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August 2018 Newsletter

Federation of Catholic Schools
United and 
Alive in Christ
News from the North County
Federation of Catholic Schools
Welcome Back to School
The 2018-19 school year is officially underway.  Our teachers and students are looking forward to a faith-filled year of learning ahead.  Please share your "back to school" photos with us at, and stay tuned to upcoming newsletters to learn about the good news happening in our Catholic schools in north county!

Teaching as Joyful Witness
To start the year, over 165 teachers from all of our Federation schools came together for a Day of Recollection on Thursday, August 7th at the Cardinal Rigali Center.  Sr. Nathalie Meyer, interim Superintended for the Office of Catholic Education and Formation, welcomed the teachers and Fr. Ronny O'Dwyer, Director of the Billiken Corps at Saint Louis University, led the day with the theme "Teaching as Joyful Witness." 
Early in the day, each teacher wrote three words of commitment that mark their vocation as an educator.  We compiled all the words and produced this graphic representation below right (the larger words were the ones that were written the most).  

Each teacher also received a copy of the book "Embrace the Mission: Be the I in Evangelize" by Sr. Patricia McCormack.  The day concluded with Mass in the Rigali Center chapel, with a Renewal of Baptismal Promises. What an awesome way to send forth our teachers to the classrooms where they will form and guide our 2,000 Catholic elementary students in north county this year.  

Please pray for these teachers and students 
as they begin the school year journey together!

Summer Renovation Complete!
Christ Light of the Nations Students Enjoy Lunch in Tolton Hall  - First Mass Next Week

Christ Light of the Nations School has been busy this summer creating a worship space in the cafeteria for the new school year.  At the end of the 2017-18 school year Our Lady’s chapel was closed.  Christ Light used their North County Enhancement Grant to create this new worship site for the school community.



On the first full day of school, students were each given a special "reservation card" for a seat at their numbered table in Tolton Hall. Students now gather each morning for prayer in Tolton Hall before school begins, and starting next week the weekly all-school Mass will be celebrated there. 


Everyone was excited to see the upgrade and fresh look throughout the school including a bright new color on the hallway walls! 

North County Parishes & Schools are FILLED with Opportunities for Fellowship this Fall!

Our north county parishes are filled with opportunities for prayer, worship, faith formation and recreational activities. A few highlights are listed below, with links to each parish bulletin for more details. Try something new, visit a neighboring parish and meet some new friends!

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish
  • Sept. 16 - Golf Tournament at Eagle Springs
  • Oct. 6 - Fall Festival
Holy Name of Jesus Parish/ Christ Light of the Nations School
  • Sept.14 Fish Fry at Holy Name of Jesus
  • Sept. 29 Fall Dinner & Bingo
Holy Spirit Parish
  • Sept. 7-8 Parish Carnival
  • Sept. 30 Golf Tournament at Berry Hill
Holy Trinity Parish
  • August 17-18 - Family Festival
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
  • Sept. 29 - Carnival and Family Fall Festival
Sacred Heart Parish
  • Sept. 6 - XLT Paul Masek
  • Sept. 8 - Youth Ministry "Amazing Race"
  • Oct. 14 - Fall Festival
St. Ann Normandy 
  • Aug. 25 - Parish Festival
  • Oct. 13-14 - Garage Sale
St. Angela Merici Parish
  • Aug. 25 - French Food Night - St. Louis IX, King and Patron of France
  • Sept. 28 - Germanfest!
St. Ferdinand Parish
  • Oct. 13 - Music Trivia
St. Martin de Porres Parish
  • Sept. 15 - 6th Annual Car Show & 2018 Car Raffle
St. Norbert Parish
  • Nov. 3 - Auction Gala
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish
  • Aug, 18-19, 25-26 Training League Soccer Tournament
  • Sept. 8 - Financial Literacy Workshop
  • Nov. 3 - Fall Festival Meat Shoot & Shopping Fair

St. Sabina Parish
  • Aug. 20 - Stewardship Lay Witness Speaker Training
  • Aug. 24-25 - Parish Picnic

Welcome Father Jeff Putthoff, SJ - New President at Trinity
Come visit, experience, and get a glimpse of what's next at Trinity High School at the President's Meet and Greet on September 21st, 6pm-8pm at the Duchesne-Trinity football game. Meet Father Jeff before the game, enjoy a beverage and a snack, see the recent renovations to the campus and enjoy a great football game.
 Click here to RSVP!

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

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!

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