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View Pictures from 2015 Northeast Deanery Corpus Christi Procession

posted Jun 12, 2015, 5:11 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 5:41 AM ]

Thanks to all who braved the hot weather to join hundreds of fellow Catholics in North County for the 2014 Northeast Deanery Corpus Christi Procession on June 7, 2015.

Corpus Christi Procession 2015

You can view a gallery of photos from the day, taken by Pams Photography, on the Old St. Ferdinand Shrine Facebook Page.  Pams Photography has also offered the images available for download at no charge.

St. Rose Students Receive Respect Life and Fine Arts Awards

posted May 5, 2015, 5:33 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated May 5, 2015, 5:34 AM ]

Two St. Rose Philippine Duchesne students were recently recognized with awards:
  • Anthony Anger, an 8th grade student, won the Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship for $1,000 for his essay entry in the Archdiocese of St. Louis Respect Life Creative Writing Contest. Learn more about the program and read Anthony's essay here.
  • Madison Alexander, a 6th grade student, was nominated for and received the Artistic Achievement Award from North County Churches Uniting (NCCU) and the North County Youth Task Force during the North County Youth Appreciation Dinner held Sunday, April 26.  
Great work, Anthony and Madison!

St. Ferdinand Students Raise Funds with Helping Hoops Service Project

posted May 4, 2015, 3:17 PM by Cara Koen   [ updated May 4, 2015, 3:18 PM ]

Students at St. Ferdinand School participated in a special service project during the season of Lent called "Helping Hoops." P.E. Teacher Mrs. Reddy organized the program, which allowed students to bring in a donation from their own money to have a dress down day and participate in either Hula Hoops or Shooting Hoops (basketball).  The service project raised over $600 plus several loads of clothing for those in need.  See the slide show below for photos from the event where they presented Mrs. Aubuchon from the St. Vincent De Paul society with a check and learned more about the work of SVDP.

Helping Hoops at St. Ferdinand school

Sacred Heart Middle School Students Perform Beauty and the Beast

posted May 4, 2015, 2:42 PM by Cara Koen   [ updated May 4, 2015, 2:42 PM ]

In April, middle school students at Sacred Heart did an excellent job performing Beauty and the Beast, Jr.  See the photo slide show below for some highlights.

Sacred Heart Middle School Students Present Beauty and the Beast Jr

St. Angela Merici Collects Food for the Poor; Celebrates St. Joseph Day with Dads

posted May 4, 2015, 2:18 PM by Cara Koen   [ updated May 4, 2015, 2:21 PM ]

During the  last week  of April students at St. Angela Merici collected food for the poor. Each day had a theme, thanks to the school's Student Council.
  • Monday: Needin' some Noodles;
  • Toothpaste Tuesday;
  • Wednesday: Seriously need Cereal;
  • Thursday - Rice is nice too!;
  • Friday - Wrap up the week (any food wrap products).
They collected over 520 items for the food pantry. Great work, St. Angela Student Council!!

On May 1, the school celebrated the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Dads were invited to come to school with their kids for prayer, focusing on the foster father of Jesus. After the 8AM Mass, they enjoyed breakfast in the gym and ended the celebration with entertainment from students.

The St. Angela Drumline and our cheerleaders have been putting in a great deal of time practicing. They participated in the St. Patrick's day parade in March, as well as the Valley of Flowers parade in Florissant on May 3.  Congrats to all who have been working so hard to represent St. Angela School in this fun and unique way.

Christ Light of the Nations Students Walk Through Holy Week

posted May 4, 2015, 2:07 PM by Cara Koen   [ updated May 4, 2015, 2:07 PM ]

On Wednesday during Holy Week, Christ Light of the Nations School concluded the short week of school with a retreat day. The day started with Mass celebrated by Father Tim. After Mass Mrs. Dafflitto introduced the retreat day which centered around Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The students then returned to school to spend an hour of the retreat day with their own class, doing various activities depending on the grade level. At 10:30 they gathered by school families in the cafeteria for the symbolic washing of the hands (in place of washing of the feet) and a Seder meal led by Judy Krenn.

