President's Press: January Happenings

Monday, January 10, 2022

Happy New Year! St. Pius X is back to life again with students and activities in full swing. On January 6, the feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Michael Bremer took time to offer a blessing for each classroom and office on campus. In Matthew Chapter 2, three Magi went to visit the baby Jesus. Thousands of years later, Christians celebrate the act of giving gifts to God–their time, talent, and treasure–and reflecting on how God is grateful for these gifts. The tradition of the blessing is to say a prayer as a family, and bless the home – asking for peace, joy, prosperity, and God’s grace. Father Michael blessed chalk for each teacher and they wrote 20+C+M+B+22 at the top of each door frame as a reminder that God blesses the year. The numbers represent the year and the letters represent the names of the three Magi, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. The letters also represent the Latin blessing Christmus mansionem benedicat, which means, “May Christ bless this house.”

Academically, our students and teachers have been hard at work wrapping up final make-up exams due to the absences just prior to the Christmas break. Teachers and students have been incredibly gracious and patient. Registration for next year is just around the corner! The Academics Department is looking forward to recognizing all Honor Roll students at Mass on January 28.

The Fine Arts Department is busy preparing for the upcoming performance season. On February 24-27, the theatre program will entertain us with the musical version of The Addams Family. March brings the 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, the Spring Dance Concert, and the Spring Guitar Concert. We will have more to come in April and May from the band, chorus, and theatre programs.  Also this spring, we are proud to announce the theatre program will be participating in the Schuler Awards Competition. St. Pius X is one of 50 Georgia high schools selected to compete in the 14th Annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards competition. 

Winter Sports are at the mid-point of their seasons as we begin January.  Boys' basketball is 13-2 overall and 7-0 in region play.  The Golden Lions are ranked No. 2 in the AAAAA state polls.  Girls' basketball sits at 6-1 in the region and 8-8 overall.  Wrestling advanced to the state traditional tournament and will travel to Ware County for the first round on Saturday.  Swim and dive are back in the pool for two meets this week in their first action after the Christmas break.  The team has won each combined meet this year at press time.

Consider joining our alumni, parents, parents of alumni, and friends (21 and up, please!) for our 15th Annual Trivia Night at St. Pius X. This date has been changed due to the rising number of COVID cases in our area. It will now be held on Saturday, March 19 in the Mark Kelly Gym. Registration is still open and tables do sell out every year, so please register today for this wonderful event that supports the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

And finally, the Gala is quickly approaching. Visit our webpage and purchase your tickets today for the biggest fundraising event of the year!