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July 2016

Federation of Catholic Schools
United and 
Alive in Christ
News from the Northeast Deanery
Federation of Catholic Schools
This Weekend, July 22-24: 
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 
Many Northeast Deanery parishioners, students and alumni are cast members in this coming weekend's Fr. Wm. Scheid Players production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Chaminade.  Click here for more details on tickets and showtimes!

Upcoming Events Around the Northeast Deanery
Here are several examples of the faith formation and community events our parishes and schools are hosting in the coming weeks. You can access more information by browsing each parish's weekly bulletin.
  • July 23 - Holy Name of Jesus Trivia Night, $160 for table of 8, beer and soda provided, must be 21 to attend - Contact Diane for more information.
  • July 23 - Discover God's Plan for Marriage - learn about the Marquette Method of Family Planning at this special presentation in the Duchesne Center, Room #10 at St. Ferdinand Parish, 1-3pm. Call Mary Doerr, MSN, RN, at 314-691-3713 to register or for more information.
    July 24 - Young Voter Education and Registration Night 6-8pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church - young adults ages 17-22 are invited to come for "pizza, information and fellowship" sponsored by the Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
  • July 27 - Florissant Old Town Partners Wednesday Night Out: Family Movie Night - Kung Fu Panda 3 at Old St. Ferdinand Shrine, 6-10pm
  • July 30 - 8th Grade Car Wash at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish - 10am-Noon 
  • July 31 - Word and Worship - 10:30am Mass at St. Martin De Porres Parishfollow link for more details
  • July 31 - August 2 - North Side Soccer Camp at St. Sabina Fields, 6-8pm each evening - girls and boys ages 7-14, $60 per camper, contact Coach Kingfor more info - follow on Twitter @nsidesoccer
  • August 5 - Men's Night Out at St. Norbert - Bags Tournament and Dinner
  • August 6 - St. Angela Merici will host an Ice Cream Social to celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration after the 5pm Mass 
  • August 10 - Sacred Heart Athletics 5K Color Run 
  • August 12 - Truckin' it Back to School - Food Truck Night at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School, 5-8pm
  • August 14 - Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish presents "Festival Latino 2016" at January Wabash Park in Ferguson
  • August 19 - Food Truck Knights at Knights of Columbus Council 2951 Grounds
  • August 26-27 - St. Sabina Parish Picnic
  • September 7- Sacred Heart Catholic School's Children's Celebration in honor of the parish's 150th birthday
  • October 22 - Race to the Shrine 5K Run/Walk 

Welcomes and Farewells
As the new fiscal year began on July 1, Northeast Deanery parishes said a few "hellos" and "goodbyes"  to parish and school leaders. As was announced in the spring, Our Lady of the Rosary parish closed, with its parishioners joining Holy Name of Jesus. Fr. Tim Henderson who served as parochial administrator for OLR moved to a new parish outside our deanery.  You can read more about the closure of OLR in this recent St. Louis Review article. St. Ferdinand Parish also had a change in pastors. Fr. Tom Haley moved to Sacred Heart in Valley Park, and St. Ferdinand parishioners are welcoming Fr. Mike Murphy as their new pastor.   Also, St. Norbert School welcomes a new principal for the 2016-17 school year, Mrs. Rebecca Nestor.  We bid a fond farewell to those leaders who are moving on to new places, and extend a very warm North County Welcome to Fr. Mike and Mrs. Nestor.  Our prayers are with all parish and school leaders as they spend these summer months preparing for a new school year and the busy fall parish life!

