A sending off for the summer…

A message from Fr. Konzen, S.M., Principal of Marist School

Hello and Goodbye.  We have reached our last school day of the year.  I want to thank everyone for all that you have put into making this not just a good year of growth for yourselves, but also for your cooperation in making Marist a school that tries to live up to its calling as a Society of Mary school.  I hope this coming weekend is a time of some relaxation for everyone, but also that the final exam days that follow truly reflect the work that’s gone on to this point.  And then I hope we will be able to take some time to enjoy the rest that follows great effort.

While we break from our academic pursuits, there is no break from our spiritual development.  Honor the Lord’s Day wherever you find yourself this summer.  And for those of you in camps or playing summer baseball or doing leadership activities, may it be both productive and fun.  We will see you in the fall.  In the meantime, let God be praised in all you undertake in His name.

Gratitude for the Blessings of Another Year

Morning Prayer
May 26, 2016
Fr. Ralph Olek, S.M. English Department

This is the last morning homeroom of the year and only 11 classes remain. But who is counting? However, as we reflect on the past nine months, we have much for which to be thankful. I know I am thankful for teaching one of the most enjoyable 7th grade classes in my career. And many of you have experienced being part of outstanding athletic events, musicals, concerts, debates, robotics, academic teams, just to mention a few. We have been blessed with Peer Leaders, retreat leaders, student ambassadors and shadow hosts. And through all these experiences we have grown, shared, challenged, and laughed with so many. And that has been the best part of the year, for in the end, God will not care about how many A’s or B’s we receive or what university we attended or job we held. God will be more concerned with the person we have become and how we treated each other along the way. So let us pray.

Heavenly Father, thank you for all the opportunities you have given us this year to grow, to learn more about ourselves, to live simply and more humbly. Thank you for the friends we have made throughout the year and for all the opportunities of thinking and doing more for others than ourselves. Thank you for helping us through those classes we thought would never end. But most of all, thank you for creating us just as we are, for loving us just as we are, and for always forgiving us when we stumble along the way. Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for us.

HootieHoo Prayer

Morning Prayer:
May 12, 2016
Prayer by Ms. DeGracia and her Advisory

When something comes to a close, often times people begin to reflect and reminisce. As the 2015 – 2016 school year wraps up soon, I, along with my Advisory, reflect on our year and even when we first met. As some of you know, our Advisory has a wise owl mascot and is nicknamed “The HootieHoos.” We’ve developed a bond over the last two years after meeting as strangers and now Carley Hale, Jack Demarest, Nick Paschetto, and I want to share a few literary lines that sum up some things we’ve learned together as a homeroom:

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” – from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream  (Carley)

“The fool doth think he was wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” – from Shakespeare’s As You Like It  (Jack)

“Happiness is only real when shared.”- from Krakauer’s Into the Wild  (Nick)

“We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” – from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  (Ms. DeGracia)

We’ve learned to be respectful, be humble, share happiness, forgive, and make better choices, and though we are imperfect, we will continue to try to take this wisdom to heart. In meeting, we have all experienced God through one another and through our trials and joys together .

Let us pray.

Lord, fill us with your strength and grace so that we may be courageous in our faith. Let us be filled with the truth that the strength that overcame the world is living in us.

As the year comes to a close, and we all begin a new part of our journey of life let us find peace in the wisdom of knowing that you have plans for us. Remind us that wisdom is not something we can buy or acquire through anyone but you, our All Knowing and loving Creator.

We thank you for the memories and the joys that we have shared together as a Marist community. Give us the grace to do things out of love for one another and for the community as a whole.

We thank you also for the challenges you have placed upon us that have developed us over the course of the year into the people we are today. Let this be a reminder to ourselves and the community of Marist to rest in the wisdom of knowing that our experiences are shaping us into the people God wants us to be. Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

St. Joseph the Worker

Morning Prayer:
April 28, 2016
Prayer by Fr. Joel Konzen, S.M., Principal

Good morning. You have probably seen an elderly priest walking with a cane on the property. He is Father Tom Ellerman, and he’s an alumnus of Marist, Class of 1958. Yesterday, May 1, was his birthday, so if you see him today, you can offer birthday greetings. May 1st, is also the day that the Catholic Church honors workers of the world by celebrating the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. All of us work, but this is a special remembrance of the people who do ordinary jobs and make the world go around—tailors and housekeepers and bus drivers and home builders and dog groomers and manicurists and highway workers, folks who don’t necessarily have college degrees but who work as hard as or harder than those who do. Most of us have relatives who are workers like this, and all of us depend every day on these workers.

