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We are proud to welcome Fr. Brian Hoelzen to the Holy Spirit Prep community! Fr. Brian will assist Fr. Juan in his campus ministry this school year.
Fr. Brian grew up in Seattle, Washington. At age thirteen, he entered Immaculate Conception Apostolic School, a high-school seminary of the Legionaries of Christ in scenic Center Harbor, New Hampshire. After graduating in 2000, he did two years of spiritual studies (novitiate) in Salamanca, Spain, followed by two years of Classical Humanities in Cheshire, Connecticut, and his first two years of Philosophy in Rome, Italy. From 2006-2009, he served as dean of students at Sacred Heart Apostolic School in Rolling Prairie, Indiana. He then spent five years finishing his Philosophy and Theology studies in Rome, at which point he was assigned to youth ministry in Ciudad Satélite, Mexico. After one year there, he received his current youth ministry assignment in Atlanta, Georgia, where he has had the privilege of living his first year of priestly service.
Fr. Brian is a priest of the Legionaries of Christ, and was ordained a deacon on June 27, 2015 at the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, and a priest on December 12, 2015 at the Basilica of St. Paul outside-the-walls in Rome. He has a great love of the outdoors, music and helping people discover and live to the full their dreams, talents and mission in life. He humbly asks for your prayers for a holy priesthood and a fruitful ministry in the years to come.
Holy Spirit Prep has proudly stepped forward as the lead sponsor on the 2016 Pope Francis Build, a project of Habitat for Humanity. The build brings Catholic institutions from across Atlanta together to sponsor the construction of a new home for a deserving, low-income family. As a sponsor, Holy Spirit Prep will commit $7,000 in funding towards the construction of the home and provide 40 volunteers and lunches for one of the home's seven build days. The student organizations St. Joseph's Cohort and the ONE apostolate will take the lead in coordinating these efforts.
Become part of the build! Follow the links below to make a financial commitment to the build, or sign up to volunteer at the build site on Saturday, September 24. Volunteers must be 16 years or older.
The fall build follows a successful 2015 Pope Francis Build, in which 19 Atlanta-area Catholic organizations – including hospitals, parishes, schools, and ministries – partnered with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity to fund and staff the construction of a new home for a qualified homeowner applicant. Together, the organizations raised the majority of the construction costs with the help from an anonymous donor and provided hundreds of volunteers for labor and for feeding those volunteers. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory blessed the home at its home dedication ceremony.
This year, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity looks to Atlanta’s Catholic community to raise $38,000 to fund the construction of the house and for volunteers to build the house.
David Rosenzweig, who oversees Holy Spirit Prep’s service organizations, said, “We have the potential as a community to make a substantial difference in the life of a deserving family. Our students are revved up and ready to work on this project, and it’s important that they see Atlanta’s Catholic community working alongside them.”
About Atlanta Habitat
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, one of more than 1,400 U.S. affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to homeownership for working families. Since 1983, volunteers from corporations and from faith-based and civic organizations have worked in partnership with qualified homebuyers to construct affordable, green, quality homes, which are then purchased through no-interest mortgages. To date, Atlanta Habitat has built and renovated more than 1,370 homes, primarily in the City of Atlanta and South Fulton County. For more information, please visit www.atlantahabitat.org or call 404.223.5180.
Varsity Cougar Football | Game #2
vs. Frederica Academy
North Springs High School
7447 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Wear your green and gold!
Chef Pete Radosta is selling his famous grilled Cougar burgers until 7:00pm.
The junior class began their school year with an overnight retreat, camping out at the Upper School on Thursday night, 8/11, before a day of prayer and camaraderie on Friday, 8/12.
Every grade from 5th-12th grade has at least one retreat during the school year, a time to slip away from the routine of school with your grade to reflect, pray, and bond as a community.
The junior retreat started with several talks on faith and leadership, as the junior class takes a big step up in leading underclassmen within the House system. On Friday, the class made a "pilgrimage" from the Lower School, walking 4.5 miles to the Cathedral of Christ the King to visit the Doors of Mercy there.
"It was fun," said junior Kristin Kelly. "I mean, the walk was tough, but I actually really enjoyed the chance to just talk with my classmates."
The retreat ended with a talk by HSP alum and former Head Girl Meredith Jones, who talked about the ups and downs of her recent pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, a demanding route in northern Spain.
The Cougars Care committee supports the Holy Spirit Prep community. Our team is in place to connect families and ensure our community is able to support one another in time of need and celebration. Working closely with our school chaplain, we will connect with families who request community support.
Please reach out to our committee at email@example.com. Our team will be glad to connect with you.
