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

Federation Pastors Renew Commitment to Collaboration

As we begin the third school year since the Federation of Catholic Schools was established in April 2010, the eleven pastors and eight principals who lead the parishes and schools of the Northeast Deanery attended their quarterly meeting on September 12th.  Each pastor renewed his parish’s commitment to collaboration with all the parishes of the Deanery by signing the Federation agreement for 2013-14. The agreement outlines the Federation’s main areas of responsibility, including working together toward the viability, academic excellence, diversity and efficiency of our 8 elementary schools (learn more at 

The commitment includes financial support of the Federation totaling $60,000, with that amount divided among the eleven parishes using a scale based on last year’s offertory income.   These funds make it possible for our Federation to engage in joint programs such as the Professional Learning Teams for teachers, promotion of the Joint Open House during Catholic Schools Week, and events like Fine Arts Night, shared field trips and other activities that bring students and families from our eight schools together.   In addition, as of July 1, 2012 these funds provide for the salary of our part-time Director of Advancement position, which was previously funded by the Catholic Education Office.

Aligned with Archbishop Carlson’s Alive in Christ 2018 Mission Advancement plans, in the coming year pastors and principals will continue to meet quarterly to work on setting priorities and goals for making measurable progress in these areas of responsibility. Archbishop Carlson continues to support the work of the Federation and frequently refers to the Northeast Deanery as one model of effective collaboration within the Archdiocese.  Learn more about the Archbishop’s vision for Catholic education at 


Alive in Christ Scholarships

Nearly 200 families in the Northeast Deanery will receive Alive in Christ Scholarships through the Archbishop’s Mission Advancement initiative.  In this first year of the program, families with children currently enrolled were invited to apply for the scholarships, which are based on financial need.  Also, families new to Catholic Schools, both Catholic and of other faiths, were invited to apply for their children entering Kindergarten through 4th grade.  More families in the our Deanery received the scholarships than in any other Deanery of the Archdiocese.  Learn more about scholarships from Superintendent George Henry by viewing his recent presentation to pastors and principals.


Catholic elementary schools are a strong asset to the North County community.  Spreading the good news that our schools are open to all who desire a quality, faith-based education for their children is important to the continued stability of enrollment in our Deanery schools. The Commission on Marketing and Advancement would like to uncover more local opportunities to promote Federation schools in the North County community.  If you have a suggestion for a creative way to advertise our schools (maybe in a program for a local event, a neighborhood newsletter or a community fair, etc.), please contact us by e-mail or call Cara Koen at 314-537-3174. 



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.

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Back to School Blessings

With students and teachers settling in for another school year, several schools are sharing what’s in store for their students:

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe students will focus on Women of the Church, and specifically the patronesses of our Northeast Deanery parishes including Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, St. Rose Philippine Duchense, St. Angela Merici and of course Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Other schools are invited to participate with them. Read More
  • St. Norbert School celebrates their 25th Anniversary this school year, with many fun activities being planned.  Read More
  • Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School spent the summer under construction as they prepare to reunite the parish and school at one location on Chambers Rd. The school opened its doors for the new school year on Sept. 4th.
  • Christ Light of the Nations students will "Join Hands with Christ to Build a Better World." Read More
  • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne students will participate in a teacher-led character education program every other Friday morning this year.
Read more details about what’s happening at our Federation schools at



Parent Resources Page

The Learning Consultant Professional Learning Team has put together a collection of online resources for parents in areas such as Kindergarten Readiness, Homework Helps, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Special Education and more.  Click here to view the Parent Resources page and be sure to bookmark for future reference.


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