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“Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.” -Pierre de Chardin

Have a beautifully joy-filled weekend! Remember to give an hour to our Lord who all good things come!

ITEM #1: High School Visits

Attention 8th grade families! On Tuesday, September 11th Joliet Catholic Academy and Providence Catholic High School will be at St. Ray’s to present to the Class of 2019. Providence Catholic will present at 1:45 and JCA will present at 2:15. If you are interested in listening to either presentation, you are more than welcome to attend. We hope that you will join us!

ITEM #2: Catechetical Sunday

Sunday, September 16th has been designated Catechetical Sunday by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. Many churches throughout the United States will extend a special blessing on Catholic School and Religious Education teachers for the work they do to pass on the faith. While the Catholic Church believes parents are the first educators of the faith, we know that it takes a community to raise our children to know, love and serve God.

We have designated the 9 AM mass that Sunday as a family mass. Please mark your calendar. We want to pack the church with our students and families!

ITEM #3: Cross Country

St. Ray’s is having a fantastic cross country season. At the first meet of the year in which we competed against Richland, Vito Martinez Middle School and St. Paul, we had 7 of our students in the top 15 for the one mile! Congratulations to Ellie Blotnik in 6th grade who came in first overall for the one mile in a time of 6:45. Lukas Klein in 5th grade was right there with Ellie coming in 2nd (1st for boys) with a time of 6:47!

In the two mile race, 7th grader Claire Blotnik took first place finishing in a time of 13:47, a minute and half ahead of the second place finisher. Impressive!

Congratulations to the entire team and to their coaches!

ITEM #4: Athletic Board Meeting

There is an Athletic Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 13th at 6:30 PM. Meetings are held in the teachers’ lounge. All are welcome.

ITEM #5: OktoberFest

We are quickly approaching our biggest fundraiser of the year! We are approximately one month out—October 13, 2018. There are so many ways families can contribute to the success of the evening.

1.Register for OktoberFast 5K Race! The sign up form was part of the green packet picked up at Packet Pick Up. You can also register online at

2.Purchase your tickets! $35 a person for great food, water and soda. Beer and late night bites are extra at the event. Go to or directly to the ticketing site:

3.Have an item that would fit into our silent auction? Contact Tracy Pollack at

4.Harvest Club is looking for $5-$10 gift cards and bottles of wine.

5. Volunteer! You can sign up at

Thank you in advance for all you have done/are doing to support OktoberFest! OktoberFest is not only our largest fundraiser, but it brings together over 500 people as we enjoy each other’s company and continue the bonds of friendship that make St. Ray’s a place of community.

ITEM #6: Music on the Move

Last week students in 4th-6th grade attended a presentation from Music on the Move on the possible instruments they could learn to play through small group lessons. A form went home detailing the instruments offered and the cost of the lessons. We are still finalizing the details on when the lessons will be offered, but if looks like we will be offering them during EXPLORE! This way students will not miss any class time. If you are interested in having your 4th-8th grade child participate, please return the form and payment to the school office by Tuesday, September 11th.

ITEM #7: Happy Birthday!

This awesome lady is celebrating her birthday:

Mrs. Katie Homolka—3rd Grade Aide—Saturday, September 8

Please be sure to wish her a “Happy Birthday!” We are so blessed that she shares her gifts and talents with the St. Ray’s community.

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-St. Vincent De Paul Clothing Drive—this weekend after all the mass (except 7 PM)

-Music on the Move Letter

-Stage Stars Flyer

-Let’s Build It Engineering Flyer

-Chess Scholars Flyer


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