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Archdiocesan briefs March 30

McMurphy's closes

St. Mary’s Preschool in North County to close at end of school year

St. Mary's Special Services is transitioning from a site-based preschool to a service-provider model in North County to reach more preschool-age children with special needs in that area.

The board of directors of St. Mary's Special Services, in consultation with the archdiocesan Catholic Education Office, on March 23 approved a transition from a site-based operation in Spanish Lake to a service-provider model in Catholic preschools and elementary schools throughout North County. The move will triple the number of preschool-age children with special needs they will serve in North County.

St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf embraces rapidly changing approaches to deaf education

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Dr. Liz Welch, an audiologist at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, examined Jennings Miller’s ears during a visit.

As Cora Buck squished a bright green lump of modeling dough between her fingers, she let out a little laugh when a teacher put some on her nose.

"Are you making a snake?" Cheryl Broekelmann asked the wide-eyed child during a recent visit to the classroom. "Is that a scary snake? Say, no, it's a happy snake. Can you show me your happy face? Happy!" Cora gritted her lower teeth to make a silly smile, eliciting laughter from her teachers.

Mental toughness defined SLUH’s racquetball team

St. Louis University High School senior Chris Schulze practiced with his RacquetBill teamates. In addition to winning the teams seventh straight national title, the team also won its seventh consecutive state title, and 18th overall.

The St. Louis area is recognized in the sporting world for its teams and athletes on many levels and in many sports.

Add high school racquetball to the mix.

Joe "Doc" Koestner has coached St. Louis University High School's racquetball program since 1985. The Junior Billikens haven't had a losing season since 1990 and have won 11 national championships since 1998, including the seventh consecutive in 2017. No other school has more than five national titles in the 29-year history of the event. SLUH also has won 18 state titles.

A Green Machine | With the school leading the way, Holy Redeemer Parish aims for zero waste

Photos by Teak Phillips | teakphillips@archstl.org| @TeakPhillips

Jamie Hasemeier stomped on compostables at the Holy Redeemer Parish fish fry March 24 in Webster Groves. The yellow bins are for food scraps and compostables, which are taken to a local commercial facility to convert into compost for yards and gardens. Sarah Andres helped steady the bin for Hasemeier, while Hasemeier’s daughter Clara, left, watched.

During World War II, the illustration "Rosie the Riveter" depicted a determined woman filling a man's dirty, factory job to help American troops fight the Axis powers.

Fast-forward about 75 years and you'll find a just-as-determined woman working in another dirty job to help her parish community fight a pressing issue of the day.

So it was that Jamie Hasemeier — dressed similarly to Rosie in a green bandana, a denim shirt, an apron and gloves on a late March day — unglamorously was sifting through garbage at Holy Redeemer Parish's fish fry.

Yes, garbage.

Renovated chapel at Vianney is the ‘center of a holy place’

Seniors at St. John Vianney High School began religion class with an Ignation meditation in the new Curé of Ars Chapel. The chapel recently underwent a renovation and update to expand capacity and highlight the work of late Marianist artist Brother Mel Meyer.

For 57 years the chapel at St. John Vianney High School has been referred to as just that — "The Chapel." Now, following an extensive renovation, its name is the Curé of Ars Chapel in recognition of the school's namesake, St. John Vianney.

The Marianist brothers no longer live on campus, so the chapel now is used exclusively by the school. The renovation increased the capacity so a full grade level fits in it. The work created a more harmonious aesthetic uniting the windows, walls, furniture, flooring, liturgical pieces, artwork and lighting. A new sound system was installed as well.

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