Prayer & Daily Announcements

PRAYER and ANNOUNCEMENTS for November 30, 2020

PRAYER:

Good morning JCA family. Today is Monday, November 30th, 2020.

Good morning. Campus Ministry would like to share daily prayer with you while we are out for e-learning. Each day a different student will be sharing the daily prayer and we hope you will share with your classes or join us in prayer from home.
Today’s prayer is being read by freshman, Jordan Reeves. It is in the following link:

JCA Morning Prayer Video – 11/30/2020 – Read by Freshman, Jordan Reeves

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Help out alumni owned restaurants – they need us now more than ever!

“OPERATION TAKE OUT” is being organized by the JCA Habitat Club and Will County Habitat for Humanity to provide HOPE to our local alumni owned restaurants.

Orders will be taken through a certain time period and meals will be picked up at the restaurant.
So far, close to 700 meals were purchased through the JCA community for the first round of restaurants: Syl’s Chophouse, Shorewood Chicken & Spice and The Jacob Henry Mansion. The upcoming restaurants for this week are,
• Station One Smokehouse, Family Dinner- Thursday, December 3rd
• Bella Cucina, Family Dinner- Friday, December 4th
• The Dock at Inwood, Breakfast Special- Sunday, December 6th

YOU too can help! Simply click on this link to order your meal:

https://habitatwill.rallybound.org/OperationTakeoutJCA/Donate/Tickets

Thank you for coming together as a community, supporting our restaurants, and helping to provide HOPE to our alumni and their employees!
Feel free to share the link and Operation Take Out with your family and friends!
The Joliet Catholic Academy community knows what it means to step up and come together. Service is at the foundation of JCA, it is the time not only to serve but to come up with solutions that give this community a fighting chance. Onward together, JCA: If not you, then who?!

Please note the changes to the Main Office Hours for the weeks of 11/30 and 12/7.

11/30 7:30am-1pm
12/1 7:30am-1pm
12/2 CLOSED
12/3 7:30am-1pm
12/4 7:30am-1pm
12/7 CLOSED


PRAYER and ANNOUNCEMENTS for November 24, 2020

PRAYER:

Good morning JCA family. Today is Tuesday, November 24th, 2020.

Dear Jesus, sometimes we are tempted to be negative, or to feel entitled, disregarding the many reasons that we have to give thanks, We give thanks for our families, imperfect as they may be, for our friends, even when loyalty wanes, and for our opportunity to attend a Catholic school, which is a privilege not shared by all. We come to you today to give thanks for these and many other gifts that you have bestowed upon us from your open hand. Help us appreciate your many blessings, including those circumstances that we do not see as a blessing until later. Lord, inspire us to be more grateful not only for what we have, but also for what we have the opportunity to give to others. We ask this in your generous name.

• OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL…. pray for us
• ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI……. pray for us

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Congratulations to our December students of the month: Zachary Bertino, Joliet Noon Lions Club; Breanna Ciemny, Joliet Rotary Club; and Tanner Lee, Kiwanis Club of Joliet.

Attention sophomores and seniors, a representative from Jostens will be available in the cafeteria and in alumni hall during lunch periods collecting orders for class rings and graduation items including cap and gown information. Please ask the lunch supervisor if you’d like to see the Jostens representative. (Kairis)

Seniors: TODAY is the last day to pick up your FREE Senior Yard Sign; please stop at the Main Office before you leave for Thanksgiving break (Scordo)

Attention JCA Angels: if you have not received your Pops & Lollies invitation and gift bag, please come to the Main Office before you leave school TODAY

Thank you to everyone who supported our Annual Food Drive. Donated food is staying local and filling the food pantries of St Pat’s and St. John’s. Your generosity was humbling and will mean so much to local families. (Scordo)

Juniors interested in joining the National English Honor Society, please check your English class teams page or visit Dr. Fischer in room 107 for an application. (Fischer)

TODAY is the final day to order your Winter Fest Shirt. Use the link provided in your JCA email or ask your homeroom teacher to scan the QR code on the poster they received in their mailbox! All proceeds will go towards our Adopt A Family event! Click here to order. (Szynal)

MAIN OFFICE HOURS UPDATE:

Please note the changes to the Main Office Hours for the weeks of 11/30 and 12/7.

11/30 7:30am-1pm
12/1 7:30am-1pm
12/2 CLOSED
12/3 7:30am-1pm
12/4 7:30am-1pm
12/7 CLOSED


PRAYER and ANNOUNCEMENTS for November 23, 2020

PRAYER:

Good morning JCA family. Today is Monday November 23rd, 2020.

It’s Monday of “Thanksgiving Week”—typically a week for gathering with friends and family; consuming copious amounts of favorite foods. But before the intensified busyness and predictable chaos take over, we want to set our hearts for a week of gratitude.

Please keep in your prayers Rich McKnight. Rich is Mrs. Blackburn’s brother in law, and he is currently in the hospital.

