Happy Homecoming, Crusaders!

Dear Helias Catholic family,

Homecoming 2022 is upon us. This past Thursday we held our annual Homecoming queen assembly.  Eleven young women were chosen by their classmates to represent Helias Catholic to our larger community. This year’s Homecoming queen, Leah Kolb, and court will be at the center of this Thursday evening’s Homecoming parade and this Saturday’s Homecoming dance. Congratulations to all on being chosen by your classmates to represent Helias Catholic during our festivities this week!

Homecoming is traditionally a time for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater. This past Friday night members of the Crusader Class of 1964 gathered at Ray Hentges Stadium for Helias Catholic’s football game against Cardinal Ritter. It was a pleasure meeting a number of our alumni from the Class of 1964. At this coming Friday’s Homecoming football game against Rock Bridge, we will honor the state champion boys and girls cross country teams from 1987, and we will also welcome members of the Class of 1973 as they begin a year of celebrating their 50th anniversary of graduating from Helias Catholic.  

Coming home holds various emotions for each of us. Clearly, our school holds memories of good times for many Helias Catholic alumni. Members of the Class of 1964 shared a number of stories while gathered this past Friday night. Regardless of the particular story, there they were, 58 years later, back at their alma mater. They were drawn back by their affection for their classmates, teachers and memories of days gone by. Despite the passing of time — and, in the case of one couple, the distance of living in sunny California for the past 50 years — Helias Cathoilc still holds a place in their hearts.

The coming days will be filled with many enjoyable moments, moments that may leave an imprint on the hearts and minds of our students. Whether it is the annual powderpuff football game, fun contests at lunch, the parade through downtown Jefferson City or the dance, the Crusader spirit will be at the center of it all. Thank you for your participation and support of this week’s Homecoming activities. The prayers of the entire Helias Catholic community remain with you and your loved ones.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts — forever!

John Knight
Helias Catholic High School President

In this blog, Helias Catholic President John Knight and guest writers share updates about ongoing work to advance Helias Catholic High School’s mission to provide excellence in Catholic education and vision to build a community of saints and scholars for Christ. Please send responses, ideas, questions and friendly greetings to Mr. Knight at jknight@heliascatholic.com.