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Jesuit Reflection

Jesuit Reflection

Recently a couple of  Responsorial Psalm responses at Mass have captured my attention. One of these was “The Lord takes delight in his people.” Wow! The Lord takes delight in me. I was led to pray about what in me delights the Lord. I do believe that God created me and formed me, and gave me unique gifts. God delights in his creation. It is important that I pray about what delights the Lord because I need to make that present in my life. There is always a danger that I can put my time and effort into areas or projects that do not delight the Lord. I need to ensure that I am using those special gifts that God gifted me with and not striving for something else.

As a result of my prayer, I have begun to appreciate more how every person is special in the eyes of God. How God delights in each person I am with. I have had numerous occasions recently to share with others, “The Lord takes delight in you.” And  now I am writing to remind you that “God takes delight in you.” I invite you to take time out, reflect, spend time talking with God about what delights the Lord in your life and then focusing on that.

Another Responsorial Psalm response that stuck with me was, “Your words Lord are spirit and life.” There are so many words that I hear and listen to every day. Not all of them are life-giving, nor do they bring joy or happiness. Focusing on Jesus’ words and message lead me to joy and happiness. There is more peace and hope in my life when I truly listen and reflect on Jesus’ words. There is such a great danger that the other words and messages that I hear daily will distract me from Jesus’ words and message. I need to pray often, “Your words Lord are spirit and life.” Again I invite you to take time out, reflect, and spend time talking with God about His words that are truly the source of joy and happiness, and are life-giving.

Fr. Bob Tillman, SJ
Creighton Prep

School News

Creighton Prep Announces New Principal

Creighton Prep President Fr. Matt Spotts, SJ has announced that Mr. Bill Gotch ’91 will be the next principal at Creighton Prep beginning July 1. See the full announcement here.

Mr. Bill Gotch '91

 

Chamber Choir Singing on “Mass for Shut-Ins” Broadcasts

The Creighton Prep Chamber Choir has been invited back to sing once again on WOWT during the “Mass for Shut-Ins” program. The recording began airing this past Sunday, January 15 with the 10:30 a.m. broadcast and will be repeated over the next five Sundays.

Be sure to catch the performance of this outstanding group on “Mass for Shut-Ins.” The group includes accompanist Ms. Cecilia Jensen and Prep students Thomas Rohling, Nick Ferro, Tony Garrett, Nolan Murray, Josh Bell, Isaac Heng, Tyler Moffitt, Prayvell Pope and Charles Paul.

Robotics Teams Excel in Colorado Meet

Congratulations to the robotics teams on their excellent performances at the recent northeast Colorado FIRST Tech Challenge meet. Highlights included Team 20077 The Indubitables (pictured) advancing to the state competition in Colorado that will be held next month. The team now holds the Colorado state record with a high score of 239 points. 

Also, Team 16010 the Vamp Kings won the Control Award, a sensor and programming award, and Team 17116 Hazardous Materials took home the Motivate Award. 

Prep robotics teams now have the top five high scores in Colorado.

Winter Sports Teams Finding Great Success

Varsity teams in basketball, swimming and diving, and wrestling look to build on their achievements as they move into the second half of their winter seasons.

Highlights of varsity basketball’s campaign include an excellent run to a second place finish in the Metro Conference Holiday Basketball Tournament that took place in late December and early January. During the tournament, the squad defeated Millard South, Gretna and Millard North before falling in the championship final to Bellevue West. 

The swimming and diving team’s march toward another super season has been highlighted by wins at the Burke Invitational and, more recently, in the Gold Division of the Maroon and Gold Invitational at the University of Minnesota. “We came away with one of the best team performances I can recall the Prep team ever having in my years of coaching,” said Head Coach Tom Beck '84 of the squad’s excellence in Minnesota. “Nearly every performance was a season-best, and many were lifetime bests.”

The annual Tom Dineen Invitational hosted recently in the Heider Center for area wrestling teams also showcased some great performances by Prep student-athletes. Presden Sanchez won the 120 lbs. weight class and was voted by coaches as the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. In addition, Pierce Johnson placed second in the 160 lbs. class, Adonis Bonar was third in the 182 lbs. class and Collin Hulbert placed third in the 195 lbs. class.

