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Academy of the Sacred Heart is bringing back French for its students, in nod to heritage

Language teacher Sara Gaylor read from “Bonsoir Lune” (a translation of “Goodnight Moon”) during French class for first-grade students at Academy of the Sacred Heart.

"Bonsoir lune," Madame Sara Gaylor told her students.

"Bonsoir lune," they repeated in unison.

Reading from the popular children's book, "Goodnight Moon," first-graders at the Academy of the Sacred Heart were hearing a new twist on the old tale — but this time, en Français, translated as "Bonsoir Lune."

Children with Down Syndrome ‘draw us closer to God’

First grader, Christian Solomon, followed along in his math workbook with his para professional, Miss Mary. Patty and Marty Solomon have two adopted children with Down Syndrome.  Both children attend Immaculate Conception of Dardenne Prairie school.  Christian is in the first grade while Shellye is in the sixth grade. Shellye and Christian are the youngest of nine children.

After only a few weeks at her new school, sixth-grader Shellye Solomon gave an emphatic thumbs-up to Msgr. Ted Wojcicki, the pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Dardenne Prairie.

"Shellye told Monsignor that she didn't just like it there ... she LOVES it!" Shellye's mom, Patty Solomon, wrote in a text message.

New assignment makes summer ‘a little unique’

Father Ed Nemeth, pastor at Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church and principal of Valle Catholic High School, sat in his office on July 20 while being interviewed. Father Nemeth wrapped up his duties as principal of St. Puis X High School at the conclusion of the school year before transferring to Ste. Genevieve and has been working tirelessly to get acquainted with and help the community.

On one hand, "summer vacation" was typical for Father Ed Nemeth. Like every other Catholic school administrator in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, he wrapped up the past school year, then went right into preparations for the next.

Catholic Charities provides long-term care for tornado victims

A month after a devastating tornado hit the Perryville area on Feb. 28, Catholic Charities is settling in to provide long-term care to those affected. The tornado left one man dead and tore a 15-mile-long path of destruction costing families their homes and businesses. Mary Fulton walked through her property where once stood Fullerton Window’s and Siding, her family business. Many of the materials were lifted up and dispersed across the area.

More than three weeks since a tornado hit near Perryville, Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been formulating a plan to provide long-term care to households affected by the storm.

The EF4 tornado on Feb. 28 killed one person and leveled several homes and other structures, according to the National Weather Service. Others were left with extensive damage.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis was among agencies that participated March 4 in a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC), a one-stop shop, if you will, to provide information and disaster-related assistance.

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Catholic school students in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are blessed to be supported by parents, parishioners and benefactors. These individuals support our schools not only because they recognize the individual benefit each student receives, but they recognize that Catholic schools benefit our entire community.

Balance of solidarity, subsidiarity guide future of Catholic schools

The proposal of three school models in the Archdiocese of St. Louis signals a major shift in the way the Catholic Education Office operates and how they're looking at the future of Catholic education in St. Louis.  Students at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will be an Archdiocesan School model. Makalo Spencer seemed to raise his hand for every question about subjective personal pronouns during his sixth grade language arts lesson.

Kurt Nelson sees the future of Catholic education in the archdiocese as that of balancing a set of scales. On one side you have subsidiarity — the principle of making decisions at the most local level possible. On the other, you've got solidarity — Catholics throughout the archdiocese acting together as one Body in Christ.

"We want people to do the things they need to do, to have those freedoms," the superintendent of Catholic education said. "And where they have challenges, we want the solidarity piece to show how we are working as a larger Church. It's a balancing of both of these."

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