St. Francis participates in Marathon event
St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd participated in the Marathon for Non-public Education Oct. 15. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade participated in a walk/run/cycle around a city block near the school, while students in sixth through eighth grade participated in a 10K walk/run on the Paul Bunyan Recreational Trail. Students collect pledges to support lower tuition costs for the school. St. Francis had a goal of raising $48,000 from the marathon this year. After school on marathon day, a dinner was provided by women of St. Francis parish and the children were treated to a carnival. The gym was set up with bouncy houses and giant slides. The children played carnival style games to win tickets which could be traded in for prizes.
Foundation dinner brings in $53,000
The annual St. Francis Catholic School Foundation Dinner was held on Friday evening Sept. 26, at Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter. The keynote speaker was Father Michael Schmitz, director of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Duluth and chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Jenny Boran, a St. Francis School alumna, also spoke on her positive experience at the school. Boran is the youth minister at St. Benedict Church in Duluth. The overall theme for the evening was courage, character and commitment displayed by saints through the ages who are an inspiration for our students, families and school supporters on how to live our life. Attendees were treated to a performance by the St. Francis School band, which has grown tenfold in the last five years and currently has 34 members. A $5,000 challenge by John Elsenpeter was presented at the dinner. A record $53,000 was raised this year through the event. The foundation’s overall objective is to provide a firm financial base for the school. The foundation has also played a key role in tuition assistance and technology improvements to the school.
St. James has pet blessing
St James School in Duluth, had its annual blessing of pets Oct. 2 on the school playground to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, which is on Oct. 4. This is a traditional time to bless pets and animals with a spirit of gladness and gratitude for all God’s creatures. Parents and students of St. James were invited to bring living pets, stuffed animals or a photo of a pet to school. Father Bissonette blessed dogs, cats, a bearded dragon, many stuffed animals and pet cockroaches.
Father Moravitz pied
As a reward for individually raising $500 for their Remembrance Walk-A-Thon, part of the Minnesota Non-Public Catholic Schools Association’s Marathon for Catholic education, select students at Marquette Catholic School in Virginia were able to throw pies at Father Brandon Moravitz. The school prayerfully raised nearly $17,000 after walking amidst prayer requests gathered from the community.
Marquette students visit Wolf Ridge
Marquette Catholic School sixth graders embarked on a three-day adventure to Wolf Ridge Environmental Center in Finland, Minn., this fall. The students explored the outdoors while engaging in science-based classes and team-building experiences. This adventure has been a yearly tradition for MCS sixth grade students for many years.
St. Joseph students assist at Union Gospel Mission
As a service project, Katherine Johnson’s fifth grade class from St. Joseph’s School in Grand Rapids helped with the evening meal at the Union Gospel Mission in Duluth. Each year the students visit the mission with donations of winter clothes for the families they meet during the visit. It is a wonderful way to learn and experience the Corporal Works of Mercy.