Dear Friends in Christ,
This weekend is Catholic Schools Week. We are blessed as a parish to have a Catholic school as part of our community. Our Lady of Hope School continues to be a vehicle to evangelize our young people, to give them an excellent education and to afford them opportunities to grow in their formation as young Catholics who will impact on the future of society. A Catholic school is made up of the parish, the school administration, teachers, parents and students. Parents make great sacrifices to send their children to a Catholic school and we want to do everything possible to help them. Of course, what the children learn in school is greatly diminished if the faith is not practiced at home and especially, if a family does not attend Holy Mass every week. I am amazed when one claims to be a devout Catholic and does not go to Mass every week. The Mass is the source and summit of the Holy Catholic faith. No one can take the place of parents in forming their children in the faith. Pope St. John Paul II said in Chicago in 1998: “Not only are the attitudes of teachers crucial for the success of Catholic education but also the attitudes of Catholic parents. Parents must set themselves very definite priorities, such as the determination to have schools in which their children’s faith will be respected, fostered and enriched; schools in which their children learn the value and beauty of the Church’s teaching. They must also see to it that their own homes are places in which these values are first fostered and lived. Parents’ own practice of the faith, their own love for Christ, is of course fundamental.” We celebrate the gift of a Catholic education and we pray for Our Lady of Hope School, that it will thrive and continue to form young and women in the faith.
God bless you,