Walsh Jesuit High School is proud to host the 23rd annual Ironman Wrestling tournament.

The tournament will be held at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga falls.  

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The Walsh Jesuit Spirit Shop will be having a Pre-Thanksgiving Sale this week during hours that may be more convenient for your schedule.

Whether you will be at Walsh Jesuit to see the CenterStage theater production, "Speed Date" and "Moon Over Buffalo" or picking up your student from practice, the Spirit Shop will be open in the Commons! Come and get some of your holiday shopping done early. Beginning Wednesday, November 16th at noon, the Spirit Shop will be open the following hours for parents and students to shop:

Wednesday, November 16th- 12:00 until 9:00 pm
Thursday, November 17th- 10:15 am until 9:00 pm
Friday, November 18th- 10:15 am until 9:00 pm

Additional items are also available such as blankets, socks, bags, water bottles, and youth items, just to name a few!

There will be several sale items as well as scratch off tickets with every
purchase. You could be a lucky winner! Cash, check and credit accepted!

Check out some our new items below! Hope to see you there!

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CalendarIconCalendarIconMake-up Entrance Exam date for Class of 2021 has been set for Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

This make up date is for students who have not been able to make it to one of our previous testing dates in May, October or November.  Students who have tested this fall are not able to re-take the exam.

Testing fee is $20.00

Please contact Jenn Clair clairj@walshjesuit.org 330.929.4205, ext 153) in admissions to register.

The Walsh Jesuit For the fifth year in a row, the Walsh Jesuit High School Women’s Soccer team became State Champions.

With a final score of Walsh 2, Springboro 0, the championship game on November 11 at Columbus Crew's MAPFRE Stadium was a very tough battle between two very good teams.

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The first half was very even, Walsh had a few more scoring chances but Springboro played tough as well. At halftime, the coaches encouraged the Warriors to continue to play with the same energy, but have a little more composure around their goal, and this is exactly what happened.  Eight minutes into the 2nd half, Warrior defender Maddy Shinaberry served a good ball into the box and Aubrey Bechter volleyed it out of the air and into the goal for the game-winner. Six minutes later, off of a throw-in, Sofia Rossi collected the ball into the box, and after beating two defenders she was able to clear some space and left-footed a shot that bounced under the crossbar and into the goal for a 2-0 lead. Both goals were scored after great work from Bella Rosalina.

The Warriors defense and midfield were outstanding. Defensively, this game was our 18th shutout of the season out of 23 games. Halle Rogers, Lina Feltovich, Maddy Shinaberry, Abby Major and goalkeeper Kiera Sarka were the key players on defense during the whole season.

Sofia Rossi was selected to play in the prestigious 2016 Adidas Seniors All-American game in Raleigh NC on December 3. This is a great honor with only 41 of the best players in the country were invited. 

In addition, Rossi has received two major awards: the 2016 Ohio Division 1 Player of the Year and the 2016 Ohio Ms. Soccer. This is the second consecutive year that Rossi has been selected as Player of the Year and she is the first player in WJ history to be selected two times as Player of the Year in Ohio.

‪Abby Major, Marisa Bradley and Sofia Rossi were also invited to play in the GAASA Senior All-Star game this Sunday at Ravenna HS.

‪Congrats to our Walsh Warriors!

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Join us Wednesday, December 7 from 6-9:00 pm in the Commons

  • Socialize with the WJ community and friends! 
  • Sip international wines, enjoy delectable appetizers and desserts and get your Christmas shopping done! 
  • Support LOCAL FAIR TRADE vendors with unique handmade goods from around the globe! 
  • Browse beautiful clothing, jewelry, accessories, handmade items direct from the Holy Land, gifts, chocolate, coffee and wine! 
  • Live music will put you in a bright holiday mood!

Click here to download/view an informational brochure


We would appreciate an RSVP for catering purposes walshjesuitmc@gmail.com

Questions? Contact Tim Dunn at dunnt@walshjesuit.org


Booster Club LogoBooster Club LogoThe Raffle will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd with appetizers being served at 6pm in the commons. Your generous donation of $125 will allow you and a guest to enjoy an amazing dinner, dessert, full bar, and of course the chance at the guarantee of someone going home with $5,000. There will be other raffles and drawings if you’d like to participate in that evening.


