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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

A Prayer for the End of Human Trafficking
As shared by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.

God of freedom, beauty and truth
we believe that your deepest desire,
your most powerful energy,
is that all creation might know abundant life.

We raise our voices in anguished prayer
for our sisters and brothers,
women and girls, men and boys,
who are modern day slaves;
They are your beloved daughters and sons,
exploited sexually or forced to work
because of human violence and greed.

Fill us with your holy anger and your sacred passion
that those who are trafficked might know healing and justice;
that traffickers will come to repentance and conversion;
that all of us might live in such a way
that others are not made to pay the price
for our comfort and convenience.

Hasten the coming of the day when all people
and our precious Earth itself
will be treated, not as a commodity,
but as radiant images of your freedom, beauty and truth.
Amen. May it be so.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle…pray for us.

Live Jesus in our hearts…forever!

On today’s calendar…



  • 5:30pm Basketball: Boys C Game vs. St. Anthony @ St. Anthony Village HS
  • 5:30pm Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. St. Anthony @ St. Anthony Village HS
  • 7:00pm Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. St. Anthony @ St. Anthony Village HS

In today’s news…

We Are NOT…for sale, to be used, to be abused, to be controlled…

We are..Strong, independent, loved, children of God.

Our Social Justice Awareness Week this year will focus on the epidemic of Human Trafficking both locally and globally. We have many informative and thought provoking activities in store for the DeLaSalle Community this week. Please check out the signs around the building for more information and get involved. Please be mindful and respectful of the posters and displays around the school.

As you enter school each day this week you will see several red wooden cut outs in the atrium. Each one represents a person who was murdered at the hands of an abusive partner in Anoka County between 1989 -2017. You can read about each story on the plaque attached to the cut out. Please honor their stories by not touching the display. Here is a description of the display. It will be up through Friday, March 2.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop on Friday (and can afford to be out of class), space is limited. You MUST complete a special anticipated absence request form found in the Lasallian Ministry office or in the main office. It is GOLD in color. Complete the form for periods 2 & 3 and hand deliver it to Ms. Hodapp no later than Thursday, March 1.

On Wednesday, 11th grade English classes will have a guest speaker named Hayley King. She is a trainer, speaker, and consultant on topics related to commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). After surviving six years of CSE, she completed a bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies and moved to Minnesota, a state gaining a national reputation for tackling the sex industry head on. King is a consultant on program development, policy initiatives, and youth education in an effort to cultivate communities where people maximize their potential, construct meaningful lives, and live with integrity.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Ms. Stipkovits will be working with 10th grade English classes to complete “Do What You Are” on Naviance. It’s a personality assessment combined with career exploration.

Please join us for games of chess on Thursdays from 3:15-4:30 p.m. in Room A208. Drop in at any time. No experience required. See Ms. Kocourek if you have any questions.

Several staff members have agreed to have their beards shaved at the closing assembly on Friday if we as a school collectively raise $2,500 for Breaking Free. Collections will take place during lunch periods Monday through Thursday. The collection will end at the end of 6th period on Thursday.  If we reach our goal be prepared to join in cheering on Bro. Ryan, Mr. Capecchi, Mr. Homan, Mr. Marrin, Mr. Newman, Mr. Pribyl and Mr. Wessman-Conroy as they go beard free for Breaking Free.

Join De students and over 1,000 students from throughout Minnesota for a lively praise and worship Mass at the NET Center in St. Paul on Saturday, March 3. (This Mass fulfills the Sunday obligation.) A DeLaSalle van will pick up students at De and at St. Mark’s in St. Paul. After the Mass, speaker, and adoration, we will go to Davanni’s for pizza and fellowship. Please sign up using this link.

DeLaSalle students who receive need-based financial aid must schedule and complete 10 hours of work-service each year in return for their grant. Seniors who have not completed work service need to do so by April 30; those considering participation in a spring sport or activity should get it completed BEFORE or DURING spring break. Work service shifts are usually available after school from 3:15-5:15pm. Special work service shifts are scheduled March 8 from 1:15-4:15pmMarch 9 from 9:30am-3:00pm, and during spring break (April 2-6) from 9:30am-3:00pm. To schedule work service, please contact Mr. Shelstad at 612.676.7614.

Support the children of Risen Christ Catholic School! Volunteers are needed prior to the Gala (January – April), at the Gala (Friday, April 27), or after the Gala (Saturday, April 28). Please see this flyer for more details.

OKI-NI-SOO-KA-WA (Come and See) DeLaSalle High School is sponsoring a trip for students to De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning, Montana July 7-15 The OKI-NI-SOO-KA-WA experience is rooted in faith, community, service, and social justice. Participants will live in community in a simple and safe setting. Each day involves service, reflection and prayer. Additionally, the group will be participating in the North American Indian Days July 12-15 The cost of the immersion trip is $450 (includes, transportation, housing, food while in Montana) You will need money for food during travel time and any additional cultural events and fees. Please see Ms. Hodapp if you are interested and the cost is prohibitive. Please complete this on-line form if you are interested in participating. You will receive Christian Service Hours.

Interested in learning more about your faith this summer? The Youth Theology Institute at the College of St. Scholastica will be holding presentations at all lunches on Wednesday, February 28, for a program upcoming this July. This will be a 10 minute presentation, at the start of all lunches in B215 (Brother Ryan and Ms. Hodapp’s classroom) Please join us and click here for more details!

St. Scholastica in Duluth and St Catherine’s in St Paul both offer summer youth theology institutes that are eligible for Christian Service Hours. Representatives from the events will be present during all lunches on Wednesday, February 28, in Room B215 with information. Please bring your lunch up to hear more.

Sacred Word, Sacred World, Sacred Call – St. Scholastica
Encuentro – St Kate’s

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the Princeton Speech tournament this past weekend:

  • Sam Mishler ’18 6th place Discussion
  • Michael Underwood ’20 3rd place Discussion
  • Kalina Larsen ’19 8th place Extemp Reading
  • Adaire Criner ’19 3rd place Extemp Speaking
  • Celeste Cervantes ’18 3rd Place Poetry
  • Jennifer Yeung ’18 Honorable Mention in Prose
  • Jo Phillips ’18 Honorable Mention in Prose
  • Abby Wagner ’20 Honorable Mention in Prose

DeLaSalle Theatre presents its spring musical “Les Miserables” over three weekends in March. The production features the timeless story of Jean Valjean, a former convict, who spends a lifetime seeking redemption, set against the backdrop of 19th century France and the aftermath of the French Revolution.

Performances are March 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24, at 7:30pm in the Florance Center. Reserved seating is $15, general admission is $10, students and seniors pay $8, and the play is free for DeLaSalle students with school ID.

To purchase reserved seating, select the show date and follow the prompts.