- Class of 2020 Halloween Treat Gathering
- Mums of Alums Spirituality Series
- 2020-2021 Upcoming Alum Events
- Class of 2020 New Alum Soirée
- Alum Day of Service Donation Drive
- Mums Christmas Basket Coffee
- Reunion Weekend
Mark your calendars for our 2020-2021 Sacred Heart Spirituality Speaker Series.
Click on each series below for more detailed information.
Overview for the 2020 - 2021 Sacred Heart Spirituality Speakers' Series
"PRAYER AND REFLECTION"
Prayer, adoration, reflection, and contemplation are at the heart of Saint Madeleine Sophie's vision for
the Society of the Sacred Heart. In the 1815 Abridged Plan for the Institute, she affirmed: the Spirit
of the Society is essentially based on prayer and the interior life....
Years later, Madeleine Sophie recollected her epiphany at the foundation:
That is it, I said to myself, as I was praying before a lonely tabernacle: we must dedicate ourselves to the education of young people; renew in souls the solid foundations of a living faith in the Blessed Sacrament .... we will raise up a multitude of adorers from all the nations, to the very ends of the earth.
So, it is in this spiritual, almost mystical, experience of the adoration of the Heart of Jesus, that the Society was called to both contemplative prayer and apostolic life, thus establishing from its foundation the intrinsic relationship of prayer and mission. At the very inception of the Society, Madeleine Sophie's vision was to create and to build a community around the Eucharist, nourished by contemplative prayer and adoration. The purpose of the Society of the Sacred Heart - to discover and to reveal the love of Christ - is achieved through the unitive approach of both the internal work of prayer, as well as the external work of education.
The 2020 - 2021 Sacred Heart Spirituality Speakers' Series, scheduled for First Fridays November 6, February 5, and March 5, will explore themes, methods, modes, and Sacred Heart resources for Prayer and Reflection. Please note that at least the November 6 presentation will be held virtually via Zoom. Locations and specific details for February 5 and March 5 to be determined and communicated at a later date.The Sacred Heart Spirituality Speakers Series is sponsored three times annually by the Mums of Alums at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School for the benefit of the entire Sacred Heart family. It represents the Alum Mothers’ effort to participate in the stewardship of the vision of Saint Madeleine Sophie and endeavors of Saint Philippine Duchesne – a second sowing of the Sacred Heart mission by parents who gave to their children the gift of Sacred Heart education and who continue to cherish Life at the Sacred Heart.
All are most welcome!
The Alum Day of Service Drive this year was a success! We donated these items to The Little BIt Foundation and Nurses For Newborns. Thanks to our amazing alum community!
- 3024 baby wipes
- 1768 Diapers
- 13 pounds of formula
- 210 pairs of socks
- 260 pairs of underwear
- 180 glue sticks
- 144 crayons
- 144 pencils
- 70 markers
- 70 colored pencils
- 70 books
The Villa Duchesne-City House Alumnae Association invites you to join us for our Alum Day of Service as we live out our Sacred Heart Goal 3 - social awareness which impels to action. As we had to redesign our events for the year, this was the perfect opportunity to serve those in need in our community through a donation drive.
Nurses for Newborns and The Little Bit Foundation are charities helping the needs of St. Louis babies, toddlers, and youth. While we cannot physically volunteer at these organizations, they have items they need to serve the community. Please visit the Amazon Wish Lists that we have created and bring your items to campus starting at 7:30 am on Wednesday, November 18 through 3:30 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020. Bins will be available to drop-off items off the main drive at the Gueck Family Pavilion, adjacent to Condie Field.
Nurses For Newborns works to make a safe and healthy environment for every baby. They are in need of these items below. You can also place your order through our Amazon Wish List for delivery before Friday, November 20th.
- Baby Care Items (Lotion, Shampoo, Wash)
- Baby Formula
- Baby Wipes
- Clothing (Preemie to Size 4T)
- Diapers (All Sizes, & Pull-Ups)
The Little Bit Foundation strives to remove the barriers to learning while building up students’ confidence, dignity and all the other qualities that lead to success. They are in need of these items below, or you can place your order through our Amazon Wish List for delivery before Friday, November 20th.
