The Pastor's Corner (Jan. 20, 2023)

The Pastor's Corner

By Fr. Bob Hoffman

The second semester is well underway.  Our Christmas decorations have likely been put away until next December. Before long, Lent will be upon us. It seems that the year is flying by.

At the beginning of the year, I wrote about how Catholic schools view education as a partnership between parents and schools.  Catholic schools respect the role and the primacy of parents in a way that other schools often do not.

Because of that recognition, there is an opportunity for parents to be involved in their children’s education in a way that is not possible in many other schools. They not only have a chance to participate, but there is also an expectation that they will.

However, that only happens when parents are willing to take advantage of the opportunities that are offered. To do so, they need to want to meet with their children’s teachers. They need to want to volunteer to have a greater presence in and around the school. Unfortunately, the world in which we live necessitates that parents undergo training and a background check before they can volunteer in the school during the school day. However, that seems like a small price for being able to become more involved in their children’s education. 

Understandably, with so many parents both needing to work to support the family, volunteering during the school day might not be feasible. But there are other ways in which to be involved.

The most important part of being involved is something that our listening sessions emphasized: communication. Please make sure that you are communicating with your child’s teacher. Read what is sent home. When it makes sense, share what you learn with your child. Let them know that you care enough to pay attention to what is being communicated.

Catholic education is a gift that we are blessed to have here. It is not available to everyone. But it is available to us. We need to ensure that we maximize the opportunities that it presents.