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December 2015 Newsletter

NE Deanery Federation of Catholic Schools
Last Year's Graduates Celebrate 
Teachers' Caring Hands

Recently, freshman students at Incarnate Word Academy had the opportunity to nominate a teacher from their elementary school who made a positive impact on their lives.  Several teachers from our North County Federation schools, along with many others from around the greater St. Louis area, were recognized at a liturgy with Father Art Cavitt and music ministry by Kyle Huelsing, followed by a reception.

Congratulations to the following teachers in our deanery for this special recognition, another sign of how teaching in Catholic schools is truly a ministry!
  • Blessed Teresa of Calcutta - Mrs. Joanne Sextro
  • Christ Light of the Nations - Mrs. Jane Zappia, 
    Mrs. Whitney Compas, Mrs. Karen Dafflitto
  • Sacred Heart - Florissant - Mrs. Vicki Muellhaupt, Ms. Josie Zeugin
  • St. Norbert - Mrs. Christine Lightner
  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne - Ms. Rose Sigears, 
    Mrs. Debbie Davis
caring hands

Preparing the Way of the Lord

As we celebrate the third week of Advent, rejoicing in the coming of our Savior, here are a few examples of the JOY you will find in each of our Catholic elementary schools of the Northeast Deanery.

Christ, Light of the Nations Students Prepare 
Hearts and Homes for Christmas

advent projects 2

The seventh and eighth graders at Christ Light of the Nations School were each assigned an advent project to prepare their hearts and homes for the coming of Christ. Eighth graders chose from a nativity scene, an advent wreath, an advent calendar or advent banners. The seventh graders each made a Jesse Tree of some kind with ornaments for the people in the bible that led up to Christ’s birth. They are on display at school but will also be at the Christmas program at Trinity on Thursday night. Come and see how the students made this an act of love.  

St. Ferdinand Science Students Decorate a "Chemis-Tree"

St. Ferdinand Chemis-Tree

Eighth grade students at St. Ferdinand School are getting ready to begin their unit on Chemistry.  Ms. Agathen, their science teacher, found a fun way to get them excited about the elements and in the holiday spirit by creating a "chemis-tree" of the periodic table of elements. They enlisted the help of the sixth graders and seventh graders, too.  She gave the students a quick lesson on the periodic table and assigned each student an element.  Each individual card has the atomic number, chemical symbol, atomic mass and name of element displayed on it.  The eighth grade students mapped out how many elements would be in each row and helped to hang the masterpiece!

St. Angela Merici Tree of Kindness 
St. Angela Merici Trees of KindnessStudents at St. Angela Merici have been focusing on giving and generosity during this season of Advent. The school has displayed a Tree of Kindness on their bulletin board, and are sharing many acts of kindness within their school and parish community and beyond. How better to bring the spirit of CHRISTmas to Advent.  Small acts of kindness, when multiplied by millions of people can transform the world.  Here are a few examples of the Acts of Kindness practiced at SAM:

  • Make a Christmas card for your neighbor
  • Leave a happy message with sidewalk chalk on your sidewalk
  • Tidy your bedroom
  • Leave a beautiful homemade bookmark in your library book
  • Sit next to someone you normally don’t at the lunch table and be nice to them
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Send a card to a veteran
  • Offer to help and elderly friend or neighbor with their Christmas decorations
  • Give a complement
  • Telephone an elderly relative and have a nice conversation with them.

On Christmas Day, may our homes be filled with Christ because we have brought Him closer to us by our Random Acts of Kindness!


St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Collect Personal Items for Marygrove - 


For the first two weeks of Advent, St. Rose students hosted a collection in support of the Marygrove residential center. Each grade level was assigned a particular personal care item (i.e. bar soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, etc.) to bring in to help the residents of Marygrove in Florissant. Marygrove offers a safe and healing environment for children, teens and young adults. St. Rose students also recently collected change in a friendly classroom competition for the American Diabetes Association and had "Cupcakes for a Cause" during lunch each Monday in November in support of the Alzheimer's Association.