Marist is in the business of preparing people for college, but we’re also in the business of reminding each other from time to time that a person’s worth in the eyes of God and fellow women and men does not depend on college. We affirm the basic value of all life and remain thankful for the assistance of those at Marist School, in our homes, in our stores, and elsewhere who spend their days working in order to live a life of dignity and promise. I thank those of you who assist in the Centro GED Program and in your service projects, reaching out to the people who have not been as blessed as we have been with education. We appreciate their help, and we want to help others to attain an education that can lift their prospects for the future.

Here is a poem, a sonnet, in the form of a prayer. It’s based on the “Working Man’s Prayer” by Billye Phillips Beck:

Dear Lord, excuse my beat-up boots, my Wranglers, and my cap.
I’m praying on my way to work; I’m just a working chap.
I didn’t go to college, I’m only a common man.
You, too, were a carpenter, Lord, so I know you understand.
My hands are calloused, my voice is tired, my clothes are not first-rate.
Will you be checking labels, Lord, when I enter Heaven’s gate?
My truck is old, and people laugh from their shiny cars and vans.
Did they also laugh at you, my Lord, as you walked your native land?
Please help me not to worry, Lord, about my lack of worldly gain.
I’ll be as rich as all the rest when I reach Heaven’s plain.
I’ll trade my jeans and dusty boots for wings and a robe of white.
I’ll leave my cap and put on a crown, Oh, what a blessed sight!
Work time is almost here, but I’ve still got time to pray,
Just help me, Lord, to be content with what I have today.

And that is our prayer: help us to be content with what God has given us to do today and to be mindful of all others who allow us to carry on in our work and our lives. Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom.

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band

sherlock play bill

This “play with music” is an adaptation of the classic story, created specifically for Marist students, with original music by our very own Band Director, Mark Craddock!  The project is a collaboration with Serenbe Playhouse, and our young actors have had the pleasure of working in new and interesting ways with these wonderful artists. 

Details:

WHEN:                  Thursday – Saturday, May 5 – 7, at 7:30 PM (should run about 80  minutes)

WHERE:                Woodruff Auditorium

St. Peter Chanel, S.M.

Morning Prayer:
April 28, 2016
Prayer by Ms. Perrin Rains, English Department

Good morning!

As you will recall, this time last week, we were celebrating St. Peter Chanel Day. We talked a lot about his incredible bravery and sacrifice. And Archbishop Gregory preached beautifully about success and used Peter Chanel as an example. Then, we put on our sunscreen and listened to music and played dodgeball. It was a fun day.

But, the real feast day of St. Peter Chanel is today, April the 28th, because it was 175 years ago today that he was martyred for his work on the island of Futuna, and I want to celebrate him and his courage again, but in a different way.

Before the dramatic part of his life that we all know, that harrowing ocean voyage, the isolation, and his difficult work in the mission field, Peter Chanel did something else that was extraordinarily brave. You see, he started his career as a parish priest. He was already living a very good life – a life of generosity and true service to his community. But, his heart wasn’t in it. And here’s the remarkable and brave part: he listened to his heart. He gave up parish ministry and joined the Society of Mary. He walked away from what other’s expected of him. He walked away from a life that, even though was very good, was not right. And that takes incredible courage.

So, I want to ask you to join me in celebrating St. Peter Chanel, again, today, but this time you don’t need face paint, or barbeque, or four-square. Celebrate by listening to the small voice inside of you, and take a step toward what you already know in your heart is the right thing to do.

Let us pray.

St. Peter Chanel, you left your homeland
to proclaim Jesus, Saviour of the world,
to the peoples of Oceania.
Guided by the Spirit of God,
who is the strength of the gentle,
you bore witness to love,
even laying down your life.
Grant that, like you, we may live our daily life
in peace, in joy, and in fraternal love.
May your prayer and example
call forth from our midst
many workers for the Gospel
so that God’s Kingdom may reach
to the ends of the earth. Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

Change…

Morning Prayer:
April 26, 2016
Prayer by Michael Williams ’18

Change. Change is something that we all go through in our lives whether it’s a small change or something that changes your whole life. When change comes, we often worry that things won’t be as good. We have to see change as the same or better than the situation we are already in. Many people do not see change as positive, primarily because it is unfair. But the truth about change is this- life moves on whether you like it or not. Paul wrote, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace shall be yours.” (Phil. 4:6,7).

