Letter from the Pastor

January 26, 2020

Dear Parishioners of St. James:
Praised be Jesus Christ!

Today begins National Catholic Schools Week and
will run through Saturday, February 1st.

National Catholic Schools Week is a celebration each
year in the United States to highlight and celebrate our Catholic
Schools.

According to the National Catholic Educational
Association (NCEA); “The National Assessment of Educational
Progress” (NAEP), also known as the National Report Card,
released its findings for math and reading for grades 4 and 8.
NAEP is considered the most consistent measure of U.S. student
achievement over time. While most of the nation is facing tough
questions on assessment scores in decline for public schools,
Catholic school scores continue to trend higher.”

St. James Parish is blessed to have a Catholic School
with a dedicated and faithful principal, Dr. Kathleen Miller,
who leads a group of teachers who not only teach our students
in academic subjects, but also in the task of helping to form
beautiful souls and future saints in heaven!

If your school-age children are not currently enrolled
in St. James School, please take some time to contact
Dr. Miller to learn more about the education our school children
receive.

In celebration of 2020 Catholic Schools Week, our
Knights of Columbus group has organized a Spaghetti Dinner
this weekend after Mass on Saturday night and a Parish
Breakfast after the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday. The Council of
Catholic Women is also having a Bake Sale during both events.
Please stop by and enjoy a meal while learning about our
Catholic School!

“A good school provides a rounded education for the whole
person. And a good Catholic school, over and above this,
should help all its students to become saints.”
~ Pope Benedict XV

God bless you,
Fr. Geary

 

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