Today, united with all the Catholic Schools throughout the United States, we begin our celebration of Catholic Schools Week. The theme this year is, “Catholic Schools: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed.”
Our parish is blessed to have a school as part of its mission of forming intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. Little did St. Elizabeth Ann Seton know when she founded the parochial school system in the United States what a gift she would be giving to our nation.
It has been proven that a Catholic Education makes a profound difference in a child’s life. The value of a Catholic Education is priceless and those who receive one reap its benefits for a lifetime.
I would ask parents to consider the following 12 reasons as to why a Catholic Education makes a difference in a child’s life:
- We offer an education that combines Catholic faith and teachings with academic excellence.
- We partner with parents in the faith formation of their children.
- We set high standards for student achievement and help them succeed.
- We provide a balanced academic curriculum that integrates faith, culture and life.
- We use technology effectively to enhance education.
- We instill in students the value of serving others.
- We teach students respect of self and others.
- We emphasize moral development and self-discipline.
- We prepare students to be productive citizens and future leaders.
- We have a 99% high school graduation rate and 85% of our graduates go to college.
- We cultivate a faculty and staff of people who are dedicated, caring and effective.
- We provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.
Our parish can be very proud of our students, faculty, and staff. All work together in a harmonious way to make our school a house of learning and formation par-excellence. All one need do is walk the hallways and see faith in action, learning in progress, and students who are eager to serve with generous and loving hearts.
I invite all parishioners to visit our school during one of the open houses to be held during Catholic Schools Week, either Sunday January 28 (11:30-12:30) or Thursday February 1 (6:30-8 p.m.). I also invite parents who do not send their children to our parish school to come and check us out. It may be one of the best decisions you make and a Catholic Education one of the best gifts you can give your child, a gift that lasts a lifetime.
For the greater glory and honor of God our students learn, serve, lead and succeed!
— Fr. Dennis, January 28, 2018