Parishes’ school partnership unique in diocese

In the back of St. Andrew’s Parish, Holts Summit, is a stack of kindergarten enrollment packets for St. Peter Interparish School.

And the walls of the church this week will receive added decoration with selected artwork by students who are parishioners at St. Andrew but attend school at St. Peter.

These students put the “Interparish” in St. Peter’s name, just as generations before them have done.

The partnership between these two parishes and one school is unique to the Diocese of Jefferson City, but one that works well for those involved, said Principal Joseph Gulino.

One person keeping the communication lines open is mom Wendy Winkelman — part-time teacher at St. Peter and parishioner at St. Andrew.

Winkelman’s husband, Larry, attended St. Peter from the St. Andrew parish when a school bus still operated from Callaway County in to the downtown school.

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“Having a Catholic school is so important to our lives; it’s a tradition,” Winkelman said.

The parish looked at organizing its own school, said Winkelman, who has served on the parish council and the home-school association.

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