March Subject Recognition Award – Music

 

Congratulations to these students for receiving the March Subject Recognition Award for Music! A student from each homeroom was chosen by Mr. Drewyor to receive the award. Each student was presented with a certificate and a coupon for a treat at a local restaurant.

Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli Awards – Trimester 2

 

Throughout each trimester, we look for students who represent the best of our community, and by doing so, represent the best of Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli. The teachers look for the following qualities in our students:

  • Leadership
  • Peace maker
  • Role model
  • Respectful
  • Positive Attitude
  • Participation
  • Supportive
  • Understanding
  • Encouraging
  • Dedicated
  • Courageous

Each of these characteristics describe the man in which our school has been dedicated. Congratulations to our Eugenio Pacelli Award recipients for the 2nd trimester!

6th Grade Nervous System Reaction Time Lab

 

6th graders are studying the systems of the body.  As part of the study of the nervous system, students conducted a nervous system reaction lab.   They tested the reaction time when focused or distracted to calculate and understand how fast our bodies send messages from our brains and back.  Students were then able to make the connection between distraction(s) and reduced reaction time to apply it to life events like texting and driving.

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5th Grade Rock Lab

 

5th graders concluded their Rocks and Minerals unit with a Rock lab. Students were able to use their new knowledge to look at unknown rocks and identify them.  As part of the lab, students were able to enjoy chocolate rock candy.  Be careful to know which is candy and which are rocks 5th graders!

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Student Council Heart Awareness Fundraiser

 

Cardinal Pacelli students participated in the Student Council Heart Awareness Fundraiser held on Friday, March 26th. The students had so much fun taping Mr. Sickinger to the gym wall. For this worthy cause, $1,095.57 was donated to Children’s Hospital.

Rice Bowls to Help Catholic Relief Services

 

Thank you to all who participated in Operation Rice Bowl. Our families are very generous to others in the world who are in need. We greatly appreciate your cooperation in this Lenten activity! Catholic Relief Services will put these donations to very good use.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Those leprechauns sure pulled some shenanigans here at Cardinal Pacelli School!

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February Subject Recognition Award – Art

 

Congratulations to these students for receiving the February Subject Recognition Award for Art! A student from each homeroom was chosen by Ms. Rogenski to receive the award. Each student was presented with a certificate and a coupon for a treat at a local restaurant.

Christ the King Church Venerates St. Joseph with Painting by Local Artist

 

The Feast Day of St. Joseph is March 19, 2021, and on that weekend Christ the King Church will pay special tribute to the saint whom Pope Francis has declared the universal patron of Catholics this year. Father Ed Smith will unveil and bless the painting The Holy Family by Cincinnati artist Holly Schapker. The artwork depicts the presentation of Jesus in the temple, the fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. Mary and Joseph hold Jesus, “inviting each one of us into the holy family,” said Schapker. The painting will be permanently installed in The Cross and Crown Atrium to celebrate the veneration of Joseph and the sanctity of the family.

Pope Francis said, “Christians can discover in St. Joseph, who often goes unnoticed, an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. St. Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all.”

The story of how the painting came to be at Christ the King began early one morning after Mass. Schapker, who is a Christ the King parishioner, was leaving the 6:30 a.m. liturgy, when she stopped to examine the St. Joseph statue in the shadows at the back of church. Parishioner Steve Green noticed her gazing at the sculpture and mentioned a book to her, Consecration of St. Joseph by Donald Galloway. Schapker, who always had a strong spiritual devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, now turned her attention to Jesus’s father: Joseph.  As she continued to learn more about this saint, she was approached by another parishioner, Karen Dorger, who knew of Schapker’s work as an artist. Dorger spoke with Father Ed Smith about the parish’s plans to honor St. Joseph and a wonderful possibility emerged. Fr. Ed believed Schapker’s portrait of the holy family, showing a warm and loving depiction of Joseph as the humble protector of Mary and Jesus, would be a perfect addition to the church’s newly constructed Cross and Crown Atrium.

Father Smith said, “This wonderful family portrait inspires us to work every day to live as the family that God has called us to be: in our homes, in our community, in our world, and, in a special way, in our parish dedicated to Christ the King, who was Himself a member of a family on earth, with Mary and Joseph, and who is eternally a member of a family in heaven, with the Father and the Holy Spirit!”

After the painting’s debut on March 20, it will be permanently installed on the east wall in the Atrium’s gathering space. On the feast day, the congregation will receive a prayer card with an image of the painting and a prayer written by Fr. Ed for the occasion. A banner will also highlight the St. Joseph statue at the back of the church.

Schapker said she is honored to have her oil painting displayed at Christ the King. “Joseph does not speak in the bible, rather he shows us the right thing to do through his actions.” She goes on to explain that the veneration of Joseph is really about the veneration of the holy family. “My goal is to show how relatable the holy family is and that they truly understand us with loving care.”

Schapker has been painting representational art of Catholic icons for over ten years. She graduated from Xavier University’s art program in 1992 and subsequently studied under Michael Scott. Her devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary began after she had a transformative experience while completing St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises in her thirties. In 2011 she was commissioned by Xavier University to paint a series of paintings of St. Ignatius.  Her painting of Pope Francis’s mother Maria Regina was presented to the Holy Father at the Vatican in 2015.

“Truth, goodness and beauty is the language of God,” said Schapker.  “We cannot underestimate the ability of art to pierce hearts. The intertwining gold halos surrounding Joseph, Mary and Jesus show the glory of God and the unity of the family.”

Pre-K Celebrates PJ Day

 

Pre-K celebrates How the Grinch Stole Christmas in our Christmas PJs today!