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February 2019

Federation of Catholic Schools
United and 
Alive in Christ
News from the North County
Federation of Catholic Schools
Our Catholic Schools Offer Each Child and Family:
  • a Sense of Purpose, 
  • a Quality Education Rooted in Faith, 
  • a Community of Belonging, and 
  • a Dynamic Future!
Below are a few recent examples of the opportunities that students have to learn and grow in faith and knowledge with one another.

Eddie the Florissant Police Dog and his "mom" Officer Lori Mahn visited students at St. Ann School in Normandy. They enjoyed hearing about how police dogs work to help keep communities safe. 

Black History Month
3rd Grade Students at All Saints Academy St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Campus recently visited their neighbors at St. Catherine Apartments and shared their Famous African American presentations.  Click here for more photos.


For National Engineers’ Week Holy Spirit fourth graders are completed blueprints for an Eco City. They were given a set of building codes to utilize for this project. Later, they will complete a 3-D build based on the blueprints.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Students at Our Lady of Guadalupe "Exercised their Faith" during Catholic Schools week - They Prayed the Rosary together, wrote kinds messages and got some physical exercise together.

sacredheart-clavius 2

This year, Sacred Heart is participating in the Clavius Project at Saint Louis University High School. Recently they sent their Robotics teams to compete with teams from other schools who are also in the program.


Christ Light of the Nations School invited people from different vocations to speak with the students during Catholic Schools Week.  10 speakers arrived and the students could choose two vocations they would like to hear about, and then all heard a brief summary from each presenter at the conclusion of the presentations.

BTC Luke 18

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta 8th Graders were invited to a  Luke 18 Retreat where they spent the weekend learning more about their relationship with Jesus as they had fun with friends and teen volunteers.  Luke 18 Retreats are scheduled by youth ministry groups at many parishes throughout the spring.

Outstanding Beginning Teacher

Congratulations to Mr. Owen Dabek, 8th grade teacher at Holy Trinity School and graduate of the Saint Louis University Billiken Teacher Corps program on his nomination as Outstanding Beginning Teacher!  Professors from SLU and Program Director Fr. Ronnie O'Dwyer visited Mr. Dabek and his class recently to announce the good news.  He will receive his award at a luncheon in March.


Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st Grade students gathered around for storytime before heading out to recess at All Saints Academy at St. Norbert.  Students love to interact with other classes and learn together.

St. Ferdinand Heart Lesson

All Saints Academy at St. Ferdinand 3rd and 4th graders had a lesson in PE class on the heart. They formed hearts with their bodies and played a game called “Have a Heart.” The game helped students learn about the purpose of the heart and components of blood. While getting an aerobic workout on scooters, students worked with a partner to pick up red blood cells(bean bags), platelets(poly spots), and white blood cells( fluff balls) from the heart(center of the gym). Then they had to travel to their body(hula hoop). In Level 2 of the game, a couple of students played the part of an autoimmune disease (tagger). If tagged, a student had to return the blood component and try again.

What's Happening at Trinity Catholic High School

Congratulations to Sacred Heart parishioner and school alumni Miles Moit-Counts for receiving this year’s Archbishop John L. May Service Award at Trinity Catholic High School! Miles is more than deserving of this award.

Sacrifice. Compassion. Helper. Caring. Hard working. Even these words do not fully summarize Miles’ heart of service.


Miles is always willing to go the extra mile. You have probably met him – he is often found welcoming new students, parents and faculty with a warm smile. Miles is heavily involved in Student Life at Trinity, including Student Council, Spiritual Life, Praise Band and Choir and Diversity Council. “I pretty much get involved in any way I can help,” says Miles.


At Trinity Catholic High School, we witness his hard work and compassion day after day — whether it is volunteering at Trinity’s Open House and Dinner Auction, or simply helping set up chairs at Mass, moving heavy items or putting up signs for special event. Miles does not have to be asked to help; it is his natural inclination and gift to others.

Miles’ heart of service does not stop at Trinity. He has also been very intentional with how, where and whom he serves. He has volunteered dozens of hours at his home parish, Sacred Heart in Florissant. He leads programs for the youth group, decorates for parish events and supports their dinner auction. Miles also helped with a collaboration between Sacred Heart and the Florissant community for the Race to the Shrine 5K event. Miles has more than doubled the number of required community service hours at Trinity, surpassing over 250 hours. We congratulate Miles on this well-deserved honor!

Read more recent news from Trinity Catholic High School at

Our schools are now accepting applications for enrollment for the 2019-20 school year.  If you know of a family member or friend in search of a school for their children in preschool through high school, encourage them to visit their neighborhood Catholic school!
Now Enrolling 2019-20

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 Spring, CatholicFIT is in progress at All Saints Academy St. Norbert Campus, Holy Trinity, Sacred Heart, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and Our Lady of Guadalupe.
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.

North County Fish Fry Map
It's Lenten Fish Fry Season! 
Several Catholic parishes and organizations in north county are hosting fish fry and seafood dinners this Lenten season.  Check out our North County Fish Fry Map at and try a new one each week for dinner!

Each school and parish also offers opportunities during Lent for prayer, penance and almsgiving.  Below are a few examples - check for details in the weekly parish bulletins.

Evening of Reflection

Even before Lent begins, you can enjoy great food and fellowship at several upcoming events around the North County Deanery:
St ferdinand basketball
  • Starting this weekend, March 2 & 3, St. Ferdinand will host it's annual charitable Basketball Tournament & BBQ
Pallottine Spaghetti Dinner
  • Pallottine Renewal Center is Celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a series of Spaghetti Dinners - including this Sunday, March 3

  • On March 5,  St. Angela Merici is hosting a St. Casimir Polish Dinner and Mardi Gras Celebration 
On March 17, The Old St. Ferdinand Shrine is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Meal (see details on flyer above or join the event on Facebook)

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!
    Federation of Catholic Schools - Upcoming Activities

    March 1 Professional Learning Teams meet at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
    May 1 Quarterly Meeting of Pastors and Principals at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish
    May 3 - Professional Learning Teamsmeet at All Saints Academy St. Ferdinand Campus

    It's not too early to start thinking about summer activities for your children.  


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