Low enrollment prompts closure of St. Clare School

After providing Catholic education for 77 years, St. Clare School in St. Clair dismissed for the last time on May 21.

Declining enrollment prompted the closure of the school in the Washington Deanery, just off Interstate 44 about 54 miles southeast of St. Louis. According to the archdiocesan Office of Pastoral Planning, 38 students were enrolled this past school year — a drop of just over 50 percent from 77 in the 2015-16 school year. With the exception of those years, enrollment had ranged between 52 and 64 since the 2010-11 school year.

School supplies help Pathways families get off to good start

Ramona Brown brought her children to choose backpacks for school at the Catholic Charities Pathway to Progress initiative. She held her 1-year-old baby, Heaven, while Isaiah, a fourth-grader, checked out what was inside his new bag. “I want to be a doctor,” said Isaiah, while his older brother Chris said he has “basketball blood” but also wants to be an architect. Another brother Jacob says he wants to become a successful businessman.

With three boys heading back to school, Ramona Brown credits for Catholic Charities of St. Louis taking "a lot of headaches off me," after learning about the variety of school supplies in backpacks the children received Aug. 9.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ in the new school year

I love watching the Olympics. While the competition is intense, I am also drawn in by the beauty of the host country, the pageantry of the opening ceremonies, and the stories behind the athletes. This year's games have been more inspiring because faith has been more visible.

Red-carpet treatment celebrates students


Celebrate good times, come on!

The sound of Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" greeted students entering St. Anthony Catholic School in Sullivan for the first time of the 2016-17 academic year.

But neither the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals' theme song nor the other entry songs, including "Back to School Again" from Grease 2, ranked as the coolest part about the first day of school.

Ellisville parish steps up to the challenge to exceed Beyond Sunday goal

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St. Clare of Assisi first-grader Kate Carpid wrote on a smart board at reading class. St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Ellisville exceeded its goal for the Beyond Sunday campaign and a portion of the parish’s share will go toward an endowment fund for the school.

On a recent Sunday morning, Msgr. Kevin Callahan greeted parishioners after Mass at St. Clare of Assisi Church in Ellisville.

For about an half-hour, he stood by a door in the vestibule, sharing laughs and smiles, handshakes and hugs, or all of the above, as the congregation filed out of church. It was akin to a reception line at a wedding, in which relatives and friends line up and await turns with the bride and groom.

With a difference, though: A reception line is a one-time occurrence; the recent scene at St. Clare routinely occurs after weekend Masses or Holy Day Masses.

'Making the space great for students' | Students at Rosati-Kain explore new addition

Photo by Sid Hastings
Rosati-Kain High School students took a test in the new chemistry classroom, part of the space created with the completion of a three-story addition to the school.The new wing boasts the lab, a learning commons and courtyard.

On the very first day of school, in the very first class period, senior Sarah Nolte staked out her new favorite place at Rosati-Kain High School – the learning commons and adjacent library in the foyer of the school's freshly minted, $4.5 million addition.

She sat at a table in the spacious, airy area -- think HGTV's "open concept" to the extreme -- reading a book and basking in natural light coming through windows facing the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to the west and a fabulous, brick-paved courtyard to the east.

"I love the library," Nolte said, simply and succinctly.

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