Join the Mater Dei community for Mass on December 8, at 9:40 am, to celebrate the feast day commemorating the Immaculate Conception.

Gather your family and friends for Glo Bingo on Friday, December 9, in support of Mater Dei’s music programs.  For only $25, each player receives six Bingo cards, a glow hat and a glow  dauber.  (Six additional cards costs $5.)  Held at the Breese American Legion, doors open at 6:00 pm and Glow Bingo begins at 7:30 pm.  In addition to $1,000 in cash prizes, the event includes a cash bar, DJ and music.  Advance reservations by December 7 are preferred (in order for students to receive credit); however, reservations will be accepted at the door.  For reservations, please return a Glo Bingo Reservation Form, call 618-322-9405 or email  Thank you for your support!

As part of their Senior Service Project, a group of seniors will be traveling to Louisiana January 3-18 to assist in disaster relief efforts from the recent floods. They are volunteering through the United Saints Recovery Project. To raise funds to defray their expenses for meals, lodging and supplies, these seniors will be selling Krispy Kreme donuts ($8 per box) on Sunday, December 11, after Mass(es) at the parishes listed below.  Thank you for your support!

St. Damian, Damiansville – 8:30 am; St. Bernard, Albers – 10:00 am; St. Francis, Aviston – 7:30 am and 9:30 am; St. Rose, St Rose – 8:00 am & 10:00 am; St. Anthony, Beckemeyer – 8:30 am; St. Augustine, Breese – 10:00 am; St. Dominic, Breese – 8:00 am & 11:00 am

Enjoy the sounds of the season as performed by our chorus, concert band, jazz band and wind ensemble  on Sunday, December 11, at 7:30 pm, in the gymnasium.

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Class of 2017 Boasts 27 Illinois State Scholars

IL State ScholarsWe are pleased to announce that the following seniors have been honored as Illinois State Scholars: (row 1) Annie Kuenstler, Erica Hitpas, Margo Lampe, Sophia Lager, Tori Arentsen, Austin Gebke, Trever Johnson; (row 2) Sarah Schriewer, Sarah Maller, Callie Becker, Sara Kniepmann, Otto Stark, Adam Gall; (row 3) Peyton Kreke, Noah Gerdes, Nick Schmitz, Will Harad, Nick Mensing, Brett Kaufman, Keegan Spirek; (row 4) Anna Knebel, Amber Litteken, Branden Billhartz, Corynn Henrichs, Madison Peppenhorst and Ethan Schumacher.  Gabrielle Ludwig was unavailable for the photo.

These twenty-seven seniors represent 23% of the Class of 2017! (The average in Illinois is 10% of a class.)  Selection for this honor is based on a combination of a student’s ACT and/or SAT test score(s), GPA, and class rank at the end of his/her junior year, unless he/she scores at or above the 95th percentile in Illinois on the ACT and/or SAT test(s). While students do not receive a monetary award, they are able to list this prestigious honor on both college applications and scholarship applications.

Please join us in congratulating our Illinois State Scholars – their dedication to achieving academic success has most certainly paid off!

Seniors Host Trivia Night for Service Project

Seniors (from left) Alyse Kloeckner, Anna Knebel, Maya Beckemeyer, Leann Huegen, Alyssa Ripperda, Emma Breiner and Rachel Zurliene hosted a trivia night to raise funds required for their senior service project.  For three weeks in January, the seniors, as well as a group of their parents, will travel to Louisiana to rebuild a home destroyed by flooding.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

During the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, the Mater Dei community donated 2,742 food items.  In twelve years, the Mater Dei community has donated 22,156 food items to bless those in need.  Please join us in extending a special “thank you” to Mrs. Deb Foote, NHS moderator; Mrs. KK Schneider, St. Vincent de Paul moderator; and our NHS officers and members for hosting the drive.

Pictured at left, Quinn Cutler, Drew Tonnies and Myah Beckmann organize donations.

Junior Knights, pictured at left with Student Ambassadors, donated 62 food items to the drive during their Thanksgiving Art and Service Project.

Scholar Knights Remain Undefeated

In week three of South Central Scholastic League (SCSL) play, the Scholar Knights buzzed their way to three wins on Tuesday, November 15.  The Knights defeated Cumberland (360-190), Hillsboro (390-240), and Litchfield (490-190).  John Hund led the Knights with 12 total toss ups, followed by Ethan Schumacher (7), Ben Logullo (6), Zach Honor (3), Nick Toennies (3), Alex Rivera (2) and Drew Potthast (1).  Alex Norris, John Hilmes, Anthony Lepore, Mackenzie Horstmann, Minh Le, and Becca Moss, Jaden Meadows and Ethan Guillot also contributed to the victories.

The winning streak continued on Monday, November 21, as the Scholar Knights defeated Murphysboro (470-175) in the quarterfinals of the televised Scholastic Hi-Q Tournament at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  (Episode air date not yet announced.)  Ben Logullo led the team with six toss ups, followed by John Hund (4), Nick Toennies (3) and Ethan Shumacher (3).  With the win, the Scholar Knights advance to the semifinals against Carbondale next Monday, November 28.

The Scholar Knights are now 11-0 for the season.

Scholar Knights (l to r) John Hund, Ben Logullo, Nick Toennies and Ethan Schumacher won the quarterfinal round at the Scholastic Hi-Q held at SIUC on Monday, November 21.

Scholar Knights (l to r) John Hund, Ben Logullo, Nick Toennies and Ethan Schumacher won the quarterfinal round at the Scholastic Hi-Q held at SIUC on Monday, November 21.

Seniors Announce Intent to Play Collegiate Athletics

(from left) Sydney Engelhart, Logan Braundmeier and Erica Hitpas

(from left) Sydney Engelhart, Logan Braundmeier and Erica Hitpas announce their intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Congratulations to seniors Logan Braundmeier, Sydney Engelhart and Erica Hitpas on the announcement of their intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level!  Logan will play softball for the Murray State University Racers, Sydney will play softball for the St. Ambrose University Fighting Bees, and Erica will play volleyball for the Western Illinois University Fighting Leathernecks.

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