Sacred Heart is very blessed to have ten dedicated OASIS tutors who work with our primary grade children once a week. These ten "Reading Buddies" work with 29 of our students on reading and writing skills. A special recognition goes to the tutors in this picture for the 5 and 10 years of service with OASIS.
From the left, Maureen Curran (5), Dolores Schulte (10), Frankie Appleby (5), Mary Ellen and Mark Prosser (5).
Earlier this month students at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School in Florissant celebrated their service to the community with a special rally where they presented a check for $1,500 to the St. Louis Blues 14 Fund and over $500 to Friends of Kids with Cancer. Students collected donations for these service projects earlier in the year and participated in a hockey puck shootout during gym class. The winning student from each grade level had a chance to shoot the puck at the assembly on April 11 with visitors from both organizations, along with a special appearance by "Louie" the St. Louis Blues' mascot. For Friends of Kids with Cancer the students held a classroom "penny war" and made valentine cards and decorations to bring a smile to kids who are battling cancer. St. Rose Philippine Duchesne enrolls students in preschool (3s & 4s) through 8th grade.
Hector R., an 8th grade student at Christ, Light of the Nations School was selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship for his essay entry in the Respect Life Apostolate's annual 8th grade Creative Writing Contest
. Hector won the Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship, which is new to the annual program. You can read Hector's essay by downloading the PDF below. He will use the scholarship to attend Chaminade. Over 1,100 entries were submitted this year with 102 finalists honored at an assembly on April 29th at the Cardinal Rigali Center. Congratulations, Hector!
The Easter season is filled with celebration of sacraments at our Catholic schools and parishes. Please continue prayers for all of the children who have received the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation this school year.
Students at St. Angela Merici School raised $1800 during Lent as part of their prayer, penance and almsgiving. They used $1000 of almsgiving and packaged 3,926 meals for the poor in Haiti, teaming up with "Kids Against Hunger."
A St. Angela student, Daniela Duban, was recently recognized by the NCCU YOUTH TASK FORCE for her academic excellence. Daniela was honored at a dinner and received a certificate of accomplishment. "We are very proud of Daniela for her hard work to earn this recognition," said Mrs. Mary Ann Kauffman, principal at St. Angela Merici.
Students also had a wonderful time in the Valley of Flowers parade on May 4. The school's newly formed drumline along with cheerleaders entertained the crowds along the parade route. We were glad to advertise St. Angela Merici Catholic School and the presence of Catholic Schools in North County. See below for a photo gallery from the day:
The Koch Foundation has awarded a $7,000 grant to the Northeast Deanery Federation of Catholic Schools in support of two evangelization and outreach events: a Corpus Christi Procession scheduled for Sunday, June 22nd (all are welcome—more details coming soon!) and the 8th Grade Confirmation Rally in September. This is the second grant the Federation has received from the Koch Foundation. “We are thankful for this continued support of our parishes and schools working together as we seek ways to fulfill the mission of our schools to evangelize,” said Father Thomas Keller, pastor at St. Angela Merici and pastor representative for the Northeast Deanery Federation.
In 1979, the Koch Foundation was established by Carl and Paula Koch to fund evangelization activities of the Roman Catholic faith throughout the world. Their mission is built on the Koch's vision "to strengthen and propagate the Roman Catholic faith by providing grant support for a wide variety of evangelization efforts."
Each week of the Lenten journey at Sacred Heart School, teachers and students will be focusing on an aspect of how we can “Grow in our Faith.” To symbolize this spiritual growth each classroom was given a container with soil and seeds. As the seeds sprout, root, and grow in good soil so will the students grow into faithful followers of Jesus. Students will also focus on weekly themes, including:
- Learning to recognize opportunities to grow towards being faithful followers.
- Opening our eyes, ears, and hearts to the people around us. The students will work at trying to do whatever is asked of them.
- Serving God through the needs of others. Students will work towards treating one another with kindness and respect.
As they journey through Lent, St. Norbert students are collecting money for CRS Rice Bowls, by sacrificing a special treat or meal, and instead, donating the money to Catholic Relief Services, to help those in need around the world. In addition, St. Norbert School hosted a Mission Carnival on April 4, which also benefits the CRS Rice Bowl. Each student learned $10 equaled to two weeks of food for a family in need.
What better day to honor our dads for all they do for us than St. Joseph’s Day. On March 19 at Christ Light of the Nations School, Father Mike Henning spoke about his dad and what he learned about fatherhood from watching his own father as he grew up. The students all took carpenter pencils home to their fathers Wednesday night which were blessed by Father Mike at Mass. He challenged the students to share his homily with those dads who could not join us. Over 100 of our dads joined us for the morning. After Mass while the fathers had coffee and doughnuts in the cafeteria they were entertained by Mr. Budd’s rock band and a video which had been made for them of the students talking about their fathers and pictures of students with their fathers. The dads also visited the classrooms and either watched a class in session or participated in activities with their children. It was a wonderful way to celebrate and thank our fathers for all they do for us.