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St. Mary Catholic School

Catholic Schools Week “Stewardship Tuesday”


Wrap St. Mary Catholic School in Paper for Pay-It-Forward House

Beginning Tuesday, January 22, 2019, Kindergarten through 4th-grade students are collecting rolls of toilet paper and roles of paper towels to benefit

the Pay-It-Forward House.  Our school goal is to collect 20,311 feet, enough to wrap the school in toilet paper and paper towel from ground level to the roof.  As calculated by our advanced 7th-grade math students, we need to collect a combination of 549 rolls of paper towel and 820 rolls of toilet paper to reach our goal.

On Tuesday, January 29, 2019 kindergarten through 4th -grade students will walk donated paper products to the Pay-It-Forward-House and help to stock the shelves. 

The collection of paper goods will continue through Catholic Schools week which ends on Friday, February 1, 2019. All donations may be dropped off at the school office or sent in with your child.


Food Drive for St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, St. Mary Church, DeKalb

Our 8th-grade students are collecting items (see the list below) for the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry, St. Mary Church, DeKalb.  Beginning Tuesday, January 29, 2019, and throughout the following two Tuesday’s small groups (5 to 7) of 8th-grade students are bringing donated food and spending the afternoon assisting the food pantry and its customers.

List of needed food pantry items.

  • Rice (especially whole grain)
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta (especially whole grain)
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cooking oils (such as olive oil or canola oil)
  • Flour
  • Canned tuna or salmon
  • Canned chicken or other meats
  • Canned beans
  • Dried beans
  • Canned soups and stews
  • Peanut butter
  • Nuts
  • Canned chili
  • Trail mix
  • Dried macaron

The collection of the above-listed food products will continue to Tuesday, February 12, 2019. All donations may be dropped off at the school office or sent in with your child.

Congratulations to the St Mary Catholic School for their awesome participation in the Patriot's Pen essay contest. This years theme "Why I Honor the American Flag," was described in many different perspectives. The students of St Mary's swept the contest winning over essays from Cornerstone Christian Academy and Sycamore Middle School. The following students will receive a monetary award and their essays have been forwarded on to our district competition.
1st Place 
Lorenzo Monroy, 6th 
2nd Place
Fiona Arado, 8th
3rd Place
Lucas Collins, 7th

This Thursday, our parish will host this evening of prayerful adoration. The names of our 400 priests from this diocese will be read in half hour segments by the lectors. All are invited to come and pray even for a short time over the course of the 4 hours.

In just a few hours a month, you can impact a child’s future. By simply grabbing a slice of pizza, taking a trip to the library or to the park, you can make a difference in the life of a child. What is a Big? A ‘Big’ is a volunteer mentor who is matched in a one-to-one relationship with a child (‘Little’) in our program. A mentor is a friend, a supporter, a positive and consistent addition to the life of a Little. A Big Brother or Big Sister is not a replacement parent, a babysitter or a therapist. Children need someone to help share a different perspective on life and help them realize their endless

The Society's nearly 100,000 trained volunteers in the United States provided 17.5 million hours of volunteer service in 2016, helping more than 20.9 million people through visits to homes, prisons and hospitals at a value of more than $1 billion dollars. 

During Pope Francis’ recent visit, he reached Christians and non-Christians alike with his message of helping others. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has been putting these words into practice for more than170 years. SVdP is truly volunteer driven with a volunteer to staff ratio of 16 to 1.