VOLUME 17 NUMBER 10
NOVEMBER 2, 2012 CATHOLIC EDUCATION CENTER ARCHDIOCESE OF SAINT LOUIS
Director of Marketing
and Community Relations
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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School
is growing and Alive in Christ!
November 1, the Feast of All Saints, is a holy
day of obligation in the Catholic Church.
Although Catholic schools traditionally close on
this day, they find ways to celebrate their heroes
at school, and pray for their own sainthood...
Most Sacred Heart Catholic
School—Eureka eighth graders processed
into the all-school Mass last Friday dressed as the
saints whose names they have chosen for
After Mass, they visited the classrooms
throughout the school to teach the younger
students about “their” saint and explain why they
chose the saint as their role model. (See page 4
for more saints stories!)
Blessed Teresa of
Calcutta Catholic School
has completed the final phase of some
major construction and renovation begun
last May due to three consecutive years of
growth in the school’s enrollment.
A completely new two-story connector
between the two school buildings was
built to replace a former one-level
connection. The computer and science
labs and school library have been
relocated into remodeled space,
and wireless access has been expanded to
the entire school facility in preparation
for a new iPad computer lab.
(Pictured—Kalle M. and Eva F. cut the
tape to open the new construction!)
The staff of Kennedy
Catholic High School
rolled up their sleeves and picked
up paint brushes on Monday,
October 8, while Kennedy
students enjoyed a day off school
in celebration of Columbus Day.
The faculty and staff devoted the
day to the development of their
faith community in service to
Karen House, the Catholic
facility providing shelter to
women and children at risk.
Villa Duchesne and
Oak Hill School junior
kindergarten through grade 12
pantries. Villa Duchesne’s
Thespian Society collected the
food as part of their annual TOTS
juniors Emily G., Kitty S. and
Paige J. help pack the 1.5 tons of
donated canned goods.)
Catholic High School Open Houses!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Times available at
and Oak Hill
School hosted its
annual National Honor
ceremony on October 24,
2012 for 44 juniors and 40
seniors recently selected
for their exemplary
service and character.
St. Joseph’s Academy alumnae were invited to return to the school to
speak to the student body about their successes in their various endeavors since
October 18, three
alums shared their
experiences as they
pursue their career
paths and the life
lessons drawn from
their Christian faith
that they wish to pass
on to this generation
of St. Joe Angels.
More assemblies are
planned in the future.
(Above, left to right—Molly Z., Senior Class President; Theresa Klein, Alumae
Director, Nicole Benoist, ’93; Patti Sullivan, ’82; and Lauren Ruggeri ’02)
The St. Vincent High School Marching Band earned first place in the
1A/2A class on October 27 at the Invitational Marching Festival for public and
private secondary schools in
the southeastern region of
Missouri. The event was held
at Ste. Genevieve High
The St. Vincent High School
Color Guard also gave an
earning the high score in the
3A, highly-competitive class,
reported Dr. Patricia
Hensley, President, St
Vincent de Paul Catholic
St. Joan of Arc Catholic
School seventh and eighth grade
students recently received training in
conflict resolution skills from N.J.
Sterneck of the National Council on
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
The students shared what they learned
with other classes, and will serve as
peer mediators when conflicts arise.
“The program helps students develop
strong leaderships skills that will
serve them for life,” said Deborah
DaLay, St. Joan of Arc Principal.
Essay Contest on
The International Catholic
announces the first annual
Essay Contest on Christian
For official contest rules,
Pastor of St.
celebrated Mass on
October 16 at
for all 22 students
from the parish,
and after Mass, he
treated everyone to
Fr. Purcell, center, back row, with St. Joseph students/parishioners)
Visitation Academy welcomed West County Fire and EMS for a recent
visit to teach the Montessori and Toddler students about fire safety.
Students toured the fire
truck and ambulance,
met the fire fighters,
tried on fire hats, and
witnessed Mrs. Amy
Teacher Assistant, try
on fire fighter gear.
Students look forward
to this special visit each
Sacred Heart Catholic School—Valley Park eighth graders
participated in an outdoor educational experience this month at Sherwood Forest
Camp in Lesterville, Missouri.
The students exercised their strength
and problem-solving skills while
performing team-building activities.
At “Tango Tower,” they demonstrated
courage while encouraging one
another to meet their individual goals.
After three fun-filled days, they
returned stronger as a class, as a team,
We pray for the repose of the
souls of the faithful departed in
our families, schools, parishes
and communities, and
Eleanor Schaab, mother of Fr.
Denny Schaab, Pastor of Sacred
Heart Parish—Valley Park, who
passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 30,
Barbara Brady-Davis, (suddenly)
mother of children in kindergarten
and second grade at Good
School of Religion, and two
older children, alums of Good
Shepherd Parish School of
May their souls,
and all the souls
of the faithful departed,
rest in peace.
Dressed in pink, the students of
St. Agnes Catholic
School in Bloomsdale gathered
in church on October 29 to pray the
Rosary. Before each Hail Mary, the
children prayed for the people of
one of the fifty states who are
living with cancer, for their
caregivers, and for a cure for the
We pray for all the faithful
departed on this Feast of All
Souls. May they enjoy the full
presence of God!
Around the Archdiocese...
St. Gabriel the
has launched the first phase
of its Emerson Gold Star
Grant funded broadcasting
The student media club,
sponsored by St. Gabriel
teachers, has initiated a
morning broadcast of school
news and announcements
transmitted via computer to
interactive boards in the
classrooms. Student broadcasters enjoy the live performance viewed by fellow
students who can both see AND hear the news of the day.
In the second phase of the program, the media club plans to videotape school
activities and broadcast them on Friday afternoons throughout the school.
the Feast of All
Saints at school.
After having studied
Valle Catholic High School students visit
the elementary school classrooms during Red Ribbon
Week each October to talk about the importance of
living a drug-free life.
Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug
prevention campaign in the country, and its ultimate
goal is the creation of drug free America!
(Pictured at left—Valle Catholic seniors Nicholas K.
and Matthew B.)
the lives of some of the saints, they
each chose one to depict in costume
at Mass, and shared what they had
learned with parents, teachers and
(At left, St. Joan of Arc
Catholic School third
grade “saints” present an All Saints
prayer service for the school.)