May 1
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The countdown has started for the seniors. They know exactly how many days are left before graduation. What about the parents? Last year as my last child graduated from Marist, the term “empty nester” was constantly ringing in my ears. What would my life be like without my daughter at my side? I looked at the man I married more than 25 years ago and wondered how the two of us would get along without our children’s activities to bring us together. Needless to say, I wasn’t optimistic. Here I am, a year later, able to tell senior parents who are facing this empty nest that it isn’t that bad. In fact, it’s really quite nice. I don’t miss making lunches, or rushing home from work to make dinner, or wondering what my child would ask of me in a last minute panic to get things done.

Here’s a quote from a book I would recommend, entitled The Happy Empty Nest, Rediscovering Love and Success After Your Kids Leave Home:

“The parents who came through it best were those who saw it not as an end but as a transition to a new stage of parenthood. The most successful instinctively understood that the best way to ensure that our children would happily embrace their future was to successfully reach out toward our own.”

I spoke recently to a Marist mom who went back to school to get a degree in photography. It’s time to rediscover YOUR dreams and talents… and your spouse!

Mrs. Claire Walls,
Director/Campus Ministry

On Monday, May 19, we will hold the Eighth Grade Night of Re-Dedication at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church. This special ceremony marks the transition to high school for these students. All eighth grade students will need to assemble in the social hall at 7:00 p.m. in appropriate clothes for the occasion. A formal invitation was mailed home in late April.

Students who applied to be retreat leaders will receive a letter in early May regarding the decisions. The only exception will be for the students who applied to be Emmaus leaders. Those decisions will be mailed home in late May.

  • The first meeting for all selected Damascus Leaders will be Wednesday, May 7, at 8:15 a.m. in the Chapel.
  • The first meeting for all selected Genesis Leaders will be Thursday, May 15, during activity period.

Approximately 70 seniors went on the Senior Emmaus retreat the weekend of April 25- 27. The weekend provided an opportunity for these students to reflect on their years at Marist, how their spiritual journey was influenced, and their fears and hopes about the future.

On Monday, April 28, we had the last monthly Emmaus meeting led by this past year’s Emmaus Board, Jen Anhut, Kathleen Butte, Lisa Carlson, Andrew Leeds, and Dan Moore. Many thanks to these individuals who served faithfully throughout this past year as the core leaders of the Emmaus retreat program. The new Emmaus Board will be announced at the April 28 meeting.