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February 2, 2023

Hello Steve, Enjoy our Saints News! 

Whether you’re active with your Christian faith or have no Christian faith, do you ever feel your spirit (or soul) is stuck? Burned out? Indifferent? Hard?


Jesus put it this way – Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.


The past few days this was our focus through Soul Care Week 2023. Please applaud Melinda Carlson (Director of Christian Life/Theology) and Ashley Nock (Theology) who created a week for our students full of rich and historic spiritual practices designed to help students:

·     Connect with the source of life – God

·     Integrate mind, body, and heart

·     Trust and release what they’re not meant to carry

·     Savor the beauty and the Giver of all good things

·     Know they are loved by God

·     Experience transformation

Students were able to choose four spiritual practices from a list of seven which included: Art Reflection, Lament/Praise, Noticing Nature, Service Letters, Silence and Solitude, Visual Reflection, and Yoga/Christian Meditation. Each of these practices used a passage of Holy Scripture to frame the practice. 


So let’s go back to my first question. Whether you’re active with your Christian faith or have no Christian faith, do you ever feel your spirit (or soul) is stuck? Burned out? Indifferent? Hard?


I have two ideas for you.

First, at a time when that was true for me, a little book called Sacred Pathways was a huge help. The author reminded me that similar to what we’re doing with Soul Care Week, there are many ‘pathways’ which allow us to grow close to God (and to His son, Jesus). Second, reach out to Melinda Carlson, our Director of Christian Life ( She is here for students, parents, and all members of the VCHS family, especially to walk alongside them on their spiritual journeys. 

If you’re stuck, burned out, indifferent, hard, or anything else, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as we sometimes make it. Turn to Jesus, who simply said, ‘Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life…and learn to live freely and lightly.’ 

Steve O'Neil

Head of School


Hats Off to Holly Knauf For Her

Third Place

Voice of Democracy Essay!

Unbeknownst to her, Holly was greeted at her NHS meeting this morning by local veterans from VFW Post 10721, p

resenting her the

2022-2023 award along with a check.

The local program rewards students for promoting patriotism and citizenship!

Click here to read Holly's essay

Congratulations VCHS mom

and Staff Member,

Lorena Martinez Sanchez

for being highlighted in the

Colorado Mountain College

Student Spotlight

Lorena's determination to fulfill her dream of a college education pays off for herself and for her children, Daisy, Jesus and Delilah. Click here to read her story (spotlight is on page 10).

Way to go Lorena!



Saints defeat Clear Creek Gold Diggers 60-34 last Tuesday

Click here for the Vail Daily Article

Saints defeat Plateau Valley 51-45 on Saturday

Lady Saints defeat Gold Creek 48-6 last Tuesday

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Saint, Lindsey Whitton '24 places 3rd and John McAbee '24 places 27th in a Colorado High School League race at Maloit Park on Saturday.

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Candy Grams go on sale February 6th. Click here to order.

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Your Invited to our February Meeting


February 8th

5:30 pm

Senior Lounge | Academic Building

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The second priority deadline for Shoulder-to-Shoulder's 2023 programs is February 24, 2023.

As a partner school, students have access to a tuition discount, financial aid, and priority admissions. Programs are filling quickly, so Apply today to reserve your space.

All programs allow students to learn about ethical leadership while working alongside trusted partners and being immersed in the communities they serve. Community service hours are available for all programs. You can download a flyer of all their programs here..  


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