The Catholic World Report published an article 9/23/2016 regarding Catholic Schools that we wanted to share with you.
Most schools today are geared toward college and career-readiness. These schools aren’t forming children to be saints, say classical education advocates.
Three years ago, Sacred Heart Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan was a failing school. It was down to 69 students in the entire K-12 program, employed only six teachers, and was a financial “drain on the parish,” according to the school’s provost, Zach Good.
This fall, however, the school—which is 100 years old and was formerly known as Sacred Heart of Jesus School—will be approaching an enrollment of 300 students (with new families continuing to inquire about enrollment), and the financial situation has greatly improved, as have the school’s intellectual and spiritual cultures, said Good.
You can read the entire article here
A Candlelight Rosary will be hosted by Life Teen on Sunday evening in recognition of Respect Life month. Everyone is welcome to this beautiful night of prayer. This event will be take place following the 5:30 Mass in the field behind the school.
Parish Forty Hours Devotion - September 25, 26, 27
The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the altar Sunday following the Noon Mass until 4 PM, then again Monday and Tuesday, following the 9 AM Mass until 7 PM. This is a grace filled opportunity for our parish. Please plan to stop by the Church to spend some time with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. 40 Hours Devotion begins Sunday, September 25th following the 5:30pm Mass. Father Philip Burger will be the Homilist.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday, September 26-7:00 PM - Evening Prayer & Benediction including the Rite of Enrollment for all our First Holy Communion students and their parents.
Tuesday, September 27-7:00 PM - Evening Prayer & Benediction including the Rite of Rededication of Liturgical Ministers for our Lectors, EMHC, Choirs, Cantors, Instrumentalists, Ushers, Greeters, Altar Servers, Masters of Ceremony and Sacristans.
OCTOBER IS RESPECT LIFE: Respect Life Ministry will sponsor a memorial service and recitation of the rosary to create awareness & enlightenment of God’s love for all humanity and our need to bring out the sanctity of life in all its stages. It will be held following the 9AM Mass on Saturday, October 1st.
The Areba Club trip for October "Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad" is scheduled for October 20th. Information is available on their ministry page here or on the flyer below.
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Why should I vote - Does the Church tell me who to vote for?
In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is considered a virtue, and participation in political life – especially voting – is considered a moral obligation. In their document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Bishops note, “The Church’s obligation to participate in shaping the moral character of society is a requirement of our faith.” Being a faithful citizen requires a well-formed conscience, aided by reading Scripture, reflecting on Church teaching, examining the issues and praying.
The Catholic Church neither endorses nor opposes specific candidates for public office or political parties, nor does it tell Catholics for whom to vote. Rather, each Catholic must prayerfully reflect on the candidates’ positions in light of teachings of Christ and His Church, and participate in the privileged opportunity to promote the common good as they cast their vote. Use that opportunity on November 8. For more information, visit www.Hbgdiocese.org/vote
This past weekend at Good Shepherd Church in Camp Hill, Bishop Gainer officially received Joe Gusherowski from our parish as a candidate for Holy Orders as a deacon of the Church. Joe has spent the last year in discerning with the diocese his call to the diaconate. With the bishop accepting him as a candidate, Joe now begins four more years of intensive training in moral and systematic theology, Church history, liturgy, homiletics, canon law, etc.
It is an amazing responsibility along with his duties as a husband and father along with his own daily work. Deacons play a very important role in the life of the Church and our prayers are with Joe as he prepares for this new and wonderful part of his life. “May God, who has begun this good work in you, bring it to completion.”
Today is Catechetical Sunday! Our thanks go out to all those who teach in our Catholic schools and religious education programs. We also recognize our own call to share the faith. This year’s theme from the United States Bishops is “Prayer – The Faith Prayed.”
Blessing of the Animals will take place on Saturday, October 1st, 9:45 AM in front of the former Convent. Please remember to bring water and clean-up bags for your pet. In case of inclement weather, the blessing will be held across the street from the church under the walkway at the entrance to the school.
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