Art teacher turns priest’s vision into a big reality at St. Mary School, Pontiac

Students, faculty and parishioners of St. Mary in Pontiac look on as Father David Sabel offers prayers of blessing for the new image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help that now graces the front of St. Mary School. (Provided photo/Danielle Gill)

PONTIAC — The fruits of prayer come in many different forms, in all shapes and sizes. The painting of Our Lady of Perpetual Help that now graces the front of St. Mary School here is a testament to that. The idea for the painting came to Father David Sabel during a Holy Hour last spring, […]

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Outdoor classroom a place of prayer, learning at St. Mary School in Kickapoo

Kindergartner Owen Schaub gives a good drink of water to the newly planted flowers in the outdoor classroom at St. Mary School in Kickapoo. The students were guided by Owen's grandmother, master gardener Anne Schaub. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

KICKAPOO — Over the summer, a new classroom was added to St. Mary School here. Don’t look for it inside the building, however. The spacious new learning center is located behind the school on a large lot that had plenty of grass but wasn’t used for anything — until kindergarten teacher Josette Baumann received a […]

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St. Mary School, Metamora, is posting daily prayer intentions on Facebook

The Facebook post from St. Mary School in Metamora on July 29 sought prayers for the elderly. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

METAMORA — Social media promotes everything from recipes to events to political causes, but St. Mary School in Metamora has found a much better use for it. Starting in May, the school started posting community prayer intentions each day on Facebook. The effort has been so successful that it will continue and is poised to […]

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St. Mary, Pontiac students finding JOY in “mercy missions” of serving others

Carrington Gray, a sixth-grader at St. Mary School in Pontiac, waits while cranberry sauce is added to two of the 700 meals that will be served to patrons of Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria for the annual Thanksgiving luncheon. Teacher Amelia Misiak brought 17 students and five chaperones on the "mercy mission" Nov. 17. (The Catholic Post)

Thanksgiving dinner may look a little different to the sixth-graders at St. Mary School in Pontiac after serving turkey with all the trimmings to patrons at Sophia’s Kitchen in Peoria last week. Leading a life of JOY will do that. “John Paul II has a quote, ‘Man cannot fully find himself except through a sincere […]

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‘Pint size heroes’ make St. Mary School blood drive the tops in McLean County

As Kelly Gentsch, a fifth grade teacher at St. Mary School in Bloomington, prepares to give blood during a drive the school hosted on April 29, she answers questions from her children Maddie and Cole. The technician is Rayscha Hardwick. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — In just eight years, a blood drive hosted by St. Mary School has become the largest annual one-day donation event in McLean County. “I can’t believe what it’s become,” said Susan Bassi, a physical education and health teacher, as she stood in the school gym where the American Red Cross had set up […]

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