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Pastor's Corner (Aug. 12, 2022)

By Fr. Bob Hoffman
 
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) #2223 says, “Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues.”
 
That makes Catholic schools different from most other schools in two main ways.
 
Recognizing the primacy of parents in the education of their children, Catholic schools aim to form a partnership with parents. The relationship between parents and the school should be very different from that of a customer with a service provider. Teachers, staff, and parents should all see themselves as working together for the good of the children.
 
Second, Catholic schools intend to do more than education. Education is important. But so is formation. We strive to form children in Christian faith so that they grown in their relationship with Jesus Christ. And, in growing in this relationship, they live a life of Christian virtue. We want graduates who excel academically and who are also faithful disciples.
 
This summer, our diocese was given a new bishop, Bishop Erik Pohlmeier. In a recent article, Bishop Pohlmeier said, “It’s the environment at home that really shapes who we become. We, the parish, can do the catechesis, but faith has to be spoken about and be part of the family’s daily life.” We want to support you and your family with what we do in the school. But we also want to hear from you about how we can support what you are trying to do with your family at home.
 
Again, we hope to build an ever greater partnership that greatly benefits your children.