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Catholic schools open houses

In conjunction with Catholic Schools Week from Sunday, Jan. 28, to Saturday, Feb. 3, Catholic schools across the archdiocese will be hosting open houses.

Friday, Jan. 26

Holy Infant School, 8-10 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 28

All Saints School, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Assumption School (O'Fallon), 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Assumption School and Early Learning Center (Mattese), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School, noon-2 p.m.

Christ the King School, 11 a.m.-noon (after 10 a.m. Mass)

Catholic Schools Week open house schedule

Sunday, Jan. 22

St. Joseph—Zell 11 a.m.-noon

Friday, Jan. 27

Holy Infant 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 28

Holy Trinity 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 29

All Saints—St. Peters 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Assumption—Mattese 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Assumption—O'Fallon 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta noon-2 p.m.

Christ the King—University City 11 a.m.-noon

Christ, Light of the Nations noon-2 p.m.

Good Shepherd 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Holy Child 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sisters of the Good Shepherd to hold open house

With a little less than four months remaining in the Year of Consecrated Life, Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis still have time to peek inside religious communities and observe how they live their charisms.

After a hiatus for summer-vacation season, open houses resume with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd up first. They will open the doors of their convent in Normandy for an open house 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11.

A short connection to Christ

Sister Mary Therese is a Poor Clare sister who has been assigned as cook in the monastery. This is the second time she has been in this duty, which lasts for a three-year term. She mixed up a batch of muffins in the monastery kitchen.

Her I.D. number seemed out of place on the list to meet with the professor of her biology class at Texas A&M. Professors usually met with students struggling with the material or with school in general, not high-achievers such as then-sophomore Julie Lavery.

Turned out that the professor wanted to meet with a good student and talk about her plans at A&M, as opposed to her usual meetings with students "who are in danger of dropping out of college," she told Lavery.

But Lavery dropped a bombshell after hearing that little nugget.

Alexian Brothers: Reaching out to the poor, sick and the dying

The Alexian Brothers began living their charism in St. Louis in 1869 and continue to do so today.

Primarily caring for seniors, they own two nursing homes (Lansdowne Village and Sherbrooke Village in St. Louis), have the PACE Program for adult day care and in-home services and provide the Alexian Court senior apartments. The Alexian Brothers also do homeless outreach in St. Louis and raise funds for their mission in the Philippines.

Open houses allow discernment, exploration of religious life

To celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, religious communities in the archdiocese are opening their doors -- for young people discerning the call to religious life and for visitors to explore the religious orders living their charisms.

Next up are the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the School Sisters of Notre Dame, both hosting events the weekend of March 7-8.

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