Young Catholic Musicians tout ‘sense of community’

Lauren Koesterer, a rising junior at Cor Jesu Academy (right), played the trumpet alongside her twin brother, Justin Koesterer, a rising junior at St. Louis University High School, left, on June 18 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville, Ill. They have been playing trumpet regularly at different Masses for about three years. Lauren has been awarded a scholarship through Young Catholic Musicians.

Lauren Koesterer can't help tooting her horn about the Young Catholic Musicians.

She has played trumpet with the talented young instrumentalists and musicians for about six years.

"It's a great sense of community," Lauren said. "We're all doing something we love — singing or playing an instrument. It's a way to come together to share our talents."

Being part of the music at Mass is a way of glorifying God with those talents, she added.

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.

‘FAFSA frenzy’ event at Fontbonne University helps families with forms

Whether incoming or returning, college students and their parents have numerous opportunities to get help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA, with 29 FAFSA Frenzy events in the St. Louis area among 97 throughout the state of Missouri.

Fontbonne University will host one of them, on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. Six financial aid professionals will be on hand to assist in filling out the financial aid forms.

Unified scholarship application eases strain on families in archdiocese

Life just got a little bit easier for parents seeking financial aid to send children to Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

With an expanded roster of nine scholarship/tuition assistance programs for next school year, the application process has been streamlined and improved in a number of ways.

First and foremost, multiple applications are out, and a single, unified application is in. Think college-level FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), only at the kindergarten through high school levels.

Trinity Catholic High School gets boost from $2 million grant for scholarships

Alexander Clossum, a freshman at Trinity Catholic High School, said he likes his new school because of the smaller class sizes where he can focus on his academic goals. He worked on a velocity equation in his freshman physical science class. The school received a $2 million grant to fund scholarships from the SOAR! Scholarship Fund from the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri.

The phone call arrived on a Saturday morning at her home in Ferguson, and Sister Karl Mary Winkelmann had to sit down after Sharon Gerken of the archdiocesan Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation delivered the news.

But this wasn't the type of news usually associated with having to sit down, bad news such as a death in the family or a similar tragedy.

It was good ... no, make that great news.

Trinity Catholic High School, where Sister Karl Mary serves as president, would be getting a major financial gift — a whopping financial gift.

Editorial | A pathway out of poverty

Nobody does it better.

And it's due to a lot of help from people such as you.

In August 2014, Religion News Service carried an article titled "In some poor neighborhoods, the Catholic school is the only hope." The interview subject was Nicole Stelle Garnett, who with fellow University of Notre Dame professor Margaret F. Brinig wrote "Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America."

"There's a spillover into the community," Garnett said of the schools' impact.

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