Last year the Booster Club donated nearly $90,000 back to the student athletes and for the facilities that everyone utilizes on campus.  This year’s event is being held the week of Thanksgiving.  Consider inviting friends, family and alumni that are in town. 

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer, or prefer an alternative way to purchase your ticket please do not hesitate to contact David Hamlin (330) 697-3074 or davidhamlin418@hotmail.com

Otherwise please click here to purchase your tickets!

Lauren Moretti '18, is this year's recipient of the Rebecca K. Hyland Memorial Scholarship.

This award, established by Rebecca's parents, in memory of Rebecca '01 who tragically passed away in an automobile accident in 2007, is given annually to a deserving student. Moretti, nominated by the faculty at Walsh Jesuit, embodies the characteristics of living life to the fullest, a strong work ethic, interest in learning and dedication to serving others


Samuel Miller ’17, is this year’s recipient of the Kevin Neff Scholarship.

This award reflects the qualities of Kevin Neff ’04 who passed away his junior year at Walsh Jesuit following a courageous battle with cancer. The scholarship recognizes a well-rounded individual who, in the face of a challenge, exhibits character, effort, and development during their time at Walsh Jesuit.

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Walsh Jesuit congratulates Connor Williams ’17 as a national merit semifinalist. Nearly 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools applied to be a part of the 62nd National Merit Scholarship Program. The total number of those who qualified as semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of the entire national high school population. Walsh is excited to announce that one of them is a Walsh Jesuit High School student. Connor now has the opportunity to qualify as a finalist and will be notified about that distinction in February.

Williams’ exceptional academic standing earned them a spot among approximately 16,000 semifinalists, and he will continue in the competition to be considered as a finalist and to qualify for the 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards.

To be named a semifinalist, the applicant must show outstanding academic merit, achieve high scores on the qualifying test (the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), be endorsed by a high school official, write and submit an essay, and receive SAT scores that confirm the high performance of their earlier test scores and academic record. We offer our sincere congratulations to senior Connor Williams ’17 for this truly impressive achievement.

And Congratulations to Faith Marnecheck ’17 and Philip O’Dell ’17, who were named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Of the 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 PSAT or the NMSQT (National Merit Qualifying Test), about 34,000 were recognized across the country as Commended Students. They placed among the top five percent of test takers.

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What Is Giving Tuesday?

“Giving Tuesday” is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving), charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Walsh Jesuit High School is participating in this event, and will be reaching out to the entire Walsh Jesuit family to gain support for our school. Want to donate early?



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November 29th will be a dress-down day for Students to participate by donating $3.00 to our Giving Tuesday campaign.  

Volunteers Needed for Calling on Giving Tuesday!

On Giving Tuesday, we'll be calling friends of the WJ to see if they'd like to support the students and stories at Walsh Jesuit High School. Interested in helping make calls?​  Click here to volunteer.

The Walsh Jesuit High School’s CenterStage Theatre tries its own hand at what the drama business calls, “repertory  theatre” this November as they put on not one, but two plays each night of their run, November 16-20. CST will perform Janet Allard’s “Speed Date,” and directly following, they will do Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo.”  There will be a preview show on November 16 at 7pm, then opening night is November 17 at 7pm, November 18 at 7:30pm, November 19 at 2pm and 7:30pm, and the closing show is November 20th at 2pm. All performances will take place in the school’s theatre, located at 4550 Wyoga Lake Rd., in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Both shows are directed by David Banks, in his 17th year of directing plays and musicals for CenterStage Theatre.

Purchase your tickets online now!

In “Speed Date,” author Janet Allard pits seventeen crazy characters against each other as they try to win over each other’s hearts and minds while looking for love, but with the challenge that time is not their friend.

CST follows that play with “Moon Over Buffalo.”  This show was on Broadway in the 1990s with Carol Burnett coming out of retirement to play the lead role.  This show is in fact a play within a play, as it shows some of the zany challenges of a small, touring repertory theatre company has while performing “Cyranno de Bergerac” and Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,” when they receive word that they might have one more shot at stardom, as film director Frank Capra is coming to town to see their play!