This gave students a small taste of what Jesus and his disciples were doing on that first Holy Thursday Night. After having a simple meal with no dessert for lunch, we met at church for the stations of the cross. This prayer of Jesus’s walk to Calvary and His death was planned by Mrs. Akers with the help of the 8th graders and the students who led the stations on Grandparents’ Day. Following this walk of Good Friday, they moved on to Holy Saturday. Finally, the students celebrated the New Life of the risen Jesus by coloring Easter Eggs, which are signs of new life. Each child took home the Easter egg they colored. Students and faculty felt it was a special gift to be able to spend the day as an entire school community reflecting on the life of Jesus.

Our Students are Well-Prepared for High School

posted Mar 10, 2015, 12:52 PM by Cara Koen

Congratulations to the more than 200 8th grade students who were recently accepted into their high school of choice and will soon be completing their elementary school career at our 8 Federation schools. Students who graduate from our Federation schools are well prepared for the next step in their educational career. Here are some great examples of how our students are thriving at our local Trinity Catholic High School:

Trinity Catholic students compete in Chemistry contest


A pair of teams from Trinity Catholic High School competed in the Battle of Burets Chemistry contest February 26 at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Senior Alan Scheibel (St. Angela Merici) and junior Xavien Walker (Hazelwood West Middle) finished 10th out of 17 teams from and juniors Nicole Jedding (St. Rose Philippine Duchesne) and Yen Quach (St. Norbert) would up sixth out of 17 teams. Each team had to perform a chemistry experiment within a time limit.


Trinity Catholic duo shines in Engineering competition


Trinity Catholic seniors Chris Payeur (Sacred Heart) and Jacob Klump (Christ Light of the Nations) placed second out of 25 teams at the Truss Bridge Civil Engineering competition held February 28 at St. Louis University. The pair’s model bridge supported more weight before failure than any other team in the competition, however Payeur and Klump missed first place narrowly because of the final efficiency calculations. Also competing for Trinity Catholic were juniors Sam Araujo (St. Norbert) and Michael Schaller (Christ Light of the Nations); juniors Nick Noonan (Sacred Heart) and Ben Sanfilippo (St. Angela Merici); junior Matt Quick (Christ Light of the Nations) and senior Nick Wuelling (St. Rose Philippine Duchesne); seniors John Hilmes (St. Ferdinand) and Matt O’Donnell (St. Rose Philippine Duchesne); juniors Devin Collins (St. Norbert) andNick Wallace (St. Rose Philippine Duchesne) and juniors Jackson Compas (Christ Light of the Nations) and Grant Fisher (Christ Light of the Nations.


Trinity Catholic WYESE teams moves to state finals


In the Sectional round of the Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering (WYSE) state tournament March 6 the Trinity Catholic team finished second in the Small School Division. The runner-up finish pushed the Titans into championship round April 15 at Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla. Trinity Catholic finished behind Notre Dame and in front of Linn, Mo in the team rankings. Individually standouts for the Titans were seniors John Hilmes from St. Ferdinand (third in English and second in Physics), Alan Scheibel from St. Angela Merici (first in Physics and first in Chemistry), Dan Jedding from St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (third in Chemistry) and Matt O’Donnell from St. Rose Philippine Duchesne(first in Graphics); junior Nicole Jedding from St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (second in Math) and freshmen Kyra Walsh from St. Angela Merici (second in Computer) and Greg Hilmes from St. Ferdinand (first in Computer Science).


One Body in Christ: St. Norbert Hosts Ecumenical Service Celebrating Christian Unity During CSW

posted Feb 19, 2015, 6:13 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Feb 19, 2015, 1:47 PM ]


