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A dedication ceremony for the new expanded gathering area and a totally new front entrance to St. Ferdinand Catholic Church was held earlier this month. This is the oldest parish in St. Louis County dating back to 1788.
by Nichole Richardson
Many people came out to the St. Ferdinand Shrine Sunday night to celebrate and rejoice in the Christmas season together. The Shrine wrapped up an entire day of Florissant Christmas festivities which included Mrs. Clause at the Gittemeier House and Taille de Noyer on McCluer’s campus earlier in the afternoon, and ended with the annual Christmas concert and a first time novena.
Rance Thomas, professor Emeritus of Sociology/Criminal Justice and president of North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice, was recently awarded the Human Rights Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
It’s that time of year, when volunteers work to fill empty shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and notes of encouragement for needy kids overseas.
The boxes are delivered by Operation Christmas Child in the world’s largest Christmas project. In 2012, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone—collecting and delivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since 1993.
A team of volunteers puts in about 20 hours a week to maintain the garden. Watering in extreme heat takes at least an hour. In the spring, they put in extra hours to get everything planted. In the fall, they put in more hours to get the garden ready for winter. Some tropical plants are dug up to spend the winter in volunteers’ homes.
The eight Catholic elementary schools located in the Northeast Deanery of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will host a Community Open House on Sunday, Jan. 28. Each school location will be open during the hours of 1-3. Some schools may choose to remain open longer; contact the individual schools for more information.