Crusaders are always home at Helias Catholic

Dear Helias Catholic family,

Our community suffered a loss last week with the sudden passing of the father of one of our students. All of us at Helias Catholic are holding this family in our prayers. Please take a moment this week to pray for the repose of the soul of Russell Rauba and for the consolation of all who knew him and loved him, especially his family.

The past weeks have been marked by students, faculty and staff settling into the routines of the school year. Homecoming is just a few days away, and this Thursday is our school assembly honoring this year’s Homecoming court. There were no classes Monday so our school community could support the annual golf tournament hosted by The Foundation for the Benefit of Helias Catholic High School. I enjoyed seeing many alumni and friends of Helias Catholic in Mid-Missouri supporting the school.

Brett Krautmann ’00, Chris Smith ’04, Seth Caywood ’12 and Bradley Schrimpf ’12 at the Young Crusaders Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 9, at Oak Hills Golf Course in Jefferson City.

The Class of 1972 gathered this past weekend to celebrate their 50th reunion. Class members attended the varsity football game Friday, toured the school Saturday afternoon, and spent time over dinner catching up with one another and reminiscing about days gone by.

Ron Vossen, in his new role as Helias Catholic’s director of alumni relations, has been traveling in Jefferson City and as far as St. Louis and Kansas City connecting with Crusader alumni. Stay tuned for more information about a handful of opportunities to engage in alumni events over the coming weeks. And, if you haven’t already, sign up to receive regular updates via email about Helias Catholic’s alumni programming.

In the coming weeks our faculty and staff will begin a conversation on the U.S. bishops’ letter, “Open Wide Our Hearts,” which invites people and institutions to address the evil of racism that exists in our communities, and which I shared in this blog two weeks ago. I am in conversation with school administration as to what our first step should be with our students and families as we confront the sin of racism as a school community. I hope to share more with you by early next month.

Thank you, as always, for the gift you are to our community. I hope you feel free to reach out to me or anyone else at school should you ever have any comments, concerns or questions about what we are doing at Helias Catholic. Our prayers remain with you and your loved ones.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts — forever!

John Knight
Helias Catholic High School President

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