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Students Challenged to Serve here at Sacred Heart School

Students Challenged to Serve here at Sacred Heart School

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Students volunteered to clean Sacred Heart’s adopted stretch of highway in September.

At Sacred Heart School, students are encouraged to understand how service fits into a larger picture of the world.

This year the continued call for service was made more concrete and official, with a 100-hour service challenge to students in grades 9-12. In the fall, it was announced that seniors who have achieved 100+ hours of service by graduation will be recognized with a special white honor cord. This is done in conjunction with the school’s philosophy to foster students who become “citizens who are responsive to the needs of society.”

Last week high students gathered on a Saturday morning to help clean a stretch of highway the school has adopted. The students clean this adopted stretch along highway  each fall and spring — and don’t seem to mind doing the task.

In addition to the challenge to serve others, Sacred Heart is unique in the offering of a Christian Service Learning Class, which fosters the call as Christians to serve others.

Christian Service Learning explores the Christian foundations of service as found both in Scripture and in the Tradition of the Church. Their teacher, Roger Pieper, explains that, “students have been especially studying how all Christian service is a continuation of the mission of Christ to bring all of humanity into relationship with God, which is only possible by recognizing the dignity of each person.”

On Tuesday, the CSL students spent their first day at their service sites, the Women’s Pregnancy Center in Grand Forks, Altru YMCA, and assisting Fr. Bill Sherman.

Students volunteered to clean Sacred Heart’s adopted stretch of highway in September.

Students volunteered to clean Sacred Heart’s adopted stretch of highway in September.

The call to service does not start in just the high school. In the elementary, students are constantly encouraged to serve and are provided ample opportunities through events such as Rake-a-thon, Advent clothing, food, or toy drives, visiting the nursing homes, and various other volunteer opportunities during the year. During Rake-A-Thon, the younger students in Preschool-2nd grade pick up litter around the community, while older students in grades 3-12, faculty, and administration rake the lawns for over 30 homes in the greater Grand Forks community. This year’s Rake-A-Thon will be held October 23rd (weather permitting).

School President, Carl Adolphson, says, “we plan to continue volunteer opportunities such as ditch cleaning, Rake-a-thon, and food and clothing drives. By giving our students the opportunity to serve others we hope, upon adulthood, they will be compassionate, selfless, caring and giving individuals.”


Former Viking & Super Bowl Champ Matt Birk inspires students at SHS


birk2Sacred Heart’s first ever DAY-ONE speaker, Matt Birk, invigorated 5-12 students, parents, grandparents and parishioners about the coming year with a message about his faith journey. He spoke to students, saying that they don’t need to be stressed or worried about the day to day stressors of this world. “I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I made. Our identity is secured in our faith. We can be confident. We don’t have to worry at all about the future.” 


Matt Birk took a few moments after his presentation to speak with a few members of the PCW football team. birk3

Birk encouraged some of the football players, saying, “Participating in high school football let’s you experience something that not everybody does, and it’s not like anything you will ever get to experience again.  Sooner or later your football career will be over, so make sure that you enjoy every second of it.”




High School Baseball Teams Go to Bat for EGF Food Shelf

High School Baseball Teams Go to Bat for EGF Food Shelf

 High School Baseball Teams Go to Bat for EGF Food Shelf

 On Tuesday, April 21st the East Grand Forks Senior High Green Wave will face the Sacred Heart Eagles in a High School baseball game.  The intra-city game that afternoon will be hard fought on the field for local bragging rights and will also feature some friendly competition off of the field.

The East Grand Forks Home Run Club, a local supporter of youth baseball, has come up with an off-field challenge for both schools.  The HRC will collect donations for the East Grand Forks Food Shelf from players, parents and fans from each of the schools.  All those attending the games that bring a food item to be donated will place their item(s) in a Sacred Heart collection box or a Senior High collection box.  The school with the largest donation will be deemed the winner of the Food Shelf Challenge.

The Home Run Club will also add to the fun.  The HRC will make a monetary donation to the Food Shelf on behalf of both varsity baseball teams based upon the number of pounds of food collected by each school.  Another savory twist added to the late afternoon at the ballpark will be with the sale of the delicious grilled burgers at the concession stand.  The HRC will donate one dollar to the Food Shelf for every hamburger sold at the park that day.  Fans can enjoy great baseball and a great burger all while lending a helping hand to the local food shelf.

Both varsity and junior varsity games are scheduled for that afternoon with the varsity game at 4:30pm followed by the junior varsity game starting at approximately 6:30pm.  All games will be played at Stauss Park.



Tim Gust ‘56, speaks to Career Development Class


Sacred Heart School understands that students will eventually graduate and move out into the world. A unique offering at the school is a Career Development course offered in the fall semester to junior and senior students. The purpose of the course is to explore different career options, help students make a decision on a career direction, help them select a major in college, how to conduct a job search, find internships, set goals, and the importance of networking. The course is taught by Sacred Heart School’s guidance counselor, Patrick Hart.

Gust, the founder of the career and counseling program at Sacred Heart, poses with Patrick Hart, the current school counselor and instructor of the Career Development course.

Gust, the founder of the career and counseling program at Sacred Heart, poses with Patrick Hart, the current school counselor and instructor of the Career Development course.

