Our small school in rural Illinois at the southern edge of the diocese does a lot of big things to help our community.
For example, our local ministerial association packs food boxes for needy families in our community with the help of many community members. This school year we challenged our 152 students to bring in a literal ton of food: 2,000 pounds. To sweeten the deal, each class competed to see which could bring in the most weight per student. Since our class sizes range from nine to 24, it was the only fair way. After only three short weeks, our students and their families brought in 2,856 pounds of non-perishable food. Our fifth-grade class of only 18 brought in over 700 pounds!
Catholic education has been a part of Sister Ann Smith, OSU’s life for as long as she can remember. A lifelong member of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sister Ann grew up on State Street, not far from Blessed Sacrament School where she attended kindergarten through eighth grade. She graduated from Blessed Sacrament in 1941 and went on to graduate from Ursuline Academy in 1945. She noted those years coincided with the United States’ involvement in World War II.
On Dec. 1, McKenzie Baalman, a sixth-grade student at St. Mary School in Brussels, and her parents Colleen and Wayne Baalman, joined other winners and their families at the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., for Mass and to celebrate the opening of the display of their winning artwork. The winning entries were displayed throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons.
WHEELING — Father William C. Mayer, CSV, was born Jan. 23, 1929 in Kankakee and passed away on Dec. 9 at Addolorata Villa here.
Father Mayer professed his first vows on Aug. 19, 1947 at the Viatorian Novitiate in Chicago and his final vows on Aug. 19, 1950 at St. Joseph Church in Springfield. He was ordained to the priesthood on Feb. 2, 1956 at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
GLEN CARBON — Four seniors at Father McGivney Catholic High School have been chosen as Illinois State Scholar finalists. The Father McGivney Catholic High School State Scholars for this year are: Teresa Barz, Magdalynn Fine, Noah Pirtle and Simeona Rasp.
This year’s graduating class of 28 students is the school’s third graduating class. In the short five-year history of Father McGivney, the school has produced 12 Illinois State Scholar finalists out of a total of 70 graduates. This achievement is indicative of the importance placed on academics at Father McGivney Catholic High School, noted Principal Joe Lombardi.
Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield announced that 34 seniors have been recognized as 2018-19 Illinois State Scholars.
“It is an honor to have over 20 percent of the senior class selected as Illinois State Scholar finalists,” said Kara Rapacz, principal. “We are proud of the hard work and extraordinary achievements of these young men and women.”
St. Louis — Sister Christian Marie Ehrhardt, SSND, died Nov. 22, at Sancta Maria in Ripa in St. Louis. She was 68, and a former teacher, missionary, pastoral minister and tutor.
Sister Christian Marie was born in Quincy. She entered the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1967. She professed first vows in 1970 and final vows in 1976.
TAYLORVILLE — Sixth-graders in Cathy Schaeffer’s class at St. Mary School have embarked on a new adventure to add to their studies on saints called “Paint My Saint.” Following the tradition of previous years, each student chose a saint to research and write about — and they also created Google Slides presentations to present to all grade levels at their K-6 school.
Just over eight tons of food was collected and donated to Holy Family Food Pantry in Springfield during Springfield Catholic Charities’ “Super Food Drive Challenge.”
During October, six Catholic elementary schools in Springfield (St. Aloysius, St. Agnes, Christ the King, Little Flower, Blessed Sacrament and Cathedral) collected food each week from students and families.