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March 24, 2017

About Our Faith:

LENT:  DAY 24 - "It is possible that the meeting of Jesus and Mary took place at one of the crossroads of the Way of the Cross. If not, then it may have occurred at the Gate of Ephraim, where the open space made it possible to stand without fear of opposition from the authorities or of molestation from the crowd . . . City gates in the East are essentially public places where crowds often assemble. In the interior of the city it is rare to find open spaces . . . The gates, then, are the ordinary meeting places of the city. Loungers and newsmongers come here in quest of the latest rumors. People requiring information or wanting to do business come to the city gates and remain there for a long time . . . It is here at the gates that contracts are signed in the presence of the elders, legal disputes settled, and justice administered — or at least demanded . . . Moreover, the gates are the point of contact between the people of the city and the surrounding country, between one city and another; and the Gate of Ephraim is especially advantageous from the point of view of communication with the outside world. Hence the reason for erecting gibbets here. It is the junction of four of the most frequented highways . . . Through here passes a continuous stream of pilgrims, merchants, business people, soldiers, and couriers. The Savior's observation post does not look out upon a desert . . . Imagine the spectacle. At the gate itself is a continuous stream of people, flowing between two animated banks of itinerant merchants, with wheeled stalls and permanent booths all along the street offering drinks and sweetmeats for sale, while beggars — especially the blind (numerous in this land of dazzling sunshine), cripples, paralytics, and lepers more or less healed — raise their monotonous plaint and shake their little wooden bowls. In the gardens idlers sit squatted on the ground or else astride the walls. On the roads are people, donkeys, herds of cattle, vehicles, and slow-moving camels with their swaying burdens. On the hills are dense masses of pilgrims, animated groups sitting around their fires. Visualize this scene and listen as Jesus appears and the Cross is raised. There is first a great hum of excitement, then sounds of hostility and shouts of laughter, which for the moment stifle the more timid stirrings of reflection and pity. 'All they that saw me have laughed me to scorn: they have spoken with the lips, and wagged the head. He hoped in the Lord, let Him deliver him: let Him save him, seeing He delighteth in him.' Always that cruel blasphemy! Christ is ever 'the reproach of men and the outcast of the people.' And yet in that crowd are many indebted to Him, many who previously were His admirers. These crippled beggars and these unhappy wretches had cast themselves at His feet, full of trusting prayers; they acclaimed Him the Son of David. They came to kiss His cloak, to touch its white fringe with the hyacinth border, and prostrate before Him, they had awaited a miracle or a word that would give them hope. Now they turn from Him, they mock Him and, fulfilling the words of a Psalm which gives the whole story of the Passion, they sing after Him as He passes the gate, drinking as they sing: 'I became a byword to them. They that sat in the gate spoke against me: and they that drank wine made me their song.' 'O all ye that pass by the way, attend, and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow!'"


FRIDAY - Stations of the Cross, after school, Chapel


  • FISHERS OF MEN:  Men’s Morning of Spirituality - Saturday, Apr. 1 – 8 am at Church of the Incarnation - Speakers – Fr. Mike Schmitz & Lee Volmer. - ALL SBA BOYS ARE INVITED!
  • INTO THE WOODS:  March 30-April 2 - Reserved Seat tickets are on sale in the front office.  $10 in advance - “Be careful what you wish for” seems to be the ongoing theme in the legendary Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Brothers Grimm inspired musical, Into the Woods, one of the most acclaimed and beloved in all of musical theatre (adapted a few years ago into a Walt Disney movie starring Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt, among many others). St. Benedict at Auburndale is proud to present this masterpiece, both classic and modern, hilarious and heartbreaking, in its interpretation of familiar fairy tales.
    The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood Witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods, we meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. By the end of Act I, everyone has gotten their wish and will seemingly live happily ever after. But in Act II, when Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry Giant, we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom, but sacrifices must be made.
    SBA is attempting a unique and daring new approach to this oft-produced musical that promises to be unlike any other version you’ve ever seen. With a cast of thirty performances, original choreography (in a show that sometimes doesn’t have any) and a scenic concept that embraces the timelessness of storytelling and lesson-learning, this Into the Woods is sure to make you listen, wish, think and feel.

  • SPRING PICTURES AT ST. BENEDICT:  Friday, March 31 - School uniforms are not required on picture day!  No money will be needed on the day pictures are taken.  You will receive purchase options in approximately 2 to 3 weeks.
  • RICE BOWL FOR LENT:  Don’t Forget to save your pennies for the Rice Bowl Program during Lent.
  • SERVICE OPPORTUNITY - Annual St. Michael Church BBQ Contest – April 8, 10:30-4:30 – 3863 Summer Ave. Contact: David Hill, 334-7336 or dhill7568@gmail.com to sign up for shifts.

  • The Best Week Ever! - This summer at Christendom College! Experience Christendom Summer Program (ECSP). Only 1 scholarship left for SBA juniors! Contact or see Mrs. Masterson, mastersons@sbaeagles.org  for information on application requirements. Great opportunity for interested juniors! Check it out - www.christendom.edu/experience



      Mandatory ClinicsMarch 29 & 30, 4-6 in Gym
      TryoutsMarch 31, 4pm in Gym
      Contact: Ms. Freel
      Mandatory Clinic - March 28-30, 3:30-5:30 in the Dining Hall.
      Bring signed tryout application, $40 application fee and permission form on the first day of tryouts.
      Optional ClinicMarch 2, 6, 9, 20 and 23, 3:30-5:00 in the Dining Hall
      Tryouts - March 31, 5:30 in Dining Hall.
      Contact: Dr. Fischer
    • TODAY
      • JV/VAR BASEBALL vs. White Station @ SBA, 4:00/6:30
      • VAR BOYS LACROSSE vs. Arlington @ SBA, 7:00
      • VAR SOFTBALL @ Riverdale Classic in Murfreesboro, TBA
      • TRACK @ Panther Relays, Bartlett, TBA
      • JV BASEBALL @ St. George's, 12:30
      • VAR SOFTBALL @ Riverdale Classic in Murfreesboro, TBA
      • TRACK @ Panther Relays, Bartlett, TBA
      • VAR WATER POLO vs. Collierville/Arlington @ St. George's, 1:00/5:00
      • GIRLS WATER POLO vs. Combined @ St. George's, 6:00
    • SUNDAY
      • VAR SOFTBALL @ Riverdale Classic in Murfreesboro, TBA
    • GIRLS LACROSSE – Congratulations to the Lady Eagles Lacrosse last night for a great win at Arlington, 10-5.
    • TENNIS – Congrats to the Lady Eagles for their win over Harding yesterday, 8-1. Getting wins for the Eagles were: Maggie Alexander, Allie Baxter, Katelyn Dabney, Juliette Hirsch, Mary Neitzke and the Doubles teams of Lauren Neuhoff/Brooke Barton, Hirsch/Dabney and Katie Morris/Allie Baxter.