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October 2015 Newsletter

NE Deanery Federation of Catholic Schools

Teachers Now Certified in 

Youth Mental Health First Aid


Learning consultants and teachers from each of our 8 Federation schools participated in a training course this month that certifies them in Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Emily L. Lasek, MA, LPC, NCC, Professor and Counselor at St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley, is a certified instructor of MHFA and provided the training for our teachers.  You can learn more about the course on the MHFA website.  Lasek and her family are  members of Sacred Heart Parish.


Speakers on Autism and ADHD to Present at November 6 PLT Gathering

On Friday, November 6th teachers from the Federation schools will gather at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta for their Professional Learning Team gathering.  Many of the PLTs will hear from two speakers that afternoon, Heather Davidson, LCSW, Director of Youth Services for SSM Health St. Vincent's Behavioral Health at De Paul Hospital and Molly Murphy, MAT, SPE, Non-Public Diagnostics with Special School District.  These expert speakers will each provide tips and techniques for teachers to use in their classrooms to help identify and respond to special needs of students, how to communicate with parents, when to refer for testing, etc.  Both presenters will be available for Q&A.

Mission Moments

All of our schools bring the gospel to life in special ways throughout the days, weeks and months. Here are just a few recent examples: 

Sacred Heart Students Feed the Hungry - 8th grade students at Sacred Heart, along with their 1st grade buddies, got together and made sandwiches for those in need. 

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Christ Light of the Nations Thursday Morning Prayer - Every Thursday morning the entire school body gathers for morning prayer in the cafeteria at CLN. Each class is assigned a week to lead prayer. This year the focus is on Saints who have “Grit.” Every other day Mrs. Dafflitto, the CRE, leads prayer for the school community over the PA, and on Tuesdays we bless all the children, teachers and staff who have birthdays that week.

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St. Norbert Students Share the Gospel with Art - At a recent all-school mass 3rd grade students did a great job showing how we can grow in God's love.  After hearing in the Gospel according to Matthew, "If you listen to God's word, you will yield a fruitful harvest," the students displayed their handmade sunflower artwork.


St. Rose Philippine Duchesne goes "Pink" for Mrs. B - Faculty, staff and students at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School dressed in pink on Oct. 13 in honor of their beloved Mrs. Bresnahan, who retired from teaching kindergarten last year.  Mrs. B was recently diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer and her school family has been holding her close in prayer as she underwent surgery and continues treatment.


St. Angela Merici Celebrates Grandparents - Grandparents packed the Church and our gym at St. Angela as they celebrated grandparents/special person day. Parents supplied the sweets and the drinks, preschoolers and kindergartners thrilled everyone with their singing. Some seventh and eighth grade band members also entertained.

Upcoming Events at Federation Parishes

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. 
    • St. Sabina Parish 

      October 24 – Prayer Breakfast at St. Sabina featuring Patty Schneier “God, I Really Don’t Have Time For This”

    Trinity High School Announces Comprehensive Scholarship Program

    This week Trinity Catholic High School, located in the Northeast Deanery, announced a NEW Comprehensive Scholarship Program. Trinity is blessed to have recently received a $2 MILLION gift from Mr. Jack C. Taylor! Because of his generosity, the school will now be providing three levels of Scholarships.

    One level, which includes multiple $4,000 and multiple $3,000 scholarships, are being set aside SPECIFICALLY for STUDENTS from CATHOLIC Elementary Schools, Parishes, and PSR Programs!
    Trinity Scholarships

    Visit Trinity's Open House on Sunday, November 8th  

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