Sports Alert 

9/23/17

Football vs. Westminster schedule adjustments: 8th Grade at 8 a.m., Varsity at 11 a.m., both at Priory.

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A Message From Father Augustine Regarding the Parent Network

Links

Parent Network
Sign the Pledge
List of Priory parents
who have signed the
pledge (as of 9/15/14)

Dear Parents:

At right, you will find a few links to the "Parent Pledge" that our Parent Network has sponsored for a number of years. I want to add my most enthusiastic support to their efforts to help keep our students safe, healthy, and holy.

High school boys are strongly tempted by society and their peers to drink and to experiment with drugs, and many succumb to this pressure. While this can appear harmless at first, we know that eventually it stunts their growth, their maturity, their social and their academic achievement.  In short, it jeopardizes their safety and their future.

We know also that particularly in the upper years, as their social life becomes broader and more autonomous, our students are offered alcohol at parties and social events, sometimes with the tacit approval of host parents. Because these young men are under great pressure to succeed academically and socially, and because their egos are at a stage of exploration and risk-taking, it is not difficult for any one of them to develop a serious dependence on alcohol or some other drug.

Therefore, I would ask you to consider seriously and prayerfully whether you are called to sign and adhere to this Pledge.  Please understand that by doing so, you are committing yourselves to do all you can to keep your home a place where drugs and alcohol are not available to students. Please keep in mind that allowing students to drink even under your supervision would be directly contrary to the Pledge.

Please be proactive where your son is concerned; find out where he intends to go, call that home, and assure yourselves that he will be adequately supervised, even if the parents of the home where he is going appear on the Pledge list. Above all, try to foster the kind of understanding and open communication with your son that will promote the trust and mutual respect that is at the heart of any loving relationship.

I would also ask that all of us hold these young men and their peers in our hearts, and explicitly intercede for them in our prayers; these are tough times to be a kid, and we need to support them in every possible way.

Again, my thanks for your prayerful consideration of this matter and my best wishes for every happiness and blessing for you and your family in the new school year. 

Sincerely yours in the Lord,

Rev. Augustine Wetta, O.S.B.
Chaplain

 

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4

 

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