Weather Alert- August 26, 2021

Weather Alert- August 26, 2021
8/26/21
St. Louis Catholic Community,
With the uncertainty of the approaching storm, St. Louis Catholic High School will be closed tomorrow, Friday, August 27th to allow staff and families the necessary time for storm preparations. Let’s join in prayer for safety and peace during this time. The Saints football team will still play tomorrow evening. Further information will be sent as it becomes available.
In Christ,
Mia Touchet

The Choice is Up to Us~ Father Whitney Miller

The Choice is Up to Us~ Father Whitney Miller

Most of us living in Southwest Louisiana these days have much to be stressed and anxious about.  Alcohol sales, prescription medications and vaping shops are all on the increase and yet many still feel worried, frustrated, with a certain justification for anger, meanness, and irritability. We are reminded by the holy and patient lives of many of the saints we celebrate here on our campus that for those of us who believe, who are people of faith, it can be heaven all the way to heaven or hell all the way to hell. The choice is up to us.

I rather like the traditional story that comes to us from the peoples of ancient Japan in which a powerful samurai approached a peaceful monk in his monastery.  He ordered the monk in a booming voice, “Monk, teach me about heaven and hell.” The monk sized him up and looked him over and finally said, “Teach you about heaven and hell? I couldn’t teach you anything!  You’re filthy, you smell, your sword is rusty…you are a disgrace to the samurai!” Filled with rage, the warrior drew his sword and was readying to strike the monk down dead.  Quietly, the monk said, “That’s hell.”  The samurai was taken aback, stopping in his tracks.  Realizing that this little monk was willing even to sacrifice his life to teach him the meaning of hell, he slowly began lowering his sword and was filled with an overwhelming sense of peace. Whereupon the monk said softly, “That’s heaven.”

We follow in the footsteps of a crucified Christ, who on Calvary hung between two thieves, both having experienced the same walk of degradation, shame and suffering.  One hurled insult of disbelief and resentment at Jesus, dying in cruelty. The other sought a peace at the last with forgiveness in his heart.  It was the second one that day who entered paradise and discovered the meaning of heaven. Such is our challenge in these communal days of “less than perfect” surroundings and frequently inadequate situations. I find inspiration in the life of a saint of our times who certainly knew what it was like to find the peace of heaven in the midst of a hellish environment; namely St. Theresa of Calcutta who once wrote, “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.  If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.  If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway.  If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.  The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.  Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.  Give your best anyway.  For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.”

St. Louis, King of France, pray for us!

 

For More Information About Counseling Services:

Fr. Whitney Miller, Ph.D., LPC, currently serves as Director of Diocesan Counseling Services with his office located here at St. Louis Catholic High School across the boardwalk from the Guidance Counseling offices for the school. He is available for counseling and spiritual direction for our students, faculty and families. For students to schedule an appointment with him, they simply have to obtain a consent form from the Guidance Counseling Office, have a parent or guardian complete the form, return it to the Guidance Department, who will then forward it to Fr. Whitney and an appointment will be scheduled. Faculty and families of St. Louis High students, can contact Fr. Whitney directly at 436-7275, ext. 231 or fatherwhitney@slchs.org.

Around Athletics with Covid Updates from LHSAA

Around Athletics with Covid Updates from LHSAA

AUGUST 19, 2021

Cross Country

Coach Holley Fontenot and her boys and girls teams have begun preparations for the upcoming season. The girls team looks to improve on their third place finish at last year’s state meet, despite losing some key participants to graduation. Junior Ella Segura placed 7th individually at the state meet a year ago and is primed to be one of the top runners in the state this year. Juniors Kenzie Touchet and Mollie Maze also return.

The boys will have to replace one of the program’s all-time greats, two-time state champion Ivan Appleton, who is now running for Tufts University. Returning runners hoping to fill those shoes include senior Nathaniel McNally and junior Cody Lyons.

 

Swimming

Coach Taylor Rideaux enters her second season at the helm of the Saints swim teams and will rely on a group of experienced veterans to lead her young teams. Seniors Eloise Diedrich and Harper Darbonne will lead the girls squad, while the boys have a trio of seniors – Graham Conrad, Luke Monlezun and Jacob Weaver.

Underclassmen Reese Darbonne, Maya Sanders and Ella Scroggs also scored at the state meet a year ago, while underclassmen boys got points from Max Adams, Thomas Alley, Evan Mathis and Avery Meche.

 

Football

The Saints football team is putting the finishing touches on their preparations for the 2021 season under head coach Brock Matherne. This year’s squad has a good mix of veteran experience and talented young players.

Expected to lead the way for the Saints offense are junior QB James Reina, senior RB Logan Trahan and junior WR Grant Evans. Seniors Kade Bouillion and Jalen Guidry will be the leaders of the offensive line.

Seniors returning on the defensive side of the ball for the Saints include DB Marcus Duhon, DL Camden Watkins and LB Cody LeBato. They’ll be joined by sophomores Kade Nugent, Luke Mere and Ethan Goss on the defensive line.

