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The second speaker was Molly Murphy, MAT, SPE, who with Special School District in Non-Public Diagnostics. Murphy spoke with the teachers about students on the Autism spectrum and ways to work with these students. Murphy noted that often private school settings offer an environment that is helpful to students with high-functioning autism.
5th grade students at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School recently presented the lives of several saints to their fellow students. They each memorized a brief summary about their chosen saint, and delivered to the audience as if they were the saint. A few also presented to the congregation at 10:30am mass on Nov. 1, All Saints Day. And, the whole class visited St. Catherine Retirement Apartments to make their presentations to the residents there.
Emily L. Lasek, MA, LPC, NCC, Professor and Counselor at St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley, is a certified instructor of MHFA and provided the training for our teachers. You can learn more about the course on the MHFA website. Lasek and her family are members of Sacred Heart Parish.
Over 200 students from 7 schools and PSR programs gathered on Friday, September 18 at Trinity Catholic High School for a Confirmation Youth Rally. The room was filled with colorful t-shirts and lots of energy as the young teens shared their "Stupid Human Tricks," listened to talks by Paul and Rachel of the REAP Team, and spend some time in small group discussion. The day ended with a wonderful mass celebrated by Fr. Augustine Wetta of the St. Louis Priory Monastery.
Here are a few photo highlights from the day:
Teachers at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School started their school year with a two-day training on using iPads in the classroom. They learned the basics and some great tools for engaging students with this technology. They are also able to connect the iPads with their Smart Boards. They look forward to using their knowledge with students this year.
The REAP Team and Lifeteen Missionaries Bring Good News to North County Catholic Students at Confirmation Youth Rally
The REAP Team and Lifeteen Missionaries Bring
Fr. Augustine Wetta to Celebrate Closing Mass
On Friday, September 18 Trinity Catholic High School’s gymnasium will be filled with music and over 250 kids and adults in colorful t-shirts as Northeast Deanery junior high students come together for a Youth Rally with the theme “On Fire for Our Catholic Faith.” This opportunity to praise and worship God while interacting with their peers from other schools and parishes will help them grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ as they journey through their junior high years and prepare to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
The REAP Team, led by Paul Masek and Rachel Leininger, will facilitate the day with support from other members of the REAP Team and several Lifeteen missionaries who are working at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish this year. The day begins with “Stupid Human Tricks,” when two students from each parish will perform their unique ability for the crowd. Then, Paul and Rachel will present “10 Ways to Ruin Your Confirmation,” followed by small group discussion facilitated by adult leaders. Then, Rachel speaks to the girls and Paul to the boys in breakout sessions before lunch. After lunch, small group teams will compete in a scavenger hunt around Trinity’s campus, and then gather again in the gym for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and an opportunity for Reconciliation. At 3:00pm all parents are invited to attend the closing mass, celebrated by Fr. Augustine Wetta of The St. Louis Priory School.
This is the 9th year that Deacon Bill Twellmann from St. Norbert has organized the Confirmation Rally for all Northeast Deanery parishes and schools. “It’s a great experience for the kids,” said Deacon Bill. “They receive some excellent faith formation from the REAP Team and have an opportunity to get to know one another and realize they are not alone in their faith journey, that hundreds of other kids are right here with them in their community.”
Here are some photos from the 2014 NE Deanery Confirmation Rally: