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Alive in Christ
News from the Northeast Deanery
Federation of Catholic Schools


Enrollment Data Demonstrates Stability and Diversity

According to the Archdiocese Office of Pastoral Planning, elementary school enrollment has risen in the Northeast Deanery for the second year, the only area in the Archdiocese to experience an enrollment increase for two years in a row.  The eight schools that belong to the Federation of Catholic Schools have a combined total enrollment of 2,064 for the 2012-13 school year, compared with 2,051 in 2011-12, and 2,036 in 2010-11.  Kindergarten enrollment is at 252, up from 236 last year.  This is the first time since the 2005 reorganization of the Northeast Deanery that the number of students enrolled in Kindergarten (252) is greater than the number of 8th grade students set to graduate this year (241).

Preschool enrollment is also on the rise, with nearly 350 3- and 4-year olds receiving their first school experience at a Federation Catholic school.  This number is more than double than the 150 preschoolers who were enrolled at a deanery school in 2005-06.

The Federation has been proactive in maintaining alignment with the Archbishop’s Mission Advancement initiative for Catholic education. The Alive in Christ Scholarship program provided assistance for 95 new students in Kindergarten through 4th grade to enroll in a Federation school.  In addition, 93 current students in the deanery remained enrolled thanks to the additional financial help from the program.

"These are all positive signs for Catholic education in our community, and evidence that our commitment to working together, which has been a priority since 2005, is producing good results," said Father Mike Henning, pastor of Holy Name of Jesus parish and pastoral representative for the Federation. “We will continue to build on this success by focusing on more opportunities to collectively grow not only enrollment, but also Catholic identity and academic excellence while embracing diversity and sharing resources.”



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.  Here are a few highlighted upcoming events:
  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish's Ladies Club will host its 7th Annual Shopping and Craft Fair at the Parish Hall (2650 Parker Road) on Saturday, December 1st, 9am-1pm.  Vendors from all the popular home party companies will be represented along with unique gift ideas from many local independent crafters. 
  • Families have several options to enjoy Breakfast with Santa throughout the deanery.  Click here to view dates, locations and more information.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day
    Wednesday, Dec. 12, 9:00 am Mass in English with Archbishop Robert Carlson followed by Brunch. 
    RSVP to the Our Lady of Guadalupe parish office at 314-522-9264
  • Old St. Ferdinand Shrine will host a Christmas Concert on December 16 - more details available on the Shrine website.
To learn more about all the events and opportunities at the 11 parishes in the Northeast Deanery, view each parish's weekly bulletin online.  Links to each bulletin are available on the Federation website.



The 4th and 5th Grade students at Sacred Heart School have completed their Cans for Christ Project.  For the past four weeks, the students have been earning food items by doing extra chores around their homes or neighborhoods.  Our goal was to send 335 items to TEAM to help feed our hungry brothers and sisters in North County. We happily exceeded our goal!  Monsignor Mark Ullrich recently blessed 467 items before they were sent to the food pantry.  All of the food needed to be a gift from the students themselves, not from their parents.  Raking leaves, cleaning the garage, and extra babysitting became labors of love and care for others, as students were paid with cans of soup or boxes of macaroni. Living the Gospel message to feed the hungry and care for the poor became a reality for these young Christians. 
Mrs. Judy Lance, 5th Grade Teacher, Sacred Heart School

On November 12, we celebrated Veteran's Day with a flag ceremony accompanied with taps and patriotic songs.  This day also was a kickoff for our support of the troops by collecting snack items.  We will be sending these items to the troops oversees.

- Mrs. Mary Ann Kauffman,

Principal, St. Angela Merici




November 2012 Newsletter
The Federation of Catholic Schools wants to keep you informed of accomplishments as a result of our schools and parishes working together. Newsletters are published  monthly in each parish bulletin, and past issues are available to view on the Federation website.


November began with the celebration of All Saints Day, and students throughout the deanery spent time focused on learning more about the lives of the Saints in some creative ways. 

Several classes, including the 5th grade students at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, researched and studied about the history of their favorite Saints and then brought them to “life” in a “Saints Wax Museum,” where students dressed as their chosen Saint and shared a little about his/her life and importance to the Church with their classmates and others in attendance.

At St. Angela Merici, students decorated bowling pins as favorite Saints and placed them in the parish for the enjoyment of parishioners and visitors.  Below are a few photos of the bowling pin saints:



      The Commission on Marketing and Advancement for the Federation continues to seek innovative ways to promote the availability, affordability and quality of Catholic education available to North County families at our eight elementary schools.  Here are some examples of how we are spreading the good news:  

  • The St. Louis American newspaper featured a brief article on the availability of quality, affordable Catholic education in North County in its Private Schools edition in newsstands Oct. 18-24.
  • Throughout December and January you will notice outdoor posters at bus stop shelters along Lindbergh promoting the Catholic Schools Week Open Houses at our schools on January 27, 2013.  Point these signs out to your family and friends and share why you support Catholic schools—either as a parent or a parishioner!

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

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