St. Mary Magdalen 8th-graders march in D.C.

The 8th grade students from Saint Mary Magdalen School and the Family Faith Formation Program, along with 8 parents, are attending the March for Life in Washington D.C.
The Saint Mary Magdalen Pro-Life Committee helped to cover the cost of the trip.  Thousands from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are marching to protect the lives of the unborn.

SMM students serve at St. Patrick Center

Part of the mission of Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School is to provide a foundation in Christ through serving others. [On Nov. 22] we demonstrated SERVICE to others and the whole school participated: we decorated bags, wrote notes, made sandwiches, and bagged cookies and chips for Saint Patrick Center. 

St. Patrick Center is one of Missouri’s largest providers of housing, employment and health opportunities for people who are homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless.  Saint Mary Magdalen School chose this charity to share our blessings with the less fortunate in Saint Louis. All of the children from three years old through eighth grade have been studying the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic school and parish raises $120,000

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.

Eagles win; follow Brentwood school news on Twitter

Both the Brentwood School District and the high school’s college and career center posts regularly on Twitter. The district posted updates from homecoming over the past weekend. Brentwood football beat Lift for Life Friday night 64-12. Senior, Justice Harris, had a big night, tallying 163 yards in four carries, one pass reception for 48 yards and an 85-yard kickoff return. (Stats via St.

Pinwheels for Peace at St. Mary Magdalen School

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.

St. Mary Magdalen receives large anti-bullying donation

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School announced in a press release Friday that the school has received an anonymous donation of $5,000 to support the school’s efforts to address bullying. Principal Kathy Wiseman told parents the news at the back to school night, and how the school plans to address bullying and other forms of social cruelty, along with its commitment to ethical behavior. Wiseman feels it is more important now than ever that the students are given the strategies and tools to deal with society in a Christian and ethical way. The plan is to implement the Owning Up curriculum, to teach the students to have moral courage and Christian values to cope with the daily encounters they face.

St. Mary Magdalen pastor and students celebrate National Day of Prayer

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.

Brentwood Eagle Scout honored

James O’Halloran, a Boy Scout with Troop 361, sponsored by St. Mary Magdalen Parish, was honored with a proclamation at the Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting Monday for earning the rank of Eagle Scout. O’Halloran is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He also completed hours of community service, participated in camping and hiking, and completed the Leave No Trace Achievement Award. His Eagle Scout project was leading a crew of seven adults and 10 scouts to build an indoor nativity stable for St.