Best of luck to all the guys as they head toward district and state competition. Stay tuned to their progress via the Go Prep app, which is available on the App Store and on Google Play, and the Creighton Prep Sports Network on Twitter.

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Musicians Qualify for BOCH Festival

Congratulations to the following students who qualified to participate in the 15th annual Band, Orchestra and Choir Honor Festival (also known as the BOCH Festival) that takes place next week at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska Omaha. 

Tony Garrett qualified in Orchestra, and Josh Bell, Isaac Heng, Thomas Kaplan, Evan Martin, Paul Mathews, Tyler Moffitt, Julian Moran, Nolan Murray, Prayvell Pope and Thomas Rohling qualified in Choir.

They will join with other high school students to work with faculty and students from the UNO College of Music as well as other guest instructors in preparation for a performance at the festival.

Upcoming Events

Jr. Jays for Bluejays Pregame Social - Wednesday, January 25

Sign up now to spend part of an evening with us at the Jr. Jays for Bluejays Pregame Social on Wednesday, January 25. On that night, Prep supporters will gather at Blatt Beer & Table downtown (610 N. 12th St.) from 6-7:30 p.m. before the 8 p.m. Creighton University men's basketball game against BIG EAST Conference rival St. John’s University. We look forward to seeing you there.

First Annual Jazz Night - Wednesday, February 8

Join us at 7 p.m. that evening in the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Campus Center (also known as the commons) for the first annual Jazz Night at Creighton Prep. Enjoy the sounds of the CP Jazz Collective and the Prep Jazz Combo as they perform a variety of traditional and modern jazz tunes. Highly accomplished saxophonist and Prep alumnus Pete Fucinaro ‘16 is the featured guest artist. Admission is free. 

CP Trivia Night - Friday, February 17

Register your table of eight today for CP Trivia Night happening on Friday, February 17 in the Henry L. Sullivan, S.J. Campus Center (also known as the commons). 

Cost is $240 per table of eight, and participants must be 21. Seating is limited to the first 50 teams that have paid in full. Festive tables and costumes are highly encouraged but not required. 

On that night, check-in begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., with the first round of trivia questions starting at 7 p.m. Topics are random, and the event will conclude when the winners are crowned.

If you have questions, please email Director of Alumni Relations Mike Beacom ’85 at mbeacom@creightonprep.org or call him at (402) 548-3851.

Grandparents Day - Monday, February 20

Grandparents of current Prep students are invited to join us for our first ever Grandparents Day on Monday, February 20, 2023. Doors open at 3:15 p.m., and the event takes place from 3:30-5 p.m. We will have a brief program and refreshments in the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Campus Center followed by tours of the school guided by the grandsons.

It's an event to celebrate the support provided by grandparents to the grandsons and their parents as they journey through the four-year Prep experience together! Please R.S.V.P. using the form here or contact Jen Jones at (402) 548-6228 or via email at jjones@creightonprep.org.

Prep parents are welcome to download an event invitation/reminder that they can email or mail to grandparents. They can also direct grandparents to the Grandparents Day website.

Athletic Hall of Fame - Monday, March 6

Creighton Prep is proud to recognize alumni, coaches and supporters for outstanding contributions to the athletic program at the school. Their commitment, achievement and sense of sportsmanship set the standard for the young athletes who follow in their footsteps today.

You are cordially invited to attend Creighton Prep's Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony on Monday, March 6, 2023, recognizing the 2023 Hall of Fame honorees.

Team

1976 Basketball Team

Athletes

George Johnson '45

Brian Linstrom '68

Mark Waring '06

Coach

Dick Bayer '55

Contributor

Hon. Michael Cavel '62

Event Details

  • Monday, March 6, 2023 
  • Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Campus Center
  • Cocktail Reception 6 p.m.
  • Dinner and program 7 p.m.
  • Park and enter on the west side of the building.
  • Tickets are $60 per person. 
  • Attire: business casual.

Please register by Monday, February 27 at CreightonPrep.org/AHOF.

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