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Knights of Columbus donation helps Joplin students

The principals of ​Joplin Area Catholic Schools ​(JACS​)​ received a check from St. Peter​ the Apostle​ Knights of​ ​Columbus​ Council #979. The check ​in the amount of $ 5,120 w​ill be divided​ equally ​between the ​three Joplin Catholic schools to augment services to students: ​​St. Peter the Apostle Middle School, St. Mary Catholic School, and McAuley Catholic High School.

KNIGHTS SUPPORT STUDENTS—​St. Peter the Apostle Knights of Columbus Council recently donated $5,120 to Joplin Catholic Schools. Pictured were Greg Emory, ​Principal, ​St. Peter​ the Apostle Middle School​ (6-8); Kevin​ ​Nolte, ​Grand Knight, ​St. Peter​ Knights of Columbus Council 979​; Ann Hamlet, ​Principal, ​St. Mary​ Catholic School​ (P​re​-5); Michael Gordon, St. Peter K of C Treasurer; Gene Koester, ​Principal, ​McAuley​ Catholic High School ​(9-12)​. (Photo by Ann Hamlet)​
KNIGHTS SUPPORT STUDENTS—​St. Peter the Apostle Knights of Columbus Council #979 recently donated $5,120 to Joplin Catholic Schools. Pictured were Greg Emory, ​Principal, ​St. Peter​ the Apostle Middle School​ (6-8); Kevin​ ​Nolte, ​Grand Knight, ​St. Peter​ Knights of Columbus Council #979​; Ann Hamlet, ​Principal, ​St. Mary​ Catholic School​ (P​re​-5); Michael Gordon, St. Peter K of C Treasurer; Gene Koester, ​Principal, ​McAuley​ Catholic High School ​(9-12)​. (Photo by Ann Hamlet)​
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From Warrior to Lion: Nick Freitas signs Letter of Intent

McAuley Catholic High School senior, Nick Freitas, signed a Letter of Intent Feb. 8, 2016, to play football for the Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) Lions. Freitas played varsity-level football for four years as a Warrior at McAuley and is looking forward to the 2016 season at MSSU.

FOOTBALL LION—Nick Freitas (front row, center) is pictured with his mother and father, Sara and Richard Freitas, as well as family members (back row) Megan Freitas, Jake Freitas, Emily Freitas, and Rebecca Freitas after signing a Letter of Intent Feb. 8, 2016, to play football at Missouri Southern State University, Joplin. Freitas is a senior in McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin. (Submitted photo)
FOOTBALL LION—Nick Freitas (front row, center) is pictured with his mother and father, Sara and Richard Freitas, as well as family members (back row) Megan Freitas, Jake Freitas, Emily Freitas, and Rebecca Freitas after signing a Letter of Intent Feb. 8, 2016, to play football at Missouri Southern State University, Joplin. Freitas is a senior in McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin. (Submitted photo)
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‘Senior Ambassadors’ visit elementary schools

SENIORS IN ST. AGNES CATHOLIC SCHOOL—​St. Agnes Catholic School graduates, now seniors at Springfield Catholic High School, posed for a photo in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. During Catholic Schools​ ​Week the seniors from ​Springfield Catholic High School​ visit​ed​ their ​former ​Catholic elementary school​s​ and talk​ed​ about their high school experience. ​Catholic Schools Week ​​was held nationwide Jan. 31-Feb. 6 under the theme of "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service." (Submitted photo)
SENIORS IN ST. AGNES CATHOLIC SCHOOL—​St. Agnes Catholic School graduates, now seniors at Springfield Catholic High School, posed for a photo in St. Agnes Cathedral, Springfield. During Catholic Schools​ ​Week, the seniors from ​Springfield Catholic High School​ visit​ed​ their ​former ​Catholic elementary school​s​ and talk​ed​ about their faith and the high school experience. ​Catholic Schools Week ​​was held nationwide Jan. 31-Feb. 6 under the theme of “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” (Submitted photo)
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Permanent deacon shares vocation story

Dr. Norm Ridder, interim Superintendent of Joplin R-VIII School district, was welcomed during Catholic Schools Week by Gene Koester, Principal of McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin. Dr. Ridder, who was one of 12 children and born in northeast Nebraska, spoke about his Catholic faith and his vocation as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church. In a recent interview with the Joplin Globe, Ridder said he once discerned a vocation to the priesthood, but his love of children led him to his now 40 years in education. Ridder spoke to McAuley students and St. Peter Middle School students about Catholic identity and its role in his life decisions. Ridder serves as a permanent deacon in St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and St. Mary Catholic Church, both in Joplin. Catholic Schools Week was celebrated nationwide Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2016.

PERMANENT DEACON—Dr. Norm Ridder is pictured with Gene Koester. Ridder is a permanent deacon in service to St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Joplin, and St. Mary Parish, Joplin. (Submitted photo)
PERMANENT DEACON—Dr. Norm Ridder is pictured with Gene Koester. Ridder is a permanent deacon in service to St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Joplin, and St. Mary Parish, Joplin. (Submitted photo)
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Catholic Schools Week celebrated across diocese, nation

Students, faculty, alumni and friends of McAuley Catholic High School in Joplin participated in national Catholic Schools Week (CSW) by reading, singing, ushering, and other service during the Sunday liturgy Jan. 31 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lamar, under the direction of Fr. Rahab Isidor, pastor. Fr. Isidor is also chaplain for McAuley Catholic High School.

The annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week is Sun., Jan. 31, 2016 to Sat., Feb. 6, 2016. Schools typically observe National Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our Church, our communities, and our nation. The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has 23 Catholic elementary schools and three high schools. Resources for CSW may be found at http://www.ncea.org/ourservices/catholic-schools-week.

PARTICPATING IN THE LITURGY—Pictured are participants of the Mass on Jan. 31, 2016, launching Catholic Schools Week. Students of McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin, as well as students in all 23 Catholic elementary schools and three high schools of the diocese, will be involved in a variety of events to honor Catholic education throughout our nation. (Photo by Gina Hartman)
PARTICPATING IN THE LITURGY—Pictured are participants of the Mass on Jan. 31, 2016, launching Catholic Schools Week for McAuley Catholic High School. Students of McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin, as well as students in all 23 Catholic elementary schools and three high schools of the diocese, will be involved in a variety of events to honor Catholic education throughout our nation. (Photo by Gina Hartman)
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