Comet News - Sunday, November 28
November 28, 2021
28 - First Sunday of Advent
29 - Return to School
29 - SRs Measure for Cap and Gown
30 - Schoolwide Advent Reconciliation
30 - iGiveCatholic
30 - Girls Soccer, Away
30 - Girls Basketball, Home
2 - Girls Soccer, Away
3 - Girls Soccer, Away
3 - Girls Basketball, Home
4 - Girls Soccer, Away
4 - Football State Championship Game, 2 p.m.
7 - Boys Basketball, Away
8 - Schoolwide Mass
8 - Comet Christmas Night
9 - Girls and Boys Basketball, Away
10 - Online Application Deadline for New Students
10-11 - Boys Soccer Tournament, Away
11 - Physics Exam Review
11 - Boys Basketball, Home
13 - Girls Basketball, Away
17 - Christmas Basketball Night -- Boys and Girls, Home
17-18 Boys Soccer Tournament, Away
News from Campus & General Announcements
Message From the Principal
Message From Campus Ministry
Dear Comet Families,
What a game on Friday night! Congratulations to our Coaches and players on a great game. Many thanks to our wonderful supporters for packing the stands with blue and gold in Crowley.
We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving week. As we enter the season of Advent, we prepare our hearts for Jesus. The next three weeks will be very busy. Hopefully, they will be joyfully busy!
Please remind your teenagers to pay attention in class, study, review vocabulary, and do homework each night this week and next. Exams begin on December 14. It is important for students to begin preparing now for exams by developing a schedule for study and time management. Always let your teenager know that you expect the “best.” As always, thank you for your support as we work together to teach and guide our students.
Please read the message below from our campus minister as well as the important school announcements following his inspiring message.
Courtney P. Millet, Ph.D.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at SCC on Tuesday, Nov. 30, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Often we may ask, "Why do I have to actually tell my sins to a priest?" The Sacrament of Confession, or Reconciliation, can be intimidating. No one enjoys admitting their sins, let alone out loud to another person. However, Reconciliation can also be awesome!
You're Not Alone
Romans 3:23 "All have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God." You are not the only person who has ever sinned, nor the only person who will confess.
God Wants to Forgive You
1 John 1:9 "If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing." In today's world we can easily become enslaved. Are you enslaved because of a particular sin or habit? Gossip, pornography, drinking, drugs, or lying? Are you enslaved by social media; streaks, likes, and views? Are you enslaved by other people’s opinions of you? Are you enslaved by unhealthy relationships? Are you enslaved by the expectations of others? Are you enslaved because you struggle to integrate your sexual identity? No matter what, God wants to forgive you and set you free!
You Can Be Free
John 8:31-32 "Jesus then said to those Jews who believed in him, 'If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." If we can recognize Jesus as our Lord, Savior, and king, He not only speaks truth into our hearts, but gives us the grace to live out that truth.
The Merciful Father
The Catechism of the Catholic Church 1439 "The process of conversion and repentance was described by Jesus in the parable of the prodigal son, the center of which is the merciful father: the fascination of illusory freedom, the abandonment of the father's house; the extreme misery in which the son finds himself after squandering his fortune; his deep humiliation at finding himself obliged to feed swine, and still worse, at wanting to feed on the husks the pigs ate; his reflection on all he has lost; his repentance and decision to declare himself guilty before his father; the journey back; the father's generous welcome; the father's joy - all these are characteristic of the process of conversion. The beautiful robe, the ring, and the festive banquet are symbols of that new life - pure, worthy, and joyful - of anyone who returns to God and to the bosom of his family, which is the Church. Only the heart of Christ who knows the depths of his Father's love could reveal to us the abyss of his mercy in so simple and beautiful a way."
So consider yourself invited to encounter the Lord in a powerful, yet gentle way in the Sacrament of Confession. The Lord wants to set you free. God bless you!
St Charles Catholic High School, Campus Minister
SCHOOL INFORMATION & ANNOUNCEMENTS
After Hurricane Ida, SCC purchased every student a new name tag. Beginning November 29, any student without a name tag, must report to Mr. Scalco’s office before the bell rings to get a name tag. If you do not have a name tag in the office, you will be issued a non-negotiable. If you come after the bell, you will be issued a non-negotiable by Mr. Scalco. On the 6th non-negotiable, a detention will be issued. Strict adherence to these policies can keep safety at the forefront of things.
Students are no longer allowed to eat lunch in the library or in classrooms. We started this practice during Covid in order to have students socially distant during lunch. However, this practice is no longer needed. The only students who will be allowed to enter the hallway at lunch are those students who have a dated note from a teacher stating that he or she is being tutored by a teacher or if a student has a note stating that he or she needs to report to Mrs. Sarah Faucheux or Ms. Kassie deArmas in the library for study hall or for testing. All other students must remain in the cafeteria or outside.
Seniors will measure for cap and gown tomorrow at lunch with Herff Jones.
iGiveCatholic, November 30
#iGiveCatholic is an online giving event for people across the nation (and the world!) to come together to raise as much money as possible for Catholic parishes, schools, and ministries on one day: #GivingTuesday, November 30 for a 24 hour period. The good news is that all funds donated on that day on behalf of our school will go directly to St. Charles Catholic High School.
