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The January Prep Pulse

 

Jesuit Reflection

 

Welcome to a new year. What does that newness mean to you?

Within the liturgy of the Roman Catholic faith community, the Christmas season ended with the Baptism of the Lord (January 10, 2021) and the next day began a liturgical season called “Ordinary Time.” 

This season, Ordinary Time lasts until Ash Wednesday (February 17, 2021), starts again the day after Pentecost (May 23, 2021) then lasts until Advent (November 28, 2021). That’s a lot of Ordinary Time.

The beginning of this new liturgical season offers another opportunity to reflect on the meaning of newness. The Church calendar offers many opportunities to refocus and renew. Think about the followers of Jesus as ordinary people who were living ordinary lives. Their encounter with Jesus was an invitation for them to live their ordinary lives in extraordinary ways. Following Jesus and watching him interact with others as he was responding to the invitations and needs of others can serve to teach about living extraordinarily. To help, Ignatius of Loyola offers a new explanation of an ordinary word: more (Magis).

When Ignatius invited his companions to strive for the Magis, it would be easy to expect that Ignatius wants us to do more. However, he uses this term as an invitation to do the ordinary stuff in extraordinary ways, at a greater depth.

My experience with my parents serves to offer me as an example. As long as I can remember, my family added a task at the evening meal every Wednesday. They read out loud the readings for the upcoming Sunday Mass. They wanted us to allow the readings (especially the Gospel) to grow deeper in our minds and hearts. 

Listening more intentionally (around our family table) invited us to talk about Jesus as someone we knew. We watched who he was and what he did. We asked questions of one another and all of our opinions mattered. When we went to Sunday liturgy, we would listen to our favorite parts of the stories, helping our presence at this liturgy become extraordinary.

As we honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is a great opportunity to ask questions about justice in our lives. Does our God want us to be open to all people or just some people? I think during this Ordinary Time it is good for us to pay attention to God’s love for all people, regardless of race or anything else. Would that be extraordinary?

Will you allow this “Ordinary Time” to draw you to become even more extraordinary? Let us pray it does. 

God Bless,

 

Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ

Director of Adult Spirituality

Creighton Prep

 

School News

 

Winter Sports Teams Continue Impressive Seasons

Congratulations to all our student-athletes competing in their winter sports seasons, including those on the varsity basketball, swimming and wrestling teams.

The basketball team has compiled an 11-1 record at this point in the regular season, and is rounding into form for a run at another Class A state title. The squad begins a home stand of seven games that includes contests against Westside this Friday, January 22 and Bellevue West on Saturday, January 30. Stay tuned to the Creighton Prep TV YouTube channel for live-streams of their games from the Heider Center.

The CP swim & dive program is an undefeated 6-0 in dual meets so far this season and won the Burke Invitational, too. Already, the team has 10 swimmers and one diver with automatic state meet cuts, and great performances have been recorded by, among others, Sal Goaley, Andrew Hood, Drew Kaelin, Ben Ravnsborg and John Watson. The Jr. Jays look to capture a 15th consecutive state title on February 27 in Lincoln.

The varsity wrestlers are 7-2 in dual meets to date and hosted six teams at the Metro Conference championships last weekend, finishing in second place. Tony Pray is 19-0 and just five wins away from 150 in his amazing Prep career. Classmate Joey Glogowski is also a remarkable 18-4 and freshman Presden Sanchez is 13-3. The state tournament is February 17-18 in Omaha.

Good luck to all the rest of the way!

 

Eighteen in Football Receive All-Metro Recognition

Congratulations to all the CP student-athletes on the varsity football team who were recognized with All-Metro honors as reported by the Omaha World-Herald on December 26. They include: Alex Bullock and Patrick Foley on first-team defense, Sam Sledge and Jack Stessman on second-team offense, Joey Glowgowski, Tony Militti and AJ Rollins on second-team defense and the following for honorable mention by coaches: Michael Barrett, AJ Collins, Nathan Dostal, Jack Francl, Dylan Hulbert, Cole Jarrett, Ryan Kearney, Max Kobs, Joe Krawczyk, Sam Meysenburg and Max Sanders.

Courtesy of the Omaha World-Herald.

 

Operation Others 2020 – Thank You!

Photo courtesy of the Jay Journal

We want to express our gratitude to everyone who helped donate, pack and deliver food to over 1,200 families in the Omaha area during Operation Others 2020. Highlights of the 2020 campaign also included the collection of a record-number 1,262 frozen turkeys during the annual drive held on Saturday, November 21. Your selfless commitment to O.O. helped brighten the Christmas season for many in our community!

