Auditions for the spring musical, Cinderella, will begin on Monday, December 18th, after school. Interested students should see Mrs. Bonczek for more information.
Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School is pleased to announce that the family of Naja (Pham) Lockwood, the lead donor towards the life sciences/biotech learning center to be constructed at Holy Name during the summer of 2018, has offered a fifteen thousand dollar matching gift for this month of December. This commitment will double any donation received from alumni or friends of Holy Name during the month of December up to a total of fifteen thousand dollars. If achieved in full, these donations will put Holy Name at ninety per cent of the goal for this drive.
The Pham Lockwood family has offered this in response to the significant gift made by the Sisters of St. Anne described in a previous post. Many in the Holy Name community are familiar with the story of Naja’s family and their arrival in the U.S. on a refugee boat after the fall of Saigon and how they achieved great things with the support of Catholic Charities and the education received at Holy Name. However, perhaps not fully realized is the level of care and support that the Sisters of St. Anne offered these refugee families. In addition to educating the Pham children at Holy Name, the Sisters of St. Anne were instrumental in welcoming them and securing their well being outside of school. Naja’s family was so inspired by the Sisters of St. Anne’s contribution that she put forth this matching gift.
It is a blessing to witness this special relationship between the family and the Sisters of St. Anne manifest itself in this way, and we are proud as a school to be involved. We are hopeful that many in the school community will take advantage of this matching opportunity to make a contribution and join us as we realize the vision of the Joseph Tham D. Pham Science Center. For more information or to make a gift, please contact Mr. Scott Anderson, Director of Development at email@example.com or at 508.459.3010.
The 29th Annual Holy Name Christmas Concert, Christmas Around the World, will be presented in the Burke Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Name on Wednesday, December 13th at noon; Thursday, December 14th at seven p.m. and Sunday, December 17th at two p.m. All are welcome. Please call the main office at 508.753.6371 for ticket information.
At Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the receipt of a twenty-five thousand dollar donation towards the Joseph Tham D. Pham Science Center from the Sisters of St. Anne. We can not express how grateful, honored and affirmed we are by this wonderful gift. This donation puts us at seventy-five per cent of our fundraising goal and virtually assures the completion of this project for the fall of 2018.
This gift is extremely significant for us because it not only helps us immensely towards our goal but also indicates the faith that the Sisters of St. Anne have in those of us working to carry on their legacy as the founders of this wonderful Catholic school. We are proud of our mission to educate dedicated students in a community of love and respect to fulfill their academic potential, to accept personal responsibility and to use their unique gifts to bring Christ into the world. And we are prouder still to have the tacit endorsement from the Sisters of St. Anne that the students, faculty, administration and staff are true to this mission.
We encourage anyone interested in this drive to build a leading edge life sciences/biotechnology learning center at Holy Name to contact us. We still have work to do to reach our goal, and we enthusiastically invite anyone with the means or desire to contribute to respond to this call. We have always been blessed at Holy Name to have alumni, friends, and stakeholders committed to our school and to our Catholic mission. We are fortunate and grateful for all that is done for those of us here at Holy Name.
I would like to wish everyone in the Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School community a most blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving spent in the company of family and friends. On behalf of everyone at Holy Name, we give thanks for all that we enjoy as a Catholic, Christian community, especially those who attend our wonderful school and those who support our school in many different ways. It is a very exciting time in our school’s history, and the future is bright not only for our students but also for those who will be influenced and served by the good works our students pursue upon graduation.
We take pride in the fact that an important part of our mission is to inspire students to make the world a better, more Christian place. We are always grateful to have students at the school who are capable of meeting this expectation and talented enough to make this realistic. Thank you especially to those students who enthusiastically accept this Catholic mission at Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School.
Any student or family interested in exploring admission to Holy Name High School is encouraged to contact Mrs. Wendy Yakstis in the Development Office by calling 508.753.6371. Tours and shadow experiences are offered and available regularly.
There will be no school for Holy Name students on November 30th and December 1st as Holy Name teachers and administrators will be involved with professional development on those days.
Thank you to the students who took the entrance exam on November 18th. A second exam for next year’s seventh and ninth graders will be held on December 9th at eight a.m. Interested students are encouraged to pre-register and arrive no later than seven forty-five to check in. Students are asked to bring a completed application as well as report cards from last year and this years’s first quarter. Eighth graders at Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Worcester do not need to take this exam. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at Holy Name by calling 508.753.6371.
As the fall athletic season draws to a close, I would like to thank all of our athletes and coaches for their hard work and for the outstanding job that they have done representing Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School and our Catholic mission. Win, lose, or draw, they have displayed outstanding sportsmanship, great effort and team spirit. The most important lessons availed to these athletes through their participation have been well learned and remembered. We are very proud of all of them!
Of special note are our boys soccer team and our cross-county track team led by senior Sophia Masciarelli. Both of these teams have had remarkable and historic seasons. Our boys soccer team will play in the district championship game for the first time in thirty years; this game will be on Friday afternoon at three o’clock at Nashoba High School. The cross country team, after winning the Quabbin Invitational for the first time in our school’s history, has qualified for districts, and we are certain that they will finish in fine fashion. And Sophia has today signed her letter of intent to compete at Hofstra University as a scholarship athlete.
While we celebrate these great victories, we remind ourselves that coaches at Holy Name have their priorities set in the following fashion: first, they are to provide a clear, Christian role model to their athletes; second, they are to uphold the rules of the school; third, they are to teach the students not only the sport but also how to compete in a way that reflects well on themselves, their family, and their school. I am confident that all of our coaches have accomplished this important set of goals.
First quarter report cards were given out in homeroom this morning (11/9) and will be coming home with your students today. God bless and have a wonderful long weekend. May God bless all of our veterans for their service to our country!