Excerpt from the Idaho Catholic Register, June 7-20, 2019/Vol. 62 No. 5
The Most Rev. Peter F. Christensen made the following appointments effective July 2, 2019: (Recorded here are only those appointments that apply to our Parish. A full list of pastoral assignments is printed in the Idaho Catholic Register, June 7-20, 2019/Vol. 62 No. 5.)
Rev. Ron Wekerle is appointed Pastor at St. John Paul II Parish (Idaho Falls), St. Ann Station (Mud Lake), St. Anthony's Station (Roberts) and as Moderator at Mary Immaculate Parish (St. Anthony), Good Shepherd Station (Driggs), St. Patrick's Chapel (Rexburg) and Chapel of the Pines (Island Park).
Father Ron Wekerle returns to the Diocese of Boise after six years in México where he was parochial administrator at the Divino Niño Jesús, in the Archdiocese of Morelia Michoacán, where he assisted the community in the construction of a new church. Father Wekerle attended Mount Angel Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Tod D. Brown on June 8, 1990, in St. John Cathedral, Boise. He was parochial vicar at St. Mark's (1990-92), and St. John's (1992-95), both in Boise. He was pastor at San Marcos in Cali, Colombia (1995-97) before beginning graduate studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in dogmatic theology, earning a licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1999. Later that year, he was appointed pastor at St. Jerome's in Jerome. Six years later, he was named priest moderator for Immaculate Conception, Buhl, and in 2007 was given the same title at Our Lady of the Snows, Sun Valley. He was reappointed pastor at St. Jerome's in 2005. In his new assignment in Idaho Falls, he replaces Father Raúl Covarrubias who is retiring.
Rev. Hippolytus Ezenwa, SMMM is appointed parochial vicar at St. John Paul II Parish, Idaho Falls...More information about Father Hippolytus Ezenwa, SMMM (Sons of Mary, Mother or Mercy) was not available at press time but will be included in a future issue.
Rev. Carlos Rosero is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. Paul's Parish (Nampa), St. Joseph's (Melba), Our Lady Queen of Heaven (Oreana), Our Lady of Tears (Silver City).
A full list of pastoral assignments is printed in the Idaho Catholic Register, June 7-20, 2019/Vol. 62 No. 5.
Written by Carina VanPelt
As we continue to plan for next year, I want to remind everyone that all financial aid applications are typically due on April 15th. This year, we are offering an extension. Financial aid applications for the 2019-2020 school year are due on May 8, 2019. Everyone wanting to receive financial aid must complete the entire application, with 2018 Tax documents, through FACTS. Anyone who does not complete this application will be expected to pay full tuition price for the 2019-2020 school year, with no exceptions. I will not be doing any individual meetings throughout the summer or in the fall. Financial aid approval and plans will be complete before the end of May 2019. If you need any help, please stop by the office. We are happy to help with this process.
Visit our Tuition and Fees Page to learn more about payment options, or visit the FACTS page directly to learn more about tuition management.
Tuition and Fees
Written by Sarah Atwell
For our Corporal Work of Mercy of Drink for the Thirsty, the first grade is currently doing a baby formula drive to donate to the Ruth House Women's Shelter in Idaho Falls.
According to shelterlistings.org, "The Ruth House is a woman’s shelter of the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission which provides emergency, permanent and transitional housing services to adult females 18 years of age and older and women with children."
Donations will be collected at the school and will be delivered the Ruth House at the end of the month.
Students spread the word around school with a collection of handmade posters.
This afternoon Holy Rosary School was in a Shelter in Place condition. During lunch recess Bonneville County police asked the teachers on duty to take all students inside and to Shelter in Place. At this time, the Bonneville County Police report that the situation has been resolved and the Shelter in Place condition has been lifted. We do not have further details on the situation as the Police Department is unable to provide those details. All staff and students did as they have been trained and did a great job. We thank the Bonneville County Police Department for keeping us safe.
Please note that there is a Red Flag pick up this afternoon. This is due to the Piano Recital that is scheduled for this afternoon.
Written by Karianne Earnest
The students in Kindergarten are participating in a reading incentive program with Heifer International, called Read To Feed. Throughout this program, the students will be reading and learning about global poverty. Please check out the Read To Feed website and share this information with your friends and family. Thank you for helping us make a difference. The Read to Feed fundraising period is from now until March 29th.
Written by Leona Kelly
Holy Rosary students will be attending Mass tomorrow for Ash Wednesday, at which time ashes will be administered as a visible symbol of penance. All are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year's palm Sunday Mass. St. John Paul II's Deacon Chris joined us at school on Monday this week, to burn the blessed palms for this year's ashes.
Ashes will be distributed at the following times:
There are many words floating around this time of year that may seem unfamiliar, especially if you are not Catholic, or are new to the faith; things like Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrovetide, Ash Wednesday, etc. So, what do they all mean?
