Newsletters‎ > ‎

October 2019

Federation of Catholic Schools
United and 
Alive in Christ
News from the North County
Federation of Catholic Schools

Visit Trinity Catholic High School
During Open House Sunday
Open House (1)

All are welcome to come and take a tour of our local Catholic high school this Sunday during Open House, 12PM-4PM at 1720 Redman Road, St. Louis, MO 63138.  For 8th grade students, the online high school application is open and must be completed by November 15th!

Parent Survey Invitation

Parent Survey Invitation - Watch Your Inbox!
As a part of our commitment to developing a Diversity & Inclusion Plan for each of our schools this year, the Federation of Catholic Schools is conducting an introductory survey for key stakeholders including teachers, parents, students, parishioners and supporters of Catholic education.  

Parents of all students enrolled at a Catholic school in north county should expect to receive an e-mail from Dr. Alice Prince during the week of Oct. 28th.  The e-mail will include a link to the parent survey.

You are invited to watch this brief video (direct link: to learn more about Dr. Prince's work with our schools this year. 

Please take five minutes to complete the survey when you receive it via e-mail.  The survey is available in English and Spanish. If you do not receive an e-mail with the survey link by Monday, November 4th, please contact your school principal.  Paper copies are also available if you are not able to complete the survey online. The parent survey will close on November 12th, so please complete it as soon as possible.

Teachers have already completed their initial survey, middle school students will have the opportunity to complete the survey during the school day next month, and other stakeholders will be invited to complete the survey soon.  If you are NOT a school parent but would like to receive the link to the survey for parishioners and other stakeholders when it's available, please complete this form or e-mail

Thank you for taking the time to share your input and perspective by participating in this important survey.  

Sincerely in Christ,
The Federation of Catholic Schools - Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Mr. Rick Danzeisen, North County Regional Director,
     Office of Catholic Education & Formation
Dr. Alice Prince, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant,
     Federation of Catholic Schools
Rev. Nick Winker, Pastor, St. Ann
Mr. Jacob Reft, Principal, St. Ann
Rev. Thomas Haley, Pastor, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
Mrs. Addie Govero, Principal, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
Mrs. Anna Davis, Principal, All Saints Academy at St. Ferdinand
Ms. Peggy O’Brien, Principal, Our Lady of Guadalupe
Mrs. Michelle Patke, Principal, Our Lady of Guadalupe
Ms. Gloria Howell, Enrollment Director, Trinity Catholic High School
Mrs. Cara Koen, Director of Advancement, Federation of Catholic Schools

Fall Retreats Unite Teachers, Students in Christ's Love
Again this year our Federation teachers and students have had the opportunity to participate in retreat days designed to help them focus on their relationship with Christ.  Through the collaborative work of the Federation of Catholic Schools, these retreat days are a special opportunity for teachers as they serve as catechists and for the students as they prepare to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.  

The teachers retreat day was held at Cardinal Rigali Center on Friday, October 4th, led by Fr. Chris Schroeder, SJ from DeSmet Jesuit.  The theme was Blessed are those Called to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb

Second Grade students will have gathered for their special day in preparation of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist at St. Sabina Parish on October 18 (All Saints Academy at St. Ferdinand & St. Norbert and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta), October 25 (Sacred Heart, Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Sabina PSR) and we will complete the third retreat on November 15 (All Saints Academy at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Christ Light of the Nations and St. Ann).

Finally, 7th and 8th Grade Students will experience the 13th Annual Confirmation Rally on November 7th at St. Norbert Parish, led by the REAP Team.  Please pray for everyone who is preparing and attending these retreat days, that they will be filled with the Holy Spirit!

Catholic High School Students Journey to Southern Border
Please pray for the group of Catholic high school students, accompanied by Sr. Cathy Doherty, SSND, pastoral associate at Our Lady of Guadalupe, as they travel this week to the Rio Grande Canal for Mass at the Border.74634682_2707514922602295_3946376690715852800_n


Upcoming Events at North County Deanery Parishes 

Our Catholic parish communities in North County offer many opportunities each month for faith formation and fun and fellowship.   Check for details in the weekly parish bulletins.

Fall Festival




Sacred Heart Respect Life - Sing Along



Check out the new website featuring stories about the people, places and progress in North St. Louis County! Share your #truenorth story at or 

on social media #TrueNorth #TrueNorthCounty

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!

    (314) 537-3174