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BISHOP McNAMARA HIGH SCHOOLA Catholic, Holy Cross, Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Grades 9-12

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What is this newsletter? 

I'm so glad you asked! This newsletter is a place where you will be able to find updates from campus ministry. This will include service due dates, current service opportunities, upcoming retreats and a variety of reflections from your peers! 

If you are interested in writing/recording a reflection for the newsletter, please let us know! 

tiny theology tidbit
St. Francis of Assisi is the first

and recorded stigmatist. A stigmatist refers to someone who has physically received the wounds of Christ on their hands, side, and feet on their body. If you want to know more about this check out this link.

Upcoming Due Dates

Part of the Comfort Zone Challenge Google Form needs to be submitted by October 13, 2020. 

If you completed any service hours over the Summer they are also due on October 13, 2020. Submit them here.  

Note: Your required hours will not be recorded on Maccess until your Part One CZC Google Form is completed. 

Any questions? Email Ms. Saunders at

Liturgy Updates

Archbishop Gregory will be celebrating Mass for our community on October 19. Please keep a look out for the link to join us for the livestream!

If you are interested in lectoring or writing a reflection for upcoming liturgies email Mr. Hardwick at 

saint clare

In the month of October, Franciscans a religious order in the Catholic Church, celebrate their patron Saints Francis and Clare. A lot of people know about Saint Francis because he is the saint who loves creation. He was awesome--kind of crazy--but awesome. Saint Clare does not get talked about as much but is equally awesome. 

Here are some facts about her that we think are cool:

  • She is the ultimate hypewoman . She left her rich lifestyle once she met Francis and heard him preach. She started her own order which was a cloistered sisterhood meaning they never left the confines of their property. 
  • Are you familiar with the Gospel story of feeding the 5,000? This is when Jesus fed a large group of people with only a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish. That same miracle happened by the intercession of Saint Clare in order to feed her sisters in a time when food was scarce. 
  • Saint Clare has been declared an incorruptible. Meaning that when her body was found it had not decayed. If you visit the Basilica of Saint Clare in Assisi, Italy her body can be seen. 


  • Looking for a chance to get outside and serve the DC community? Email Mr. Hardwick ( to work with the Franciscan Monastery's Garden Guild (pictured here). 
  • PETS is looking for volunteers to create video content so they can keep their riders enagaged with the organization during this time. If you are interestedemail Kim Molhoek and Christopher Blegen at 
  • Contact Camp Fire Teens in Action, they are participating in a variety of virtual service opportunities. Email Rosemary Pezzuto at
  • Sowing Empowerment & Economic Development, INC needs help in their office with data entry. If you are interested email Tamara Nunes at
  • Don't forget that you can be creative within your community by asking yourself "Is there something I do for my neighbor?"
  • Catholic Charities plans to host our annual Coat Drive this November 2020 and January 2021. If you have any questions reach out to Claire SanFilipoo at See below for key details:

    • Volunteering at the Coat Drive:

      • November Set Up: Saturday, November 21 from 8:30am – 11:00am

      • November Distribution: Saturday, November 21 from 11:00am – 2:00pm

      • January Set Up: Saturday, January 16 from 8:30am – 11:00am

      • January Distribution: Saturday, January 16 from 11:00am – 2:00pm

      • Sign up here!

Student Reflection

Senior Kendall Morris wrote this reflection for the September Back to School Liturgy on where she saw God during quarantine.