January 28, 2018
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Schools Week Begins!
”Quiet! Come out of him!”
The purpose of our Catholic School is to form saints and citizens in partnership with families.
Saints: Individuals who know and love Jesus and his Church. Our goal in life is to get to heaven. But we don’t get to heaven by accident, nor by just being a “good person”. We get to heaven by God’s grace living in us and sanctifying us, in other words, by being a saint.
Good Citizens: Individuals who have virtue, can think critically, and seek truth. It is rare that modern education teaches the young morality and virtue. However, without these, we have nothing to guide us and lead us in the right direction; rather, we are directed simply by our own passions and desires, and strive solely for what we think we want, rather than what God wants and what is best for the good of all society. The development of virtue and critical thinking that teaches us how to seek the truth and find it is essential to being a good citizen.
In Partnership with Families: Education of children is essentially a partnership between the Church and the parents of the child. Neither one nor the other alone can fulfill this responsibility. The Church has always taught that
“Since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators”. In addition, “in a special way, the duty of educating belongs to the Church, … [especially by] communicating the life of Christ to those who believe”.
This partnership between the parents and the Church is essential if the faith will be taught and strongly take root in the child’s life.
I believe Catholic Education is the best option for most families who truly want to pass on the faith to their children, because the Catholic School tirelessly works in partnership with the parents, re-enforcing the faith and the virtues that parents seek to teach.
Why I love Holy Cross:
- Weekly Mass (in school)
- Daily prayer (in school)
- Learn about Jesus (in school)
- Incorporate a Catholic worldview into every area of study, and teach our students how to integrate their faith into their daily lives, not separate them.
For these reasons, in addition to an excellent education in all subject matters, I personally encourage all parishioners of Immaculate Conception to consider sending your children to our wonderful school: Holy Cross.
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,
Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke