Spirit Night

Tuesday, May 8, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Russo’s New York Pizzeria
                  2233 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
                  Clearwater, Florida 33765
15% of Spirit Night Proceeds will be donated to our school. Download flyer to present at time of purchase here.

Family Fun Time

Monday, April 30, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Please be our guest and join us for an adventurous morning filled with story time, activities, crafts and songs. Have fun with your child and make new friends. We look forward to seeing you.

Francesca Marsalisi, Alumni Class of 2014

Espiritu had a very special visitor recently. Francesca Marsalisi stopped by to reminisce and let us know about her future plans to attend the University of Central Florida where she will be studying Biology following her graduation this year from Clearwater Central Catholic. She is pictured above receiving one of our new Espiritu Santo Alumni t-shirts.

Mrs. Penn Reunites With Alumni

University Of North Florida
Mrs. Penn recently surprised former alumni with a wonderful night out when she visited them at the University of North Florida. The group had a spectacular dinner at Maggiano’s Restaurant and caught up on the latest happenings in their lives.
Alumni Pictured: Jonathan Ishman (2013), Nina Ferguson (2013), Stephanie Fries (2012)

Making A Difference

Annual Award Winners Announced
This year the HSA is proud to announce two, new annual awards for members of our community: The Spirit of Service Award and The Legacy of Service Award.
The HSA Spirit of Service Award is given to an ESCS parent/guardian whose tireless contributions to our school and church have helped to make ESCS a place where Christ is seen and heard. This award is in recognition of their outstanding service to our community this year. The 2017-18 recipient is Camelia Besecker.
The second award, the HSA Legacy of Service Award, is given to an ESCS parent(s)/guardian(s) whose active and continuous service to ESCS has touched many facets of our school life and has done so in such a significant way as to indelibly mark our community. Eligible recipients must have their youngest child in their eighth grade year at ESCS or are moving prior to such graduation. This year’s Legacy of Service Award recipients are Stacie Dunphy and Sarah Krueger.
The award recipients will be recognized on permanent plaques inside ESCS.

Emily Spaulding: ESCS Alumni, Class Of 2013

Please join us in congratulating Emily Spaulding who will be interning this summer at Harvard Law School. Emily graduated last year from Clearwater Central Catholic and is currently a freshman at Wellesley College. She will be working at the Legal Services Center where legal assistance is given to low and moderate income Bostonians. We are extremely proud of her accomplishment and wish her continued success.

Nate Nammour: ESCS Alumni, Class Of 2010 To Compete In 2020 Olympic Games

Nate Nammour has had a hand in setting six Belmont University track and field records in just two years running for the Bruins. Now the sprinter can add a national record to his résumé.
Shortly after signing an agreement with the Lebanese Olympic Committee that will allow him to compete internationally for Lebanon, Nammour broke the country’s record in the 400-meter run this past Friday.
Nammour, who is from Tampa, Fla., but whose father Elias was born in Lebanon, holds dual citizenship in the small nation in Western Asia as well as in the United States. He will begin competition for Lebanon later this year and train with the goal of representing the country at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“I am so humbled and grateful to the Lebanese Olympic Committee for giving me this opportunity,” said Nammour, a Belmont junior. “Lebanon is my second home, it’s my father’s homeland and we have many family members who still reside there. I’ll do all I can to make the Lebanese people proud as I continue my running career.”
In just his second track meet following the finalization of the international agreement, Nammour ran a time of 47.85 seconds in the 400 at last week’s Governors Invitational hosted by Austin Peay State University. The finish not only earned him first in the race and gave him the best time in the Ohio Valley Conference this season, but it marked the first time a Lebanese national athlete has broken the 48-second barrier in the event.
The previous national record was 48.08, a time run by Mohamad Siraj Tamim in 2013.
“We heard about Nathan a few months ago and we did not hesitate to contact him,” said Ali Hazer, manager of the Lebanese National Track and Field Team. “We were so excited to sign an athlete like him for Lebanon. We believe that this is just the beginning for him. He has the talent to run 45 in the future. We are very proud of him and look forward to seeing him in the Lebanese jersey.”
Nammour’s best time in the 400 is actually 47.07, though that came during the 2017 outdoor season before his signing with Lebanon and was therefore ineligible for the national record.
That mark is one of four individual Belmont records owned by Nammour. He has also run Belmont’s top indoor time in the 400 as well as the quickest time for both the indoor and outdoor 200 meters. The sprinter was also part of record 4×400-meter relay teams on the indoor and outdoor tracks.
Nammour is expected to make his Lebanese national debut in June at the Mediterranean games in Tarragona, Spain, following the conclusion of Belmont’s spring outdoor season.
“All my success that I’ve had at Belmont, everything that comes from that will carry over for Lebanon when I start running internationally this summer,” Nammour said. “I’ve still got a lot to improve on to get to NCAA regionals and nationals and it still hasn’t really hit me yet.”

Kariana Sanchez: ESCS Alumni, Class Of 2009

If you are traveling to North Carolina later this summer please stop by and watch Espiritu alumni Kariana Sanchez perform in two upcoming plays My Way (Friday, July 13 – Wednesday, July 18) and In the Heights (Tuesday, July 31 – Sunday, August 5) atLees McRae College. Kariana graduated in 2009 from ESCS, and attended Countryside High School. She then went on to study at FSU where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Theater in 2017.  She is currently living in New York and going to auditions while pursuing her dream of acting.

Further Performance Details Are Available By Clicking Here

Helping Hands: 168,696 Meals Packaged

A sincere thanks to our Helping Hands Ministry Team, and especially to all the meal packing volunteers and workers who came together on Saturday, March 17, 2018 to share their time and talent in support of our eighth Espiritu Santo Helping Hands meal packaging. Together, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Rise Against Hunger, we were able to package another 20,088 Fortified Rice-Soy Meals to be shipped to Burkina Faso, in Africa.
Your involvement in this Ministry helped feed our poor neighbors overseas and participated in helping to reduce global poverty. And the Good News is that over the past decade, the number of hungry people around the world has declined by more than 100 million.
In addition, your efforts also support CRS programs that assist people in Burkina Faso to develop skills so they can become economically independent. Those receiving the meals we packaged will learn new ways to earn an income through basic skills taught by CRS, such as how to grow a garden, make clothing or raise poultry.
The success of this Helping Hands ministry depends on committed volunteers, dedicated to living out the gospel message of feeding the poor and hungry. However, funding for this ministry is completely from donations, which are tax deductible.
Thanks again to all our generous benefactors and committed volunteers. Please pray that this outreach ministry will continue to bear much fruit in helping to build God’s Kingdom. And may our welcoming community of Espiritu Santo Church and School always be a true blessing to those in need.
If you are interested in helping this ministry donations may be made by clicking here.