Father, we praise you for the lavish, steadfast, and enduring love you have given us in Jesus. The riches of the gospel, and our standing in grace, are more than enough for us to live this week “palms up,”—overflowing with gratitude, compelled to worship you. Grant us grace, peace and your presence. Help us to love others as Jesus loves us. Quicken our sensibilities to be grateful for all the things for which we presume the right, or simply take for granted. For air to breath and a bed to sleep in; for friendship and clean drinking water; for sights of beauty and the sound of laughter, and many more things.
For the presence of the unseen kingdom and the promise of a most certain heaven; for your pledge of sufficient grace and commitment to complete the Story, in and for, all these things, we give you heart-full thanks and everlasting praise.
Amen

• OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL…. pray for us
• ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI……. pray for us

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Congratulations to our December students of the month: Zachary Bertino, Joliet Noon Lions Club; Breanna Ciemny, Joliet Rotary Club; and Tanner Lee, Kiwanis Club of Joliet.

Attention sophomores and seniors, a representative from Jostens will be available in the cafeteria and in alumni hall during lunch periods collecting orders for class rings and graduation items including cap and gown information. Please ask the lunch supervisor if you’d like to see the Jostens representative. (Kairis)

Seniors: Tuesday is the last day to pick up your FREE Senior Yard Sign; please stop at the Main Office before you leave for Thanksgiving break (Scordo)

Attention JCA Angels: if you have not received your Pops & Lollies invitation and gift bag, please come to the Main Office before you leave school for Thanksgiving Break (Scordo)

Thank you to everyone who supported our Annual Food Drive. Donated food is staying local and filling the food pantries of St Pat’s and St. John’s. Your generosity was humbling and will mean so much to local families. (Scordo)

Juniors interested in joining the National English Honor Society, please check your English class teams page or visit Dr. Fischer in room 107 for an application. (Fischer)

Today and tomorrow are the final days to order your Winter Fest Shirt. Use the link provided in your JCA email or ask your homeroom teacher to scan the QR code on the poster they received in their mailbox! All proceeds will go towards our Adopt A Family event! Click here to order. (Szynal)

MAIN OFFICE HOURS UPDATE:

Please note the changes to the Main Office Hours for the weeks of 11/30 and 12/7.

11/30 7:30am-1pm
12/1 7:30am-1pm
12/2 CLOSED
12/3 7:30am-1pm
12/4 7:30am-1pm
12/7 CLOSED


PRAYER and ANNOUNCEMENTS for November 20, 2020

PRAYER:

Good morning JCA family. Today is Friday, November 20th, 2020.

Please keep in your prayers today 2020 graduates Tyler and Mackenzie Kaput as they mourn the loss of their beloved grandmother Shirley Parr, who passed away on Wednesday.

This a prayer for putting on a mask.

Creator, as I prepare to go into the world,
help me to see the sacrament in the wearing of this cloth –
let it be “an outward sign of an inward grace” –
a tangible and visible way of living love for my neighbors,
as I love myself.
Christ, since my lips will be covered,
uncover my heart, that people would see my smile
in the crinkles around my eyes. Since my voice may be muffled,
help me to speak clearly, not only with my words,
but with my actions.
Holy Spirit, as the elastic touches my ears,
remind me to listen carefully – and full of care –
to all those I meet. May this simple piece of cloth
be shield and banner, and each breath that it holds,
be filled with your love.
In your Name
and in that love,
I pray.

• OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL…. pray for us
• ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI……. pray for us

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Today Student Council will be hosting Friendsgiving for the senior class.
Seniors will be celebrating in the gym during 5th period. Seniors report directly to the practice gym 5A. Attendance will be taken there.
Juniors go to your regularly assigned homerooms but go to the cafeteria for your lunch period.
*This does NOT affect 4th period freshmen or sophomore homerooms and lunches. (Arnett)

Attention sophomores and seniors, a representative from Jostens will be available in the cafeteria and in alumni hall during lunch periods collecting orders for class rings and graduation items including cap and gown information. Please ask the lunch supervisor if you’d like to see the Jostens representative. Jostens will be available again during lunch periods on Monday and Tuesday. (Kairis)

Drama Club members we have a virtual meeting today from 3:30 – 5:30. Log into our team to access the meeting. We will have our first workshop! (Szynal)

WINTER FEST WEEK NEWS:

JCA Student Council will be hosting a Winter Fest Week December 7 – 11 with fun winter festivities inspired by the holiday season. One way you can help a family in need is to purchase the JCA Winter Fest shirt. Order forms were emailed to you in your JCA email or Click here to order. Please complete the form and submit payment by November 24th. Shirts cost $25 and any proceeds will be donated to our Adopt A Family event. Payments should be in the form of check or cash (no coins please) and given to Ms. Szynal. Please make checks out to JCA with Winter Fest Shirt in the memo portion.

