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Clergy appointments for Dec. 12

Rev. Thomas M. Robertson, pastor of St. George Parish in St. Louis, is appointed senior associate pastor of both St. George Parish, St. Louis, and St. Dominic Savio Parish, Affton, effective Jan. 3, 2017.

The Kitchen Table

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At mid-morning on a recent Thursday, the kitchen was a flurry of activity as the chef and her assistants prepared the luncheon fare for that day.

Ham and cheese sliders, with potato wedges and fried pickles, for the main course, and homemade pudding for dessert.

Yum! And these sliders weren't just ham and cheese slapped on any old bun; they were the loving creation of Bertha Wherry, the lead chef for the day. She put her twist on a standard recipe to make it special.

Veterans retreat focused on God’s light in the darkness

In Jesuit Father James Conroy, the White House Jesuit Retreat in south St. Louis County has perhaps the perfect leader for its annual veterans retreat — Friday, June 30, to Sunday, July 2, just before Independence Day.

Being a Jesuit priest at a Jesuit retreat center certainly qualifies in the spiritual aspect, but Father Conroy also fulfills the temporal nature of the retreat, connecting him quickly with men and women who have served their country.

He's a veteran himself, of the Vietnam War.

Song, artwork get to heart of anti-poverty effort

Left: “It Takes 17 Muscles to Smile,” artwork from Cor Jesu Academy’s Emma Mohrmann
Right: Sheet music for Kelly Beekman’s song, “One of Millions”

Two students from the archdiocese used their artistic talent for a good cause in entering the 2016-17 Catholic Campaign for Human Development Multimedia Youth Contest.

Mission accomplished.

Cor Jesu sophomore Kelly Beekman won the grand prize for her song, "One of Millions." Fellow Cor Jesu sophomore Emma Mohrmann won third place in the grades 10-12 division for her artwork, "It Takes 17 Muscles to Smile." They were among the five national award winners in the contest.

Finding heart and home in Resurrection Park

Father Jim Cormack, CM, pastor of St. Catherine Laboure in Sappington, blessed the builders of a home under construction in East St. Louis, Ill. The house is the 21st to be built in a community called Resurrection Park, started by members of the East Side Heart and Home Family Center in East St. Louis. Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis have been helping with the effort.

From the front porch of her house, Dorothy Gasper has a stunning view of the Gateway Arch.

Gasper has lived in East St. Louis, Ill., since 1966. In 1997, she moved from the John Robinson Projects and became the first person to rent and eventually own a home constructed by East Side Heart and Home Housing.

"It's quiet — not a lot of noise," she said. "It's nice. I like it here."

Differentiated instruction offers individualized approaches

St. Norbert School kindergarteners Dallas Morhead, left, and Ethan Gramlich used differentiated instruction techniques in math class May 15. The school is part of the Federation of Catholic Schools in the Northeast Deanery, which recently received a $100,000 grant to be used for technology and expanded teaching techniques, including differentiated instruction.

An afternoon math lesson among kindergartners at St. Norbert School was an exercise in cooperation and listening.

At the center of each table was a pile of shapes in several colors and sizes. Their task: separate the pile among three attributes: number of sides, color and shape.

"Think about one attribute at a time," teacher Laura Ernst instructed her students. Coming around to each table, she observed how the children worked together to figure out how the shapes needed to be separated.

"What is this?" Ernst asked student Katie Soloman.

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