Each year I look forward to the last week of January, when we observe National Catholic Schools Week. As a parish, we recognize the value of Catholic education and support our families and St. Mary Parish School in educating our young people so they can reach their full potential — most importantly as holy young people desirous of following Jesus. We are so grateful for our dedicated, faith-filled school faculty, staff and volunteers in this effort, and we celebrate our students as they learn about their faith and the skills they need in the 21st century.
The week’s theme — "Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service." — focuses on the core of Catholic education. Schools are not only communities themselves, they are also part of larger communities, including St. Mary and St. Anthony parishes, Menomonee Falls, and our nation.
As a parish, we support our school through prayer and resources, and the school, in turn, collaborates with families to develop our children into future model leaders and citizens. The theme also highlights key elements of Catholic education: academic excellence, leadership, dedication to service, and becoming faithful Catholics.
St. Mary is marking the start of National Catholic Schools week with an open house on Sunday, Jan. 30, giving all of us an opportunity to see what our students are accomplishing and thank the faculty, staff and volunteers who give so much of themselves to educate our children. If you aren’t able to attend, I’d encourage you to schedule an appointment and stop by when it's convenient.
Our Catholic schools are part of our future as a Church and a nation. May God bless them and all who contribute to the important work they do on behalf of the children of our parish and parishes across the country. May God bless you.
Msgr. Shecterle and Fr. Linn