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Catholic St. Louisans drive successful Beyond Sunday campaign


The Beyond Sunday capital campaign is the outgrowth of the seed Archbishop Robert J. Carlson planted eight years ago, soon after his arrival in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

He identified Catholic education as his top priority in the Alive! In Christ initiative, later included it among the four pillars of the beONE vision then made it the primary focus of the historic Beyond Sunday campaign, which was launched in June 2015 by the newly formed Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri.

My, how the archbishop's education seed has grown.

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.

Beyond Sunday pays off in school, PSR grants

“Mine’s raining!” exclaimed first-grader Nathan Frein, 7, while doing an experiment about precipitation on April 11 at the St. Michael the Archangel
campus of Holy Cross Academy. Students predicted how much blue water needed to be added to a cloud of shaving cream to make it “rain” —
the heavier blue water descending through the cloud and into the cup. Holy Cross Academy has been awarded a grant from the Roman Catholic
Foundation of Eastern Missouri to improve its STREAM curriculum.

Catholic school students already have benefited from the Beyond Sunday capital campaign, and now Parish Schools of Religion (PSR), Catholic grade schools and high schools will do the same.

Grants give opportunity to attend Catholic schools

Noah Lampros, right, received a Beyond Sunday Fellowship to attend St. Pius X High School, where he is a freshman. Before a Theology class , Lampros looked at Kayden Cook's iPad.

How do you put a price on getting a Catholic education and playing sports with your older brother.

You can't.

"It's really cool," said Noah Lampros, who describes everything else about his freshman year at St. Pius X High School in Festus as "perfect."

At this time in 2016, he faced an uncertain future in Catholic education, possibly destined for public high school and never getting the chance to play ball with his brother, Luke. His mom, Dione, wanted Catholic education for them and sisters Marie and Lilly, but money was tight, as it is for many households.

Beyond Sunday funds add bounce to projects

Three-year-old Sophia Yeung swung on the newly resurfaced play ground. With the money raised through the Beyond Sunday campaign, parishioners at Church of the Ascension in Chesterfield built out a new playground for the Little School.  The school is comprised of children ages 2-4.  They built a safe-play surface to surround the play equipment and swings.

The new playground opened for business at about 10:30 a.m. for the 3-year-olds at Ascension Parish's Early Childhood Center in Chesterfield, better known as The Little School.

And the little ones wasted little time to go use it.

They scurried from the school — built in 1941 as the parish's original two-room schoolhouse — and went right to work, er, play.

Sophia Nguyen made a beeline for the swing. Mason Kerr and Halle Cooke wheeled about a tow truck. Lydia Kenagy and Laura Hermeto bounced happily on "Hopper" balls, a perilous activity just last school year.

“The Courage to Love” bears fruit for the Annual Catholic Appeal


The 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal has raised nearly $14.9 million, exceeding its $13.5 million goal.

More than 51,000 households participated in the appeal, which provides funding for services and outreach in the 11 counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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