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October 2018

Federation of Catholic Schools
United and 
Alive in Christ
News from the North County
Federation of Catholic Schools
Students PROCLAIM JOY at 2018 Confirmation Rally
More than 250 students and 50 chaperones from our north county deanery Catholic elementary schools and PSR programs spent the day at Trinity Catholic High School on September 28th for the 12th Annual Confirmation Rally.  Led by The REAP Team's Paul Masek and Rachel Leininger, the teens had a full day of activities, talks, small group discussions, Eucharistic Adoration, and Mass.  Small groups were assigned so that each group had students from several different schools, giving participants a chance to get out of their comfort zone, meet their counterparts from around the north county deanery and experience how they are part of the larger Body of Christ as they prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation.  Click here for a photo album from the day.

After the rally, parents received a follow-up letter with information about the experiences their child had and suggestions for starting conversations with them. Also, students were asked to reflect on the day and share something that they learned about their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. Here are a few of their responses:
  • I was reminded of our faith during the slides about not ruining our confirmation 
  • That you can meet Christ in anyone.
  • I learned that people around me have some of the same problems. 
  • I learned that being confirmed is a big step in our life with God and it helps me grow my faith with him.
  • That He died for us and that everything has a meaning.
  • One thing I learned is that you can always go to Jesus when you need to he is there for you no matter what you do.
  • I learned how to make the most of my confirmation and not to treat it like a graduation.
  • To always worship God and to not treat Confirmation like it's nothing.
  • I will remember that Jesus loves me for who I am 
  • That He is going to love you no matter what you do or say
  • I learned to not treat Confirmation like its the end of your relationship with God.
  • Jesus knows we are human and knows that we will make mistakes and he will always forgive us.
  • I learned that “come Holy Spirit” is just as much of a prayer as any long prayer. 
  • I learned about the other girls in our little groups. I liked that. How we shared what we liked about the presentation. 
  • Yes I did learn a lot of faith and it strengthened my relationship with God and Jesus  
  • I learned not to neglect the Holy Spirit.
  • That Jesus is always with us and that he comes in different forms like a homeless guy or your neighbor. 
Part of the funding for this retreat day 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.  The grant will also fund retreats for our 2nd grade students at Pallottine Renewal Center on Oct. 24, 25 and 29.  Each day 3-4 schools will send their 2nd grade students for a day of reflection as they prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Trauma-Informed Teachers 
One of the most valued benefits of the Federation of Catholic Schools collaboration is the teacher's participation in Professional Learning Teams (PLTs). On five Friday afternoons per year, teachers from all the elementary schools gather at one of the school campuses and meet in their PLT groups, which are grade-level groups for preschool through fifth grade and subject-area groups for upper-grade Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, etc.  Physical Education, Technology, Art and Music also each have a PLT.  

For the first PLT gathering of the 2018-19 school year, the principals invited counselors from Saint Louis Counseling's School Partnership Program to present a workshop to all teachers on "Becoming Trauma-Informed: The Impact of Trauma on Children."   The presentation included information on how trauma affects brain development and gave practical tips and strategies to help teachers deal with issues as they may arise in their classrooms.

In addition to these types of professional development opportunities, our schools also have increased access to professional counseling thanks to the Beyond Sunday Grant received by the Archdiocese of St. Louis' Department of Special Education.  The grant expanded to all Federation schools a program that started last year, which provides a school counselor on-site part-time at each school and a  speech-language pathologist who works mostly to evaluate preschool, kindergarten, and primary grade students for early intervention.

North County Parishes & Schools are FILLED with Opportunities for Fellowship this Fall!

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!


Oct. 12 - Florissant Food Truck Knights

Oct. 13 - Public Square Rosary - Legion of Mary

Noon at Dunn Rd. & West Florissant

Oct. 13-14 - Garage Sale at St. Ann in Normandy

Oct. 13 - Music Trivia at St. Ferdinand

Oct. 20 - Race to the Shrine 5K Run/Walk

Oct. 20 - Under the Big Top 2018 Auction at Trinity

Oct. 20 - The Conversation

               A Catholic Perspective on End-of-Life Issues


  • Nov. 10 - Craft Fair 10a-2p
Holy Name of Jesus Parish/ Christ Light of the Nations School
  • Oct. 24 - Blood Drive at Holy Name of Jesus Community Center 4-6:30p
Holy Spirit Parish
  • Nov. 11 - Quilt Bingo 11:30a
Holy Trinity Parish
  • Oct. 21 - Family Breakfast and Bake Sale 7a-1p
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
  • Oct. 27-28 - Guadalupe Dancers and Matachines at History Museum
Sacred Heart Parish
  • Oct. 14 - Oktoberfest - Mass on the Grass, Rides, Games, Fried Chicken Dinner, All are Welcome!
  • Nov. 3 - Sacred Heart Dinner Auction
St. Ann Normandy 
  • Oct. 13-14 - Garage Sale
St. Angela Merici Parish
  • Oct. 19 - Movie Night
St. Ferdinand Parish
  • Oct. 13 - Music Trivia
  • Nov. 4 - Ladies Sodality Quilt Bingo 11am
St. Martin de Porres Parish
  • Oct. 26 - Donna Cori Gibson Concert at 7pm
St. Norbert Parish
  • Nov. 3 - Auction Gala
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish
  • Oct. 20 - The Conversation: A Catholic Perspective on End-of-Life Issues
  • Nov. 3 - Fall Festival Meat Shoot & Shopping Fair
  • Nov. 10 - 8th Grade Bingo Dinner

St. Sabina Parish
  • Oct. 25 - St. Sabina's St. Vincent DePaul Fundraiser at Hendel's

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!

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