“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”
–Pope John XXIII
For the past 40 years our parishes have been celebrating Catholic Schools Week. St. Rose and St. Mary’s schools were around before this national celebration began!
Catholic schools make a valuable impact locally and nationally. If you look at our local community leaders, many of them are alumni of Catholic schools. The same is true in our nation. In many ways, the future of our church and our nation rests with our Catholic schools. In a recent article in America magazine, Cardinal Timothy Dolan asks the question: Who needs Catholic schools?
The answer: We all do. Much of the research on Catholic education conducted over the last five decades—from the Rev. Andrew Greeley to the University of Notre Dame; from the National Opinion Research Center to the work of independent, often non-Catholic scholars—has answered with a unanimous voice that without a doubt Catholic schools are an unquestioned success in every way: spiritually, academically and communally. More to the point, the graduates they produce emerge as lifelong practitioners of their faith. These Catholic graduates have been, are and will be our leaders in church and society. (“The Schools We Need” http://americamagazine.org/issue/747/article/catholic-schools-we-need )
Catholic schools are one of the important gifts our church offers our community, our nation, and our world. They excel in forming lifelong disciples and community leaders. Let us celebrate Catholic Schools week with joy and gratitude.
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood