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Lent Begins with Mass on Ash Wednesday

February 22, 2023

For centuries, Catholic Christians have marked the beginning of the season of Lent by receiving ash on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday. This tradition has its roots in the Old Testament, where wearing ashes was a common sign of repentance for sins and a sign of one’s humility before God. Since Lent is a season of penitential renewal through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, it’s appropriate that this ancient sign marks the beginning of the season. The ashes themselves are usually made by burning the palm fronds from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. This symbolically connects the beginning of Lent with its end, connecting our change of heart with Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Ashes are usually distributed as part of the Mass on Ash Wednesday, often after the homily. As people approach the priest or other minister, he presses the ashes to their foreheads, and speaks one of two phrases: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” or “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

Mass was celebrated by Father Kyle from St. William Catholic Parish, and assisted by Deacon Mark Fair from St. Vincent de Paul. The Savio Choir and TIM Team assisted with the Mass today.


Inaugural 2023 Mardi Gras Parade Held on Fat Tuesday

February 21, 2023
By Susan Laielli

The inaugural 2023 Mardi Gras Parade was held on Fat Tuesday, February 21 on the grounds of St. Dominic Savio. Students from each House decorated floats representing each month of the year. These floats were designed in high style complete with props, personality, and candy handouts. Judges voted on the best float in front of the Eagles Nest before all students ended up in the gym for a Fat Tuesday balloon competition. 




Savio Students Attend March for Life in Washington, D.C.

February 17, 2023

Nearly 70 St. Dominic Savio students, teachers, staff, and parents took a pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. from January 17-22, despite Roe v. Wade being overturned by the Supreme Court last June.


Savio Students Win 37 Scholastic Art Awards, 11 Gold Key!

February 15, 2023

Savio Art students have been recognized with 37 Scholastic Art Awards!! Of those recognized, 11 pieces received a Gold Key Award which means they are automatically submitted to the National Competition which will be adjudicated in March. For the full list of winners visit:

Justin Brown, Photography

"Twenty Thousand Stories Under the Sea"

Gold Key Award


Kieran Crowley, Painting

“Hard Work Comes in Different Sizes”

Gold Key Award













Iron Eagles Win Multiple Awards

February 15, 2023

Iron Eagle Teams were at KIPP Austin Collegiate all day on January 28 from 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. for a long day of competitions.  Both teams, from the two “Iron Eagles” robotics, Optimus and Prime, advanced to the final and competed together by forming an alliance with a leading team, and the three together took First Place in the tournament!

“Congratulations on a great performance at the League Championship!  You made everyone proud by putting in one of the best overall performances we’ve ever had at the championships – both teams played very well throughout the day, and I would dare say that you both outperformed your alliance captain B.O.T.S. as you combined to win the championship.  Prime also set the league’s scoring record, and both teams won a MAJOR award yesterday (Optimus won the Think Award, and Prime won the Innovate Award), which is the first time that’s happened in a few years!” – Mr. Butler