More than 300 come out to support Holy Rosary school’s dinner auction

By Jason Koch, Editor
Posted 2/5/24

Holy Rosary Catholic School in Warrenton, MO, had a successful annual dinner auction to raise money for the education of its students.

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More than 300 come out to support Holy Rosary school’s dinner auction


Holy Rosary Catholic School had its annual dinner auction Jan. 27.

About 315 people attended, according to the Rev. Edward Godefroid, better known as Father Eddie.

While the final numbers were not immediately available, Father Eddie said it was a good night for the school and that he was grateful for the community’s generosity.

All the money raised will go toward projects at the school.

“Everything has been beautifully organized and everybody has a good time,” Holy Rosary Principal Mary Wooley said. “They sold out of tickets for the dinner.”

During the auction, Dusty Thornhill and Bart Korman took turns auctioning off a number of donated items. Several items went for several hundred dollars or more, including a Cardinals ticket package, a hand-carved image of The Last Supper, reserved parking spots for parents picking up their kids, and more. That was in addition to several items in the silent auctions.

Wooley said the school has several ideas for how to use the money, but nothing specific had been decided as of Saturday night’s dinner.

This year’s dinner was the first for both Wooley and Father Eddie. Wooley is in her first year as school principal, taking over for Lori Racine who left Holy Rosary Catholic School at the end of the last school year. 

Father Eddie was assigned to Holy Rosary Parish last summer.

“Everybody’s been very welcoming,” Wooley said. “I have enjoyed meeting everybody in the community and getting to know everybody.”

She was grateful to the community for the support Holy Rosary Catholic School receives.

“Catholic school communities as a whole, they all work together,” she said. “That’s one of the only ways we can provide the kind of education that we give the kids.”

Father Eddie echoed that sentiment.

“It provides a place where parents have the option of sending their kids to be educated, to learn the Christian values,” he said. “And so it’s important that we have these options in these communities.”

And he emphasized the important role Holy Rosary plays in the Warrenton community.

“This church is here for the whole community, Catholic or non-Catholic,” he said. “We have a lot of great ministries here that provide for the whole community. Our school is the same way. We have people who aren’t Catholic who go to our school and we welcome them just as much as we welcome everybody.”

About the author: Jason Koch is the editor of The Warren County Record, and covers local news and government for the newspaper. He has won multiple awards from both the Indiana and Illinois APME and from the Illinois Press Association. He can be reached at 636-456-6397 or at jason@warrencountyrecord.com