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September 2016

Federation of Catholic Schools
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Alive in Christ
News from the Northeast Deanery
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Junior High Students Participated in 10th Annual Confirmation Rally at Trinity High School
Confirmation Rally Mass

On Friday, September 16 Trinity Catholic High School’s gymnasium was filled with music and over 275 kids and adults in colorful t-shirts as Northeast Deanery junior high students come together for the 10th Annual Northeast Deanery Confirmation Rally with the theme “Living Mercy.”  This opportunity to praise and worship God while interacting with their peers from other schools and parishes was designed to help students grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ as they journey through their junior high years and prepare to receive the sacrament of Confirmation in the spring.   Students from the following schools and parish PSR programs were in attendance:  Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Christ Light of the Nations, Sacred Heart, St. Angela Merici, St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, the Academy at St. Sabina and St. Sabina PSR.

The REAP Team, led by Paul Masek and Rachel Leininger, facilitated the day, which began with a fun icebreaker activity, “Musical Hot Potato.” Then, Paul and Rachel presented the keynote talk: “10 Ways to Ruin Your Confirmation,” followed by small group discussion facilitated by adult leaders.  Before lunch, the group split for “Girls and Guys” sessions. The afternoon had a new format this year, with three breakout sessions that small groups will be rotating through.  In the gymnasium, Dr. Jonathan Smith, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Community Engagement at Saint Louis University spoke on Peace & Justice.  In the chapel, Paul and Rachel presented about the healing power of Reconciliation. And in the cafeteria Fr. Chris Martin, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and Sister M. Grace Augustine invited students to talk to God in prayer about their lives and listen for God's response.  After the breakout sessions, everyone returned to the gymnasium for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the closing mass celebrated by Fr. Martin.

This is the 10th year that Deacon Bill Twellmann from St. Norbert organized the Confirmation Rally for all Northeast Deanery parishes and schools.  “It’s a great experience for the kids,” said Deacon Bill. “They receive some excellent faith formation from the REAP Team and have an opportunity to get to know one another and realize they are not alone in their faith journey, that hundreds of other kids are right here with them in their community.” 

The confirmation rally is a collaborative program of the Federation of Catholic Schools. Thank you to The Koch Foundation, a Catholic foundation committed to supporting a variety of evangelization efforts, for providing grant funding in support of this event.

Teachers Take STEM Challenge at September PLT Gathering
The Federation of Catholic Schools Professional Learning Teams gathered on September 2nd at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Florissant for their first meeting of the 2016-17 school year.  The full group of teachers and principals received a hands-on introduction to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning by Dr. Ray Wicks and Mrs. Sue Gieseke, who have provided this training to Catholic educators in the Archdiocese of St. Louis for the past three years through a grant by Monsanto to the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation. Pictured below are the teachers working in small groups in the "create" stage of the challenge.  View more pictures on the Federation website.
PLT STEM Challenge
National Conference for Catholic Education Coming to St. Louis in April 2017
The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) is hosting its annual conference in St. Louis in April 2017!  Catholic educators and administrators from across the country and beyond will be coming to our city for this exciting event.  Check out the welcome video that the Archdiocese of St. Louis Catholic Education Office prepared and presented at the conference last spring in San Diego. Follow the #NCEA17 hashtag on Twitter and get ready to learn about all the great things happening at the conference and, more importantly, in Catholic education!

Spread the Word! Follow our Schools and Parishes on Facebook

Many of our NE Deanery 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.

    Other North County Catholic institutions are also on Facebook - be sure to follow them, too!

    A Message from Trinity Catholic High School Admissions Office

    Trinity has been honored and blessed to partner with incredible Parishes and elementary schools like yours. Superior, Catholic Education will always be available at Trinity Catholic High School. Trinity will again be hosting of the Archdiocesan High School Night on Thursday, October 6th. We invite you to come and see the power and influence of secondary, Catholic education, and the power and influence of our Trinity Titans! Students in 7th and 8th grades are also highly encouraged to schedule a Shadow visit to Trinity, where you can get a first-hand look at what a life-changing high school experience is really like! If your family ever needs help connecting with important resources for making the best decision for your student, call or email the Office of Admissions at 314-741-1333 ext. 223


    The Trinity experience is one that all students should be able to engage in. Look out for information regarding our Comprehensive Scholarship Program, recognizing dozens of Catholic elementary students in our area for their tremendous achievements through 8th grade!

    Know of someone who would be interested in hearing about our Catholic Schools?  Forward this message to a friend and invite them to join our e-mail list.
    Upcoming Events 
    around the Deanery
    Here are a few examples of events and activities that our parishes and schools are hosting in the coming weeks. You can access more information by browsing each parish's weekly bulletin.

    What's Beyond Sunday?
    Eight of our Northeast Deanery Parishes are currently conducting the Beyond Sunday Education Campaign.  Learn more about this historic campaign to secure the future of Catholic Education. These parishes are in the third and final block of the campaign, which has already been able to offer scholarships to over 1,000 middle-income families to attend Catholic elementary schools and high schools. Up to $750,000 in Beyond Sunday Academic Capacity Enhancement and Transformational Innovation Grants will also be available for the 2017-18 school year.  The Federation of Catholic Schools as a group, as well as individual schools, are eligible to apply for these grants, and we are now working on ideas for specific applications. If your parish is currently conducting the Beyond Sunday campaign, please prayerfully consider how you might participate!

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

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