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Holy Cross students get a glimpse of religious life


Rachel Schaefer had a simple question after Sister Maryellen Tierney, CSJ, shared her vocation story.

"How did you know?" the Holy Cross Academy seventh-grader asked.

"That's a good question; how does anyone know?" said Sister Maryellen, who attended Catholic grade schools and Rosati-Kain High School before entering the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1957. A depiction of Jesus Christ's crucifixion resonated with her.

St. Dominic Savio students sold on partnership with Holy Cross Academy

Sixth-grade students from St. Dominic Savio visited Holy Cross Academy for a shadow day Jan. 26. St. Dominic will be entering as part of the Holy Cross Academy family next year. Caitlin Brasser showed Grace Lorentz the Lego robot she built for her Clavius Project.

Only two hours into his shadowing expedition, Aaron Sitner was pretty much sold on the new partnership between his parish school at St. Dominic Savio in Affton and Holy Cross Academy.

A sixth-grader this year, Sitner will be a seventh-grader next year at Holy Cross middle school on the Annunciation Parish campus in Webster Groves. He and St. Dominic Savio classmates shadowed Holy Cross sixth-graders for the day Jan. 26.

Bright future — and present — for Holy Cross Academy

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Anna Ehlmann, a kindergartner at St. Cletus School, raised her hand to answer a question from teacher Kammye Coleman. St. Cletus School operates on an extended calendar. By shortening summer vacation, the school has found retention loss to be held to a minimum.

Reporting for school in August 2012, Claire Hite, Ben Erken and John Benedick felt a bit of trepidation and nervousness — typical jitters on the first day of school, but with the added stress of entering as the new kids at an upper-grade school.

With one notable difference: They wouldn't be adjusting to life as new-kid-on-the-block freshmen at one of the area's Catholic high schools.

Instead, they were pioneers, among the first Catholic grade school students in the Archdiocese of St. Louis adjusting to life in a middle school.

New youth ministry effort is a work of collaboration

Teens in a new high school youth ministry group in south St. Louis County have been meeting for only a few months, but already their new space is transforming into a place where collaboration rules.

John 15 is an effort of four south St. Louis County parishes -- Annunciation in Webster Groves, Our Lady of Providence in Crestwood, St. Michael the Archangel in Shrewsbury and Seven Holy Founders in Affton. The group started meeting in August, under the guidance of youth minister Tim Lucchesi.

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