 

AMDG Fund Year-End Match Campaign – Thank You!

A big thank you to everyone in the Creighton Prep community whose contributions helped us reach the $250,000 goal that qualified Prep for the matching gift generously provided by Kathy & Greg Boulay ’79, Dee Gee & Ron Gartlan '65, Cindy & Scott Heider '81, Maureen & Jim Kennedy III '71, Regan & Gary Muhs '98 and Barb & Jim O'Brien '65. We are extremely grateful for your support.

If you were not able to give during the last calendar year, start this one off right with a gift to Prep that will help keep tuition reasonable, address the costs of the COVID-19 prevention measures we’ve implemented, and support many of the programs and activities that are the hallmarks of a great four-year experience for our students.

Ways to Give

  1. CreightonPrep.org/Give
  2. Mail a check to: Creighton Prep 7400 Western Avenue Omaha, NE 68114-1878
  3. Venmo @CreightonPrepAnnualFund
  4. Call 402-548-3830. 

For any questions, please contact Max Huerter ’09 at mhuerter@creightonprep.org or 402-548-3830.

 

Upcoming Events

 

CP Virtual Trivia Night – Friday, February 19

Are you skilled at recalling facts quickly in a number of different categories? Would you like a fun virtual break with other members of the Prep community? Then mark your Friday, February 19 calendar now for CP Virtual Trivia Night!

Gather your team or family and register here with a $50 payment. As the date draws closer, we’ll email you instructions for how to log in and play at 7 p.m. that evening.

Since a team or family will need to play from a single location, please keep your group small, wear masks, practice social distancing and good hand hygiene, and adhere to any other guidelines from the CDC and the county where you live.

 

6th & 7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam – Saturday, February 20

Please remind prospective Prep students and their parents that the 6th & 7th Grade Pre-Entrance Exam will take place on Saturday, February 20 at Prep. Exam day details: 

  • 7:30 a.m. - Check-in. Students enter from the west side of the building through the doors adjacent to Memorial Plaza.
  • 8 a.m. - Test begins.
  • 11:15 a.m. - Test ends
  • Bring two #2 pencils - no calculators.

Cost: $10. Walk-ins welcome! Email Director of Admissions Josh Luedtke with any questions or call him at 402-393-1190 Ext.3346.

 

Help Make Virtual BASH 2021 a Success for Prep Students – Saturday, April 24

Virtual BASH 2021 planning is now underway, and it's certain to be a special opportunity for each of us to support Prep's mission at a critical time. This online event will be held on Saturday, April 24.

  • BASH plays a very important role in Prep's ongoing commitments to deliver educational excellence to 1,000 young men, to keep their tuition affordable and to provide $3 million in annual financial assistance to over half of them.
  • BASH is a great way to meet new people and get involved with the Prep community!

How can you participate?

Donate an Auction Item

Donate a gift or make a monetary donation to support the auction. Gifts of all varieties and sizes are needed and appreciated! 

If you’re unsure what to donate, members of the BASH team have created a SignUpGenius page to make it easy for you. Click HERE to get started! 

Other suggested popular gift categories include:

  • Electronics 
  • Home items 
  • Home improvement items
  • Jewelry
  • Kitchenware 
  • Vacation homes 
  • Themed gift baskets 
  • Gift certificates to local restaurants

Donate a gift on your own or go in with other families for a larger item.

To donate an auction item, email Amy Knight or click HERE. The auction donation deadline is March 26.

Buy or Sell Raffle Tickets

  • Help us sell raffle tickets for a grand prize drawing of $10,000. 
  • Tickets are $100, 3 for $250, 7 for $500 or 15 for $1000. 
  • Tickets go on sale January 24 and will be available for purchase starting that day ONLINE or via Venmo @CreightonPrep.
  • Contact Amy Knight for more info.

Purchase a Catalog Advertisement

  • Advertise your business in our Virtual BASH 2021 digital catalog.
  • A variety of opportunities are available for businesses of all sizes.
  • Click HERE to purchase a catalog advertisement. 
  • The catalog advertising deadline is April 7.

Volunteer

  • We rely on hundreds of volunteers to make BASH a success.
  • Get involved at Prep and meet great people!
  • SIGN UP NOW.
  • If you have questions, email Amy Knight or call 402-548-3858.

BASH is a big undertaking, but with the help of our Prep community members, we come together each year to put together a successful event in support of our students – and have a little fun along the way!

We look forward to partnering with you.

 

Alumni Notes

 

Please Remember – Obituaries for the Month of December

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.

 

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