The Pastoral Coordinator’s Reflection on the Ministry of Our School
Many of you may not realize that Saint Patrick Catholic School is the largest ministry of our parish. Education is embedded in our Parish Mission Statement and is one of our three Parish Priorities. Knowing, understanding, and experiencing our Catholic faith is fundamental to our call to Discipleship. At our parish, we do this in a variety of ways, for people of all ages. The school is the leading ministry through which we pass our Catholic faith along to our children.
During this annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week, I want to thank you for making financial and other sacrifices to send your children to our school. I hope you have experienced the value of that decision. If Catholic education is not currently the option for your children, please give our school a look. In addition to nurturing an abiding Catholic faith in our students, our mission includes the pursuit of academic excellence. Come visit our Blue Ribbon Event on February 22d, and see what we have to offer.
Starting on January 28, we joined Catholic schools and parishes across the country in celebration of Catholic Schools Week. This week recognizes the contribution of Catholic schools to our American society and to the Catholic Church in particular. Since 1718, when the Franciscans opened a school for boys in New Orleans, Catholic schools have been serving immigrant families, children in inner-cities, the well-to-do, and all those who seek a Christ-centered, value-based education. From the earliest days when all of the teachers were religious women to more recent times when most teachers are lay people, Catholic schools have always sought to teach the whole child: the mind, the heart, and the soul. Catholic schools are a place where the gift of education leads to a greater sense of the common good, a deep respect for the dignity of each person, and a greater commitment to the service of God’s people.
At St. Patrick School, we are fortunate to be part of a parish that not only supports our school but also exemplifies for us how to build a community of faith. From social ministries, the Parish Finance Council, and the Knights of Columbus to the fine people who assist us in our school liturgies, we know we exist as a school because of the generosity of our Parish. As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, we remember our founding Dominican Sisters and how their spirituality has grounded the school for it’s 125 years. There is no question that when we celebrate, we celebrate the many relationships that bind us to our past and that give us confidence in our future.
I am grateful for Christa Ishida, who is the Chair of Catholic Schools Week. I hope you can join us for some or all of the events she has planned for this week. I have listed them below. If you are unable to attend, please say a prayer for us because it is through God’s grace that St. Pats will always be a place where students learn to serve, to learn that success is measured by how we use our talents to build God’s kingdom, and to believe that Christian leadership is available to all who want to share their heart on fire for the love of God.
That’s a mission worth celebrating.
St. Patrick, pray for us.
A Student’s Reflection for CSW at Mass
Student’s reflection begins after the homily.
The Impact of Catholic Schools from a Student’s Perspective
Written as a speech for religion class, this student shares how just a few short months at Saint Patrick Catholic School has influenced her and changed her perspective on serving others.
Catholic Schools Week celebrations closed with the Saint Patrick Catholic School choir singing during Mass at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Federal way.