March 2018 Newsletter

Federation of Catholic Schools
United and 
Alive in Christ
News from the North County
Federation of Catholic Schools
Catholic Schools in North County Receive $10,000
Koch Foundation Grant for Student Retreat Days

The Koch Foundation, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Federation of Catholic Schools in North County to be used in support of student retreats in the 2018-19 school year.  The retreats will be focused on sacramental preparation, for students receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time, and for junior high students preparing for Confirmation.

“We are grateful to the Koch Foundation for this generous grant in support of our efforts,” said Cara Koen, Director of Advancement for the Federation of Catholic Schools in the Northeast Deanery.  “The students and teachers enjoy coming together for retreat days and this funding makes it more financially feasible.”

The Koch Foundation has provided grant support for the Federation of Catholic Schools in previous years: a $15,000 grant in 2013 for supplies and materials in support of collaborative programs, a $7,000 grant in 2014 to assist with the Confirmation Rally and Corpus Christi Procession, and a $10,000 grant in 2016 for student retreats in the 2016-17 school year. With this year’s grant the Koch Foundation’s cumulative support totals over $40,000.

“It's so good to see this solid Foundation appreciating our sacramental preparation for the Federation,” said Monsignor Mark Ullrich, pastor at Sacred Heart Parish and Dean of the North County Deanery.

The Confirmation Rally is scheduled for September 28th at Trinity Catholic High School, and the 2nd Grade retreats will be held in October at Pallottine Renewal Center, led by the Sacred Heart Sisters (Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart).

CatholicFIT Events - All are Welcome!
CatholicFIT is underway for 3rd and 6th grade students in PE classes at our Federation schools.  The program helps students make connections between their faith and fitness, and work towards becoming fit to serve. You can follow along and learn more about the program at 

No Reservations are required, if you find that you can attend at the last minute, please don't hesitate!  You can learn more and RSVP if you wish at the following links:
This is the 4th year that CatholicFIT has been offered to our students, thanks to the generous sponsorship of SSM DePaul Hospital and the Catholic Education Office. 
Approaching Holy Week
So far this Lent, our students have participated in retreat days, Stations of the Cross, service projects, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and more.  

As we approach Holy Week, take one more opportunity to participate in Stations of the Cross, support a local Fish Fry, Reconciliation Service, Evening of Reflection, etc.  There are several events this week that may be of interest to you:
Bishop Robert Hermann on The Joy of Reconciliation March 21 at St. Martin De Porres

Youth Living Stations at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

For more opportunities, visit
which features a North County Fish Fry Map along with a 
calendar of highlighted Lenten happenings at our local parishes. 
North County Fish Fry Map 2018
Our schools will help students observe Lent in many ways. 
Follow us on social media (Facebook and Twitter)
to see examples throughout these 40 Days of Lent.

Upcoming Events around 
North County
Tickets are now on sale for Cinderella the Musical, with three performances the weekend of April 13-15 at Trinity Catholic High School.  Several current elementary students and alumni are part of the cast.  See flyer below for ticket information:

St. Norbert is Hosting a 5K Color Run on Ma 12th - All are welcome to participate!  Learn more...
St. Norbert Color Run

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School will host its annual dinner auction on April 28th.
BTC Dinner Auction April 28

Incarnate Word Academy is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on March 24th - Click here for registration information.

SSM Health DePaul Hospital is hosting three sessions of a "Stop the Bleed" workshop on Saturday, March 31st at the May Community Center:

Knights of Columbus Council 2951 will host it's first Food Truck Knights event of the season on Friday, April 20th.
Florissant Food Truck Knights - April 20

North County Incorporated will host the 41st annual Leadership Breakfast on May 18, 2018 - nominations for the leadership awards are accepted through this Friday, March 23rd:

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!
    Spotlight on Service
    This Lent, St. Ann School's Student Council collected white socks for Peter and Paul soup kitchen and men's shelter.  They distributed the socks to neighbors in need.

    Christ Light of the Nations School recognized First Responders at an All-School Mass recently:
    CLN First Responders Mass

    Titans for the Day
    Thanks to Trinity Catholic High School teachers and student ambassadors for hosting 7th grade students on 
    March 15th to give them a glimpse of the high school experience.  
    It was a great day for everyone!

    Congratulations to St. Ferdinand's Third Grade students. They won the Sumdog National Competition that ended on March 15, 2018. There were 656 classes in the competition and over 13,958 students participating. Six St. Ferdinand students were in the top 50. Way to go!
    sumdog champs

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    MOST 529 Information Session
    Thanks to all who attended the information sessions on using MOST 529 for private school tuition. Over 100 parents were in attendance, learning the details of how this program now offers a state tax benefit for contributing to a 529 savings account to be used for K-12 tuition in addition to college expenses. The Archdiocese of St. Louis Shared Accounting Offices are working with the Missouri MOST program representatives to ensure that our schools have billing procedures that align with the reporting requirements.  Learn more about opening a MOST529 account at

    Our Schools are Now Enrolling for 2018-19! We are ready to welcome new students in preschool through Junior High.  Share this map of the locations and contact information for our north county elementary schools!Now-Enrolling-2018

    (314) 537-3174