The NOVEMBER Prep Pulse
“Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer” is a book written by Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk. I was introduced to this book by my second-year novice master who liked to read excerpts from it for his homilies. In this book, brother Steindl-Rast reminds us that the fullness of prayer is grateful living.
During this month of November, we remember in a special way those gone before us. We are thankful for their lives, their impact on our own and the memories that we have of them. On November 10, we gathered as a Prep community for the Alumni Memorial Mass remembering all the deceased members of Prep especially those who died during the preceding year.
But while it is good that we remember those gone before us it is so much more important that we exude gratefulness towards those who still surround us: our parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, neighbors, relatives, teachers, coaches, and most importantly God. Towards the end of November, we do celebrate the feast of Thanksgiving where we often gather together as family. But our grateful living should not be limited to just Thanksgiving Day. It should instead be part of the fabric of our very existence.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, held that of all the sins possible, ingratitude was the one to be detested the most. In a letter addressed to Father Simon Rodrigues dated March 18, 1542 he writes that “ingratitude is the most abominable of sins and that it should be detested in the sight of our Creator and Lord by all of His creatures who are capable of enjoying His divine and everlasting glory. It is a forgetting of the graces, benefits, and blessings received, and as such it is the cause, beginning, and origin of all sins and misfortunes. Contrariwise, the grateful acknowledgment of blessings and gifts received is loved and esteemed both in heaven and on earth.
It is not surprising then that the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius as well as the daily examen are filled with references to being grateful. In his general audience at St. Peter’s Square on June 27, 2018, Pope Francis said that the “Christian life is above all the grateful response to a generous Father” and “Gratitude is a characteristic of a heart that has been visited by the Holy Spirit.” Let us pray then that each one of us in the Prep community may continually strive to live lives of grateful living.
Fr. Nicholas Santos, SJ
Fr. Matthew Spotts, SJ Named 34th President
On November 12, 2019, the Creighton Prep Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Fr. Matthew Spotts, SJ as the school’s 34th president.
Fr. Spotts currently works in ministry at Loyola Academy in Chicago, the nation’s largest Jesuit secondary school, and as an associate pastor at a parish. He is also completing a graduate degree in education. Prior to this, he taught and coached at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis.
Visit CreightonPrep.org/FrSpotts to learn more.
Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent
Congratulations to the following Creighton Prep student-athletes who signed letters of intent on Wednesday, November 13 to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level:
Florida State University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Northwest Missouri State University
Football Team Finishes Season in State Playoffs
The varsity football team recently completed another fine season at 6-4 and, for the 25th straight time, they made the playoffs. Season highlights included an overtime victory over Omaha North and comeback wins against Millard North and Columbus. Bravo, guys!
Prep Wins Concordia University Quiz Bowl
Congratulations to the Quiz Bowl team of James Chapman, Connor Gregg, Josh Kramer, Will Harper and Brian Martin on taking first at the 5th Annual History and Geography Quiz Bowl at Concordia University on October 23. Way to go!
Vocalists Selected to All-State Choir
Congratulations to Matt Kielian and Isaac Kenney on being named to the 2019 Nebraska All-State Choir. They put in lots of hard work to achieve this honor and become two of the best vocalists in the state. Go, CP!
Tennis Team Third at State
Prep varsity tennis players capped their season with a great showing at state, where they took third out of 33 schools. Gavin Forster was 2nd at No. 2 singles and finished the season at 32-4. Daniel Kowal and Josh Morales were 2nd at No. 2 doubles to complete a 37-3 season, and third place at No. 1 doubles went to Andrew Doehner and Mac Nelson. They finished with a 32-8 season record.
“We are graduating three seniors — Andrew Doehner, Daniel Kowal and Mac Nelson — who will be difficult to replace,” said Head Coach Jerry Kowal. “But we will return three sophomores who will be called on to lead the team next year.”
Thanks to all who were there to cheer them on!
15-20 More Auction Acquisition Volunteers Needed for BASH 2020
A key element in the success of our annual BASH fundraiser each April is the work done by auction acquisition volunteers in the fall and early winter months prior to the event when they ask businesses and individuals to donate items for the auction. And we are in need of 15-20 more volunteers for this role.
Please consider signing up today by emailing BASH Associate Terri Haller or calling her at 402-548-3845. Terri can also answer any questions you may have.
Then mark your calendar for the Auction Acquisition Kickoff for BASH 2020 that takes place Tuesday, November 19 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, November 20 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Creighton Room at Prep. Come by any time during those hours to pick up your donor cards and other information. This should only take 20-30 minutes of your time on one of those days. Thank you!
The auction acquisition executive committee chair and co-chair are Prep moms Denise Barrett and Bridget Tynan.
Eucharistic Adoration – Friday, November 15
You are invited to the Skinner Chapel for Eucharistic Adoration from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. next Friday for an “hour of power” before the Blessed Sacrament. Sign up today!
Park in the east lot and enter through the Administration entrance then sign in at the reception desk. The receptionist will direct you to the chapel.
Thank you for considering to serve the Prep students and the faculty and staff in this way. The Eucharistic adoration Friday for next month is December 13.