Performing the role of Charlotte is Isabella Bertolini from Akron, and the role of George is portrayed by Robert Trushel of Stow. Mathew Blasio of Sagamore Hills plays love torn actor Paul, and the role of Roz is performed by Sylvie Staiger of Akron. Alex Ross from Brecksville plays the quirky weatherman, Howard, while Kaitlyn Gabric of Parma plays Eileen. Sawyer Krause of Hinckley plays the slick lawyer Richard, and Meghan McDonald of Cuyahoga Falls portrays the spunky grandmother, Ethel. In “Speed Date,” Alex Ross also plays the lead role of John, while Madison Gordon of Peninsula portrays the event facilitator, Laura.

Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for students and senior citizens, and the preview show price is $5.00 for all. They will be available online at www.walshjesuit.org  or at the door. Show times are November 16 at 7pm(preview show), November 17 at 7pm, November 18 at 7:30pm, November 19 at 2pm and 7:30pm, and November 20 at 2pm.

American Cancer Society Logo.svgAmerican Cancer Society Logo.svgThe American Cancer Society is honored to announce that Megan Merril of Akron is the recipient of the 2016 Impact Award. This award is presented annually at the Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball to recognize individuals and organizations that have made a meaningful difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. Megan typifies the meaning of this award with her selfless dedication, strong leadership and constant message of hope.

Megan was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 at ten years old. Within just a few weeks of starting treatment for her own cancer, Megan volunteered to raise money and awareness to help others also facing cancer. Megan has lent her leadership and voice to organizations that support cancer initiatives including Akron Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Out Run Ovarian Cancer and the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, Cattle Baron’s Ball and Coaches vs Cancer events, just to name a few. Through these events, countless lives have been impacted with Megan’s message of hope, perseverance and giving back. She has also helped these organizations raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research and patient programs.

Megan is now four years’ cancer free! She is a freshman at Walsh Jesuit High School and has plans to carry on her mission of helping others by one day becoming a pediatric surgeon.

The American Cancer Society congratulates Megan on her well-deserved Impact Award.
baseballIconbaseballIconThe registration meeting date and time for candidates interested in trying-out for the 2017 Walsh Jesuit Baseball team will be coming soon. Players and families interested in being added to the email distribution list for further notes and information regarding the Baseball Program should send an email to Coach Kaczmar at chris@kaczarch.com.  Thank you!

Congratulations to WJ Senior, Isabella Bertolini on her amazing artistic abilities! Isabella’s artwork was chosen to be exhibited in a juried art show at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Her original collage titled “Drowning in a Sea of Words” will be on display from November 4 through November 18, 2016 in the XU Art Gallery. 

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Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, October 12, 2016— Walsh Jesuit senior, Jace Burke has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career as a Purple Ace for the University of Evansville. Burke will play for the school’s NCAA Division I baseball program under head baseball coach Wes Carroll. Burke is the second member of the Class of 2017 to advance to collegiate baseball. 

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“Jace is a very gifted all-around baseball player that will be remembered not only for his talent both on the mound and as a position-player, but equally so for his remarkable capacity for perspective and perseverance,” said Chris Kaczmar, Walsh Jesuit’s head baseball coach.  “While Jace can do many things extremely well, he is also a relentlessly dedicated worker. He is a very mature young man and we are truly fortunate to have him returning for one more year as one of our leaders. Jace is a tremendous talent now, and I’m excited to see what can happen in his bright future at Evansville.”

At Walsh Jesuit, Burke maintains a 3.98 GPA and is a member of both National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars. He lives with his parents Troy and Mary Burke, as well as brothers Evan (14), Wes (10), and Levi (3)  in Bath, OH.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Walsh Jesuit’s Men’s Golf Team who qualified for the OHSAA State Tournament

They begin play:  Friday, October 21, 2016, @ the OSU’s Scarlet & Gray course in Columbus

CONGRATULATIONS to Walsh Jesuit’s Women’s Doubles Tennis Teams of Skye Harwood & Paige Carmichael and Caroline Dickinson & Megan Hissong who qualified for the OHSAA State Tournament

They begin play: Friday, October 21, 2016, @ Lindner Tennis Facility in Mason, Ohio

Go Warriors!

