Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear People of St. Barbara,
After what has hopefully been an enjoyable summer for our school children, school families, school faculty, and staff, our children return to school this Thursday. Our maintenance man, Tom Groark, and the rest of the summer cleaning staff have been hard at work all summer cleaning the classrooms. One summer project which will continue for the next month or so is the plastering and painting of the First and Second Floor school hallways in preparing for our gala Centennial Open House on October 24, 2010.
Last year at this time in my letter, I wrote about the value of Catholic Education and related to you an article entitled The Value of Catholic Schools, which I had read in August 2009 issue of The Priest Magazine, which is worth repeating as our parish begins a new school year.
The Value of Catholic Schools was written by Msgr. Robert Aucion, who had been involved with Catholic education and Catholic Schools for most of his 39 years of priesthood, as a teacher, college president, Vicar of Education, and currently as a Catholic high school principal. While he has seen the face of Catholic schools change, their reason for existence has not changed. One of Jesus’ final statements to his disciples was “Teach them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:20). Msgr. Aucoin wrote that outside the family, Catholic schools are the best means at our disposal to teach the word of God and to teach how to observe the Word of God. He went on to say that the Catholic school system in the United States began with great sacrifice. The task of Catholic schools was and remains to offer the best of human education along with the best of Catholic formation. Msgr. Aucion wrote that “pastors can willingly attest that religious instruction and sacred preparation must now compete against entertainment and sports that have taken on a priority greater than eternal life. So, today our children need even more than in the past the program that only a Catholic school can offer. … Our children need a Catholic school where the simplistic answers of the current culture can be replaced with the eternal truths and answers found only in God and in our treasured Catholic heritage. … Our Catholic schools are a blessing, a blessing for the families and children who are there, but also a blessing for the entire Church community that benefits from the lives of those children.”
Parish SummerFest Thank You BBQ Saturday, August 28, 6:00 p.m.
For thank everyone who helped with our 19th Annual Parish SummerFest, we have hav- ing a Barbeque after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on August 28 outside the Senior Center. Bring your lawn chairs. Bring your bags for some fun.
Hall of Fame Thursday, Aug 12, 2010 $500 Winner Mary
Our School has been a blessing for our parish, our neighborhood, and our families for 100 years. Our school was built and opened in 1910 with great sacrifice by many immigrant families. Similarly today, our school parents value the blessing of a Catholic education for their children, and often times make great sacrifice to send their children to St. Barbara School.
So many people worked hard to make our Parish SummerFest a success. A small way of showing our appreciation is by having our Thank You BBQ on Saturday, August 28, after the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Bring your family, your lawn chairs, and your lawn games, and let’s have a relaxing good time.
Yours in Christ
F r . D e n n i s Z i o m e k