Time to register for 2019 Shamrock Hill Run!

Get an early start on Roanoke’s and join our 29th annual Shamrock Hill Run! Our popular 5K chip-timed race (and 1-Mile Walk/Run) starts at 8:30 a.m., finishing in plenty of time for you to walk downtown for the 11 a.m. parade start! Free and convenient parking at the school.

RCS families enjoy a $5 discount by using promo code RCS19.

• $25 Early registration (until 11:59 pm on Feb. 15)
• $30 Late registration (Feb. 16-March 1)
• $35 (after March 1)

For more information contact Michael Hemphill at mhemphill@roanokecatholic.com or 540.556.2879.

Age Groups: 9 & under | 10 – 13 | 14 – 17 | 18 – 22 | 23 – 29 | 30 – 34 | 35 – 39 | 40 – 44 | 45 – 49 | 50 – 54 | 55 – 59 | 60 – 64 | 65 – 69 | 70 & over

Packets may be picked up in the Roanoke Catholic School Gillespie Family Gymnasium on Friday, March 15, 4-7 pm, or on Race Day, 7-8 am.

Educating the whole person. Part 3: The Soul

While we value the education of the mind and body, it is our students’ “soul work,” in the words of chaplain Fr. Matt Kiehl, that is at the heart of Roanoke Catholic’s mission: blending learning with faith and faith with daily life.

In addition to our daily theology classes, weekly Masses, monthly Adoration, and time with Prayer Buddies, in the last month alone:

  • Our Lower School conducted three Advent Prayer Services.
  • RCS Dance Club performed for elderly residents living in Our Lady of the Valley.
  • Celtics students, alumni and parents sang Christmas carols during RCS chef Peter Radjou’s annual holiday feast for 250 homeless served by The Rescue Mission.
  • Lower School SGA collected school supplies for Commonwealth Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigration Services to help children arriving in the Roanoke Valley who lack the necessities to attend school.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes met before school to make hundreds of sandwiches for Roanoke’s homeless.
  • We presented 10 students with our new “Jesus Walks the Halls Kindness Awards” for their acts of service.

Yes, we are committed to our students being successful in the classroom and on the field, court and stage. But more importantly we want them successful in life, with Christ-like character and conscience — in short, with a developed soul, so that they stronger servants and leaders in our world.

If you believe in our mission of developing the mind, body and soul, please make a year-end gift to Roanoke Catholic School. We hope you are enjoying a wonderful, soulful, Christmas season!

Friday, Dec. 28: The Mind
Saturday, Dec. 29: The Soul


Educating the whole person. Part 2: The Body

The Celtics’ third consecutive football state championship in November highlights Roanoke Catholic’s commitment to nurturing the whole student: mind, body and soul.

More than 80% of our middle and upper school students participate on at least one of our sports teams: from our conference-winning track and cross-country program to volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, golf, swim and cheer.

Nurturing our students’ artistic gifts, our drama program offered its first fall production this year and is excited to present Oliver in the spring. Our choir and band just produced RCS’ second annual Lessons & Carols service, and the choir looks forward to touring in May on a trip that includes performing at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

Our campus “body” will see major upgrades this year, too. We recently secured funding through a generous contribution to replace the bleachers in the Gillespie Family gymnasium — a $115,000 project. This Christmas break we installed new hardwood flooring in our chapel to enhance the space for prayerful reflection, Eucharistic adoration and confession.

As we near the end of 2018, please make a tax-deductible gift in support of Roanoke Catholic to ensure our students’ success both in the classroom and on the field, court and stage.


Friday, Dec. 28: The Mind
Coming Sunday, Dec. 30: The Soul


Educating the whole person. Part 1: The Mind

As we near the end of 2018, we take a moment — three moments, actually, today, Saturday and Sunday — to reflect on our fundamental task: the education of the whole person … mind, body and soul.

This year we hired full-time resource teachers who specialize in assisting students with learning differences. We will also soon add another full-time teaching assistant in 1st grade.

