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Upcoming Events

May 1st - September 28th: Archdiocesan Pro-Life Video Challenge

Are you age 13-39? Are you pro-life?

Then enter the 2018 Respect Life Apostolate's Pro-Life Video Challenge and you could win a $500 prize! Create a 1-5 minute pro-life video that relates to our 42nd Annual Respect Life Convention theme, "Life Has Purpose."

Videos may be done by individuals or groups. The winning video will earn a $500 prize, be shown at the Convention and be posted on the Respect Life Apostolate's webpage.

The 2018 contest runs May 1 through Sept. 28. More details are at under “Pro-Life Video Challenge” or by emailing [email protected] 

June 2nd and 9th: Carmelite Day 

A day of faith and fun for 6 - 11th grade girls.

Click here for further information on Carmelite Day, and here for more information on Carmelite vocation retreats.

June 2: 6th - 7th grade
June 9th: 8th - 11th grade

July 9th - 14th: Camp Galena 

Leadership Camp for Girls entering 6th-9th grade held at Babler State Park.

The Early bird discount will end on May 15th: don't miss this opportunity to save.

Online Registration is now open from our website:

July 28th: Papa-Palooza

August 9th - 12th: Family Retreat and Vacation Opportunity

A message from Eagle Hurst Ranch, Steelville, MO:  
Sponsored by The Apostolate For Family Consecration 

Daily Mass, Bonfire/Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Confession, Adoration, Spiritual talk in the morning for adults and separate talks for the different ages.

Fun Activities for the whole family - including older
youth fun in the evening, horseback riding, free pony rides, tubing on the Huzzah River, pool ( modest suits only please), volleyball, tennis, and much more!

Cabins, camping and family style meals. Refrigeration if needed.

Camp priest: Father J. Wasser, Missionaries of the Holy Family

For more information, email Eagle Hurst Ranch at, or call 800-257-2624.  To reach the coordinator for St.Louis, call 314-420-7917.

October 13th: King to Queen Rosary Run

Register at

From Jason Walter, acting Race Director: "Our desire is to utilize our modest event is to promote Catholicism in a public setting. We like to say, its more than a walk, more than a run, it is a "Devotion in Motion." We hope to see you along the course."

Past Events

May 27th: Baccalaureate Mass, Graduation, and Reception 

JPII is so proud of its class of 2018, the eleven bright young world changers pictured below.  We wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors!

May 24th: 8th Grade Graduation

JPII's annual 8th grade advancement ceremony showcased our rising high school freshmen.  We celebrated the students' virtues and accomplishments, and the students thanked their teachers and treated us to a performance of the school hymn, 'Totus Tuus".  Congratulations eighth graders; we are so proud of you and look forward to seeing all that you can do in high school!  Thank you to Mrs. Heffernan for organizing the ceremony.

Monday, May 7th: Field Day

Students, parents, and teachers enjoyed a day of games and fellowship at Jaycee Park in St. Charles.

May 4th and 5th: "School House Rock, Junior" performance

A musical featuring 2nd-8th grade students under the direction of Mrs. Dery & Mrs. Heddell. Performances were held in the St. Peter’s Auditorium.  Photos coming soon!

Tuesday, May 1st: May Crowning

We crowned our Blessed Mother and honored her at this special school Mass.  There was a crowning of Mary, Mass, and enrollment in the scapular.  

The procession was led by our First Communicants and Seniors (pictured below).  

Monday, April 30th: State of the School Address

The board, faculty, staff, and parents met for a summary of enrollment, the school budget, Benefit Dinner, and an accreditation update. There was also be a breakout session for 11th grade families, or any interested family, to learn about dual enrollment, transcript and college information. Additionally, there was a presentation and signup for library readers. Thank you to all who attended!

Wednesday, April 18th

Hannah King, Hope Dery, and Sophie Boyer show off their certificates of achievement.

Respect Life Creative Writing Contest

Several JPII students were received honorable mention at this year's contest.  At the awards ceremony, special guests were in attendance to help present the certificates and awards and inspire the students on the importance of living out the virtue of chastity and respecting life from womb to tomb. These guests included Archbishop Carlson, Fr. Brian Fallon, Zip Rzeppa, Bob Cochran (nephew of the late Bishop O’Donnell), and two Missouri Knights of Columbus leaders.