If you are interested in volunteering to help with this committee, please reach out to Maria Kichler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PVA has created a Facebook group for the HSP community, for babysitter and carpool requests, for uniform and calendar questions, etc. It's not an official platform of the school; it is moderated by HSP parents and supported by the PVA.
Join the PVA's Facebook group
Thanks to Vanessa Sciachetano, Lower School PVA Vice-president, for starting the page.
They're back! Through September and October, Holy Spirit Prep will host parent parties for each grade level. Save the date for your grade(s) parent parties!
Get your hair cut and your dress uniform looking spiffy! Picture Day, sponsored by HSP's new official photographer, Cady Studios, is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31.
Lower School students are scheduled to take their photos by class in the morning in the Lower School courtyard. Upper School students will have their photos taken during lunch on the putting green behind the Liberal Arts building. Preschool students are scheduled to have their photos taken in the memorial garden behind the Preschool.
You'll be able to see proofs and order your photos online. Cady Studios will email you directly with ordering information.
A makeup day for photos is scheduled for January 2017.
The 2016-17 HSP football season kicked off not on the gridiron, but in McDonough Hall - and the players weren't wearing their pads, but their Sunday best.
Under the direction of new head football coach Shawn Coury, the team began their season with a father-son dinner. Fathers and sons dressed formally for the occasion and, before sharing a meal, the fathers read aloud letters to their sons, explaining how much they meant to them and their hopes for their son as they grew up. Fathers then presented their sons with their football jerseys.
"We as fathers know how much we love our sons, but in the bustle of our lives we can forget to tell them that," said Coach Coury. "This is an opportunity, ahead of our opening game, for us to share with our sons how treasured they are."
Coach Coury already has a similar mother-son event scheduled for later in the season, where the young athletes will read letters to their mothers. The team will also tackle a service project at the Big Trees Forest Preserve.
The varsity Cougars first home game of the season is scheduled for this Friday, August 19.
Tryouts for middle school volleyball (open to girls in 6th-8th grade) will be held Monday, August 22-Wednesday, August 24 from 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Upper School gym.
We invite your daughter to consider trying out!
With any inquiries about volleyball, please contact Coach Evans, Director of Athletics, at email@example.com.
Register for Little Cougar Soccer
Join us for the Preschool Parent Dinner, September 9th, from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Lower School! More details are forthcoming. This event was originally scheduled for McDonough Hall.
Sign-ups for fall after-school activities have begun!
Tony Young Karate
Mr. Greg's Musical Madness
Email Laura Linkous at Llinkous@holyspiritprep.org
If you would like to coach, please email Llinkous@holyspiritprep.org
This Friday, August 19, the Lower School will celebrate Mass at 8:30am in the cafetorium. Parents are very welcome to attend this Mass!
Dress uniform is required for school Masses. If you want to be sure your child is in dress uniform, please consult the Lower School Uniform Code.
For the safety of our students, particularly our Safety Patrol, please do not use cell phones while navigating the carpool lane. Distracted driving endangers our students, our staff, and other drivers.
From August 18-September 2, Mr. Schultz is hosting a series of coffees by grade, and would love for you to join him. These coffees are an opportunity for Mr. Schultz to meet with parents, share updates of the school, and hear parent feedback. If you'd like, you can join Mr. Schultz for Mass at 8:15am with your student's class, then enjoy some coffee and conversation in the media center starting around 9am.
K and P1: August 24
First Grade: August 23
Second Grade: August 22
Third Grade: August 18
Fourth Grade: August 29
Fifth Grade: September 6
Sixth Grade: September 2
“It is important to realize that being close to Jesus and knowing him in the Eucharist through your service at the altar, enables you to open yourselves to others.”
-Pope Francis to Altar Servers, August 4, 2015
Those students who are in grades 3-6 are invited to volunteer for the privilege of altar serving at their class Masses throughout the year. It is a great way for them to serve and grow closer to God through their living of the Mass.
If a student has been trained before, or has served at the altar at their own parish, they still need to attend training at the beginning of the year. Serving a class Mass can be a little different than at a parish, so this helps to get them acquainted with the nuances of a Mass at school. The 6th graders who have served previously will be asked to help guide the younger students through their trainings.
Trainings Dates: August 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, and 31st and September 1st
Time: 3-4 pm
Place: Lower School Chapel
How do I sign up? Email Ms. Eckert, Lower School Campus Minister, at firstname.lastname@example.org if your child wishes to serve this year, indicating the date for training.
