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Reflecting on Catholic Schools
I remember when I was in 2nd grade my mom and dad wanted to talk to me after Mass about something. I thought I was in trouble. But, they just wanted to talk to me about switching to Holy Family School for 3rd grade. Obviously, I was only in 2nd grade so I don’t really remember that much. Mom tells me that it was a parent speaking after Mass that gave her the idea to send us to Catholic school even though my mom is a public school teacher and the tuition did require a financial sacrifice.
I attended Holy Family Catholic School in East Tawas for four years (3rd-6th grade). My sisters followed me each attending for seven years. My parents both admit that it was one of the best decisions they ever made. It is the reason why my sisters and I continue to live our Catholic faith as adults. The foundation that I received in elementary school has served to make me the man I am today. The seeds of my vocation to the priesthood were planted then. I not only grew in knowledge, but I was also formed in the faith to live my life by the Gospel. At Holy Family we were taught to follow the three ‘R’s’: Reverence, Respect, and Responsibility. A lesson I think about often before I open my big mouth.
I love our Catholic Schools. One of the greatest joys I’ve had as new priest at our parish is just being in our Cathedral School. We are so blessed in the Gaylord community to have such a fine school that has been educating and forming young men and women as disciples of Christ for three or four generations. During this Catholic Schools Week, I’m thankful to be one of the small threads that has been sown into the great tapestry woven by our Catholic Schools.
By Fr. Tyler Bischoff
St. Mary Cathedral, Gaylord; Holy Redeemer, Vanderbilt; St. Thomas Aquinas, Elmira