Congratulations to Hannah King and Hope Dery for winning honorable mention, and to Sophie Boyer for an excellent essay!

Annual Benefit Dinner

Orlando Gardens, 2050 Dorsett Village, Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Thanks to the generosity of JPII's families and friends, JPII met its fundraising goal.

JPII was proud to present Dr. Ray Guarendi, Psychologist, Author and father of ten, at its annual benefit dinner.  Dr. Guarendi presented his talk "Keeping Our Children Catholic in an Anti-Christian Culture".

In addition to Dr. Guarendi's talk, there was a live auction featuring collaborative artwork by JPII students and Mrs. Mary Beth Hercules, handmade quilts by the students and Mrs. Tammie Mushinski, and a handmade sterling silver rosary by Principal Lynette Schmitz.

40 Days for Life "It Matters"

Wednesday, March 21st

JPII students met at Planned Parenthood for an hour of prayer and witness. From left to right: Daniel Vaporean, Isaac Fulton, Anne Klein, Amanda Wheeler, Sam Nack, Prinicpal Lynette Schmitz, Max Nack, Stephen, Joseph, and Mark Buckley, Mary Kay Fulton.

 Thank you for your acts of cheerfulness!

 Joseph Cupples practiced the virtue of the month, Cheerfulness, by writing a joke for each school day during the month of February! 

'Picture the Music' Awards

The artwork of Mary Stirton and Reagan Berchtold was selected as one of the top 100 Finalists in the Picture the Music Art Contest by the St. Louis Symphony.  Brody Knaust also received a Certificate of Merit.

Lower grades had the opportunity to enter the contest again this year by creating artwork based on John Williams' 1984 'Olympic Fanfare and Theme'. The guidelines were for the students to creatively interpret this piece of music through art.

This year 11,797 students from 67 schools participated. Of these, over 426 entries were submitted, and two of our JPII students artwork were chosen to be in the top 100 Finalists.  
Mary and Reagan were recognized at an awards ceremony and reception on February 26th at Powell Hall to honor the 100 Finalists. The artwork of the finalists was exhibited the evening of the ceremony and then moved to different locations throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles area.

Congratulations to Mary, Reagan and Brody!

JPII Speaker Series

Thursday, February 15th, 6 pm dinner/ 7pm talk

Dr. Hogan and his wife spoke on "Service in the family... what does that even mean?", and the JPII family enjoyed a potluck dinner and fellowship, along with the enlightening talk.

Father/Daughter Dance

Saturday, February 10th, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

School Cafeteria

February High School Service Project

Friday, February 9th, 1 - 4 pm

Students sorted, boxed, and repackaged donations at the Volunteer Center of Foodbank.

 Middle School Retreat

 Thursday, February 8th

 Focus 11 is a Vocation Awareness Event sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis designed to strengthen Catholic Identity and help foster personal awareness of God's plan. JPII Middle School attended a one-day retreat that focused on personal holiness and vocations. For more information click on the flyer below. 

Library Acquisition Day

Thursday, February 8th

St. Peters in St. Charles graciously donated their school library to us, including shelving, reference books, non-fiction, biographies, easy-readers, and a good quality selection of classic literature. They were blessed for many years to have a donor who concentrated his efforts on their school library and are delighted that the books went to another Catholic school. 

Bellarmine Speech Meet

Saturday, February 3rd 

 Congratulations to all of our talented performers, including:

Zachary Maxwell - Serious Monologue - Blue Ribbon (left)
Conrad Mercer - Humorous Monologue - Red Ribbon (right)

Duets:  Gia Hall and Noah Hall - Red Ribbon
Chloe Behrle and Janae Moll - Blue Ribbon
Rebekah Cupples and Torie Weidlick (below)- Blue Ribbon

 Spelling Bee

Thursday, February 1st, 2 pm

 Congratulations to Hope Dery, champion, and Torie Weidlick, runner-up of this year's spelling bee!  Thank you to Mrs. Heffernan for all her hard work in organizing the event.