This meeting will run for an hour or less in the evening on the Lower School Campus. You will receive important information regarding the Sacramental Program for our HSP 2nd graders. It will be a time for you to prepare as a parent, and will go over important details that you need to know as a 2nd grade parent. By way of helping our families prepare for their children's sacrament, during the meeting, Fr. Juan will be available for Confession if you would like to receive the sacrament.
Who: At least one parent from each family, please.
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Place: Media Center on the Lower School Campus
Questions? Email Amanda Eckert at email@example.com
Congratulations to Mr. Mike and Mrs. Rockie Rondeau! The Upper School husband and wife team saw the birth of their first child, Remy John Rondeau, on August 15 at 4:03 AM, weighing 7 lbs even, and measuring 19.5 inches long.
Mrs. Rondeau will be taking maternity leave for part of this semester. In the interim, her classes will be overseen by Mrs. Christine Bentley.
Students interested in dropping or adding courses to their schedule for first semester should submit the Drop/Add Request form to Ms. Little in the Commons building, room 221 of the Admin Wing, by this Friday, August 19. Any student/parent that has questions about schedule changes or withdrawing from a course after Friday, August 19 must contact Ms. Little at firstname.lastname@example.org. Withdrawal from a course after Friday, August 19 will result in a withdrawal passing (WP) or withdrawal failing (WF) grade on the student’s final transcript/report card for the 16-17 school year.
HSP Theatre is excited to announce this year's fall play, Robert Bolt's classic, A Man for All Seasons. This critically acclaimed masterpiece presents the final chapter in the life of Sir Thomas More, the English statesman, scholar, and eventual saint whose clash with King Henry VIII over his marriage to Anne Boleyn would lead to More's execution and martyrdom.
Auditions will be held the week of August 22-27 during lunch and after school at the Upper School. Great parts are available for boys and girls in grades 7-12. Sign-up sheets are posted on Mr. Curtin's classroom door.
Performances will be staged November 10-12. Please email Mr. Curtin at email@example.com with any questions.
The Upper School will host two parent nights in the next week, one for junior high students and one for high school students.
On Thursday, August 18, from 6:00pm-8:00pm, parents of 7th and 8th grade families will meet with teachers and administrators to learn about student curriculum and junior-high specific policies.
On Wednesday, August 24, from 6:00pm-8:00pm, parents of 9th-12th grade families will meet with teachers and administrators to learn about student curriculum and high school specific policies.
For questions about registration, please contact Kevin Evans, Director of Athletics, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678.904.2811, ext. 249.
Varsity Football Registration
Middle School Football Registration
Varsity Cheerleading Registration
Middle School Cheerleading Registration
Middle School Cross Country Registration
Varsity Cross Country Registration
Varsity Volleyball Registration
Middle School Volleyball Registration
Lower School Soccer Registration
We're so excited and humbled to begin our 5th Season of XLT Atlanta. God has moved so powerfully in the past four seasons, and we're looking forward with great expectation to what He will do this year. Thank you to all those who have joined us for these nights of worship, preaching, and Adoration. If you haven't been able to attend XLT Atlanta, we encourage you to make this year THE year.
Our nights typically run from 7:30-9:00pm, but you're welcome to show up early for a Chick Fil A dinner if you can brave the traffic. Once the night begins, we have worship music with a live band, a message from a nationally-known Catholic speaker, and Eucharistic Adoration. Jesus is the focus of every night, and our goal through the year is to help young people grow in their faith.
In fact, our theme for the year is "BELIEVE BIG". Each night, we'll be tackling a new topic, looking at different characteristics of God, and talking about how our faith can grow in different areas of our lives.
The fall date are Oct 4th (High School), Nov 8th(H.S), & Nov 11th (Young Adults)
Spring Dates are Jan 10th(H.S), Feb 4th(H.S), March 7th(H.S), May 6th(Middle School) & May 20th (Y.A)
The calendar, which is included in this packet, has all of the dates and age groups that the nights are geared towards. We do invite priests, parents, and CORE members to join us regardless of what the age group is.
Our website, www.xltatlanta.com, has more information, pictures, etc.
We are honored to host this event for everyone in the Archdiocese and beyond. It is our hope that as many of you as possible will be able to take advantage of these encounters with Jesus at Studio ONE, our venue specifically designed for this event. We're here to help lead your teens, parishioners, and YOU closer to Christ.
Please let us know how we can serve you better, and contact us with any questions!
The XLT Atlanta Team
Jessica Duron Dom Quaglia
Regnum Christi Retreat Information
Regnum Christi retreats are modeled after the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and allow you to set aside your daily routine to focus on God's call in your life. It will arm you with the spiritual tools to fight the good fight each day with the grace of God.
What happens on a retreat?
3-DAY "RC RENEWAL"RETREATS: