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NO SCHOOL Monday! Priests from all the parishes of the Diocese of Joliet use our classrooms in preparation for Chrism mass. What is a Chrism Mass? Chrism mass happens at every Cathedral in every diocese sometime during holy week. It is at this mass that the bishop blesses three oils—the oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm, and holy chrism. A supply is given to every priest to use at their local parish. These oils are used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year.

ITEM #1: Curriculum Night

Thank you to all the families who attended our 1st ever Curriculum Night. It was AMAZING! The students and teachers put together an unbelievable showcase of different components of our curriculum. Many parents commented on what a spectacular night it was and how confident and articulate the students were in describing their learning. And the big moment you have all been waiting for…

The winner of the $100 Visa Gift Card is…………………………………the Magosky Family!!!!! Congratulations Carol, Michael, and Averie. You can pick up your prize in the office after Tuesday morning.

ITEM #2: Mid-Trimester Point

Today marks the midpoint of the trimester. Please be sure to log-in to your School Speak account and check your child’s grades. 

ITEM #3: Living Stations of the Cross

Please join us this Thursday, April 18 at 2 PM in the Cathedral for a prayerful interpretation of our Lord’s journey to the cross. Mrs. Jacoby and Mrs. Bialko’s 4th graders have been working hard to present this Lenten form of prayer. It is amazingly beautiful and has brought many people to tears in the past. Begin the Triduum in reflective prayer!

Please note there will be pews reserved for the parents of 4th graders. Parents of students in other grades can sit behind the student body or on the Mary or Joseph side of the church.

ITEM #4: Triduum

The Triduum, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, are the most important and holy days of the year for the Catholic Church. Please consider attending services on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, in addition to Easter Sunday. If you have never been to either, they are truly beautiful—an experience all Catholics should experience at least once in their lifetime, if not once a year. St. Ray’s celebrates Holy Thursday at 7 PM, Good Friday at 3 PM and Easter at the Saturday Vigil at 8 PM and Sunday morning at 7:30, 9, 10:30 and 12:00 (no 7 PM mass). All are welcome!

ITEM #5: Rice and Water Lunch

Thursday is our 3rd annual rice and water lunch. The idea of a rice and water lunch is to stand in solidarity with those children around the world who have nothing or very little to eat. We have over 100 students participating! The money raised will help support the efforts in Malawi to build a school. Thank you for prayerfully considering your child’s participation.

Order form and money were due today, but we will still accept orders, but they must be handed in by Tuesday. If you do not wish to have your child participate, then please consider sending a simple lunch.

ITEM #6 : Parent Satisfaction Survey—TUESDAY IS THE LAST DAY

St. Raymond School is beginning the process of developing a five year strategic plan. Your input is vital in helping us to plan for the future of St. Raymond. Please click the link below to access the survey and complete it by April 16. It should take you no more than 10 or 15 minutes to complete.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to contribute to our strategic plan and for having your voice heard.

ITEM #7: Promised Land Community Garden

For the summer of 2019, a community garden called Promised Land will be created on the Cathedral grounds. Raised growing beds will be built in front of and beside the rectory house. Volunteer gardeners will adopt the beds and cultivate a vegetable crop. All food harvested from the gardens will be donated to local food banks, shelters, soup kitchens and other social agencies that serve people in need.

Applications are now being accepted at to adopt one of the raised growing beds in the Promised Land.

We are looking for individuals, families, groups or multi-families to commit to planting, nurturing and harvesting one 4 foot x 10 foot raised bed. Beds will be established in the rectory lawn. 

ITEM #8: Yearbook Photos

Calling all photographers...Tracy Pollack and Brandy Baltz are looking for you! The 2018-2019 yearbook is underway. If you've taken pictures of any of the great events we've had so far this year, please send them in. JPEG's can be emailed to .

We still have many important events coming up...keep on aiming, clicking, and sending!

ITEM #9: An Opportunity to bring JOY to the World

A note from one of our students…

Hi, my name is Grace Abbott. I turned 13 on April 11 and this year for my birthday instead of asking for presents I decided to make an Amazon wish list where people can purchase toys for children at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Lurie Children’s has affected my life in so many ways. I have stayed at Lurie as an inpatient and outpatient many times due to my food allergies, asthma and other issues. During these stays, I have seen children who have to stay there for months on end. Whenever I am having a rough day, or think that my situation is bad, I think back to those kids. For my birthday this year, I want to make their hospital stays a little more enjoyable or at the very least put a smile on their faces. I know that whenever I receive something when I am in the hospital it makes me feel very happy that someone cares.

I have toys for all ages in my drive, but I really wanted to add a couple things that I thought teenagers might enjoy. Younger kids get plenty of toy donations, but many people forget that teenagers are in the hospital too. I added a bunch of my favorite things to do in the hospital such as coloring, doing word searches and mazes, and playing fun games like Rummikub and Uno. Please keep these ideas in mind as you are going through the wish list. :)

Thank you so much for your interest and contributions. You have no idea what a big impact these gifts make on these kids. All Amazon wish list items will be delivered to my home. In the beginning of May, we will deliver all of the items collected to Lurie Children’s Hospital. Thank you so much for helping me celebrate my 13th birthday by putting a smile on a Lurie kid’s face! 

Grace’s Giving Tree Amazon Wish List Link: 

Download attachments HERE

--Rice and Water Lunch Order Form

--Mom/Son Bingo Night RSVP

--Spring Musical, Annie, Jr., Ticket Information--Tickets on Sale TUESDAY

--St. Vincent DePaul Donation Drive

--Tenebrae Flyer

--Joliet Township High School Summer Academy Information

--Joliet West High School Fun Fair

The Lord comes with trumpet blasts; he comes with shouts of joy. Have a blessed Palm Sunday!

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