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Parents of Alumni

You Are Always Part of Sacred Heart

Whether your child(ren) attended SHS recently or several years ago, you will always be considered part of this community. As parents of alumni (PALs), you play an important role in connecting our past, present, and future,  and your continued involvement helps ensure that our school  thrives well into the next century.

The PALs program offers multiple ways to reconnect with old friends, learn about new school initiatives, and stay active within our vibrant community.  From spiritual, enrichment, and service activities, to athletic, arts, and  social events--whatever your interest, the PALs program operates a regular and full schedule each school year. In addition, a quarterly PALs newsletter enables you to stay up-to-date on the latest news and special invitations.

PALs Activities & Events

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  • Volunteerism & Service

    Tutor Future SHP Students
    Tutor young students taking part in the Sophie’s Scholars Program, as they prepare for entry into Sacred Heart Preparatory from St. Francis Center in Redwood City and St. Elizabeth Seton School in Palo Alto. To learn more, please contact
  • Education & Enrichment

    Burgundy & Books
    Former SHS English teacher Connie Solari takes book club enthusiasts on a guided odyssey through literary classics,modern novels, and great discussion over wine in the Main Building Heritage Room, 1st Floor past the Otto Library. Dates for 2018/2019 are:
    Thursday, January 10, 2019 7pm - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
    Thursday, April 11, 2019 7pm
    Past featured books include:

    Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
    All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
    A Month in the Country, J.L. Carr
    My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
    To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    The Underground Railroad,
     Colson Whitehead
    The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
    A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
    Song of Solomon by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison
    Lincoln in the Bardo, George Sauders
    The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky (Author), Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
    The Creat Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

    Common Ground Speaker Series

    SHS is part of the consortia that hosts this lecture series, which features distinguished speakers in education, parenting and health at area school campuses.
  • Spirituality Programs

    TUESDAY'S 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.  Come to the Quiet 
    A weekly morning session of quiet prayer and reflection, led by Kathleen Dolan, RSCJ. Held weekly on Tuesday during the regular school year in Lane Family Chapel, Murphy Administration Building, SHS Lower & Middle Schools campus (Park Lane entrance).

    WEDNESDAY'S 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Sharing Faith: Growing the Inner Life with Sally Vance Trembath.  This is an informal group reflection on the work of spiritual "Giants" and classic works about the interior search for God.  (Replaces Catholics in Dialogue.)

    Dates: Weekly Wednesday’s  when SHS school is in session
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    Place: Marcin Conference Room, located in the Library on Lower & Middle Schools Campus (Park Lane entrance)
    Questions?  Contact
    Please bring your own book

    The group will begin with The Great Mysteries by Andrew Greeley, which is a classic introduction to the notion of mystery. Mystery describes the human capacity to recognize and participate in God's presence.

    Then we will move on to one of the most important spiritual texts of the 20th century: Thomas Merton's Seven Storey Mountain.  This friendly text is a classic that comes out of Merton's discovery of his relationship with God.

    Sally Vance-Trembath earned her doctorate from the University of Notre Dame; she teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara University where she was voted one of the 10 best teachers in 2015.  She is frequently invited to speak to the media about Catholic matters.
    FRIDAY'S MONTHLY 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m SHS Dads' First Friday gathering with current and past parent John Kerrigan.  Meet in the Lane Family Chapel, Lower & Middle Schools campus (Park Lane entrance).
    September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7, February 1, March 1, April 5, and May 3
    This gathering is simple (and based on a 1,900 year old approach called "lectio divina").  It is a more visceral (vs. analytic) reflection on a scripture passage, and includes time for personal and shared prayer, resolution and prayers for others.  No experience necessary, and all faith traditions are welcome!
    SHS Family Mass Series
    Celebrate our shared Catholic faith on Sacred Heart grounds, as we come together in community for liturgy of the Word and SHS fellowship. Family Masses are held in the Ravi Family Assembly Hall located in the Johnson Performing Art Building on the Lower & Middle Schools Campus (Park Lane entramce).
    Saturday, October 27, 4:30 p.m. Feast of Mater
    Saturday December 15, 4:30 p.m. Christmas Liturgy
    Saturday, March 9, 4:30 p.m.
  • Social Events

    PALs Christmas Cocktail Party - Thursday, November 29, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
    Held in conjunction with the Holiday Boutique, PALs across all decades are invited to take part in this SHS tradition, hosted by Director of Schools Richard Dioli and the Office of Alumni and Past Parent Engagement. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and festive shopping are all on the menu!

    SHS Auction Benefit - Saturday, March 30, 2019, 6pm
    A school tradition for nearly four decades, the annual auction night offers something for everyone, from phenomenal dining and dancing to dream vacations, parties, and services donated by the SHS community and auctioned to bidders at live, silent, and super-silent levels. All proceeds go to support SHS students and programs.

PALs Class Representatives

With so many families rooted in the Sacred Heart community for the duration of their children's early academic years--a span that can last up to 15 years per child, preschool through grade 12--it's no wonder that parents of alumni remain among our most ardent school supporters. PALs class reps help keep Gator pride alive, maintaining communication between the school and PALs, promoting events, and keeping the school apprised of alumni news and changing contact information. They help ensure past parent connections and interests are maintained with each other and Sacred Heart Schools. 
The SHP Class of 2018 PALs Cass Reps are Elizabeth Kerrigan and Jeanine Tonas.

To learn more about our PALs Class Reps program, or to volunteer, please email


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Upcoming Events

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  • Come to the Quiet with Sr. Kathy Dolan

    A weekly morning session of quiet prayer and reflection, led by Kathleen Dolan, RSCJ. Held weekly on Tuesday during the regular school year in Lane Family Chapel.
    Murphy Administration Building - Lane Family Chapel - 505
  • Parent Lenten Retreat

    Johnson Performing Arts Center - Ravi Family Assembly Hall - 105
  • Parent Lenten Retreat

    The SHS parent spirituality committee invites you to join us for this year’s Lenten Retreat which we hope will be meaningful for parents of all faiths. The retreat will be an opportunity to explore the process of forgiveness and to reflect on where we can offer or are in need of forgiveness in our own lives.  Reverend Kalisa is the founder and CEO of REACH, a non-governmental organization in Rwanda that leads genocide survivors and perpetrators through a process of forgiveness and reconciliation.  Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served.
    There will be an additional evening session for parents and teens co-hosted by Roddy Cardamone (SHP ’18) and Rev. Philbert Kalisa.  Reverend Kalisa will share inspiring stories of forgiveness and reconciliation from Rwanda.  Roddy Cardamone will share his experience of meeting genocide perpetrators and survivors who have reconciled and the impact that has had on him.  
    Murphy Administration Building - Lane Family Chapel - 505
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Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12