November/December 2020

All Saints and All Souls days are celebrated by Catholics in the month of November when we remember the deceased members of our family and community in a special way.  At this time of the year, it is customary for the friars to offer prayers for all of our deceased alumni, students, parents, relatives, and friends.  We unite ourselves in prayer to those who have passed before us. Anyone who would still like their loved ones remembered can simply send or email the All Souls Remembrance Card which can be found on our website.  All Remembrance Cards will be placed on the altar in the school chapel during November and remembered at the 7:20 a.m. daily Mass.  You are welcome to join us.
Red Raider Raffle Reminder:   As of this writing I am hopeful that this student fund raiser will be successful.  Like many schools we needed to implement many procedures and protocols that required significant resources that we had not planned on. Please continue to help as you can with this year’s fund raiser. 
Justinian XXXIX– Save the date, May 8, 2021. Justinian XXXIX was originally scheduled for May of last year and was postponed because of COVID with the hope of having the auction this year.  Presently, we are continuing to discuss how the auction may run this year.  This all depends on the course taken by COVID.  Usually, Justinian is a dinner auction held annually here at St. Francis.  Justinian is our main fund raising event, and we rely on your generosity for its success. This event is supported through various gift gathering parties held throughout the school year by many different organizations within the school. However, because of the pandemic, gift gathering parties will not be run this year.  Please check the website for developing information on Justinian.  
Our co-chairs for the celebration of Justinian this year will be:   Tom ‘96 and Kara Bestpitch, Dave and Laurie Syta and Matt ‘85 and Kelly Jaworksi.  They will join with Patrick and Christa Sgroi, David and Lisa Stapleton along with Al and Kelly Stutz, as we move forward to develop plans for this year’s event.
Annual Giving Appeal – A Tradition of Success:  In the very near future you will receive our Annual Giving Appeal mailing.  Funds raised through this appeal are directed towards financial assistance and a few other projects that directly benefit the young men of St. Francis. This appeal is directed primarily towards our alumni who are the largest group of contributors, but anyone may participate, and your gift is most appreciated. 
Year End Charitable Donations:  For those considering charitable donations or looking for a tax deduction before December 31st, please remember St. Francis High School.  We are a 501c(3) not-for-profit school and qualify as a charity. Thank you.
Finally, I would like to extend special salutations to your family and friends as you gather in some way to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. The friars will keep all in our prayers during these holiday celebrations.  We may not be able to celebrate as normal with Greecio and a Christmas concert, but be assured you and your family will be remembered by the friars as celebrate our Eucharistic Liturgies on these holidays.
May God continue to bless you and all in our St. Francis family.
Success Begins at St. Francis