October is Parent Giving Month at Walsh Jesuit and a very generous group of donors have issued a challenge to our Warrior community.

We need your help to reach our goal of bringing in $50,000.00 in donations to the 2016-17 Warrior Fund.  To reach this goal, we have launched a “31 Day Challenge” on October 1 which will conclude on October 31.  We ask that you step up to the challenge and make your donation or pledge this month to help us reach our goal!

Click here to donate or pledge online today!

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Together  we can make a tremendous positive impact on our students, teachers and programs this year.  We continue to graduate “Men and Women for and with others” who are making a difference in our world.  We ask that you step up to the challenge and make your donation or pledge this month to help us reach our goal!

 *Pledges to the Warrior Fund can be made now and paid any time before June 30, 2017. Once you make your pledge, you will be immediately counted toward the participation goal.   

Click here to donate or pledge online today!


Karl Ertle
President of Walsh Jesuit

*Gifts received by December 31, 2016 are tax deductible for 2016.

You are cordially invited to join Walsh Jesuit for a special NYC-Area Alumni Reception
at Jay Z's ROC NATION Headquarters

Hosted by ROC NATION'S Vice President: WJ's own Ted Major '83

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Located just two blocks from Times Square in the Midtown Fashion District
1411 Broadway, 39th Floor
New York, NY 10018

DATE CHANGE:  Wednesday, October 12 

Come and connect with other Walsh Jesuit Alumni living in the city that never sleeps! You will have the opportunity to meet with WJ's current president, Mr. Karl Ertle, and can get caught up on all that has been happening at your Alma Mater!

Mr. Major will also be available to provide a 'behind-the-scenes' look into one of the hottest full-service entertainment companies in the world!

*Appetizers and Beverages Provided*

Please RSVP to Jason Ruegg '96 in the Alumni Office at
330.929.4205 x177, or rueggj@walshjesuit.org
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The Harmony Gold Show Choir will present “Throwback Show 2016”  Sunday, October 2 at 3pm  in the Walsh Jesuit Theatre. Our Championship Show Choir will be singing and performing popular time tested songs and previewing songs from their upcoming competition show, “Y2K!”

Admission is only $5.00 and tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds will go towards their upcoming competition expenses. Come out right after the Open House, and support your Harmony Gold Show Choir!

SLAGTER JOHN 10SLAGTER JOHN 10On Friday, September 9, 2016, John Slagter’s family was sitting by the fire in their backyard when they heard neighbors screaming in a panic.  John ran with his dad and brother Justin, a sophomore at Walsh Jesuit, through backyards to a neighbor’s house four doors away. A woman who had drowned at the bottom of a pool had been pulled out of the water and was lying unconscious on the ground by the pool. When the group saw that the woman was not breathing and had no pulse, John jumped in to help and began performing CPR. His efforts were successful as the woman began to breathe again. The fire department showed up and soon after she was life-flighted to the Cleveland Clinic.

The next day, the neighbors told John and his family that the woman was doing well at the hospital and the doctors told them that if John hadn’t performed CPR on her that she may have died.    

As part of Walsh’s robust curriculum, he became Red Cross Certified for CPR. “Because of my education at Walsh Jesuit, I felt confident and focused on being able to save the woman’s life,” said Slagter who hopes his experience inspires others to help when they can.

Slagter’s CPR instructor, Candace Larlham commented, “I'm proud of John for being able to step up when help was needed. I always tell my students that while I hope they will never have to use this skill, the impact of having it when the moment arises is invaluable. When we consider not just that woman's life, but the impact on her family, friends, and community- John did so much good for so many.”

Slagter, a member of Walsh’s cross country team, recently suffered an injury which kept him from the team’s practice and gathering that evening. “Everything happens for a reason, and I believe I was meant to be home that night,” said Slagter.


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CONGRATULATIONS to Coach Bill Reilly who was named Coach of the Year for both Men’s and Women’s Golf and to Shelby Lewis who was named MVP of the Women’s Tournament.  Way to make the “W” shine, ladies and gentlemen! 


