Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Save St John the Baptist School

The staff at St John the Baptist school have been given a seemingly impossible task. In 8 weeks time (4 are left), they must raise $250,000 or the school will close at the end of the school year. Parents, teachers, and children have banded together and raised $89000 so far. They still need help.

Below you will find the official notice of financial trouble. You will also find a list of local businesses that  are holding a fundraiser event for the school. Please support the businesses on the date. Remember to mention St John the Baptist so they will know you are supporting the school.


November 5, 2012
Dear Friends,
An old friend is struggling with some difficult decisions, and I am writing to ask for your help.
St. John the Baptist is facing what seems to be an insurmountable financial deficit, one that puts our elementary school at risk for closure. After educating generations of children throughout its almost 100-year history, it is hard to imagine the halls of our school silenced.
As a parishioner or one of those many students, you are a living testament to Father Peter’s founding vision. He saw a community that worked together to prepare young minds to live in the world through classical education and formation in the Catholic faith. His vision never conceived of a $250,000 deficit that would end the opportunity for a Catholic education for deserving children, much less in the community he so loved.
St. John the Baptist will celebrate its centennial in 2014. It has been an unwavering presence in the Bevo area and a spiritual home for thousands of Catholic and non-Catholic families throughout the years. It is the focal point in countless memories; perhaps in some of yours. Through care and attention, its facilities are still in good shape and provide a safe, caring environment for learning and celebration–baptisms, weddings, picnics, breakfasts, funerals, plays, trivia nights, and sporting events. It also serves as the site for the Parish School of Religion for the Southside Deanery.
We don’t want to make the decisions that face us in a vacuum. As a member of our extended spiritual family, you should have the opportunity to know of our circumstances and to assist us if you can. It is critical that we reach our $250,000 goal in order to stay viable for the 2013-2014 school year. This will allow our kids to bridge to a more permanent solution that is in development for Catholic education in South City.
If you would like to contribute to our effort to reduce the deficit facing St. John the Baptist school, you may use our secure online giving donation link. No amount is too small. If financial support isn’t possible at this time, please pray for us. We can always benefit from your prayers for our Father’s guidance in making the decisions that face us.
It is never easy to ask for help. But, this is where St. John’s finds itself as a parish community in order to continue the work of its founder.
Can you help an old friend?
Sincerely,
Father John Keenoy
Pastor

PS…If you would like to talk with me about St. John’s and our fundraising efforts, please call me at 314-353-1255.

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Fundraising Efforts

Event Calendar

Mission Sale

Event Date: 12/04/2012

Phone-A-Thon

Event Date: 12/04/2012
6:30pm - 8:00pm in Cafeteria

Dress Down Day for Crisis Nursery

Event Date: 12/05/2012
$1.00

Phone-A-Thon

Event Date: 12/05/2012
6:30pm - 8:00pm in Cafeteria

Phone-A-Thon

Event Date: 12/06/2012
6:30pm - 8:00pm in Cafeteria

Sock Collection Mass

Event Date: 12/07/2012
8:00am

English Tutoring Project - Christmas Shopping for a Cause

Event Date: 12/07/2012
Shopping at Plowsharing Crafts 6pm-9pm 6271 Delmar - 15% donation to ETP Dinner at Noodles & Company 4pm-10pm 6310 Delmar - 25% donation to ETP

5 Below Fundraiser at Gravois Bluffs 9am-9pm

Event Date: 12/08/2012
10% back to school 193 Gravois Bluffs Drive You must bring in the flyer for st. John's school Appeal to receive 10% of sales.

Cecil Whitakers - 15% goes to school

Event Date: 12/11/2012
South City @6018 South Grand 352-7277 Affton/Lemay @9040 Gravois 544-2900 St. Louis Hills @3429 Watson 644-0515 Must mention St. John the Baptist to your server so we get the credit.

Cecil Whitakers - 15% goes to school

Event Date: 12/12/2012
South City @6018 South Grand 352-7277 Affton/Lemay @9040 Gravois 544-2900 St. Louis Hills @3429 Watson 644-0515 Must mention St. John the Baptist to your server so we get the credit.

STUCO Pictures with Santa

Event Date: 12/12/2012

Progress Notes

Event Date: 12/14/2012

Family Fiesta Dinner 4:30-11pm

Event Date: 12/15/2012
in Cafeteria to benefit the school

Choir at 10am Mass

Event Date: 12/16/2012

Pick Up TJ Pizzas

Event Date: 12/17/2012

Molldeli's Fundraiser - 10% back to school

Event Date: 12/17/2012
10:30am - 8:30pm 11836 Tesson Ferry Road Must mention St. John's to get credit.

Molldeli's Fundraiser - 10% back to school

Event Date: 12/18/2012
10:30am - 8:30pm 11836 Tesson Ferry Road Must mention St. John's to get credit.

Molldeli's Fundraiser - 10% back to school

Event Date: 12/19/2012
10:30am - 8:30pm 11836 Tesson Ferry Road Must mention St. John's to get credit.

Christmas Program - 1:30 & 7pm in Gym

Event Date: 12/19/2012
Students need to be in the Gym by 6:45pm

Noon Dismissal for Christmas Vacation

Event Date: 12/20/2012
Classes resume Thursday, January 3, 2013

Spaghetti Dinner & Dessert Auction to benefit school

Event Date: 12/30/2012
4:30 - 6:30pm in Cafeteria $7 for adults & $5 for kids under 12 sponsored by the Stewardship Committee

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