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Catholic Schools Week 2015

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of National Catholic Schools Week, which was a milestone celebrated by many of the faithful.

National Catholic Schools Week 2015 marks year 41 and again has the theme Catholic Schools:  Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.  There is a profound and conscious effort during Catholic Schools Week (CSW) to recognize “communities.”  We are all bound together by our need for community.  Our Catholic faith acknowledges, teaches, and encourages the power of community and the impact of communal prayer and worship.  Catholic Schools are an extension of the family and truly provide students and staff with the opportunity to learn about community.

What is the value of a Catholic education?  The question of value is one that pops up in each of our everyday lives.  One of the greatest gifts that we can give our children is the gift of a Catholic education, which is a cornerstone of our faith!  A Catholic education helps children understand the contributions, which we as a people of faith can make to our church.  The National Catholic Education Association notes that “Catholic schools celebrate students during CSW by planning enjoyable and meaningful activities for them and recognizing their accomplishments.”

A National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) study found positives and negatives in Catholic school statistical trends for the 2013-2014 school year.  The NCEA noted that more than 30 percent of the nation’s 6,594 Catholic schools reported waiting lists for attendance, but overall enrollment dipped 1.5 percent.  Even as enrollment has dipped, the NCEA noted that forty-two new schools opened, and parental choice in education continues to grow.  These statistical trends prove that parents want the very best education for their children.  Parents want an education rooted in Gospel values and community.  Parents realize that raising a child, is in fact a communal effort, which requires prayer and support.  Catholic schools offer this “community” for children and families.

Catholic Schools Week 2015 runs from Sunday, January 25 to Saturday, January 31.  Throughout this week there will be many events and opportunities for children to learn and celebrate with their school and parish communities.  These individual celebrations are all a part of the greater Catholic community, which binds and connects all of us.  We are all children of God and our efforts and journeys are intertwined and connected by our faith.  Please pray for a successful 2015 Catholic Schools Week.   

James Kanine, Co-Interim Superintendent
Diocese of Gaylord, Office of Catholic Schools

Robert Kellogg, Co-Interim Superintendent
Diocese of Gaylord, Office of Catholic Schools