Daily Examen from September 15, 2016.  
In memory of Danielle Rose, Walsh Jesuit Class of '11

1. "Recall that you are in the presence of God."

Remembering Danie Rose Remembering Danie Rose Tonight the volleyball team has put together a fundraiser for a former volleyball player Danie Rose. Dani was a student here at Walsh who played volleyball, committed herself to service, and never missed the opportunity to meet someone new or make her friends laugh.  She passed away suddenly from a heart condition in the fall of 2012. Although I didn't know Danie on a personal level, she graduated and was friends with my brother and served in campus ministry with my sister.

From the memories they have shared with me over the past four years, I have learned that Danie Rose had a positive lasting impact on everyone she encountered.

When I was in 7th grade, I came home from volleyball practice to see the kitchen fall of my brother’s friends. I walked in the door and saw Danie sitting at the kitchen table conversing with friends. She paused the conversation and immediately turned around and introduced herself to me. She asked me questions about my day and never lost the smile on her face. She made me feel comfortable in a group of people I didn't know.

2. "Spend a moment looking over your day with gratitude for this day's gifts."

Who around you makes you feel welcome?

Who takes time out of their day to ask how you're doing?

3. "Ask God to send you His Holy Spirit to help you look at your actions, attitudes, and motives with honesty and patience."

How have you been like Danie and gone out of your way to comfort those around you?

Have you made a positive impact on someone today?

4. "Now review your day."

Have you gone out of your way to help someone who may be struggling?

Did you have an opportunity to comfort someone and didn't speak up?

If you could do it again, how would you change your actions to be sure to show Gods love to others?

5. "The final step is our heart-to-heart talk with Jesus."

How can we be like Danie and keep a smile on our face, show compassion to those who need it, and always be a man or woman for others?

Let us conclude with Danie's favorite prayer, father Pedro Arrupe’s reflection on love:

Nothing is more practical than

finding God, than falling in Love

in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with,

what seizes our imagination, will affect everything.

It will decide

what will get you out of bed in the morning,

what you do with your evenings,

how you spend your weekends,

what you read, whom you know,

what breaks your heart,

and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in Love, stay in love,

and it will decide everything.

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The World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA), founded in 1956, holds an international Congress every four years to gather Jesuit friends and alums—from as many as 50 countries representing a global network of Jesuit ministries—to build international networks and affirm Jesuit centric values for a greater good.

From June 28-July 2, 2017, WUJA will meet for the first time ever in North America, at John Carroll University, in Cleveland, Ohio. WUJA 2017 will gather renowned, world-class speakers committed to Uniting Our Jesuit Frontiers in arts, business, science, law, spirituality, theology, faith and leadership, service, and justice.

Attendees, made up of alumni and friends of Jesuit institutions, will enjoy countless opportunities to connect, learn and celebrate, providing a unique platform for participants to take shared experiences back to their country helping shape our society for the common good.

September 13, 2016

After 10 years as principal of Walsh Jesuit High School, Mark Hassman will be making a professional change beginning next fall.

Hassman began his career teaching chemistry and biology and then spent four years as assistant principal for academics before becoming the school’s principal. Also during his time at Walsh, Hassman coached the women’s golf team to a state championship.

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Hassman looks forward to serving Walsh Jesuit in a different capacity as a teacher, curriculum advisor and assisting in the athletic department. Those who have worked with Hassman know his true passion is working with the students.

“Jesuit education is about making decisions that not only transform the students’ minds, but also their souls, and I am grateful to have been a part of that process. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with our faculty and administration in making Walsh Jesuit the best high school in Northeast Ohio. We are always discussing and making decisions that better meet the needs of our students academically and spiritually,” said Hassman.

Hassman is a graduate of Marietta College and received his MA from Ashland University. He lives in Westfield Center with his wife, Alicia, and their three sons.

A search committee will be formed to select Hassman’s successor, who will begin July 1, 2017.

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Be a part of history!  SPONSOR or VOLUNTEER for the FIRST ANNUAL Great Lakes Show Choir Invitational!  Click [HERE] to see our sponsor opportunities or click this LINK to sign-up today!  Questions?  Email wjpfab1@gmail.com.