Serenity Prayer
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

Let us Pray:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.

Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for Us.

Rapidification…

Morning Prayer:
April 26, 2016
Prayer by Dr. Anne Washington Saunders, MCLD Teacher

Good morning,

To begin his encyclical Laudato si, Pope Francis seems to have introduced a new word to the world: rapidification. Rapidification describes the “intensified pace of human life and work” in our modern, technological world. Change is good and necessary for us; but constant and ever accelerating change –  rapidification – the kind of change the world is now experiencing, goes against our very nature.

As creatures, human beings are healthiest when we keep our fundamental relationships healthy: with God, with our neighbor. We know the commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, with all your strength; Love your neighbor as yourself. But Laudato si urges attention to a third relationship, relationship with the earth, that is, with nature, with our fellow creatures. I had not thought of my enjoyment of creation, of Earth, as a relationship.

A frenzy to do more, more, more, faster, faster, faster, and always, of course, better and better. Can we relate to this experience at Marist School?

In stark contrast to rapidification, Pope Francis says, is the slower movement of creation, God’s creation, as opposed to the world that human beings engineer. Attention to creation slows us down, gives us physical health, and spiritual peace. Ideally, its goals are geared to the common good and sustainable.

In Matthew Chapter 6 Jesus tells us,

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

So, today, try, try to take something slow. Unplug. Stare into space. Talk face to face. Walk through the garden. Lie in the grass. Enjoy Brother Sun.

Let us Pray:

SLOW US DOWN, O Lord God, our Creator,
We thank you for the beauty of this earth, our campus and garden, creek and woods, and for all who take care of these gifts from you.
We thank you for our sharp eyes and ears and our ability to smell and taste and touch the many good things you have created.
Thank you for good weather and sunshine.
Thank you for the animals in our care, our friends, and families.
Help us to slow down and to be mindful.
Allow us to give generously to those in need.
In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for Us.

 

The Bees Are Here!

bee

The bees are here! Marist now has its first ever colony of honey bees located cross creek somewhat near the sand volleyball court where the sheep were last year.  Below is a picture of what the actual hive looks like.  We are getting this colony for our community because the population of honey bees has been rapidly decreasing due to habitat loss, climate change, pesticide use and disease.  Bees are a huge part of our everyday lives as they are responsible for pollinating more than 80% of the food we eat.  Something you might find interesting is that the only bees you likely see are female because they make up the majority of “worker bees” that collect nectar for their hive.  In order to create just 1 teaspoon of honey, it takes about 12 worker bees their whole lives (6 weeks) to make.  Next time you are eating an apple or enjoying a cup of tea with some honey, remember the bees and how vital they are to our environment.  If you would like to help this issue, think about planting some lavender or bluebells in your yard…the bees love them!

If you are concerned about having honey bees on campus, please know that they are extremely gentle creatures who won’t bother you as long as you don’t bother them.  It has been explained to me that “honey bees are to cows as yellow jackets and wasps are to wolves.”  Informational signs about honey bees will be going up around campus next week to inform the student body more about the bees and the hive.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Hopefully you will be able to have a taste of Marist-grown honey in the near future!

Bee Hive

Bee Hive

Junior Classical League State Convention

jcl photo

GEORGIA Junior Classical League 2016 Results

Congratulations to the Marist Latin team who competed over the weekend at the 2016 Georgia Junior Classical League State Convention, which attracted nearly 1000 delegates from 44 schools. Marist competed in the large delegation division in the areas of ACADEMICS, CREATIVE ARTS, and GRAPHIC ARTS.

For the first time since the founding of Rome in 753 B.C., Marist School won first place in both Sweepstakes: total points and points per delegate. In addition, Marist Latin students were one point shy of first place in the SPIRIT CONTEST.

Full results will be posted as Marist JCL celebrates National Latin Week and Georgia Classics Week.