First Responders join Saint Mary Magdalen socially distanced blessing

Saint Mary Magdalen celebrated the Feast Day of Saint Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of First Responders. With so much unrest, Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church invited First Responders to join us at a socially distanced blessing. Father Jack Siefert, Pastor of Saint Mary Magdalen, prayed a special blessing over the police officers asking Saint Michael to protect and defend them as they carry out their calling of protecting and serving. After the blessing, refreshments were served and the 8th grade students presented the officers with letters of appreciation written by the Saint Mary Magdalen School Community and Family Faith Formation students. The letters assured the officers that the community is grateful for all that they do each day to protect us; their work is heroic.

Saint Mary Magdalen School plans in-person restart

Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are making plans for returning to in-person learning. Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School will be returning on August 20 and prioritizing the health of the children. Saint Mary Magdalen has been working diligently over the summer to clean and disinfect all areas of the school for the safe return of the children. A Coronavirus operations/safety plan handbook has been developed outlining all of the precautions that will be set in place.

Saint Mary Magdalen Church embarks on improvements to the parish complex

The convent that had been on the property at Saint Mary Magdalen Church in Brentwood since 1937 was in total disrepair. The cost to repair it, including — asbestos removal, lead paint removal, complete sewer replacement, complete slate roof replacement, complete electrical replacement, brittle water lines, broken HVAC systems, and mold in the second floor of the convent ceiling —  would have been enormous. To repair all of that with no specific purpose was deemed inconceivable. Again, with no specific purpose and such repair costs, the three parish boards and the parish contractors made the decision to tear down the convent and replace it with a much needed green space. A new Saint Mary Magdalen Dominican Garden/Park will be built on the location.

Former Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan & Fredbird visit Saint Mary Magdalen class

Saint Mary Magdalen enjoyed time with Fredbird and former Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan.  The Cardinals organization is committed to spreading the message of teamwork and Fredbird and Kyle came by to educate and entertain us. Our assembly included students from grades K-5 and helped the students answer the very important question, “What makes a good teammate?”  The key message was:  Be Active, Be Responsible, Be Yourself!  Fun was had by all while learning a lifelong lesson that the students can carry with them now and into the future.  


Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church honors First Responders

Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of the Archangel Michael.   Saint Michael was the main focus of the liturgy because Michael is the patron saint of police officers and others who keep us safe. First Responders from surrounding areas joined us at Mass. Students from Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School greeted the First Responders as they entered the church. During the Mass Father Jack Siefert, pastor of Saint Mary Magdalen blessed Saint Michael prayer cards and offered a special blessing for all First Responders in attendance.  There was a large round of applause to thank those who protect and serve us.  After communion, Mrs. Kathy Wiseman, principal of the school presented a check for $1,000 to BackStoppers.  The students collected the money for a two week period during their annual penny challenge.

Summer surprise story time

Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church offered a summer surprise story time for ages 4-7 recently. Father Jack Siefert, Pastor, enjoys building community in different ways and decided to invite our young parishioners to a fun story time event. Award winning author and executive director of Virtue Works Media, Cathy Gilmore, entertained the children with her virtue-based stories, games and singing. Cathy combines her love for stories into an energizing experience for children that focuses on the dignity and beauty of moral absolutes required for living well.

Double Sevens tourney underway

The 44th Annual Saint Mary Magdalen Double Sevens Tournament is underway. The Double Sevens Tournament was started in 1976 under the direction of Rev. Robert J. Mahelyi. Today the tournament continues under the leadership of the Saint Mary Magdalen Athletic Association. All skill levels are encouraged to play in the tournament and sportsmanship is a key component. Games are being played through Sunday.

Building community a cup at a time: SMM after-Mass coffee helps out

Recently, Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church started serving coffee after Mass. This is not a new idea but new to building community among Catholics. Each Sunday after 9:30 a.m. Mass a coffee bar is set up in the portico outside the church or in the lower level of the church in colder weather. The idea is to build community beyond Mass… and who doesn’t like a nice cup of coffee. Saint Mary Magdalen has partnered with Switch Coffee Collective, a company that connects talented men from under-resourced communities and provides them with work opportunities.

3rd-graders donate jammies

Saint Mary Magdalen third grade got in the spirit of giving early this year! Together, they collected 23 pairs of pajamas. The pajamas will be dropped off to local children who do not have warm jammies throughout these winter months. In addition, Scholastic will match each PJ donation with a book, making sure all children have a positive nightly routine.