Our renovated and intimate theatre boasts of a marvelous sound and light system, and our school provides a perfect setting for small and mid-sized show choirs to perform and enjoy the day’s festivities.

We will be providing top quality, expert judges and will award captions for Best Show, Best Choral Sound, Best Choreography, Best Combo and Best Crew.  The top five choirs from the preliminary round will advance to the evening Finals.

The Walsh Jesuit Great Lakes Invitational will be very spectator friendly! There will be a tremendous food selection, with different offerings for different points in the day, all provided by “A Taste of Excellence,” one of the top food service operators in the state. There is plenty of parking and the check in process is streamlined and easy.

The Invitational will be filmed by Graham River Productions and DVDs will be available for purchase during the day’s events!

I truly hope you can come and be a part of our First Annual Great Lakes Invitational!


David Banks
Chairman, Fine Arts Department
Director, Harmony Gold Show Choir

Walsh Jesuit High School
4550 Wyoga Lake Rd.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44224
330-929-4205 ext. 167

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This past August, sixteen young men from the Midwest entered the Jesuits as novices in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Walsh Jesuit High School’s identity and the charism of the Society of Jesus have been one since Walsh’s founding in 1964. 

If you or someone you know might have a vocation to be a Jesuit priest or brother, go to jesuitvocations.org for more information.  The Midwest Jesuits and the Walsh Jesuit Warriors are proud to be Men and Women for Others.

Mass of the Holy Spirit – Very Rev. Brian G. Paulson, S.J., Provincial 
Walsh Jesuit High School 
September 1, 2016 

Readings: Acts 2: 1-11; Romans 8:8-17; John 15: 26-27, 16:12-15 

Mass of the Holy Spirit, 2016Mass of the Holy Spirit, 2016When talking about the presence of the Holy Spirit and the Risen Christ, I like to share a story which Fr. Mark Link, S.J., wrote in his daily prayer book, “Challenge 2000.” The story went something like this: A father and son who were flying kites one cloudy day, and the kites flew so high that some low lying cloud blocked the view of the kites. The father toyed with the son saying, “Robby, your kite has disappeared – it’s gone.” The boy said to the father, “No it’s still there.” The dad asked him, “How do you know?” Robby responded, “I know it’s still there, because I can feel the tug on the string.” Smart boy, wasn’t he? 

I think that after the resurrection, and especially after Pentecost, the apostles knew that Jesus was alive and the Holy Spirit was present because they could feel the tugs on their heartstrings. That’s what we are celebrating here today at the Mass of the Holy Spirit – that our hearts are connected to Jesus because of the gift of the Holy Spirit. We can feel the tug on our heartstrings. 

43 years ago I was a freshman in high school at a place called “Campion Jesuit High School,” named after a famous English Jesuit martyr from the 1600s named Edmund Campion. It was an all boys, 90 year old, Jesuit boarding school in Wisconsin. I loved my time at Campion, just as I’m sure most of you love this great Jesuit high school, 51 years young, Walsh Jesuit High School. My dad graduated from Campion Jesuit H.S. in 1953, and my older brother Marty was two years ahead of me. 

I had a young Jesuit for English class freshman year named Mr. McDonald. He was not a priest yet; he was a Jesuit-in-training, so that’s why he was called Mr. McDonald and not Father. Mr. McDonald taught us a lot of great poetry. One of the poems he taught us was a sonnet by the 19th Century Welsh Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins, entitled “God’s Grandeur.” Have any of you read or studied the poem “God’s Grandeur”? Great – for those of you who did not raise your hand, I encourage – no, I urge – our English or our Theology or Religious Studies teachers – to read it with you and to reflect on its message. I think this poem contains most of the essential spiritual lessons of a Jesuit high school education. The opening title and the opening line say it all: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God” -- Grandeur: it’s a fancy word to say beauty, and majesty – something which inspires awe. “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” To speak a bit more in religious language, we might say that “the world is charged with God’s glory.” Do we really believe that? “The world is charged with God’s glory?” I don’t think I am over-simplifying it too much to suggest today that Walsh Jesuit High School exists so that we can help you the students understand that the “The world is charged with the grandeur of God” – that the world is charged with God’s glory. 

