'Making the space great for students' | Students at Rosati-Kain explore new addition

Photo by Sid Hastings
Rosati-Kain High School students took a test in the new chemistry classroom, part of the space created with the completion of a three-story addition to the school.The new wing boasts the lab, a learning commons and courtyard.

On the very first day of school, in the very first class period, senior Sarah Nolte staked out her new favorite place at Rosati-Kain High School – the learning commons and adjacent library in the foyer of the school's freshly minted, $4.5 million addition.

She sat at a table in the spacious, airy area -- think HGTV's "open concept" to the extreme -- reading a book and basking in natural light coming through windows facing the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to the west and a fabulous, brick-paved courtyard to the east.

"I love the library," Nolte said, simply and succinctly.

Adult education offerings popular in parishes

Staff at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Brentwood didn't know what to expect from their first adult religious education program offering recommended by the archdiocesan Catholic Education Office.

But "Oremus (Let Us Pray), a Guide to Catholic Prayer" from Ascension Press, was a hit, with more than 80 people coming to the class offering a guide to a simple, yet fruitful prayer life.

Since then, 50 to 60 people have attended each session.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Creating a society more just and Alive in Christ!

Kurt Nelson

A priority of my first year as superintendent was to assess our progress on the priorities and goals of the Alive in Christ! Mission Advancement Initiative. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson inspired us in Jan. 2010 with his vision that Catholic schools and parishes be "truly Alive in Christ! As centers of faith, learning, and service, they will be vibrant in their Catholic identity, growing, financially healthy and assisting those in need."

Editorial | A vital part of our mission

Catholic schools are a vital aspect of the Church's mission to preach the Gospel, Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Neb., and Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, told their fellow U.S. bishops last fall in a report on Catholic schools in the U.S. and underserved populations.

Catholic schools are a unique and rich blessing to the Church, the bishops said in their report. The schools offer hope when they reach out to diverse populations of Catholic children, they added.

Evangelization is simply 'sharing something good and helpful to other people,' speaker says

In the homily for the Mass to kick off the 2015-16 school year, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson quoted Pope Francis from "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel").

"An evangelizer must never look like someone who just came from a funeral," Pope Francis wrote. "May the world of our time ... receive the good news not from evangelizers who are dejected, discouraged or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospels whose lives glow with fever, who have first received the joy of Christ."

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Summer downtime is good for your brain

Kurt Nelson

"I'm bored!" How many times has that phrase been uttered at your house this summer? Parents and caregivers cringe at that complaint, but it might actually be more of an opportunity for your child than a problem.

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