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A Message from the Principal

Ending and Beginning Seasons at Savio

June 22, 2022
By Enrique Garcia

Dear Savio Families,

Greetings and salutations! I hope you and your families are doing well and enjoying your summer.

First and foremost, my thanks go out to our students, families, faculty, staff, and coaches for your commitment of time, talent, and treasure to Savio this year. Thanks to your efforts to form the hearts, minds, bodies, and souls of our students, the 2021-2022 school year was a great first step toward recovery following COVID the year before. As a result of everyone’s hard work, much of what we missed during COVID returned to life at Savio.

By the grace of God, as a community of faith and learning, we did not become weary of doing good and because persevered, we sowed generously, and at the end of the school year, we reaped a bountiful harvest. This harvest culminated with the graduation of Savio’s Class of 2022, for whom we pray for as they begin new chapters in their life stories. Moreover, the seeds of a Savio education also bore fruit in the form of the ordination of our first alumnus priest, Fr. Jakob Hurlimann, Class of 2013. We are humbled to know that Savio contributed to Fr. Jakob’s formation, and we are filled with joy because Fr. Jakob has completed one leg of spiritual journey and now begins another. Please keep him in your prayers.

For everything, there is a season, and now, looking ahead to the 2022-2023 school year, we begin the season of plowing and resowing, pruning and tilling. We prepare for continued cultivation and growth of life at Savio. Filled with hope, faith, love, and joy we plan for the coming school year, with the promise of an even more abundant harvest to come.

The summer is also a time to rest and recoup, a chance for our students, faculty, staff, and coaches to set aside the demands of teaching and learning and spend time with friends and family. It is a season to rest in God, to rest from our works, to lay in green pastures or besides still waters and let God renew our souls.

Please note that our office will be closed from July 1 to July 19 and will reopen on July 20. On behalf of the Savio administration, we hope you and your families have a safe, restful, and blessed summer, and we look forward to seeing you in August.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay strong, Savio! And remember, every day is a great day to be an Eagle!

Blessings,

Dr. Garcia

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. –Philippians 2:3-4

 

 

Savio has it's First Priest

June 13, 2022
By Dr. Enrique Garcia

Eagles,

It is with immense joy that St. Dominic Savio celebrates the ordination of its first alumnus priest. On Saturday, June 11, Deacon Jakob Hurlimann (Class of 2013) was ordained to the sacred order of priesthood. Fr. Jakob had the special blessing of being ordained at St. Vincent de Paul, his home parish. The ordination was attended by several members of Holy Family Catholic School and St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School, both of which Fr. Jakob attended.

On Saturday, June 12, Fr. Jakob celebrated his first Mass, also at St. Vincent de Paul. The Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Tom Reitmeyer, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and Bishop Daniel Garcia, founding pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, who also gave the Homily in honor of Fr. Jakob's first Mass. 


Congratulations Fr. Jakob Hurlimann

 

Fr. Jakob Hurlimann, Savio Class of 2013

Before Fr. Jakob's final blessing, Fr. Tom presented him with a framed painting of St. Vincent de Paul. Fr. Jakob also announced that he has been assigned to St. Mary's Cathedral in downtown Austin. Being so close in proximity in Austin, we look forward to inviting Fr. Jakob to celebrate Mass with us in the coming school year. 

Please join me in prayer for Fr. Jakob: 


Gracious and loving God, we thank You for the gift of Fr. Jakob.
Through him, may we experience Your presence in the sacraments.
Help Fr. Jakob to be strong as he begins his vocation.
Set his soul on fire with love for Your people. 
Grant him the wisdom, understanding, and strength
he needs to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. 
Inspire him with the vision of Your Kingdom. 
Give him the words he needs to spread the Gospel. 
Allow him to experience joy in his ministry. 
Help him to become an instrument of Your divine grace. 
We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.
Amen.

On behalf of the St. Dominic Savio community, congratulations to Fr. Jakob. Christ has made him His own forever. Me we keep him and his fellow priests ever in our prayers. 