SPIRIT RAFFLE RESULTS:

Congratulations to the following JCA Spirit Raffle cash winners:
First place: $15,000 – Kelly Senko
Second place: $5000 – John Kasper
Third place: $2500 – Adah Rose Hawkins

JCA’s top selling (individual) students are:
1. Demetrios Dactelides
2. Alexis Mikuska
3. James Hostert
4. Aidan Voss

JCA’s top-selling (more than one) students are:
1. Andrew & Antoinette Collofello
2. William & Jacob Gimbel

To everyone who sold a raffle ticket, purchased a ticket, or supported this fundraising event, JCA wishes to thank you. According to Chris Voss, JCA’s Director of Special Events, “JCA recognizes the hard work and dedication of our families, they are the heart and soul of this fundraiser. “Our top student sellers did an outstanding job of selling. JCA student, Demetrios Dactelides, broke the school record in sales and we congratulate him.

WJCA NEWS:

Today’s broadcast was produced by Molly O’Connell ’22 and anchored by Liv Redell ’22 and Sarah Weis ’22.

WJCA News – Friday, 11/20/2020

Today’s stories include:

• Lorenzo Rios ’22 catches up with Brother Roberto Mejia who is now in DC as a Seminarian.
• Kate Formhals ’21 talks with Gianna Totani ’21 about Student Council’s plans for this school year.
• Joey O’Connell ’21 interviews Dr. Maria Fischer about her new Creative Writing course at JCA.
• Molly O’Connell ’22 meets with Jasmine Brown ’23 to hear about her prospects for basketball.
• Jack Magrini ’22 talks with Mr. Kevin Keller, JCA’s new Theology Teacher.
• Charlie O’Neill ’22 meets with Mr. Ryan Quigley about things going on in the Admissions Office at JCA.

MAIN OFFICE HOURS UPDATE:

Please note the changes to the Main Office Hours for the weeks of 11/30 and 12/7.

11/30 7:30am-1pm
12/1 7:30am-1pm
12/2 CLOSED
12/3 7:30am-1pm
12/4 7:30am-1pm
12/7 CLOSED

 


PRAYER and ANNOUNCEMENTS for November 19, 2020

PRAYER:

Good morning JCA family. Today is Thursday November 19th, 2020.

God, giver of all life and of our lives,
blessed are you in the fruits of the earth
blessed are you in the work of human hands
blessed are you in the harvest of human creativity.

God of the poor and hungry,
blessed are you in the striving for justice
blessed are you in the fragility of peace-making
blessed are you in the grace of hospitality.

God of the great feast and the simple meal,
blessed are you in the sowing of seed
blessed are you in the breaking of bread
blessed are you in the sharing of bread
blessed are you in our daily bread.
Amen.

• OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL…. pray for us
• ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI……. pray for us

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Today Student Council will be hosting Friendsgiving for the senior class.
Seniors will be celebrating in the gym during 5th period. Seniors report directly to the practice gym 5A. Attendance will be taken there.
Juniors go to your regularly assigned homerooms but go to the cafeteria for your lunch period.
*This does NOT affect 4th period freshmen or sophomore homerooms and lunches. (Arnett)

Attention sophomores and seniors, a representative from Jostens will be available in the cafeteria and in alumni hall during lunch periods collecting orders for class rings and graduation items including cap and gown information. Please ask the lunch supervisor if you’d like to see the Jostens representative. Jostens will be available again during lunch periods on Monday and Tuesday. (Kairis)

Drama Club members we have a virtual meeting this Friday from 3:30 – 5:30. Log into our team to access the meeting. We will have our first workshop! (Szynal)

Attention all KEY AND LEO club members, there is a club meeting scheduled virtually for today at 4pm. Please check your teams to verify that you have been added. If you have any questions, please contact Cameron Batis. (Batis ’21)

The Respect Life Club will be meeting today right after school. If you are on campus today, you can join us in the large chapel. If you are online, then join us in Teams at 2:45pm. (Fr. Jeff)

WINTER FEST WEEK NEWS:

JCA Student Council will be hosting a Winter Fest Week December 7 – 11 with fun winter festivities inspired by the holiday season. One way you can help a family in need is to purchase the JCA Winter Fest shirt. Order forms were emailed to you in your JCA email or Click here to order. Please complete the form and submit payment by November 24th. Shirts cost $25 and any proceeds will be donated to our Adopt A Family event. Payments should be in the form of check or cash (no coins please) and given to Ms. Szynal. Please make checks out to JCA with Winter Fest Shirt in the memo portion.

SPIRIT RAFFLE RESULTS:

Congratulations to the following JCA Spirit Raffle cash winners:
First place: $15,000 – Kelly Senko
Second place: $5000 – John Kasper
Third place: $2500 – Adah Rose Hawkins

JCA’s top selling (individual) students are:
1. Demetrios Dactelides
2. Alexis Mikuska
3. James Hostert
4. Aidan Voss

JCA’s top-selling (more than one) students are:
1. Andrew & Antoinette Collofello
2. William & Jacob Gimbel

To everyone who sold a raffle ticket, purchased a ticket, or supported this fundraising event, JCA wishes to thank you. According to Chris Voss, JCA’s Director of Special Events, “JCA recognizes the hard work and dedication of our families, they are the heart and soul of this fundraiser. “Our top student sellers did an outstanding job of selling. JCA student, Demetrios Dactelides, broke the school record in sales and we congratulate him.


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