Congratulations to 8th Grade North County CYC 
Scholarship Winners
North County CYC LePage Graham Scholarship Winners

CYC Sports North County District awarded six young student athletes the 2016 LePage Graham Scholarship during the organization’s board meeting on Tuesday, June 14 at St. Ferdinand Parish.  Each student will receive a one-time $500 scholarship toward tuition at a Catholic high school.  The recipients are (pictured left to right above):
  • Beth Ann Adler – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Ferguson - Beth Ann will attend Rosati-Kain High School.
  • Alise Sextro - Sacred Heart, Florissant – Alise will attend Rosati-Kain High School.
  • Bridget Hurley - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Ferguson - Bridget will attend Rosati-Kain High School.
  • Justin Reese – St. Ann Parish, Normandy - Justin will attend CBC High School.
  • Matthew Wunderlich - St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish, Florissant - Matthew will attend De Smet Jesuit High School.
  • Ryan Kalkbrenner - Sacred Heart Parish, Florissant - Ryan will attend Trinity Catholic High School.
Congratulations to these young students and best wishes and blessings as you begin your high school career!

Keeping Your Kids Safe from Cyberbullying & Online Threats - Tina Meier Presentation

Tina Meier Presentation
Tina Meier, Executive Director of the Megan Meier Foundation, presented to parents and teachers of the Federation of Catholic Schools on Monday, April 25th at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish Hall.  Click here to access the slides from Tina's presentation, which she graciously shared with us.   Also, Tina recently recorded a TED Talk, check out the video to hear her message about What Kids Have to Say About Bullying and How to End It. For more information on the Megan Meier Foundation, please visit

Spread the Word! Now Enrolling 2016-17 School Year  

Our schools continue to enroll new students for the 2016-17 school year. How can YOU help spread the good news and invite other families in North County to check out their neighborhood Catholic school?  Here are a few simple ideas to get you started:

  • "Like," "Follow," and "Share" your school and/or parish Facebook page and Twitter account. 
  • is an easy-to-remember website address that will link people to a listing of all eight schools with a map of locations. The Federation also has a Facebook page and Twitter profile for you to follow.
  • 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.

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Koch Foundation Grant to Help Fund Retreats for 2nd and 8th Grade Students
     Students in 2nd and 8th grades at Federation schools can look forward to spending a day away from their classroom with fellow students from around the Northeast Deanery. That's because the Federation of Catholic Schools has received a grant from the Koch Foundation in support of student retreats in preparation for sacraments - Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.  
     On September 16, eighth grade students will gather for the 10th year in a row at Trinity Catholic High School for a day-long retreat and rally led by The Reap Team.  Deacon Bill Twellman from St. Norbert organizes this event each year, in coopration with Directors of Religious Education, principals and teachers from each school.  
     Then, on October 3, 17 and November 3, 2nd grade students will come together at Pallotine Renewal Center for a retreat led by the Sacred Heart Sisters. They will spend the day learning more about Jesus with age-appropriate activities.  
     We are grateful to The Koch Foundation for their support of these retreats, which help us evangelize the youth in our schools and parishes.
Northeast Deanery 
Corpus Christi Procession 2016
Thanks to all who joined the 2016 Northeast Deanery Corpus Christi Procession on May 29, 2016.  It was a beautiful witness to the community of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  Everyone enjoyed fellowship and light refreshments at the Knights of Columbus Pavilion after the procession ended in the Old St. Ferdinand Shrine. Check out a brief video of the procession on our website.

Corpus Christi 2016

What's Beyond Sunday?
Eight of our Northeast Deanery Parishes are kicking off their participation in the Beyond Sunday Education Campaign.  Learn more about this historic campaign to secure the future of Catholic Education.

Teachers Suggest Summer Learning Resources
We asked teachers from our for some suggestions to keep the learning fire lit over the summer months.  Here are a few options for you to consider:
  • St. Louis County Library Summer Reading Club - Miss Peggy from St. Rose says her 2nd graders really enjoy the "I Survived" series and "Fairy" books. When you create a summer reading club account you can also explore many activities at your local library throughout the summer.
  • GoNoodle is popular in many classrooms - did you know your child can also explore this activity website at home? Get moving with GoNoodle at 
  • Island Chase Subtraction - Mrs. Heiligstein at BTC says her students love to race each other or against the computer in this game that offers great practice for subtraction facts!
What's your favorite summer activity to do with your kids? Send us an e-mail with your summer activity tips and we will share on our Federation of Catholic Schools Facebook Page.

Read the Good News about Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in The e-Vangelizer archive.

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