pool (WAC). Meets will follow the high school format – except only half the high school swim distances.

Coach:           Grace Ruckstuhl, Head Coach. Call Grace or Ted at 438-4322 for more info and how to register.

Escambia County School District requires a notarized consent form and physical evaluation prior to participating in any sport (including swim team).