Duhon and Trahan should be standouts in the return game for the Saints, while a trio of talented specialists – seniors Spencer Briley and Jake Smith and sophomore Landon Daughdril – compete for the kicking and punting positions.

The Saints will open the regular season on September 3 at Crowley, but will travel to Live Oak for a scrimmage on August 20 and tangle with Barbe in the Sulphur jamboree on August 27. Home games this season will be played at Sulphur’s Matt Walker Stadium.

 

Volleyball

Coach Bit Thompson and the Lady Saints hope to build on last season’s state tournament quarterfinal appearance with a very talented group of young ladies.

Seniors Dillon Anderson, Ella DeMolle and Dhara Brassieur return to lead the Saints with their experience and skillful play. Tennis standout Meredith Henning has also joined the squad for her senior season.

A group of talented underclassmen who also contributed to last season’s quarterfinal run to Metairie includes juniors Grace Link and Billie Painter and sophomores Grace Simien and Katie Kennison.

The Lady Saints open their season on August 31 against Notre Dame. Most home games will be played at Hamilton Christian this season. Halo Notes and our athletics social media pages will provide time and location information all season.

 

Covid Information

Please click here for current guidelines from the LHSAA on Covid as it relates to fall sports. Any positive tests or exposures should be reported to the respective sport’s head coach and to Mrs. Ernst, our school Covid coordinator.

New Saints Faculty

New Saints Faculty

August 5, 2021: St. Louis Catholic High School 

We are excited to announce the addition of twelve new and three returning faculty members to
the SLCHS community! They participated in three days of training last week with Melanie
Lejeune, Emily Pettaway, and department chairs, and they are eager to work with our students
and staff.

1. Shawn Baggett, our new Geometry teacher, has over 30 years of experience. She was
classroom teacher, assistant principal, and most recently, the principal at Merryville
High School. Mrs. Baggett is excited to be back in the classroom and share her love of
math.

2. John Dugas is the new English II Advanced and English III teacher. He comes to SLCHS
from S.J. Welsh. He has a B.A. in English with a concentration in Secondary Education.Mr. Dugas is excited to share his love of English and literature with his students.

3. John Souder moved to Lake Charles in 2009 to work as a chemical engineer at PPG. He
entered formation for the diocese for several years before “discerning out” to further
discern God’s call for him. He is now in residence at the Cathedral as he hopes to reenter formation next year. He was raised near Knoxville, TN and has five siblings. His
hobbies include cooking, gardening, and reading.

4. Alex Kjellsten, SLCHS alum and former Athletic Director at ICCS, will be joining the
Social Studies and Athletic Departments. Coach Kjellsten is looking forward to a
successful year in World Geography, and he is excited about returning to his alma mater
as an assistant coach for football and soccer.

5. Michael Abshire-We welcome Mike Abshire to the St. Louis Catholic community! Coach Abshire is a seasoned teacher and coach, with over 30 years of teaching experience,  17 of those in Special Education. As the Transitions teacher and an assistant football and baseball coach, Coach Abshire looks forward to working with many of our students.

6. Brock Matherne joins us as the Head Football Coach from Cecilia High School. He has a
B.S. from Troy University and has coached football for nine years. Coach Matherne is
excited about leading the Saints to victory this fall.

7. Caitlin McCormick is passionate about science and is the founder of a scientific literary
initiative, CM Loves Science. Ms. McCormick has a Bachelors and Masters of Science
from Tulane University, developed curriculum at the Audubon Zoo, and taught at the
Dunham School in Baton Rouge. She will be teaching Biology I and Environmental
Science along with working with the girls’ soccer team.

8. Kacy Aycock is the new Counselor for last names A-J. She previously worked at Vinton
Middle School, and she is eager to work with our students in planning their postsecondary endeavors.

9. Hannah Guth, our English I teacher, is the former youth minister at OLQH Church. She
has a B.A. in Theology from the University of Dallas, and she is currently pursuing her
Master’s in Education from McNeese. Ms. Guth is looking forward to sharing her love of
literature with students while infusing our Catholic identity into the curriculum.

10. Jack Vanchiere will be joining us part-time in the English Department. A SLCHS grad,
Jack will be teaching the Dual Enrollment English 101 & 102 classes on campus while
also teaching at McNeese.

11. Erica Barrios will be teaching Spanish I and II. Senora Barrios joins us from ICCS and
has worked closely with our Spanish teachers to ensure alignment of curriculum. As a
mother of two SLCHS students, she is looking forward to seeing her daughters on
campus.

Returning new:
12. Darren Alcock, a math professor at McNeese, will be returning as a part-time teacher this
year to teach Algebra III. Mr. Alcock is excited to be back at SLCHS and is looking
forward to the upcoming year.

13. Kevin Lambert will join us as a permanent member of our faculty. He will continue
teaching Advanced Math, and he will be adding AP World History to his schedule. Mr.
Lambert is excited to continue his journey as a math teacher, and he is ready for the
challenge of World History after his AP Summer Institute training with Rice University.

14. Casey Thompson will be returning to SLCHS after a hiatus of nine years at home with
her children. She will be teaching English I Advanced, and her children, James & Millie,
are excited to have their mom on campus.