"Beginning with the Easter Triduum* as its source of light, the new age of the Resurrection fills the whole liturgical year with its brilliance. Gradually on either side of this source, the year is transfigured by the liturgy. (CCC 1168) Therefore Easter is not simply one feast among others, but the "Feast of feasts," the "Solemnity of solemnities," just as the Eucharist is the "Sacrament of sacraments." (CCC 1169) (*The Easter Triduum includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday). With this definition, it is easy to see that Easter is revered as the most important Christian holiday.
Just as Advent is the season leading up to the birth of Jesus on Christmas, Lent is the 40-day period leading up to the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter. This season begins on Ash Wednesday and is a time of penance, marked by praying, fasting, abstinence, and other acts of penance.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is not a holy day of obligation, but it is strongly encouraged that you attend Mass on this day (March 6, this year). Fasting and abstinence are obligatory on this day. The ashes we receive remind us that our bodies will one day return to ash. This visible reminder helps up enter prayerfully into the season of Lent.
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday and Shrovetide are all words for the final celebration before Ash Wednesday. They are a time of feasting, when Christians in times past traditionally would use up their milk, eggs, and sugar before assuming the simplified diet and fasting of Lent. At Holy Rosary we observe this tradition with a Shrove Dinner served by our local Knights of Columbus, in conjunction with our annual Science Fair.
Want to join us for our Shrove Dinner and to see the great work our students have done for the Science Fair? Click here to learn more:
From our Faith Formation Director:
Are you looking for a family formation activity this Lent? Sign up for the Lenten Adventure at holyheroes.com for fun videos and activities delivered to your inbox every day!
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Written by Leona Kelly
In honor of St. Valentine's Day, we celebrated with a breakfast for students and their families. Following breakfast, students could participate in a scavenger hunt to learn more about the life of St. Valentine. There were many families in attendance and it was a great way to start the day. Check out our gallery below to see some of those who attended. St. Valentine, pray for us!
Written by Carina VanPelt and Leona Kelly
Happy Catholic Schools Week! Did you know that there has never been an America without Catholic Education? Catholic Schools existed for almost 200 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed. From the beginning, the Catholic Church championed the cause to make education available to everyone, not just the nobility. (Dynamic Catholic and Archdiocese of Cincinnatti, 2015)
Today, Catholic Schools continue to provide a high-quality education to all students. The mission of Catholic School goes well beyond academics. In Matthew 28:19-20 it says, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations." In addition to providing a high-quality education, the mission of a Catholic School is to form disciples - to teach students to know Jesus, to love Jesus, to follow Jesus, and to serve Jesus. (Dynamic Catholic and Archdiocese of Cincinnatti, 2015)
For almost 100 years, Holy Rosary has been able to provide the students in the greater Idaho Falls community with a high-quality Catholic education. We are blessed with amazing teachers, staff, parents, and students.
This week we celebrate our Catholic Schools. We kicked off our celebration on Friday, January 25, with a carnival. There were hot dogs and chips for dinner, and an ice cream bar, in the cafeteria. Upstairs, the gym was filled with carnival games from Gaga Ball, to a Cookie walk, to the Ring Toss.
During Mass this weekend, parents gave talks at the Pulpit, about their experience with our school. Our choir also sang for the 10 AM Mass.
First thing this morning, we held an awards ceremony honoring the hard work of our students. Our local Knights of Columbus Council presented Holy Rosary with a Papal Flag, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and awarded certificates to 6th Grade students who participated in their writing contest. Awards were also given for Holy Readers, Attendance, Millionaire and Multi-millionaire Readers, GRIT, Academic Achievement, and GREAT.
We look forward to a week of celebration honoring Catholic Schools. Here's what you can participate in:
Please pray for your parish school during this Catholic Schools Week. We will be praying in thanksgiving for your love and support. God Bless!
Dynamic Catholic and Archdiocese of Cincinnatti. (2015). Teach Lead Serve: The Ministry of Teaching. Erlanger: Dynamic Catholic Institute.
Registration for returning students is open. The intent-to-return form was sent home in the family folder. If you haven't received your folder or didn't get a chance to look at it yet, you can click below to download the form, fill it out and bring to school.
Registration will open to the public on February 7.
We're so excited to have your children at our school!
Written by Jillian Mock
Third Grade would like to announce our Corporal Work of Mercy: Shelter the Homeless
Many do not have homes, warm beds, or consistent meals, and that includes animals! To bring joy into the lives of homeless pets, we will be partnering with Snake River Animal Shelter to collect supplies for those waiting for adoption. Just a few points to remember:
On December 4, representatives from Snake River Animal Shelter addressed an assembly at Holy Rosary Catholic School. All donations from the 3rd Grade pet supply drive will go to animals awaiting adoption at Snake River Animal Shelter.
Holy Rosary Catholic School
161 9th St
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
Phone: (208) 522-7781
Fax: (208) 522-7782
Email: To reach a specific person, by email, click here
School Year Hours
Mon-Fri 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
National Catholic Educational Association
Western Catholic Educational Association
Reading & Language Resources
St. John Paul II Parish
Diocese of Boise
Enrollment is now open for the 2018-19 school year. Call (208) 522-7781, or click here, for more information.