Sacred Heart Collects Cans for Christ

Sacred Heart Cans for Christ

Sacred Heart students in Grades 5-8 have completed their Cans for Christ Project. Their gift of 601 food items was delivered to TEAM on Friday, just in time for filling Christmas needs. The students had to work for the items, or pay for them with their own money, so this is indeed their gift to their needy brothers and sisters in North County. We exceeded our goal by 49 items! The students continue to practice the Corporal Works of Mercy throughout the year in our Feeding God's People project, making sandwiches every month for the homeless at St. Vincent's. 

St. Norbert Introduces Stewardship Envelopes for Students
St. Norbert School recently introduced a stewardship envelope program for students, encouraging them to share their time, talent and treasure with the school and parish community. 
Here are some of the Time and Talent stories from the Envelopes:

1. Made Christmas Cards for the Nursing Home

2. Fixed breakfast for my family

3. Visited elderly grandparents.

4. Did laundry for my family.

The treasure amounted to $499. Deacon Bill Twellmann encourages the students to keep up the great work. He reports having heard from many parents saying how they love the new program.

Also, St. Norbert 2nd, 3rd & 4th grade Advent Music Program, under the direction of their music teacher, Ms. Kathy Smeehuyzen.


Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School Focuses 
on Mercy this Advent and Beyond
BTC is joining in Pope Francis' mission of the Year of Mercy.  Our Advent prayer service focused on the Year of Mercy and the Corporal Works of Mercy.  Displayed in the school building Corporal Works of Mercy posters and next to each poster are the different things we are doing in our school that go with that Corporal Work of Mercy.  This will go from December 8th, 2015-November 20th, 2016, the dates designated by Pope Francis to celebrate and live the Year of Mercy.  

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebrates Feast Day

The annual feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is always a joyful event. The students and parishioners at OLG hosted their annual extravaganza in honor of the Virgin on Saturday, December 12.  Several students participated in the 5 p.m. Mass, followed by a small reception.

The celebration actually began at 12:00 midnight on Friday night.  There were songs, dancing, the Rosary, music, Mass, and lots and lots of flowers!  The celebration lasted until after the "Waking of the Virgin" prayer and Mass at 6:00 a.m.  A breakfast was served as soon as Mass concludes.

OLG Feast

The excitement continued on Monday, December 14 when OLG school welcomed visitors from Incarnate Word School (7th grade) and St. Cletus School (2nd grade) as their honored guests.  They attended Mass together, and enjoyed music, dancing, and a reenactment of the miracle and a reception after all of the hoop-la!  

Northeast Deanery Advent Novena

Prepare for CHRIST through nine days of Prayer. Each night of the Advent novena will begin at 7pm. The sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered each night, immediately following the Novena Service.

Parishes in the Northeast Deanery will be hosting an Advent Novena on the following dates: 
  • Sun., Dec 13: St. Martin DePorres 
  • Mon., Dec 14: St. Norbert 
  • Tues., Dec 15: St. Sabina 
  • Wed., Dec 16:Blessed Teresa of Calcutta 
  • Thurs., Dec 17: Our Lady of Guadalupe 
  • Fri., Dec 18: St. Ferdinand 
  • Sat., Dec 19: Holy Name of Jesus 
  • Sun., Dec 20: Sacred Heart
  • Mon., Dec. 21: Our Lady of the Rosary
Advent Novena in NE Deanery

Upcoming Events at Federation Parishes

SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, January 31
Make plans to visit our schools during 
Catholic Schools Week 2016!
All schools will host an Open House on
Sunday, January 31st.  
Spread the word to your friends and neighbors 
and invite them to visit your school!

The 11 parishes and 8 schools of the Northeast Deanery are vibrant and active, with many events that bring parishioners, families and friends together in faith and fellowship. 

Each parish publishes details of their upcoming events in their weekly parish bulletins, which you can access online by clicking on the parish names below.  Check out happenings at other local Catholic organizations, too (listed at the bottom).

 A few highlights are listed. Click on the parish name to view their weekly bulletin. 

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