Volume 17 No. 10 - November 2, 2012 - Archdiocese of St. Louis


Volume 17 No. 10 - November 2, 2012 - Archdiocese of St. Louis




Sue Brown

Director of Marketing

and Community Relations



Phone: 314.792.7304

Fax: 314.792.7315

Cell: 314.479.1283


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




pounds of

food in


for area


pantries. Villa Duchesne’s

Thespian Society collected the

food as part of their annual TOTS

-EAT (Trick-or-Treat-So-Kids-

Can-Eat) campaign.

(Pictured—Villa Duchesne

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


Villa Duchesne

and Oak Hill

School hosted its

annual National Honor

Society induction

ceremony on October 24,

2012 for 44 juniors and 40

seniors recently selected

for their exemplary

scholarship, leadership,

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

graduation. On

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

outstanding performance,

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

Stewardship Council

announces the first annual

Essay Contest on Christian


in the

Catholic Tradition

For official contest rules,

visit http://


Father Henry

Purcell, Associate

Pastor of St.

Joseph Parish-


celebrated Mass on

October 16 at

John F.



High School

for all 22 students

from the parish,

and after Mass, he

treated everyone to

lunch! (Pictured—

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

Bischoff, Toddler

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,

as friends!

We pray for the repose of the

souls of the faithful departed in

our families, schools, parishes

and communities, and

especially for...

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

Shepherd—Hillsboro Parish

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


Catholic School

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.

St. Ann


School third

graders celebrated

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.)

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