The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Illinois State Tournament on Saturday, March 21 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. This will be our first ever archery event for St.Bruno School. There are 12 junior high students that will be competing beginning at 9 am. Special thank you to John Ruppert, Chad Schrader, and Gene Shaneyfelt for volunteering as coaches. We are very excited for this new program to get started at our school! Good luck!
The Lady Falcons are the Region 7 Volleyball Regional Champions!!!
The Lady Falcons defeated Tamaroa in 2 games (25-12) and (25-5) to play in the champion game against St. Ann Nashville. They defeated Nashville 25-10 and 25-9, to become the Region 7 champions. The Lady Falcons play in the championship tournament in Herrin on Saturday, March 28th. Their first game is against Trinity-Stewardson at 11:00 am. Good luck!!!
- Our Open House and Registration is set for April 9th from 3-6 pm. Please plan to be here for some great entertainment. Mrs. Goldman and Mr. Thompson did a great job last year with the living History Museum and this year hope to please the crowd again with “Fairy-tails from Another View.” Come see what our Jr. High Students come up with when telling the childhood stories we all know from a different characters eyes!
- Please spread the word about our Kindergarten Come and See day Friday March 20th from 8-11 am. – St. Bruno has YOU as our best advocate – let everyone know about the GREAT things going on at YOUR school!
- For grades Pre-K – 8th grade our Come and See day is our Open House -April 9th from 3-7pm, also our Registration Day
Saint Patrick Day Facts
1. St. Patrick wasn’t named Patrick. His birth name was Maewyn Succat, but Ireland’s patron saint changed his name to Patricius after becoming a priest.
2. St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. He may be known as the Apostle of Ireland, but St. Patrick was actually born in Britain around 385 A.D. and his parents were Roman citizens. It wasn’t until about 16 years later that he went to Ireland, but not by choice.
3. St. Patrick was a slave. At age 16, St. Patrick was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland, where he tended sheep for 10 years. He ran away to England at age 22 and took refuge in a monastery in Gaul for 12 years, where he studied for the priesthood and was ordained a bishop. St. Patrick later took his teachings back to Ireland for 30 years, where he was determined to convert the country to Christianity, according to Bio.
4. St. Patrick’s color is not green. We should really drink blue beer rather than green on March 17, because blue was the color originally associated with St. Patrick. Artwork often depicts Ireland’s patron saint wearing blue garments. Blue was used to represent Ireland on flags, coats of arms and sports jerseys. That all changed in the 17th century. Green is one of the colors in Ireland’s tri-color flag and Ireland was dubbed the Emerald Isle for its lush green landscape.
5. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City in 1762. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through the city. Parades celebrating the Irish holiday weren’t common until the mid-19th century. Today, more than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades take place in cities across the United States. New York City and Boston host some of the largest celebrations.
6. St. Patrick’s Day was traditionally a dry holiday. So maybe we shouldn’t be drinking beer at all. Irish law between 1903 and 1970 made St. Patrick’s Day a religious holiday for the entire country, which meant pubs were closed for the day, according to Catholic Online. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is arguably one of the largest drinking holidays with an estimated $245 million spent on beer for March 17, according to Mental Floss.
7. There are 34.7 million Irish-Americans living in the United States. That’s more than seven times the population of Ireland.
8. March 17 is the day of St. Patrick’s death. The Catholic Church designates the day a saint dies as a holy day, because it’s believed he or she then enters into heaven. Although St. Patrick was never formally canonized as a pope, he is on the list of saints, was declared a Saint in Heaven by many Catholic churches and was also venerated in the Orthodox Catholic Church. Thus, March 17 was hailed as St. Patrick’s Day.
9. The shamrock was a symbol of the Holy Trinity. St. Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to illustrate his teachings about how the Father, Son and Holy Spirit could be separate entities yet one in the same. Today, the shamrock is often a symbol of good luck.
10. Good luck finding a four-leaf clover. The odds of finding a four-leafer on your first try are 1 in 10,000 (http://www.ibtimes.com/st-patricks-day-2015-fun-facts-about-irelands-patron-saint-irish-holiday-1844356).