- New packs of socks and underwear
- New or gently used uniforms and clothing
- Hygiene items (full and travel size)
- Coats and jackets (new or in good condition)
- School supplies
- New or gently used books
If you have any questions, email Rachel Drone Gehm '88, Manager of Alumni Relations at email@example.com.
If you are out of town, you may order your items through Amazon and have them delivered to:
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
Attn: Rachel Gehm
801 S Spoede Rd
St. Louis, MO 63131
While our Christmas holidays may look a little different this year, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill are still committed to serving others and keeping one of our most loved traditions alive! While we won’t be having Christmas Basket Mass this year, we are still calling on our entire community to build food baskets for those in need.
In the past, the Mums have gathered for some yuletide fun of socializing and working together to assemble baskets. This year, we are asking all Mums to create their own completed and assembled basket and drop it off on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 between 9 am and noon. The drop-off location will be at the Caretaker’s Cottage, next to the Log Cabin. We will have volunteers to receive and assist with your basket. All Mums of Alums Christmas Baskets will go to the Rural Parish Workers.
Please assemble a decorated basket of food that will allow a family to prepare a holiday meal. Baskets may include staples such as rice, potatoes, pasta; canned goods; canned meat; vegetables; bread; dessert; candy—whatever your family would like to contribute.
For those out of town, or unable to drop-off, visit our Christmas Baskets page to learn how to order items through Straub’s, Amazon, or Target to be used for the school’s Christmas Basket collection taking place on December 18, 2020. Those baskets will go to a variety of local agencies.
From the heart,
President, Mums of Alums
- Saturday Honoree Day | Classes Years ending in 1 and 6
- Sunday Mass and Luncheon
- Hotel Reservations
- Reunion Registration
- Très Bien Award
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Sponsored by Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School Alumnae/i Office
For all Honor, Reunion Classes, and families.
Honor Classes: 1971, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016
Reunion Classes: 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991
11 am - 2 pm on the Front Lawn of the Towers
- Buffet Lunch
- Open Bar - Wine, Beer, Signature Drink, Pellegrino, Soda, and Water
- Dessert Trucks
- Games - Wine Toss, Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, Washers, Pick-Up Sticks, Yardtzee, and more
- Activities - Photo Booth, Caricature, Balloon Art, Henna Tattoos, and more
- 1929 Main Building will be open to explore
- Bring your spouses, friends, children, and families!
SUNday, October 17, 2021
Sponsored and organized by the Villa Duchesne-City House Alumnae AssociationAll alumnae of Villa Duchesne and City House are invited to attend. 10 am
Alumnae Mass in the Villa Duchesne Chapel with Très Bien Awards. Très Bien Award Winners Nominations are due by May 15, 2021. Please visit the Très Bien for more information about how to nominate an alumna. 11:30 am Luncheon and class photos in the Kenefick Gymnasium
- Reunion classes will be called up to get class photos during the luncheon (any class ending in a 6 or 1)
Make your plans with your classmates and mark your calendar. We look forward to seeing you in October. Please plan your class parties at times that will allow everyone the opportunity to come to the school events on Saturday and Sunday if they wish. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Drone Gehm '88, Manager of Alumnae/i Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.810.3420. Online registration and invitations will be available in the spring of 2021.
Presented to recipients on sunday, october 17, 2021 at 10 am Mass. All nominations are due by may 15, 2021.
What is the Très Bien Award?
Each year, a small group of esteemed alumnae receive the Très Bien Award for their service to the school and community. The Très Bien Award is given to Villa Duchesne-City House alumnae who demonstrate in their lives the traditions and values of their Sacred Heart education. The award recognizes exemplary service or achievement in the community or to one’s family, church, or profession.
If you would like to nominate an alumna for this award, please contact the Villa Duchesne-City House Alumnae Association Très Bien Committee Chair, Mimi McEnery Fonseca '80 at email@example.com
You may also mail in your nomination to:
Mimi McEnery Fonseca
7 Woods Hill Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Please include the following:
- Nominee's first, maiden (if applicable), and last name
- Nominee's class year and school
- Specific examples that describe how the alumna lives the traditions and values of their Sacred Heart education
- Your first, maiden (if applicable), and last name
- Your class year and school
- Your contact information