Readers, Gift Bearer Family and EMHCs Needed for Christmas Midnight Mass
The 2019 Christmas Midnight Mass at Prep is set for 12 a.m. on Wednesday morning, December 25. In order to make it a success, Campus Ministry is in need of volunteers for the following ministries: readers, EMHCs, and one family to bring the gifts forward.
This can be a great way for you and your family to celebrate Christmas with other members of the Prep community and to give of your time and talent to the school. If you or your family would like to volunteer in any of the aforementioned roles, please contact Kelly Barth in Campus Ministry. Thank you!
Christmas eBASH is Here – Now Through December 9
Bid on and buy great Prep-themed items in support of our 50th anniversary BASH and the efforts to keep tuition reasonable and to provide more than $2 million in financial assistance to 52 percent of our students. Now through December 9.
4th Annual Young Alumni Giving Challenge – Now Through December 31
Have you heard the news? The Creighton Prep Jesuit Community and a few generous alumni have graciously agreed to participate in the 4th Annual Young Alumni Giving Challenge happening now through the end of the year. During November and December, they will match, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 in donations made to the AMDG Annual Fund from the classes of 1990 to 2015.
This is a great opportunity to have your gift to Prep doubled. Whether you were considering a gift of $50 or $500 during the 2019-2020 fiscal year, now is the time to help make this giving challenge a success!
Click here to help us reach our goal of $100K.
Operation Others Turkey Drop-off Day – Saturday, November 23
Help those in need this holiday season through Operation Others by dropping off a frozen turkey of any size that day between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Creighton Prep (7400 Western Avenue, east parking lot), Skutt Catholic (3131 S. 156 Street) or GolfTEC (362 N. 114 Street, Suite 362). We hope to collect 800 turkeys this year!
Junior Jays-for-Bluejays Pregame Social – Tuesday, December 17
Looking for a great way to enjoy the Christmas season at a fun event downtown? Band together with other Creighton Prep fans and flock to The Blatt Beer and Table at 610 N. 12th Street for a Junior Jays-for-Bluejays pregame social from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Enjoy beverages and appetizers compliments of Prep then take the short walk over to the CHI Health Center to cheer on our big brother school, Creighton University, in their 7:30 p.m. game against the University of Oklahoma. All alumni, current parents, and friends of Prep are invited. Spread the word!
Go Jays (and Jr. Jays)!
Operation Others Delivery Weekend – December 19-21
Volunteers are needed to set up, pack and deliver food during Operations Others Delivery Weekend. Food bags will be delivered to almost 1,200 materially-poor families. Please meet at the warehouse (location TBA) during that dates and times listed on the tentative schedule below.
Follow O.O. on Twitter for updates, changes, severe weather announcements, and more. All times are subject to change due to weather and other variables.
- Thursday, December 19 - Setup Day: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Friday, December 20 - Packing Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday, December 21 - Delivery Day: Mass at 8 a.m. then deliveries from 9 a.m. until finished, usually around noon.
Christmas in the Cage – Saturday, December 21
Join us in the Heider Center on Saturday, December 21 for the always-festive Christmas in the Cage event where the Junior Jays nesting in the Birdcage student section cheer on the home team in their holiday garb and entertain the crowd.
On this night, the Creighton Prep JV and varsity basketball teams will play the Navigators from Lincoln North Star, with the JV game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m.
This is the last home game before the Christmas holidays and a large crowd is expected, so plan to arrive early. See you there!
Christmas Midnight Mass – Wednesday, December 25
The 2019 Christmas Midnight Mass at Prep is set for 12 a.m. on Wednesday morning, December 25. As always, this is a special time for the Prep community to come together and celebrate the birth of our Lord.
If you or your family would like to volunteer in any of the roles listed earlier in this Prep Pulse, please contact Kelly Barth in Campus Ministry. Thank you!
Please Remember – Obituaries for the Month of October
Please remember the recently deceased members of the Creighton Prep community noted here. If we have missed a notice or you wish to receive more obituary information, please contact Terri Haller
Give to the 2020 AMDG Annual Fund
Your contribution to the AMDG Annual Fund provides the needed dollars to help make the dream of a Prep education a reality for more than 1,000 young men each year, giving them the opportunity to become men of faith, scholarship, leadership and service.
You should have received a mailing on the campaign earlier this fall. In the envelope that was enclosed, please consider returning a gift or a multi-year pledge. Or donate at CreightonPrep.org/Give now. Thank you!
For additional information or to discuss a gift or pledge, please contact Director of Annual Funds Taylor Stormberg ’09 at 402-393-1190 Ext. 308 or via email.
Join the Alumni Basketball League
Prep alumni, the time is now to register your team for this Sunday night league that has become a great tradition. Cost is $150 per team (at least five players) for the recreational or junior varsity league. Regular season games begin January 5 and go through March 1. Contact Director of Alumni Relations Nolan Searl ‘09 with any questions.
Purchase a Junior Jaybacker Basketball Season Pass
Choose from a family pass or a two-person pass for the basketball season only, which includes admission to all regular season home games (including non-varsity games) and admission to Junior Jaybacker events.
By purchasing a Junior Jaybacker season pass, you will:
- Enjoy great high school sports.
- Be part of the 141-year-old Prep athletic tradition.
- Avoid long lines for tickets.
- Save money!
For questions, contact Dan Schinzel or Kath Harmon.
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