Monday, January 26, 2009

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week!

“Catholic Schools Celebrate Service” January 24 – 30, 2009

Catholic Schools Week is a national event held annually to celebrate Catholic Schools. The 2009 national theme is “Catholic Schools Celebrate Service” and the slogan says it all. Catholic Schools are successful, our students are excelling, and every day we’re making a difference in our communities and in the world.

For our family, this is a week to reflect on why we send our children to Catholic schools. For us and for many families, it is a huge sacrifice. Tuition, fees, uniforms, activities, and even transportation costs all add up and are very expensive.

So the question is, why do we send our children to Catholic school?

It is because we value our Catholic heritage and want to pass that down to them. It is because they are surrounded by teachers, students and families who belong to our parish and live out their faith in a tangible way. Attending our parish school is like being with your family in a broader sense. I always feel that my children are safe and receiving the same love and care that they would at home. It is because they can pray in school. They start every day with prayer and end the day in prayer. They go to Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. They pray the Rosary and learn about Jesus, Mary and the Saints. They are involved in many service projects throughout the year where they learn how to reach out and help others. At Catholic school, they develop a sense of community with a common belief system where they learn about all the different ways we can use our time, talent and treasure to help further the kingdom of God here on earth.

We want our children to grow up in a learning environment which reinforces our values and traditions we teach at home. By sending them to Catholic school we are fostering opportunities for them to see the Church in action, not just on Sunday but every day.

Most of the teachers in our school hold Master's degrees. Our children receive the very best education academically as well as spiritually.

When we think of the sacrifice we make now in the cost of their education,
we know that we are giving them the best opportunity
in building a firm foundation
in faith and knowledge,
and someday they will go out into the world and make it a better place.

Catholic School.

It is worth it.

1 comment:

momto5minnies said...

And you should be proud!!!!!!

We are considering moving my oldest daughter tot he all girls Catholic high school. This year I miss the religion aspect and all that goes with it went we sent her to a secular private school.

When I seek what is going on in our world today, I so "get" why the values of our Catholic Heritage are important!!!!!!