By Jennifer Brinker | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @jenniferbrinker
Armed with fresh notebooks and shiny new pens, the Lane triplets were poised and ready to start the year at Queen of All Saints' Parish School of Religion.
It was the second session for seventh-graders in Deacon Rich Schellhase's class. As students filled their seats, Deacon Schellhase had them turn to a prayer on page six in their new workbooks. But before they got too far, a voice came over the PA and announced there would be an all-school prayer for the intention of St. Teresa of Kolkata, who was canonized just four days later.
The cafeteria scene looked like any gathering at Any School USA, just peer boys and girls sitting around a table and either watching video games on smart phones or nibbling on the day's delicacies — meatball sandwiches and chips washed down with soda pops, juices or sports drinks.
In other words, nothing special.
But this was a novel scene, with students from three schools mingling and beingOne, so to speak, enjoying each other's company and fare from an area food truck.
Jennifer Brinker | email@example.com | twitter: @jenniferbrinker
By all means, it was "holy chaos" at St. Catherine Laboure's parish school of religion last week.
It was the first Monday night back to school for more than 250 students in grades one through eight. One evening a week, from now until the end of the school year, these students will take time away from their busy schedule at their public schools and devote themselves to learning more about their Catholic faith. They'll use that to develop a relationship with Jesus throughout all facets of their lives.
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Sixth-grader Carson Payment held hands with 90-year-old Marietta Jaeger as they made their way around an activity area at Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe's assisted living center in Wentzville.
Later, Carson and Jaeger searched for Easter eggs. They were joined by other Parish School of Religion students from Immaculate Conception Parish in Dardenne Prarie. The sudents and residents have spent the last year getting to know eachother as pen pals.