Saint Mary Magdalen Church honors first responders

Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church and School celebrated the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Saint Michael was the main focus of the liturgy because Michael is the patron saint of police officers and others who keep us safe. More than twenty-five First Responders from surrounding areas joined us at 8 a.m. Mass. During the Mass Father Jack Siefert, pastor of Saint Mary Magdalen blessed Saint Michael medals and offered a special blessing for all First Responders in attendance. There was a large round of applause to thank those who protect and serve us.

Lily, cancer survivor, is celebrated in Brentwood

On Friday, September 21, our school family gathered in the gym to celebrate “Lily” day in the cities of Rock Hill and Brentwood. Lily, who is in our Pre-K 4 classroom has successfully fought leukemia for the last thirty-four months. Make-a-Wish Foundation has granted Lily’s wish in celebration of her doing so well and has sent her and her family to Disney World. Keith Rawlings from “Youth in Action” has spear-headed the funding for Lily’s trip. Keith and the mayors of Brentwood and Rock Hill attended our celebration and presented Lily with a proclamation.

Brentwood 5th-graders graduate from DARE program

On Wednesday our fifth grade students graduated from the D.A.R.E. program. This program teaches the students decision making for safe and healthy living. Our D.A.R.E. officer and the new Brentwood police chief were on hand to help celebrate with the students. D.A.R.E. envisions a world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse and other dangerous behaviors. All of the students wrote an essay and two were chosen to read their essay at the graduation.

Saint Mary Magdalen Makes a HIT for SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Saint Mary Magdalen teamed up with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital to participate in Homers for Health. Saint Mary Magdalen hosted a Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby & dress down day. Each student that participated made a minimum $5 donation. Each participant got 10 swings at the ball on the tee. The top 4 participants, two females and two males per age group, earning the highest points will advance to the final Home Run Derby Championship at Forest Park on Friday, May 4 hosted by Matt Carpenter and some of his teammates.

Brentwood Boy Scout troop celebrates 75th year

This year, 2018, marks the 75th anniversary of Boy Scout Troop 361 at Saint Mary Magdalen Parish. The troop was first chartered on January 15, 1943 by the Holy Name Society. For 75 years our Boy Scout Troop has provided countless opportunities for personal growth, outdoor adventure, character development and religious commitment. This Sunday, the scouts honored parishioner Norm Krumrey who was an original charter member of Troop 361 at its founding in 1943. Father Jack Siefert congratulated Norm and presented him with a scout neckerchief embroidered with the troop name and number on the back.

St. Mary Magdalen students help others during the holidays

During Advent, the students at Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School donated new gloves and hats to be given to the Webster/Rock Hill Ministries. The ministries are supported through the generosity of community churches, organizations, individuals and area businesses. The ministries provide food, clothes, medicine and emergency assistance to people in need. We filled our collection box with the necessities that the poor need to keep them warm during the winter months. Saint Mary Magdalen exemplifies the importance of living the message of Jesus Christ by helping others.

St. Mary Magdalen students learn at WashU

Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School’s 8th grade students participated in the Young Scientist Program at Ferrell Learning Center on Washington University’s Medical Center Complex. The students participated in various activities increasing their knowledge in the areas of genetics and physics. They performed a genetic experiment extracting DNA from a strawberry. The students learned the process of extraction using strawberries, shampoo, salt, alcohol and water. “This is so cool,” exclaimed Brody A. “Now it makes sense,” as the DNA attached to their cotton swabs.

Veterans visit St. Mary Magdalen School

Last week, grades 4-8 met with four very special guests. We were honored to have four veterans come and speak to us about Veterans Day and the importance of the United States Flag and what it symbolizes to all those who have fought for our country. While they were here, they taught the children how to correctly fold our flag. They explained that the folding of the flag is a symbolic passing of the 13 truths, one for each fold of the flag. These truths represent the same religious principles upon which our country was originally founded.

St. Mary Magdalen Trunk-or-Treats

As a fun alternative to trick-or-treating and all the scary stuff, Saint Mary Magdalen celebrated Trunk-or-Treat. Trunk-or-Treat is like classic trick-or-treating where kids still dress up in costumes and ask for candy, but it was held in the church parking lot. Cars opened their trunks or the backs or their vehicles and decorated them. Then parents pass out candy from their trunks. This provides a safe family environment for trick-or-treaters.

Rosary Rally for peace at St. Mary Magdalen

On Saturday, October 14, a peaceful Public Square Rosary was held at noon outside St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Brentwood, MO, at the intersection of Manchester Road and Brentwood Boulevard. Three parishes – Holy Redeemer, Immacolata, and St. Mary Magdalen — came together to plan and organize the event, which was advertised to many neighboring parishes and schools in central St. Louis County.