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Mrs. Folk's Weekly Message-November 22, 2019

Submitted to All Campuses on Friday, November 22, 2019

Dear Holy Cross Academy Families,

This has been an exciting week for Holy Cross Academy and the SMA campus.

The GALA was last Saturday night. Through the leadership of Chasley Bradbury-Flores and her committees, the Gala was a very successful event. Thanks to everyone who donated auction items, volunteered at the gala and attended the wonderful evening.

Monday, we had our fire drill with the Shrewsbury Fire Department. They said we did an amazing job. We were out of the building in great time and orderly fashion.

On Thursday the 3rd Grade went to the HealthWorks Museum to learn about the different systems of the human body.

Thursday was Catholic school’s Principal day. Every class created a special gift, the faculty and staff provided wonderful lunch, and a special bouquet of flowers from the HCPA. Thanks to all for making my day so special. I really had a day to remember.

Please look in your child’s Friday folder for information on Kris Kringle.

Information about the Toy Drive is below. If we reach our goal of one toy per family, the SMA campus will have a Christmas movie day with popcorn.

Please join us next Tuesday for 8:00 am Mass lead by the 4th Grade to prepare for Thanksgivings.

Lastly, I want everyone to have a wonderful Thanksgiving and break.

God Bless!

Mrs. Karen Folk


Holy Cross Academy-St. Michael the Archangel Campus




During Advent, which begins December 1st, the students will have a prayer service every Monday in which we create the living Advent Wreath. From Preschool to 4th grade the children can wear green tops with uniform bottoms (if you don’t have assigned color just wear uniform), 5th grade will wear either purple or pink depending on Advent weekly candle color, and teachers will wear red.

HCA STUCO Toy Drive goes until December 2nd

The HCA campuses will be collecting unwrapped toys for the next couple of weeks to be given to the Wellston Center. Please have our children help other children have a bright and joyous Christmas.

Prevent and Protect STL

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has developed a new system for safe environment compliance called Prevent and Protect STL. Everyone ministering to minors and vulnerable adults (clergy, employees and volunteers) in the Archdiocese are required and asked to register in the new system before December 31, 2020. This includes those new to service and those who are currently in service. For those who have already attended a Protecting God’s Children workshop, your previous training date will transfer to this new system. In addition to attending a live Protecting God’s Children workshop, all clergy, volunteers, and employees will register for an updated background screening, view two new online training modules on abuse reporting and the Code of Ethical Conduct, and agree to the updated Code of Ethical Conduct. Please go to www.preventandprotectstl.org to register. The link for registering is on HCA website.

UPCOMING Events Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

The Following Programs are being sponsored by the Council over the December thru March period

Please make sure to invite your wives and kids to be a part of all the upcoming events listed below. We are a Catholic Fraternal Family organization, and wives are now invited to be a part of all we do at council meetings, programs that we sponsor and co-chairing events conducted in support of our parish, our School & the community we live in.

Breakfast with Santa on Sunday December 15th

Council will be sponsoring the annual “Breakfast with Santa” that will be conducted after the 8 AM mass and 10 AM masses. Council team will assemble at 7 AM to begin cooking the pancake and sausage breakfast. This is a parish event and amounts paid will be given to the parish. Council contribution will be cost of food being served and service hours conducting the event. Please let me know your availability in the time slots listed:

  • Set up and cooking 7AM to 1st serving after 8 AM mass: Volunteers needed 5 w/3 committed so far

  • Serving breakfast after 10 AM mass: Volunteers needed 4 w/ 2 committed so far

  • Clean up of kitchen and gym after breakfast: Volunteers needed 4 with 2 committed so far

Sunday NFL Division Final Chili Tailgate & Annual Basketball Free Throw Contest January 19th, 2020

This is a council fundraiser and net proceeds will be split with supporting seminarians at Kenrick Glennon Seminary and

Holy Cross Academy on St. Michael’s campus to help cover some of the “out of pocket costs” teachers spend to provide items for their classrooms.

We will again be hosting our Council indoor NFL Chili Tailgate and NFL Division Finals that will be “Big Screened” and begin at 1 PM available to all parishioners who would like to share a fun afternoon, and diversion for parents who will be supporting their kids who will be playing basketball games that will precede the “Annual Basketball Free Throw” program that will begin after scheduled games around 5 PM.

Families will be charged a flat fee of $ 20.00 that includes chili, sides, and adult beverages with kids eating free. Families meals will include 2 beers for each adult, with additional beers at $ 2.00 and wine for $ 3.00.

Volunteers are needed as follows:

  • 5 volunteers to set up the gym meeting room for NFL game streaming and chili tailgating

  • 3 volunteers needed to supplement tailgating food throughout games

  • 4 volunteers to do scoring for “Basketball Free Throw Contest” that begins after the scheduled basketball games

Based on the last 2 years of hosting the this event, based on kids who show up, scoring takes about 45 – 60 minutes, and then sweeping down the gym floor after the contest to have gym ready for school classes on Monday.

Events in February & March

Valentines Day is Friday February 14th, and the Council will be hosting a “Marriage Blessing” ceremony after the 5 PM mass on Saturday February 15th. We will send out an RSVP to parishioners to see if there is any interest in and hosting some type of meal for those who wish to be a part of the “Marriage Blessing” celebration that will be performed after the 5 PM mass with their children witnessing the commitment parents are participating in. Once final plans are discussed, we can discuss volunteers needed.

Lenten Fish Fridays

Lent starts early this on Ash Wednesday February 26th and we will be finalizing with Fr. Grosch how many Friday Lenten Fish Dinners will be cooking and serving. As always, the parish will be hosting the dinners and the Council will be co-hosting.


What is Coming Up:

November 23: First Reconciliation at ANN at 10:00am

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1: HCPA Kris Kringle begins

December 3: First Reconciliation at SMA at 6:30pm

December 5: Spirit Day for Academy

December 9: Santa Workshop at campuses

December 11: HCPA meeting at SMA at 6:30pm

December 13: Our Lady of Guadeloupe Mass at 8:00am

December 17: SMA Advent Program at 6:00pm

December 20: HCA Christmas Parties from 11 - 11:45 am, Noon Dismissal

December 20 - January 5: Christmas Break