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Annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, Dec. 1–2, Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, Norwood, Ohio. Dominican Fathers Martin Martiny and Benedict Croell will lead the retreat. Theme: “The REAL Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist. Overnight cost $85. 1-day cost $50. Information, 513-289-5268.

St. Catherine of Siena, Blue Jean Ball, Jan. 27, 2018. The event at Ft. Thomas Mess Hall will begin at 7 p.m.

Happenings Around the Diocese:

Honoring the Blessed Mother – Student from St. Pius X School, Edgewood, gathered to pray a living rosary, Oct. 6. Students were arranged around the church and illuminated a flashlight as each Hail Mary was said. The entire student body took part. Instrumental music was played between each decade of the rosary.

Play-Doh, Playground and Preschool – Students at St. Paul Preschool, Florence, are off to a great start for the school year. They had plenty of good weather to enjoy time outdoors in September and have been participating in many craft projects, indoors, as well.

The symphony at school – Students at Holy Trinity Elementary School, Bellevue, enjoyed a program by the School House Symphony, Oct. 5. The group presented a program about the musical history of Cincinnati. Students were able to hear musicians play a clarinet, trombone, violin, flute, French horn and cello.

Blessing for pets – St. Anthony Parish, Taylor Mill, parishioners and students gathered Oct. 4 to celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Father Josiah Booth, pastor, led a special blessing for pets. Father Booth thanked God for the gift of pets and prayed for their safety and health. Included were dogs, cats, guinea pigs, gerbils, turtles and geckos. The students enjoyed sharing their pets with their classmates, teachers and friends.

In remembrance of 9/11 – Students from the 3rd grade at St. Joseph School, Crescent Springs, sang God Bless America during a service at Crescent Springs Park on Sept. 11.

Prayers in remembrance of Sept. 11 – 5th grade students at St. Joseph School, Cold Spring, created prayer bead chains. They have been using them each day as they begin religion class. On Sept. 11 the class offered special prayers for those who have suffered from the tragedy in 2001. The students, who were born after the tragedy, still have many reasons to offer prayers when thinking of that day.

Hula hooping helps Hurricane Harvey victims – St. Augustine School, Covington, broke out the hula hoops for a good cause Sept. 11. The students, under the guidance of the volunteer gym teacher, Chris Kenney, played games with hula hoops to raise money for Hurricane Harvey victims. The school raised nearly $900 dollars to add to the Emergency Response Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief second collection gathered at St. Augustine Parish, Covington, Sept. 9 and 10.

Kindergartener’s at St. Pius X, Elsmere are off to a great school year. Students have been busy learning about the school, adjusting to routines and making friends. On Aug. 21, students attended an all school Mass to celebrate the feast of St. Pius X, then after lunch they had special ice cream treats to celebrate.