And once we believe and can see that the world is charged with God’s glory and filled with the Holy Spirit, then all sorts of obligations and possibilities flow from that conviction. Our way of responding to the world is our way of responding to God. 

A great Saint of the early church, St. Irenaeus of Lyon in the south of France once wrote that “glory of God is human beings fully alive.” Think about that for a minute: “The glory of God is human beings fully alive.” We could also say that Walsh Jesuit High School exists to help you, the students, become fully alive – to become Open to Growth, Religious, Loving, Intellectually accomplished, and committed to Justice, all in imitation of Jesus Christ. If you become fully alive this year and embrace the grad-at grad, you will shine forth with God’s glory – it’s that simple. That’s our mission: Ad majorem Dei gloriam – AMDG -- for the greater glory of God. 

We celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit along with Jesuit and Catholic schools around the world at the beginning of the school year in order to celebrate that we all come from God and are going back to God and we are filled with the Holy Spirit – each one of us is sacred and made in the image and likeness of God. We celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit because we want to call upon the power of the Holy Spirit which was given to us in our baptism so that God’s grandeur can shine forth – so that we can be fully alive and give glory to God and reverence human life from the moment of conception to natural death as being of infinite worth and dignity – s0 that we can feel the invisible tug of God’s love on our heartstrings. 

Our gospel today from St. John is a part of what Jesus said to his apostles at the Last Supper. He promised to send them a counselor – the Holy Spirit. Let’s listen again to these words: 

When the Spirit of truth comes, 

he will guide you into all the truth… 

(Tne Spirit) will glorify me (said Jesus) 

for (the Spirit) will take what is mine and declare it to you. 

All that the Father has is mine; 

therefore I said that (the Spirit) will take what is mine and declare it to you. 

This is powerful stuff – spiritual kryptonite! The Holy Spirit is God’s way of talking to us here and now. The Holy Spirit is God’s love and wisdom and energy all wrapped up into one: the world is charged with the grandeur of God and the Holy Spirit –the very life and love of God the Father and 

God the Son. St. Ignatius believed that God talks to us directly through our thoughts, feelings, imagination and experiences, “like a friend speaks to a friend.” But we are not pantheists nor New Age people who are spiritual but not religious. Our Christian sense of the Holy Spirit is that the Holy Spirit is always connected to both God the Father and God the Son. We believe the Holy Spirit has a personality and a sense of purpose and the Holy Spirit connects us to God and leads us to Jesus. The Holy Spirit impels us to worship both the Father and the Son and brings us into communion with one another and with believers all over the world. The Holy Spirit is the very communion of love that God the Father and God the Son share which overflows from the heart of the holy Trinity, a bit like when two human beings are in love, or a human family is very loving, then the good energy and love of that couple or that family flows out into the people around them. Think of the Holy Spirit as being an infinite fountain of love – right here in the middle of this gym! -- which never stops flowing, spilling over the edges of the fountain, flowing out into the world around us. In the beautiful ancient sacred hymn, Come Holy Spirit, Veni Sancte Spiritus, the Holy Spirit is described as a “fount of life” and “fire of love.” 

But as much as we believe that our world is charged with the glory of God and filled with the Holy Spirit, we know too that our world and each one of us is also scarred and marked by sin. War, violence, poverty, hunger, inequality – these are so many ways in which the effects of sin make it more difficult for us to see God’s grandeur and the presence of the Holy Spirit in the world. The horrifying images from Aleppo in Syria, and the racial tension and racially based violence in our own country are all signs that sin and evil are at work in our fallen world. Looking inside our own hearts and doing our own personal Examen, we see that pride, laziness, jealousy, using our sexual energy purely for a cheap thrill and our own self-centered physical pleasure and not for love – as well as anger, and letting our appetites get out of control whether for food or drink – all are these are sinful tendencies which we all struggle with to a greater or lesser degree. And that’s why we need to call upon the gift of the Holy Spirit to overcome our pride, our laziness, our jealousy, our lust, our anger, and our lower appetites. I encourage each of us to have the courage to admit what our greatest sinful tendency is and to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit to overcome that sinful tendency. If we suffer from pride, then let’s pray for humility. If we suffer from lust, then let’s pray for self-control. If we suffer from selfishness or jealousy, then let’s pray for the gift of generosity–self-sacrificing love; let’s pray that we can rejoice in the good and success of other people. If we suffer from control issues, then let’s pray for the ability to let go. The Holy Spirit can give us the virtues we need to help us overcome our vices. 

