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October 2017

Federation of Catholic Schools
United and 
Alive in Christ
News from the North County
Federation of Catholic Schools
Congratulations Fr. Nick - 30 Leaders in their Thirties
     This week, Fr. Nick Winker was recognized as one of North County Inc.'s 30 Leaders in their Thirties.  Each year, the regional development organization invites nominations from the north county community for young professionals who are making a difference.  Fr. Nick certainly makes a difference for the parishioners at St. Ann Catholic Church, leading their parish and school with energy and compassion.  Recently he led the installation of new LED lighting in the school building. Not only does the new lighting save energy, money and provides a better look, but the classrooms are now equipped with cutting-edge lights that are dimmable and they can change their color temperature. The hue of the light in a classroom can now be adjusted from hospital bright white to a much softer yellow fireside glow light.  Natural human biorhythms are informed by the color of the light around us, which means brightness and temperature of the light affect how we feel. Teachers now have the ability to use the light to help inform the students' bodies as well as their minds of the appropriate attitude and energy level for the task at hand.  Click this link to view a video clip of Fr. Nick receiving his award.

High School Open Houses this Weekend!
Trinity Catholic High School and the Titan Family invite all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and their families to OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, November 5th, 2017. This year, 8th Grade Families can enter a special drawing for a $500 Tuition Grant! Come by anytime between 12-4pm to tour our campus, grab a quick lunch, and meet the Students, Parents and Teachers who make up our TITAN FAMILY! A pre-registration link is available at
Incarnate Word Academy will also host an OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, Nov. 5th 11a-3p at 2788 Normandy Dr, Normandy, MO 63121 More details online at:

8th grade families, please remember to use this online application link to submit the application for your child to his/her first choice Catholic High School.

2nd Grade Students Gather for Retreat Days at Pallottine
Students from all the north county Catholic elementary schools and PSR programs had the opportunity to gather for special retreat days away from school to focus on the sacraments they will soon receive.  Second-grade students are preparing for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. The Sacred Heart Sisters from the Archdiocese's PaulVi Retreats led groups of schools through wonderful retreat days on Oct. 5 (Christ Light of the Nations, Holy Spirit, St. Norbert and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne), and Oct. 25 (Holy Trinity, Holy Spirit PSR, St. Ann, St. Ferdinand, and St. Sabina PSR) at Pallottine Retreat Center.  A third day is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 6 (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Sacred Heart).  Click here for more photos and video clips from the retreat days.

Students "Proclaim Joy" at Annual Confirmation Rally
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Over 250 students arrived at Trinity Catholic High School on Friday, Oct. 13 for the annual Confirmation Rally led by the REAP Team, Paul Masek and Rachel Leininger.  It was a beautiful day filled with music, prayer, laughter, reflection, and fun! Pizza and snacks fueled the students as they listened to talks to help get them thinking about the importance of the Sacrament of Confirmation they will receive this year.  The heard a talk on peace & justice from James Comninellis from the Archdiocese Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, and Fr. Brian Fallon and Sr. Karolyn of the Alton Franciscans gave an engaging presentation on vocations.  The day was complete with Mass celebrated by Bishop Rivituso.  Click here to view some video clips and photos from the day.

SSM Health DePaul Nurses Visit Schools to Teach Heart Health
Recently nurses from SSM Health DePaul Hospital visited students at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School and Christ Light of the Nations School to teach them about heart health, how the heart works and what happens when someone has a heart attack. They also learned how to call 911 if they are with someone who appears to be having a heart attack.  It was a great experience for the students and the nurses!  Click here to view more photos.

Updates on 
New Partnership School 
The principals and pastors at St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Schools have been working closely with the Director of North County Elementary Schools to move forward with the new Partnership School for the 2018-19 school year.  A Parent Advisory Group is forming, along with a new Board of Directors.  Stay tuned! Information and updates will be posted to this web page: as more details about the new school become available.  
Upcoming Events and Activities
Looking for faith formation opportunities or a fun night out with friends? Browse the parish bulletins for a wealth of information about events and activities that our parishes and schools are hosting in the coming weeks. You can access each parish's weekly bulletin online through these links.

Upcoming Fall Festivals and Fundraisers at our Parishes:
(click the links for more details in each parish's bulletin or website)
November 10 - Fried Chicken Dinner at Holy Name of Jesus Parish
December 3 - First Sunday of Advent - stay tuned for opportunities for prayer and reflection available at all north county parishes during Advent

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!

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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