St. Norbert Ecumenical Prayer Service

      On Wednesday of Catholic Schools Week, St. Norbert Catholic School hosted an Ecumenical Prayer Service in celebration of the parish's 50th anniversary.  Father Jim MItulski, St. Norbert's pastor, along with Deacon Bill Twellman, pastoral associate, invited neighboring pastors from the community to join them in leading the student body and many visitors in prayer with the theme: "We Are One Body in Christ."  
      Many of the pastors have church members, or even family members, who are current students at St. Norbert. Dr. Freddy Clark, Pastor of Shalom Church (City of Peace) has grandchildren who attend the school.  During his sermon, Pastor Clark joked that his grandkids had given him strict instructions not to embarrass them.  He did not disappoint.  He spoke of the parable of the Good Samaritan, and noted that our neighborly behavior should help build up our community in response to recent struggles.  "Ours is a calling to get involved," said Pastor Clark. "We are one body in Christ.  We find common ground when we understand that our diversity gives us strength." 
      The St. Norbert School children participated with several songs and prayers of intercession. Several other ministers joined the prayer service.  Pastor John Higgins of John Knox Presbyterian Church led an opening prayer of unity.  Deacon Bill Twellmann of St. Norbert, Minister David Howard of Ark of Safety Christian Church and Pastor Bob Levin of North County Community Church proclaimed scripture readings.  Dr. Rance Thomas, President of the North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice, read the gospel (John 17:20-26). Dr. Freddy Clark delivered the sermon, and Rev. Renee Fenner, Rector at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, concluded with benediction and sending forth. 
     Dr. Kurt Nelson, the new Superintendent of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of St. Louis attended the prayer service and spoke for a few minutes about how Catholic schools cherish unity.  He noted that Catholic Schools week is always the last week in January, probably because that is when the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas falls each year.  St. Thomas Aquinas was the first to make the connection that the world around us, science and technology, can teach us about God.  Dr. Nelson noted that in Catholic Schools we have the fantastic privilege of being able to keep Jesus with us throughout our studies of all things - we can truly unify our faith and knowledge and grow in both.  He ended with a quote on unity from St. Thomas Aquinas: "How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God."

Families Take Roller Coaster Challenge at Christ Light of the Nations’ STEM Night

posted Feb 18, 2015, 2:45 PM by Cara Koen   [ updated Feb 18, 2015, 2:45 PM ]

Students at Christ Light of the Nations School invited their families to join them for a special “night out” during Catholic Schools Week 2015 (Jan. 25-31). Parents and students gathered with teachers in the auditorium on Tuesday evening to learn more about the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs that their students have been experiencing at school.  Teachers from CLN have been participating in the unique STEM professional development program made possible by a grant from Monsanto through the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation and the Catholic Education Center.

Teachers participate in weekend workshops to gain new skills and ideas for bringing real-world connections into their classrooms.  The workshops are held throughout the school year at renowned local organizations such as the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center, Missouri Botanical Garden, the Missouri Department of Conservation and Maryville University.  The teachers come away with the tools they need to implement hands-on lessons in their classrooms that encourage students to apply science and math concepts to solve real-world problems using engineering and technology.

For example, CLN students have been learning about and building zoo habitats.  Teachers guided them through the Design Process using a variety of skills to identify the problem, design possible solutions, construct and test, and then go back and revise as needed.  “Students are gaining skills and knowledge that are essential to success in the 21st Century Workforce,” said Sue Geiseke, program director. “These STEM projects facilitate use of a variety of skills, which help with understanding and retention of the concepts.”

At the Family Fun STEM night, families were challenged to build the fastest marble roller coaster using foam tubing and masking tape.  They began by drawing designs of possible solutions, then built their models using materials provided, tested them and made revisions and adjustments to the model as needed until the marble would roll from top to bottom successfully.  Each team’s final design was timed by a teacher and the fastest marble roller coaster was recognized at the end of the event.

For more on the STEM program, read this recent article in the St. Louis Review: http://stlouisreview.com/article/2014-07-09/connecting-principles

Bishop Rice Celebrates 8th Grade Mass for Catholic Schools Week

posted Jan 26, 2015, 10:02 AM by Cara Koen   [ updated Jan 26, 2015, 12:07 PM ]

On Monday, January 26th hundreds of 8th grade students from 10 Catholic schools from Region 2 gathered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Mass. Bishop Rice celebrated the Mass, and in his homily reflected on the theme for this week: Faith, Knowledge and Service.  He noted that what is unique about our schools is not so much that we do service, but that we serve in the name of Jesus Christ. Catholic schools help students seek knowledge not just in academics but also spiritual knowledge.  And most importantly, our Catholic Schools help students grow in Faith.  He concluded with a question: "Have you opened your heart?" asking students to reflect on how they have responded to the call of faith, knowledge and service during their time at their Catholic elementary school.

The Region 2 Schools Include:
  • Academy at St. Sabina
  • Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
  • Christ Light of the Nations
  • Holy Trinity
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Sacred Heart
  • St. Ann 
  • St. Angela Merici
  • St. Ferdinand
  • St. Norbert
  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
A student from each school read a brief summary and token of their school's patron at the beginning of Mass, and after Communion placed a rose near the portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe while singing "Lady of Roses."

Catholic Schools as Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

Here are some photos from the Mass:

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