Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School and Parish was extremely fortunate this weekend to have raised over $100,000 on Saturday and an additional $20,000 on Sunday. The money will be used to both enhance the technology in the school building and replace the school’s fifty year old malfunctioning boiler: $70,000 for the boiler and $52,500 for technology. The parish hosted its annual Dinner Auction last Saturday night at the Frontenac Hilton. Father Jack Siefert asked those in attendance to fund a need for new school technology and alerted the group that a new boiler was needed for the school. He stated the new boiler would cost $100,000, but a generous donation of $50,000 had already been made that morning anonymously.
In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 21, Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School in Brentwood, Missouri, took part in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at Manchester and Brentwood. Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st — there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Last year (year 10), 2015, over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Locally, Miss Audrey Corby, our art teacher, coordinated the Pinwheels for Peace project this year. This project is non-political — peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”
Saint Mary Magdalen Kindergarten through 8th Grade students created pinwheels. As part of the creation process, the students wrote their thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance / living in harmony with others” on one side.
On Thursday, May 5, the Brentwood Community along with 51 other city halls in the St. Louis area held a National Day of Prayer. Every first Thursday of May, Christians and Americans of other faiths come together at their local city halls and pray for their land locally and nationally. The mission of the Day of Prayer is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in our culture. Saint Mary Magdalen students, as well as our Pastor Father Jack Siefert, joined other Brentwood citizens at the Brentwood City Hall.
Several Saint Mary Magdalen students were recognized on Thursday, March 3, at Powell Symphony Hall for their artistic interpretations of the Scherzo for Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Nights Dream. Miss Audrey Corby, art teacher at Saint Mary Magdalen, entered the students’ work into the Picture the Music Program through the Saint Louis Symphony. The Picture the Music Program encourages creativity of students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. The students are to use their artistic interpretations in painting, drawing or coloring in response to a specific selection of symphony music. After all entries were received, judges reviewed them and the top 100 finalists were chosen. Saint Mary Magdalen students Agatha L., Abigail K., Jacob N., and Colleen D. were chosen in the top 100.
On Tuesday, Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School had our Mission Carnival. Our kindergarten teacher, Mrs. King, and the older students prepared the gym for a “Mardi Gras” celebration. Beads were handed out to the children, games ad face paintings were the hit of the day. All of the precedes from the Mission Carnival will be sent to two Bolivian orphanages that Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School has adopted through Pan y Amor-Mission Office of the Archdiocese. These missions help boys and girls of all ages.
The Distinguished Graduate Award honors a graduate of Catholic Elementary School who has made a contribution to American life and the Catholic Church. The award is offered yearly through the National Catholic Education Association. It is presented by the Saint Mary Magdalen School Board during Catholic Schools Week. Last Friday during the all school Mass, Saint Mary Magdalen honored their Distinguished Graduate for 2016, Judy Van Cleave Chiodini, a 1965 graduate of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School.
Celebrating while helping others….The First Grade and Kindergarten classes at Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School celebrated the 100th day of school. The students did chores at home to earn canned goods for the Saint Vincent DePaul food pantry. The idea was that while celebrating the 100th day of school each child could bring in a can to help those less fortunate. While hoping for 100 cans the students actually collected over 300 cans for the food pantry. The celebration began with the collecting and counting of the 100 cans in the Kindergarten class room.
Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School Choir gathered in the Atrium at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital for the unveiling of their Tree of Hope and treasure chest filled with Messages of Hope for patients and their families during the holidays. We were honored to have been chosen to sing for patients, families, doctors, nurses, and caregivers on this very special evening. Afterwards, we ventured outside the main entrance of the hospital for more Christmas caroling and the lighting ceremony where several patients flipped the large switch, turning on all the Christmas lights around the outside of the hospital. Saint Mary Magdalen was so proud to be a part of this year’s Light up Glennon. It was a wonderful ceremony, the choir was amazing, and the kids enjoyed being a part of this very special event.
Fifth, sixth and seventh grade students from Saint Mary Magdalen, Saint Genevieve Dubois, Little flower and Our Lady of the Pillar filled the gym at Saint Genevieve Dubois School and had the privilege of talking to an astronaut on the International Space Station. They listened intently as amateur radio operators contacted the International Space Station with the help of an 11-foot antenna that was placed on the roof of Saint Genevieve Dubois School. Saint Mary Magdalen students Megan T. and Mark P. both got to ask a question to the astronaut, Dr. Kjell Lindgren. While they were speaking to him the International Space Station flew from Washington state to Florida in nine minutes. Science teachers from each school have been using NASA program information in their classes, including presentations and activities on radio, satellites, weather and the space station.
As a fun alternative to trick-or-treating and all the scary stuff, Saint May 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 of their vehicles and decorated them. Then parents pass out candy from their trunks. This provides a safe family environment for the trick-or-treaters.
On Saturday, October 10 a peaceful Public Square Rally for America was held at noon outside Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. The rally was a joint effort between St. Mary Magdalen and Immacolata parishes. The purpose was to pray for America, for peace in the world, and for the respect for all human life, from conception to natural death. Approximately 250 people from Saint Mary Magdalen, Immacolata and surrounding parishes and the entire St.
Saint Mary Magdalen Parish Council held their first annual Fall Food Festival. The Council wanted to build community in the Brentwood area. A decision was made to have a Fall Food Festival and invite food trucks to Saint Mary Magdalen. The council advertised in many neighborhood papers and online calendars hoping to get folks from around the area to spend the evening at Saint Mary Magdalen enjoying food, music and meeting new people. The event began at 5 p.m. with the arrival of Pie Oh My, Gioia’s, Hacienda Catering, B.J.’s Gul-licious BBQ, and M.K.’s Rolls and Wraps.
Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Saint Michael was the main focus of (Wednesday’s) liturgy because Michael is the patron saint of police officers and others who keep us safe. First responders from surrounding areas joined us today at noon Mass. Students from Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School distributed hand made thank you notes as the responders entered the church. 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.
Saint Mary Magdalen School teamed up with SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center to participate in Homers for Health. Saint Mary Magdalen hosted a Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby and dress down day. Each student who participated made a minimum $5 donation and got 10 swings at the ball on the tee. The top four participants, two girls and two boys per age group, earning the highest points will advance to the final Home Run Derby Championship at Forest Park on Friday, May 15 hosted by Matt Holiday and some of his teammates.
On Tuesday, Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School participated in an exciting educational program sponsored by the Sheldon Arts Foundation, underwritten by the Boeing Company, with input from the St. Louis Science Center. This program was organized by music teacher, Denise Dolan, after obtaining a grant through the Sheldon Concert Hall. Dolan has been working with the students to encourage them to use science and math to make music. Tuesday morning, Tim Mulhall, from the St.
On Tuesday, Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School had our Mission Carnival. Our kindergarten teacher, Mrs. King, and the older students prepared the gym for a Mardi Gras celebration. Beads were handed out to the children, games and face painting were the hit of the day. All of the proceeds from the Mission Carnival will be sent to two Bolivian Orphanages that Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School has adopted through Pan y Amor-Mission Office of the Archdiocese. These missions help boys and girls of all ages.