As Christians, we believe that we are called, like Jesus, to be men and women for others who enter into the pain and suffering of our world to bring the light of Christ, to allow God’s healing love to enter into our world – a love which we believe can conquer even death itself, if not in this life, then 

surely in the life of the world to come. As St. Paul wrote in our beautiful second reading today, we are called to share in God’s sufferings so as to share in God’s glory. 

My friends, while none of us here is both fully human and fully divine like Jesus was when he walked this earth, we are all brothers and sisters of Jesus, and he has sent us the great gifts of the Holy Spirit to complete his work on earth and to bring us the fullness of grace; we are all called to holiness in imitation of Jesus Christ – we are called to be holy as God is holy – and that takes a lot of guts and courage. 

For each of us in our own way, the Spirit of the Lord is indeed upon each one of us – freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, adults and students – the Spirit of the Lord is upon us all, just like the Spirit descended upon the apostles and other early Christians at Pentecost. Let us use love as our motivation, and with the strength of the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are truly ours for the taking, let us overcome our sometimes divided hearts and let go of anything which would separate us from the love of God revealed to us in Jesus Christ. It will be a great journey this year – may you feel the tug of the Holy Spirit and the Risen Christ on your heartstrings, and may Walsh Jesuit help God’s grandeur shine brighter in our world and do everything for the greater honor and glory of God. 

Junior High DanceJunior High DanceThe Walsh Jesuit Admissions Office will be hosting our annual Junior High Dance on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 8-10 p.m. 

All 7th and 8th grade students are invited to attend this event to dance the night away with DJ Beach Boyz Entertainment.

Where:      Walsh Jesuit High School

                  4550 Wyoga Lake Road

                  Cuyahoga Falls, OH  44224

When:        Friday, September 9, 2016

Time:         8-10 p.m.

Who:          7th and 8th grade students

Cost:          $5.00


Students will NOT be admitted to the dance without a completed permission slip (click here to download).  Dress is casual (jeans and t-shirt).  If you have any questions, please call the admissions office at 330.929.4205.

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Welcome week is coming up for parents of students in all grades!

Click here to download an informational document with all the details.  

JackieDeiningerJackieDeiningerJackie Deininger, has been chosen by Akron Children’s Hospital to be the student leader for this year’s Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer initiative in Akron.  Presently in remission, Jackie was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma just before she started her freshman year at Walsh Jesuit.  The Go4TheGoal Campaign coordinates with hospitals around the country to help raise money for their cancer patients.  Gold laces cost $5, with $4 of each sale going to Akron Children’s for development of the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program, supporting patients ages 12 to 25.  Many sports teams in the area have embraced the gold shoelaces and have gone beyond just purchasing and wearing the shoelaces as a team by hosting additional fundraisers specific to the cause. 

Being a “woman for others” Jackie wants to be able to inspire others like her.  “She wants to do what she can by helping the next patient behind her,” says Dr. Jeffrey Hord, Director of the Division of Hematology-Oncology at Akron Children’s Hospital. “Her heart is certainly in the right place.” 

Read more about this incredible Sophomore and the Go4TheGoal Foundation’s Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer initiative here.
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The men's soccer team will be hosting "The 2016 Jesuit Cup."

Saturday, August 27th & 28th.The Jesuit Cup is a soccer tournament consisting of the four Jesuit schools in Ohio; Walsh Jesuit, St Ignatius, St. John's (Toledo), and St. Xavier (Cincinnati).

2 day discount admission bands will be available to students for $5.

Please come out and support the team. Let's have a great turnout and show the other teams our school spirit!

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