April 2019 Newsletter

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First Communion and Confirmation Blessings
Easter Blessings to all of our students who are receiving 
First Holy Communion and Confirmation this month.
Please pray for them and their families during this 
important time in their faith lives!
Beyond Sunday
Federation of Catholic Schools Receives $50,000 Beyond Sunday Transformational Innovation Grant 

The Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri has announced that our North County Deanery Federation of Catholic Schools will receive a $50,000 Beyond Sunday Grant for the 2019-20 school year in support of our collaboration to embrace the gift of cultural, racial, religious and economic diversity in our schools and parishes.  Read more about the grant program and this year's recipients on the Roman Catholic Foundation's website.

Embracing diversity has been an area of responsibility for the Federation of Catholic Schools since it began in 2010. In September 2018, pastors and principals of the Federation formed a committee to explore ways our schools and parishes can collaborate in the area of Diversity and Inclusion, which resulted in the Beyond Sunday grant application.  The project calls for a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant to work with Core Teams all the schools of the Federation in the 2019-20 school year to develop specific Diversity & Inclusion Plans and provide best practices and resources for responding to the needs of a diverse community in the context of the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church.  This grant enables the Federation to leverage outside resources to place a focus on the important work of Diversity & Inclusion in our North County community. Stay tuned for more details as the committee continues its work!

Beyond Sunday grants have benefitted our North County schools each year since they began with the 2017-18 school year, when the Federation received a $100,000 grant for each of the 10 schools to have a set of Chromebooks and at least one Google Certified Educator to serve as the schools' technology coordinator.  Among many other uses, middle school students have used the Chromebooks to sharpen basic math skills using programs such as Xtramath.  In 2018-19 the Office of Catholic Education and Formation's Department of Special Education received a $75,000 Beyond Sunday Grant to expand a program that provides access to a Speech Language Pathologist and School Counselor on-site at each school for early intervention special education services.  For 2019-20, Holy Spirit School also received a $17,000 Beyond Sunday Academic Capacity Enhancement Grant for a new STREAM Lab (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts & Math). 


Spread the Word - Now Enrolling for 2019-20!
Now Enrolling 2019-20Our schools are now accepting applications for enrollment for the 2019-20 school year.  If you know of a family member or friend in search of a school for their children in preschool through high school, encourage them to visit their neighborhood Catholic school!


Give STL Day May 1

Give STL Day is Wednesday, May 1st!

The St. Louis Community Foundation is gearing up to promote Give STL Day again this year on May 1st! The following Catholic schools in North County are participating - please help them out by making a donation and/or sharing their profiles with your social media networks on Wednesday!  Matching gift funds are available and donors have chances to win drawings for tickets to sporting events. 
Click the links below to each participating school's Give STL Day profile - advance scheduled donations are also accepted! 
 



Upcoming Events at North County Deanery Parishes 

Our Catholic parish communities in North County offer many opportunities each month for faith formation and fun and fellowship.   Below are a few examples - check for details in the weekly parish bulletins.

Padre Pio and I
SPECIAL EVENT AT ST. FERDINAND PARISH (1765 Charbonier, Florissant) - PADRE PIO AND I - PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OF ADOLFO AFFATATO WITH SAINT PADRE PIO

Next Friday, May 3rd at 7:00pm, we have the honor of hosting a once in a lifetime experience. Adolfo Affatato will be speaking in church about his personal experiences and knowledge of St. Padre Pio. At the age of 16, Adolfo was called by name out of a crowd of men by Padre Pio. He had never met Padre Pio before and he became a "spiritual son" of Padre Pio. He is one of the last people alive who personally knew Padre Pio.

If you are not familiar with Padre Pio, he worked many miracles in his lifetime, and he bore the marks (stigmata) of the wounds Christ suffered during his crucifixion.

CLICK HERE to watch a short video from Mike Roberts (former KSDKMeteorologist) regarding Adolfo's visit.
 

This is a presentation you will be talking about for many years to come. Please join us as we learn about the life of Padre Pio from Adolfo's personal experiences.

COMMUNITY AND PARISH FESTIVALS


JOB OPPORTUNITY

St. Martin de Porres in Hazelwood is currently looking for a part-time parish office secretary to work Monday through Friday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm.   Applicants should be friendly and outgoing with basic computer skills.  Applicants must be proficient in Microsoft Office.  To apply, please send a copy of your resume to Fr. Lijo Kallarackal at frlijostmartin@gmail.com.


ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL

It's time for the Annual Catholic Appeal in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  Thanks to all who generously give to share God's good gifts with all! Check out some inspiring stories about the impact the ACA has in the community by clicking the banner below.  Our own Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School was featured in one of this year's videos!

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Spread the Word! Follow our Schools and Parishes on Facebook

Many of our Federation schools and parishes are becoming more active on social media, especially Facebook.  Please consider "Liking" these pages on Facebook and sharing their posts when something may be of interest to your network! By "Liking" and "Following" you can also catch a glimpse of the many great academic programs and service opportunities that our Catholic school students engage in throughout their days!

Think about why you choose (or chose if you have alumni) a Catholic school for your children. Share your thoughts on social media or simply in conversation with friends and family members.
    And, most importantly, PRAY for our students, teachers, principals, pastors, parishioners and all who support Catholic education in our community.

    Other North County Catholic institutions are also on Facebook - be sure to follow them, too!
    Federation of Catholic Schools - Upcoming Activities
    May 1 Quarterly Meeting of Pastors and Principals at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish
    May 3 - Professional Learning Teamsmeet at All Saints Academy St. Ferdinand Campus

    SUMMER PROGRAMS
    It's not too early to start thinking about summer activities for your children.  
    CYC SPORTS
    Sign up now for this Fall: Volleyball, Soccer and Golf!
    Signups are now underway for youth sports in north county for Fall 2019. Children ages 4 and up have opportunities to play soccer starting with a great training league; older kids can also play volleyball or fall golf.  Deadline is the end of June - click individual parish athletic sign up websites for details:
    Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: 
    Sacred Heart:
    St. Angela Merici: 
    St. Ann:
    St. Ferdinand:
    St. Norbert:
    St. Sabina:
    St. Rose Philippine Duchesne:
    Holy Spirit 
    (St. Charles CYC District):
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