We enhanced our AP and dual enrollment offerings — which provide valuable college credits for our students while still in high school (many of our graduates actually start college as sophomores) — with the launch of an Entrepreneurial Studies Program through Mary Baldwin University. Next year we will add Broadcast Journalism, also through Mary Baldwin.

The Class of 2018 continued our standard of 100% college acceptance with $3+ million scholarships earned, and the Class of 2019 has already received acceptances to Virginia Tech, Washington & Lee, Roanoke College and Hampden-Sydney.

Thanks to our generous community of donors, we provided tuition assistance this year for more than 40% of our families so that all who desire our faith-based educational environment for their children can afford it.

All this by focusing on individual achievement, critical thinking, intellectual exploration and creative expression —  not unnecessarily stressful standardized testing.

Please make a year-end tax-deductible gift in support of strong Catholic education in the Roanoke Valley!

Coming Saturday, Dec. 29: The Body

Coming Sunday, Dec. 30: The Soul


Merry Christmas video from Roanoke Catholic

“Good King Wenceslas” tells the story of a king who, by his words and actions, leads his page through a wintry night to bring food and alms to a poor subject. The lyrics call to mind our teachers and staff who daily model to our students our mission of “blending learning with faith and faith with daily life.”

This year we concluded our Lessons & Carols service in St. Andrew’s Catholic Church with “Good King Wenceslas” — our student choir singing the part of the page, and our faculty singing the part of the king.

Roanoke Catholic School hopes you find blessing in this video, and we wish you a joyous Christmas season!



Support our school supplies drive for refugee children

Help others be wise … bring in school supplies! RCS Lower School Student Government Association is collecting school supplies for Commonwealth Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigration Services. Help us help children who are arriving in the Roanoke Valley without the necessities to attend school. Please bring in new items from the list below. Items should be brought to Mrs. Schlesser, Rm M119, no later than December 14. Thank you!

New School Supplies:

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • 2 inch binders
  • Composition notebooks
  • Lysol/Clorox wipes
  • Ziploc bags
  • Sticky Notes
  • Rulers
  • Calculators

Order your 2018 State Champ gear!

Celebrate Roanoke Catholic’s 2018 football state championship — and show your Celtic Pride — by purchasing a commemorative State Champion T-shirt and hat! T-shirts are $20/adult, $15/youth. Hats are $25.

These items are available for a limited time only and make great Christmas stocking stuffers for the special Celtic in your life! Order forms are due to Joe Sweeney by Monday, Dec. 3.



Celebrate Christmas at RCS Lessons & Carols

All are invited to Roanoke Catholic School’s “Lessons & Carols” service on Sunday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m., at Our Lady of Nazareth, or Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.

This free hour-long performance featuring the school’s Celtic Singers and Band celebrates in Word and song the Advent season and the coming of our Savior. The Dec. 12 service at St. Andrew’s will also feature Roanoke Catholic’s PreK-Grade 7 students.

Contact Michael Hemphill for more information: mhemphill@roanokecatholic.com, 540.556.2879.

It’s a Celtics three-peat!

Tonight Roanoke Catholic captured our third consecutive VISAA Div. III state title with a 61-8 victory over the Fuqua Falcons.

This marks the fifth straight state championship game played by our seniors dating to their 8th grade year when the Celtics began their stellar run under Coach Bob Price by beating Fuqua 24-20 for the 2014 title. Since then, RCS has amassed a 41-3 record and ends this season riding a 31-game winning streak.

Please join us in congratulating this outstanding group of young men and our coaches for the service, class, hard work and dedication they have exhibited through the years on and off the field.

Forever Celtics!

Great online reading resource created by RCS English teacher

Roanoke Catholic English teacher Meredith Harper has created a phenomenal online resource to help parents as they read with their children at home. Featuring easy-to-follow instructional videos in both English and Spanish, Reading for Parents explains your child’s reading level and provides strategies on how to approach reading with your children!

“On-grade-level reading is essential to school success,” says Mrs. Harper. “If we all work together, we are going to see amazing progress!” Mrs. Harper may be reached at mharper@roanokecatholic.com.