Parents, we realize that you give all year long, but we are asking that you consider at least a $30 gift on this day and that you spread the word to alumni, grandparents, friends, and neighbors who believe in Catholic education and would like to help SCC remain the spiritual and educational leader in the River Parishes. We are strongly encouraging all parents who have not yet given to our United in Faith Capital Campaign to prayerfully consider making an on-line donation on November 30. If every St. Charles Catholic High School family gives $30, we will raise almost $10,000 in just 24 hours. You can watch our fund-raising efforts live on November 30 at igivecatholic.org.
State Championship Game, December 4, Ticketing Information
sLocalTix will handle all ticketing for the LHSAA Football Divisional Championships. Tickets are $22.00 presale and $25.00 at the gate exclusive of fees. Fees for digital ticketing are minimal. Tickets will be sold online and sLocal personnel will be at the gates of each game to sell digital tickets through credit card purchase. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE GATES.
Two different digital tickets will be sold via sLocalTix – a Division III ticket (SCC) and a Division I ticket. Please instruct your school’s families and fans to select the correct corresponding ticket as it will determine school payouts from the net revenue generated. However, both tickets will grant access to Yulman throughout the entire day. There will be no clearing of the stadium in between games. Be sure to select DIVISION III so that SCC gets credit for the purchase.
On Sunday, November 28, tickets go on sale at www.slocaltix.com beginning at 4:00 p.m. Be sure to select Division III! Let’s fill the stadium with blue and gold on Saturday!
SCC School Uniforms
Beginning on January 3, all 8 – 11 grade students will be required to wear the complete SCC dress uniform. We are teaming with School Time Uniforms located in Metairie and Baton Rouge. On December 14, from 12-3 p.m., School Time Uniforms will be on campus to sell the white oxford shirts as well as the brown shoes. Full dress guidelines are found in our SCC Student Handbook. Our Seniors will be allowed to remain in Friday dress as a senior privilege.
SCC Student Handbook
The 2021-22 Student Handbook is posted on the school website www.stcharlescatholic.org.
Comet Christmas, December 8
The second annual Comet Christmas will take place on Dec. 8 from 5 - 6:30 on campus in the Chapel courtyard. Please save the date and join us for Christmas music and cheer!
FCA Christmas Poinsettia Plants
FCA is selling red Christmas Poinsettia plants. Order forms are on the rack by the front office. Cost is $12.00 per plant. Order forms with sales totals are due Tuesday, December 7. Please support our Fellowship of Christian Athletes while decorating and gift giving for Christmas. Plants will be delivered to school on Thursday, December 9.
The Travel Club is once again sponsoring a candy sale to help raise funds for our Summer 2022 trip to Ireland and England. Students may purchase chips and candy for $1.00 each from Mr. Madere’s cart outside during long lunch days or after school in Room 135. No sales are allowed in between classes.
PJ’s Coffee in Laplace is hiring energetic, smart, smiling and hard working new employees. Please see Dr. Millet is you are interested in a position at PJ’s LaPlace.
Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans is offering assistance with Disaster Case Management to all those in the archdiocesan area impacted by Hurricane Ida. Impacted members of your community may contact Catholic Charities at (985) 605-5841 or https://www.ccano.org/disaster-response-services/. See link to flyer for more in-formation.
CATHOLIC COUNSELING SERVICES
These are tough times, and we know some of students and families are struggling emotionally. Catholic Counseling Service (CCS) continues to offer telehealth services to through the phone or video-conferencing platforms. This method of counseling allows CCS to extend services across the archdiocese to areas not previously available. To speak with someone or to make an appointment please call Catholic Counseling Service at (504) 861-6245 or email at CCS@arch-no.org or check the website at https://nolacatholic.org/catholic-counseling-service
NCEA LEAD, Learn, Proclaim Award Nominations
The 2022 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award nominations are open. This year’s theme for the award is heroes, answering the question: “How is this Catholic school educator a hero in your community?” This award highlights the outstanding work being done in Catholic education communities across the country.
A hero can be a person who performed heroic acts – perhaps keeping school open safely throughout the pandemic or finding tuition funding to help families or making sure the Friday all-school Mass stayed a priority. And a hero can be the person who inspires others – teachers, staff, administrators, students.
The 90-second video nominations are due by February 5, 2022 for principals, presidents, heads of school, pastors, and teachers who are currently employed and have served in Catholic school education for at least five years. For more information on nominating a “hero” from your school, please click here. Please reach out to Annie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
iGiveCatholic ~ Tuesday, November 30, 2021
One of the most famous Advent traditions is the Advent wreath. There is much rich symbolism to be found in this beautiful tradition. We have a beautiful advent wreath in our front foyer and in many of our classrooms at SCC.
The Advent candles remind us that Jesus is the light of the world. Each Sunday of Advent we light another candle as we get closer and closer to Christmas - the moment Jesus brought light into our darkness.
Three of these candles are purple and one is pink. The dark purple also reminds us of darkness and marks a time for prayer and waiting. The pink candle is lit on the third Sunday of Advent which is called Gaudete Sunday, meaning ‘Rejoice’ for the time of Christmas is near.
The circular shape of the wreath reminds us of our God, who has no beginning or end, as well as His endless love for us. The evergreen leaves that make up the wreath remind us that God gives us the gift of everlasting life through Jesus.
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