April has arrived, and the students at Holy Name School continue to focus on how they “..can do all things through Christ ..” who strengthens them as they continue on their Lenten journey. This column was written by Courtney Kilraine and Mahala Lieb. 

Three Holy Name students placed among the top speakers in our diocese at the Diocesan Forensics Meet on Friday, March 29, 2019. Congratulations to Lauren Long, second place, Informative;  Blaise Mazey, fourth place, Impromptu; and Faith Smith, fifth place, Drama.  We are very proud of all of our Forensics team members and the work they put into improving their public speaking skills.

Mrs. Kline’s Junior High Religion and Language Arts classes have been quite busy. The sixth grade Religion class is focusing on Lent and Divine Mercy. The seventh grade Religion classes are learning about the Eucharist and are studying miracles.  In Language Arts, the seventh grade students are reading novels about diversity and discussing social justice, while the eighth grade class is reading biographies of young adults that have accomplished amazing things.

Seventh grade is learning about the Boston Massacre in Social Studies class. Mr. Knepp is having the students analyze witness statements and visual accounts to assess the British soldiers’ motives on March 5, 1770. This use of primary source documents will allow the students to critically analyze events in history that influence our present day lives.

The Intermediate Department is preparing to present the Living Stations of the Cross to our school community on April 15, 2019. This reenactment of the story of Jesus’ condemnation to death, crucifixion and burial during Holy Week provides prayerful focus for each of us as we remember the events leading up to our celebration of Christ’s Resurrection at Easter. Performances will take place at 1:00 P.M. and 6:30 P.M. in the church. Please join us for this solemn prayer service.

Our final thought is from Christine Galeone: “Although Lent is a time of repentance, prayer and alms giving, it’s also a gift. It’s a gift that helps us to turn away from sin and to draw closer to Jesus.”

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[Photo:  Congratulations to the Holy Name School students who are among the top speakers in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. Faith took 5th place in Drama, Blaise, 4th place in impromptu and Lauren, 2nd place in Informative at the Diocesan Forensics Meet.]