Pastor’s Note 2016

Dear Friends,

Each year the last full week of January is designated as Catholic Schools Week. Our parish is very fortunate to have such an excellent school which has served the young people of our parish and surrounding areas very well since it opened in 1961. Our school was originally staffed by dedicated religious women, the Sisters of Mercy, who did such excellent work in teaching the basic skills needed for success in life and striving to form their students as good Catholic young people who knew the essentials of their faith and the importance of faith in their lives.

The mission continues today, and although the Sisters of Mercy no longer staff our school, the same level of excellence on all levels persists. Our school is staffed entirely by lay people, dedicated to passing on to the students entrusted to them the skills needed for success in the modern world. Our students learn the basics such as reading, writing, mathematics, history, computer skills and more. They also are part of a school family which has Jesus himself as the Headmaster, the true leader of the school.

In the name of the parish, I thank Mr. Frank Lacerenza, who has served as principal for well over twenty years and the members of the faculty and staff for all of their hard work and dedication to the school and its students. What the faculty, staff and administration does is not merely a job for them. It is so much more. They share in the mission of the parish and the mission of the Church which is to form disciples of Jesus Christ who will make a difference for the better in the world around them.

The motto of our school is a simple one, easy to remember, one that all of us could take to heart. The motto is ``to live the message of Jesus.

I also thank the parents, and in many cases the grandparents as well, for the sacrifices they make to send their children to our school. With all that is happening with the economy, it requires a firm belief in the value of our school and Catholic education as a whole for parents and grandparents to be willing to make the sacrifices needed to insure that their children receive not just an excellent education, but a well¬rounded education that seeks to form young people not only on the level of the mind but even more importantly on the level of the heart and the spirit.

By way of an announcement, the Liturgy Committee will meet on Monday, February 1, at 7:00 PM in the rectory to review our celebrations of the fall season as well as Advent and Christmas. We will also look ahead to Lent and Easter, which are just around the corner, believe it or not!

Rev. Aidan N. Donahue

Grace Joseph