On Tuesday, students heard from Tim Gust, a 1956 Sacred Heart alum, who has found success in the field of Neuropsychology. Gust, who currently lives in Los Angeles, CA, wanted to talk to students about his life and their career decisions.  Gust reminisced a little about his time at Sacred Heart relaying tales about a few of the sisters that used to teach here. “Here at Sacred Heart we are fortunate to have had good teachers. A good teacher really does make the difference. It’s what counts….That’s my thank you to Sacred Heart.”
Gust quickly changed the focus to careers. “Ultimately I want you all to have jobs. How many of you are working now?” Gust then pointed around the room as students responded with their various jobs.” He then asked students what careers they were considering. Students provided a variety of responses: law enforcement, acting, vocal performing, author, medical fields, and architecture.
Gust said, “you have to get into an environment or situation that rewards your particular interest. Without that there is a chance you won’t be successful.” Gust relayed his own personal story of academic success but a struggle in college to succeed. “Your looking at a guy who initially flunked out of college as an engineer.” Gust said he chose his career because of family history and not because of any particular interest. “Had I taken an interest survey or put more thought into my career initially it might have been different.”
Gust turned to the counseling center at UND who helped him with an assessment and ultimately he finished his degree and went onto complete several more. It was during his doctoral studies at UND that Gust started the first career and counseling program at Sacred Heart. “That was something I really enjoyed — and wished I had it as a senior.”
Gust, the founder of the career and counseling program at Sacred Heart, poses with Patrick Hart, the current school counselor and instructor of the Career Development course.[/caption]

Gust, although semi-retired, is still doing part time work for the city of Los Angeles where he helps the city screen possible law enforcement applicants. He mentioned to students the importance of thinking about their career now. “If you end up with a DUI now it will mess you up and hinder your application years down the road. You’ll be looked upon differently.”

When students asked him what the most important tool was for success in life he responded, “Know as much as you can about technology. To be able to use technology well in any field — music, health care, etc. — will advance your career options.”

Gust ended by encouraging students to really consider their future now. “I encourage you to make the most of your life.”


Students engage during “Theosis”

Theosis_MarkSacred Heart students already have daily prayer time, but the new “Theosis” program launched in the school on Monday will offer high school students a special opportunity to hear from a rotation of guest speakers on a variety of topics pertaining to faith, family, and life.

Theology Instructor, TJ Beyer, kicked off the program by asking students “What is the goal of Christians??” Following a round of responses the final answer from students was “to get into Heaven.” Beyer followed up with an explanation of Theosis saying, “with Theosis we share in God’s glory and become part of God. Our prayer is that you dive deeper into that mystery to get into heaven.”

Beyer introduced the guest speaker, Mark Hollcraft, Director of Life Teen Ministries and Newman Center Outreach at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. Hollcraft asked students, “what does it mean to be inspired? What inspires you?” Students supplied a variety of answers such as family, sports, and music. “Now of all those things you said, as a way of knowing, you are giving me what exactly? Opinions.” Hollcraft explained to students that sometimes we are put in a position in this world where an opinion may be used in place of fact. So our first way of knowing things is ‘opinion.’ What is the second way?” A student quickly chipped in, responding, “Facts.” Hollcraft affirmed the answer saying that through facts we can prove knowledge. “How do I know all this is true? I saw it. I experienced it. I heard it.”

“Here’s a tough one. How do you know you love someone? Love does not make sense without a third way of knowing.” Hollcraft asked students what was a third way knowing. Students responded, “Faith.”

The Miracle of Lanciano had been brought up in the event’s earlier Trivia Challenge. Hollcraft was quick to refer to this in his talk, reviewing the story with students. The miracle was a divine response to a priest who doubted about the Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist. During Mass the host was changed into live flesh and the wine was changed into real Blood. Hollcraft asks students, “What is the truth of this story? The miracle is a confirmation of something Jesus said 2,000 years ago. This is my body and my blood.”

“Think about this for a moment. The God of all the Universe created all things and in the culmination of his creation we received the Eucharist. Anything that can inspire you cannot inspire unless inspired by the One who created you.”

Bringing his talk to a close, Hollcraft again threw a question out to the students asking them how many of them wanted to inspire others. After students raised their hand he responded, “To inspire others you first need to be ready to be inspired. To breathe out you must first breathe in the Holy Spirit.”

“You guys have this unique opportunity to be in a Catholic School. Our faith is a daily decision. What are you going to let inspire you? Things of your faith or things of mediocrity? Let it be the breath of God. His breath is new life.”



Fifth Grade Fishes with Cabela’s

Sacred Heart fifth graders were joined last week by students from St. Michael’s and Holy Family/St. Mary’s as they learned about fishing from Brad Olson of Cabela’s. The first afternoon was spent learning about fish habitats, biology and anatomy, and how to catch a fish. Students discussed, wrote, and drew pictures describing their past fishing experiences.
On Wednesday, the students took what they learned with them to Ryan Lake in Grand Forks where they experienced more hands-on learning such as casting techniques, knot tying, and fish identifying. The last hour was spent fishing in Ryan Lake.


Fishing Education Day was brought to Sacred Heart, St. Michael’s, and Holy Family/St. Mary’s through Cabela’s, the GF Park District, and UND.

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Celebrating a Lifetime of Service Punky Beauchamp Retires

PunkyRobert “Punky” Beauchamp officially retired from Sacred Heart Church and School on Tuesday, September 30th. Punky has served as Facilities Manager since June 15, 1984. Punky first came to Sacred Heart as a seven year old student in 1959 and graduated in the class of 1970. He married his high school sweetheart, Roberta Spoor ‘72, Their two children, Brad Beauchamp ’94 and Janelle Gergen ’01 also graduated from Sacred Heart School. His grandson, Peter, currently is a fourth grade SHS student.

While working as an electrician, Punky served on the school’s Athletic Club, completed maintenance work, and started the first parish maintenance committee. He also co-chaired the first financial development program with Pete Wald. His legacy will be his leadership during the flood of 1997 and subsequent rebuilding of the new parish Social Hall and school. Punky’s duties as Facilities Manager carried many responsibilities for not only the upkeep of the school, but also the softball and football fields, church, rectory, and surrounding grounds.

Punky, the church and school would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for all you have done and your many years of service to Sacred Heart Church and School!