Blessings, 

Dr. Garcia

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. –Philippians 2:3-4

 

 

Savio Summer Sizzles

June 10, 2022
By Dr. Enrique Garcia

Eagles, 

Greetings and salutations. I hope you and your families are doing well, staying safe and healthy, and keeping cool in this extremely hot weather we've been having. However, the weather isn't the only sizzling situation going on right now. Savio's summer is sizzling right along with a variety of camps and activities that have kept our facilities buzzing with goings on. 

Currently, the incoming Freshmen and their parents are meeting with Mr. Goertz and Mrs. Bologna to set up their class schedules. This process will continue through next week. Meanwhile, DECATS just closed out the first week of its three-week camp on the Savio campus. Additionally, Savio's Iron Eagles traveled to San Antonio for TAPPSCON. Moreover, Savio Art Teacher, Celeste Robbins, is holding the Things with Wings art camp. Last, but certainly not least, Savio hosted the first of its elementary and middle school All Sports Camp

That is not all. Savio's summer will overflow with Savio Goodness throughout the months of June and July with sports camps for students of all ages. Savio elementary and middle school summer camps include: 

Savio Elementary & Middle School Summer Camps

  • June 13-17: Savio Soccer Camp for 1st-8th Grade Students
  • June 20-24: Middle School Dance Camp (ages 9-13)
  • June 27-June 30: Savio Multisport Camp for 1st-8th Grade Students
  • July 11-15: Savio Basketball Camp for 1st-8th Grade Students
  • July 18-22: Savio Multisport Camp for 1st-8th Grade Students
  • July 25-29 - Savio Multisport Camp for 1st-8th Grade Students

Meanwhile, Savio will also host several high school camps:

Savio High School Summer Camps

  • High School Summer Strength & Conditioning
  • June 6-9: HS Girls Basketball Team Camp 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • June 16-18: HS Volleyball Team Camp 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • June 16,17 and 20-22: Football Team Camp  10:00 am - 12:30 pm (after Strength and Conditioning)
  • June 20-24: HS Swim Team Camp 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at St. Stephen's poo
  • July 5-8: Savio Boys Basketball Team Camp 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • August 1-5: Savio HS Team Soccer Camp 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration information for all camps is available at: Savio Summere Camps. Questions about Savio Summer Camps can be directed to Louise Swain, Savio Athletic Director at swain@saviochs.org

As you can see, there is a lot going on at Savio, helping many young student athletes enjoy some great summer camps. I hope you and your families are enjoying your summer activities. However, if you are looking for some summer fun, consider Savio's Summer Camps. 

In addition to staying healthy, safe, and strong, be sure to stay cool and stay hydrated. Have an amazing summer, Savio, and remember, every day is a great day to be an Eagle

Blessings, 

Dr. Garcia

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. –Philippians 2:3-4

 
 

 

 

Pray for Our Students for Final Exams

May 27, 2022
By Dr. Enrique Garcia

Eagles, 

Happy Sunday, and happy Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. We are in the final stretch of the school year. I hope you and your families are doing well and that you enjoyed a restful and blessed three-day weekend. 

Last week, our Seniors had their final Exposition and Savio Mass, passed the light of leadership on to the Junior Class, and they had their last day on campus. Now, Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation await them at the end of their Savio Story. Keep them in your prayers.

Seniors may be done, but the rest of our Savio students are poised to begin Finals Week. Finals Week is the last chapter of the 2021-2022 school year for our Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen, and it is the last chance for Savio students to show what they know. Please join in praying for our students as they prepare for Finals Week: 


Prayer for Preparation to Study

 

Lord, we know you are with our students and love them.
Give them peace of mind as they prepare for this time of study.
Help them to focus on their books and notes.
Keep them from all distractions so that they will make the best use
of this time that is available to them.
Give them insight that they might understand what they are studying, and help them to remember it when the time comes.
Above all, we thank You for giving them the ability to be able to study and for the many gifts and talents you have given them.
Help them always to use them in such a way,
that they honor you and do justice to themselves.  Amen

 

- Adapted from a Salesian Prayer


That is all for now, Eagles. Thank you in advance for your support and prayers for our students during Finals Week. I hope you have a great week. Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay strong, Savio! And remember, every day is a great day to be an Eagle!

Blessings, 

Dr. Garcia

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. –Philippians 2:3-4

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