November 2015 Newsletter

NE Deanery Federation of Catholic Schools

Teachers Learn about Autism and ADHD from Local Experts at November PLT Gathering

On Friday, November 6th teachers from the Federation schools gathered at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta for their Professional Learning Team meeting. The teachers heard 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 provided 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 were also available for Q&A and provided contact information for future questions.

November PLT

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: 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Students Honored for Essays on Women Religious 


The winners of the Stories of Our St. Louis Sisters Essay Contest were honored at an awards ceremony held on November 5 at Incarnate Word Academy. At left, Peggy O’Brien, Principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School, with student Alexander R., OLG teacher Jesse Joiner, and student Jusza P.  Alexander and Jusza were among the top winners of the contest sponsored by the Incarnate Word Foundation and the Catholic Education Center to promote awareness of the tremendous contributions of women religious to the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  

St. Angela Merici Classroom Saints - Each grade level at St. Angela Merici School is choosing a saint to learn about this month. They will each decorate their classroom door with a summary of their chosen saint's life, and will celebrate that saint's life with their actions.


St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Students Present Saints - 
5th grade students at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School recently presented the lives of several saints to their fellow students. They each memorized a brief summary about their chosen saint, and delivered to the audience as if they were the saint.  A few also presented to the congregation at 10:30am mass on Nov. 1, All Saints Day. 

Sacred Heart Students Going the Extra Mile - Sacred Heart School is hosting Mission Week Nov. 16-21. The theme is "Go the Extra Mile for Mission." It takes 84,480 pennies side by side to make a mile, so the goal is to raise $845 for the missions. All week long there will be opportunities for students to donate money which will go to various missionaries. 

St. Norbert Students Honor Veterans on Veterans Day - On Wednesday Nov. 11, the feast of Martin of Tours, patron saint of soldiers, the St. Norbert school and parish community honored Veterans at Mass. "We are grateful to them and so proud of their wonderful service to let us realize that we are the land of the free and the home of the brave," said Mr. Watkins, principal.

St. Norbert Honors Veterans

St. Ferdinand Advent Concert & Grandparents Day -  St. Ferdinand students in preschool, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grades are preparing for a special Advent concert on Wednesday, December 9.  There will be two performances: one in the morning for grandparents and special guests and another in the evening for parents and other parishioners.

CLN Students Prepare for Christmas Concert - 


All the students at Christ Light of the Nations have begun their preparations for this year's Christmas Concert. The students are working hard on learning their portion of the program, as well as Rock Band, Concert Band, Choir, Guitar, and

Keyboard club. The students in Keyboard have learned that if you take a complicated piece and split it so that everyone has a part, it comes together and sounds great. The students will perform for their parents, family and friends at their Christmas Concert on December 17th at Trinity High School!

BTC Students Hit the Stage - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta students performed Disney's Alladin Jr. on Nov. 12.  Students worked to prepare and produce the show with the help of Stages St. Louis.

Northeast Deanery Advent Novena

Prepare for CHRIST through nine days of Prayer. Each night of the Advent novena will begin at 7pm. The sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered each night, immediately following the Novena Service.

Parishes in the Northeast Deanery will be hosting an Advent Novena on the following dates: 
  • Sun., Dec 13: Fr. Rajpaul, St. Martin DePorres 
  • Mon., Dec 14: Fr. Jim Mitulski, St. Norbert 
  • Tues., Dec 15: Fr. Joseph Banden, St. Sabina 
  • Wed., Dec 16: Fr. Rosy, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta 
  • Thurs., Dec 17: Fr. O’Brien, Our Lady of Guadalupe 
  • Fri., Dec 18: Fr. Tom Haley, St. Ferdinand 
  • Sat., Dec 19: Fr. Mike Henning, Holy Name of Jesus 
  • Sun., Dec 20: Msgr. Ullrich, Sacred Heart
  • Mon., Dec. 21: Fr. Tim Henderson, Our Lady of the Rosary
Advent Novena in NE Deanery

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. 
  • Christ Light of the Nations School

    November 25 - Grandparents Day

  • Holy Name of Jesus Parish 

    December 5 - Breakfast with Santa sponsored by youth ministry
    December 19 - Advent Novena - Night 7 of 9

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish 
    November 21 - Garage Sale to Benefit Youth Group
    December 17 - Advent Novena - Night 5 of 9

  • Our Lady of the Rosary Parish

    November 18 - Women's Rosary Prayer Group 7-8p in Parish Center
    December 21 - Advent Novena - Night 9 of 9

  • Sacred Heart Parish 

    November 21 - Sports Trivia in Sacred Heart Gym, email to reserve a table.
    November 25 - Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service 7pm in Sacred Heart Church
    December 20- Advent Novena - Night 8 of 9

  • St. Angela Merici Parish 

    November 26 - Thanksgiving Day Parish Potluck Breakfast

  • St. Ferdinand Parish
    November 26 - St. Ferdinand Thanksgiving Dinner - free to all in the community. For more information or to make a donation, contact the rectory at 837-3165.
    December 15 - Advent Novena - Night 6 of 9

  • St. Martin de Porres Parish 

    December 8 - 7pm Mass and Dedication to begin the year of Mercy
    December 13 - Advent Novena - Night 1 of 9

    • St. Sabina Parish 

      December 4 - Texas Hold-em Tournament sponsored by St. Sabina Mens Club - For reservations call Gary at 314-838-1411.
      December 6 - Pancakes with Santa - see bulletin for details
      December 15 - Advent Novena - Night 3 of 9

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