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Saints take center stage At St. Joseph school

Dressed for All Saints Day at St. Joseph School in Manchester, third-grade students, from left, Ava Wichman (dressed as St. Elizabeth), Noah DeLargy (St. Gregory) and Marianne Coughlin (St. Lucy) waited for the start of Mass.

St. Pope Gregory processed into Mass at St. Joseph Church in Manchester on Nov. 1, walking with his papal staff and wearing papal attire — a white cassock and mitre.

Other saints joined him: St. Anthony of Padua, St. Augustine, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Helen, St. Hubert, St. Lucy, St. Patrick and St. Rose of Lima.

Beyond Sunday funds add bounce to projects

Three-year-old Sophia Yeung swung on the newly resurfaced play ground. With the money raised through the Beyond Sunday campaign, parishioners at Church of the Ascension in Chesterfield built out a new playground for the Little School.  The school is comprised of children ages 2-4.  They built a safe-play surface to surround the play equipment and swings.

The new playground opened for business at about 10:30 a.m. for the 3-year-olds at Ascension Parish's Early Childhood Center in Chesterfield, better known as The Little School.

And the little ones wasted little time to go use it.

They scurried from the school — built in 1941 as the parish's original two-room schoolhouse — and went right to work, er, play.

Sophia Nguyen made a beeline for the swing. Mason Kerr and Halle Cooke wheeled about a tow truck. Lydia Kenagy and Laura Hermeto bounced happily on "Hopper" balls, a perilous activity just last school year.

Other schools show how they make daily Mass work

The tradition of students attending daily Mass at St. Joseph School in Josephville was something that principal Dwight Elmore inherited, but he couldn't think of starting the school day in any other way.

Elmore, who has served as principal for six years at the St. Charles County school, said students have been attending 8 a.m. Mass daily as a required part of the school day for many years.

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