Our School Mission
At St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School we learn, live, and love in a Catholic, Christian environment. Belief in Jesus and living the gospel values of our faith is the cornerstone of our philosophy as a community. In cooperation with parents, who are the primary educators of their children, St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic School exists to provide all the members of the school community — students, parents, teachers, staff, and fellow parishioners — with opportunities to grow in faith and to work toward building God’s kingdom. Our philosophy is built around the three actions of our mission statement — to learn, to live, and to love.
By building on a foundation in our Catholic faith and values that began at our baptism.
By committing to the development of competence in the skills necessary for life.
By realizing that learning is a life-long process.
By appreciating the diversity of God’s people.
By being committed to a life of social justice and service to others.
By being active members who enrich the school community.
By being responsible members of many larger communities; our neighborhood, our city, our state, our nation and our planet.
By responding to the call of Jesus and the scriptures to love our neighbor as ourselves.
By respecting life in all forms.
By growing in our personal relationships with God.
Catholic Faith Formation, Sacraments, Liturgy
What We Believe
The faith formation of the children at St. Stephen Protomartyr School is one of our main priorities as shown by our Mission Statement to “learn, live, and love in a Catholic Christian environment.”
Religious education is meant to provide a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive, and systematic presentation of Catholic beliefs so that students will be knowledgeable about their faith, grow in their personal relationship with God, and integrate these beliefs and traditions into their personal lives to bring forth the Kingdom of God in the world.
St. Stephen Protomartyr School students participate in All School Masses twice a week at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday and Fridays. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is celebrated on the first Friday of each month. Students’ Baptismal Anniversaries are celebrated on the last Friday of each month. Parents, grandparents and godparents are invited. The students renew their Baptismal promises.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation for the whole school takes place during Advent and Lent.
Second grade students receive First Reconciliation in early Advent.
Second grade students receive their First Eucharist on the second Sunday after Easter.
The sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated every other year for 7th and 8th graders and takes place at St. Stephen Protomartyr Church.
Parents are expected to attend meetings before their children receive the sacraments.
On the third Thursday of each month, students bring in canned goods and other food items which are then donated to a food pantry in South City.
Each year Mission Carnival is held on Fat Tuesday to raise money for various charitable organizations as determined by the committee.
Throughout the year, students volunteer their time, treasure and talent for those needs that happen to arise in the parish and surrounding community.
Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students of all faith traditions are given the opportunity to attend a Luke 18 retreat during the year. Luke 18 is a weekend-long retreat inviting students into the Church — to help them see that they are not only the future of our Church, but they are also the Church right now. The program welcomes the students (referred to as “Lukers”) into the Church by helping them experience God and His love. Through high-energy games, skits, songs, personal sharing, and a series of talks given by high school students, the “Lukers” are encouraged to have fun and grow in their faith. The weekend offers the opportunity to experience God’s love on a more personal level, and the “Lukers” are challenged to share that love with those around them.
Children of other faith traditions participate in religion classes and attend school Masses. If a child (and / or parents) expresses a desire to become Catholic, his / her parents are asked to contact the Pastor or Pastoral Associate who will explain and guide them through the process.
St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish constructed and opened its first school in September 1927 under the supervision of Father Joseph G. Hoelting. The Sisters of the Most Precious Blood (O’Fallon, MO) staffed the school until 1981.
A new church was built and dedicated in 1964, which we still use today. The old church was converted into much-needed classroom space as enrollment increased. After the departure of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, the convent was also converted into four additional classrooms. The gymnasium was built in 2007 that accommodates both parish and school functions. In 2011, the school added its preschool program, which expanded into two classrooms this year.
St. Stephen School continues to grow offering a variety of opportunities through new classes, extracurricular activities, sports, and growth in spirituality. The school offers Spanish, health, music, art, computer classes and an English Tutoring program funded by Title III for students who speak English as a second language. The school is freshly painted, has new lighting for the parking lots, and has smart boards in every classroom. Extracurricular opportunities include band, speech, Vacation Bible School, Luke 18 retreats, and scouts, plus all sorts of sports including soccer, volleyball, basketball, track, baseball, and softball. A school lunch program and before- and after-care are also offered for any school family.