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Pastors’s Note 2016

Pastor’s Note 2016

From our Pastor, Rev. Aidan N. Donahue.

 

Dear Friends:

Reconciliation 201624

Each year the last full week of January is designated as Catholic Schools Week. Our parish is very fortunate to have such an excellent school which has served the young people of our parish and surrounding areas very well since it opened in 1961. Our school was originally staffed by dedicated religious women, the Sisters of Mercy, who did such excellent work in teaching the basic skills needed for success in life and striving to form their students as good Catholic young people who knew the essentials of their faith and the importance of faith in their lives.
The mission continues today, and although the Sisters of Mercy no longer staff our school, the same level of excellence on all levels persists. Our school is staffed entirely by lay people, dedicated to passing on to the students entrusted to them the skills needed for success in the modern world. Our students learn the basics such as reading, writing, mathematics, history, computer skills and more. They also are part of a school family which has Jesus himself as the Headmaster, the true leader of the school.

 

In the name of the parish, I thank Mr. Frank Lacerenza, who has served as principal for well over twenty years and the members of the faculty and staff for all of their hard work and dedication to the school and its students. What the faculty, staff and administration does is not merely a job for them. It is so much more. They share in the mission of the parish and the mission of the Church which is to form disciples of Jesus Christ who will make a difference for the better in the world around them.

The motto of our school is a simple one, easy to remember, one that all of us could take to heart. The motto is ``to live the message of Jesus.``

I also thank the parents, and in many cases the grandparents as well, for the sacrifices they make to send their children to our school. With all that is happening with the economy, it requires a firm belief in the value of our school and Catholic education as a whole for parents and grandparents to be willing to make the sacrifices needed to insure that their children receive not just an excellent education, but a well¬rounded education that seeks to form young people not only on the level of the mind but even more importantly on the level of the heart and the spirit.

 

By way of an announcement, the Liturgy Committee will meet on Monday, February 1, at 7:00 PM in the rectory to review our celebrations of the fall season as well as Advent and Christmas. We will also look ahead to Lent and Easter, which are just around the corner, believe it or not!

 

Rev. Aidan N. Donahue

Past Notes From our Pastor

Pastor’s Note 2015

 

October 19, 2015

 

Dear Parents:
All parishioners received last weekend in the bulletin a letter from Archbishop Blair in which he discussed Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. There are a number of schools that are in significant trouble due to falling enrollment, rising tuition rates and evaporating parish financial resources. Our own St. Mary School, happily, seems to be an exception to the rule. Our school at present is stable. Enrollment has risen slightly over the past several years. The financial picture also is good, thanks to the sacrifices that you and in some cases, grandparents, make in meeting tuition obligations. Due credit and much praise must be given to the Home and School Association in that for each of the past several years, all of you have worked to raise the truly remarkable sum of $110,000 to support the school budget. Lastly, the people of the parish have consistently and strongly supported the school, both in its fund raising efforts as well as in the support that goes to the school from the parish in the form of an annual subsidy.

 

 

All of this means that we together can be proud of our school. We do not have many of the worries and concerns that schools elsewhere have. This does not mean that we can just rest on our laurels, however. There are challenges ahead, particularly in the effects of a declining birth rate. The number of children available for education has been in a decline and will continue to be so for the near future at least. This affects all schools, public and parochial. Our response to this has to be multifaceted. We must consistently insure that our school and the education and spiritual formation it offers continues to be of the highest quality. We must continue working to market our school and recruit students to attend it. April Bryant deserves special accolades for her excellent work in this area of school life. We must pledge as a parish to continue to make the sacrifices necessary to insure that our school does not merely survive, but that it thrives and is sustainable. We must do what we can to keep costs under control.

 

 

I, as pastor, fully support the school. Its presence brings much life and vitality to the life of our parish. I pledge to do whatever is necessary, in conjunction with the school board and the school community to insure that St. Mary School is healthy and strong for years to come. I know that I can count on the continued support of the parish at large as we do so. Should you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact either me or Mr. Lacerenza.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

The Reverend Aidan N. Donahue
Pastor

Pastor’s Note 2014

 

I am very pleased with the state of the parish school. It is strong financially, academically, and spiritually. I commend the faculty, the staff, and the administration for the excellent work they do each day to provide a Catholic education of the highest quality and a school environment that is safe and encouraging for each of our students to grow to his or her fullest potential.

 

I also thank the parents and the grandparents as well for the support they give to the school, support that is most generous. I am mindful of the sacrifices they make, sometimes heroic in nature, to insure that their young ones receive not only a first-rate academic formatio, but even more importantly, an excellent spiritual foundation which will be so essential for each of our students as their lives unfold.

I stand by the school and pledge that I will continue to do all in my power to ensure that it remains a strong and vibrant part of the life of St. Mary Parish for years to come.

-Father Aidan Donahue