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December 2018

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Holy Spirit Shepherd on a Search
North County Students Prepare with Joy this Advent Season

As the first semester of the 2018-19 school year comes to a close and Christmas break is about to begin, students are finishing up their studies and participating in service projects and sacraments to prepare their hearts for the birth of Jesus.  Here are a few specific examples (photos above):
  • All Saints Academy students from all three campuses (St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne) made colorful Christmas wreaths and distributed them to neighboring senior living centers to spread some Advent joy.  
  • Sacred Heart's first grade students led the school in song and prayer to begin the 2nd week of Advent.
  • Christ Light of the Nations students and families created beautiful Jesse Trees, Nativity scents, and Advent wreath projects.  Click here to view more photos.
  • This Advent season there is a Shepherd on a Search at Holy Spirit school! Every day he leaves the students a clue where to find him.

CatholicFIT at CLN
CatholicFIT Continues Help Students Connect Faith and Fitness

For the 4th year, students in 3rd and 6th grades from all of our schools are participating in the CatholicFIT program.  The 8-week program provides curriculum content for PE Class, exercise demonstration videos and a visit from Professional Fitness Trainer and CatholicFIT Creator, Dave Reddy.  In the photo above, Mr. Reddy is leading the 3rd Grade PE Class at Christ Light of the Nations School. Each week, PE teachers share a new "Exercise of the Week" along with CatholicFIT principles that help them remember that they are each a beloved child of God and make the connection between their faith and fitness.  Click here for an example of the weekly handout that is sent home with each student, to encourage them to continue the conversation and exercises at home. This fall, CatholicFIT is in progress at All Saints Academy St. Ferdinand and St. Rose campuses, St. Ann and Christ Light of the Nations.  The remaining schools will begin in February.  
The Federation of Catholic Schools is grateful to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for their continued support and sponsorship of the CatholicFIT programs in our schools.
2nd Grade Retreat Days Bring Joy to Students and Teachers

In October, three separate retreat days took place, with 3-4 classes of 2nd grade students from various schools (3-4 schools represented on each of the three dates) gathering at Pallottine Renewal Center for a day of reflection on the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Each day began with music and games, followed by a talk on the Forgiving Father (story of the Prodigal Son) and introduction to the Heart Room Prayer.  Each student did a craft activity decorating a heart with the prayer printed on the back.  Later in the morning, they heard the story of the feeding of 5,000, followed by lunch, another craft activity making Virtue Chalices, and ending the day with Mass.  Teachers reported that their students were still talking about fun memories from the day in the days and weeks that followed.

Part of the funding for these retreats was provided by a grant from the Koch Foundation, a Catholic foundation whose mission to strengthen and propagate the Roman Catholic faith by providing grant support for a wide variety of evangelization efforts.  

Trinity ACA Essay Contest Winners

What's Happening at Trinity

ACA Award Winners
Congratulations to the Trinity ACA Essay Contest Award Winners! All recipients received a letter from Archbishop Carlson - read the letter to our students here!

Please join us in congratulating our excellent student writers and share the good news with your community!

Archbishop Carlson Hosts Pre-Game Ceremonial Coin Toss 
The Trinity Titans are state champions, having beaten Cardinal Ritter College Prep 45-19 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo on Dec. 1! This was a historic first time meeting of two St. Louis Archdiocesan schools at the state tournament.  The football captains met with Archbishop Robert Carlson on November 30 and the captains of Cardinal Ritter College Prep to do a ceremonial coin toss! Ritter called heads and it came up tails. We are grateful to Archbishop for his blessing!

Trinity Catholic High School received a $10,000 grant from the Raskob Foundation to plan and implement a Trauma-Informed Care Program creating a healing and transformative school community. This planning grant is intended to cover the implementation phase of this project focusing on the introduction, assessment, training and implementing among faculty. Concrete strategies to be introduced:
  • Faculty safety plan implementation
  • Faculty self-care implementation
  • Faculty community meeting structure implementation
  • Introduction, assessment, and identification of student leaders for phase 2
This is an exciting project that will give concrete skills to our faculty and develop youth leadership in the areas of brain health, resilience and community formation!

Read more recent news from Trinity Catholic High School in their December 2018 Online Newsletter.

Check our Parish Bulletins for Advent Opportunities and Christmas Mass Schedules

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!

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!

    Catholic Schools Week Kicks off on January 27, 2019 with Open Houses at each elementary school location. It's never to early to share the benefits of Catholic Schools with your friends.
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