St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School
Now accepting new and re-registrations for 2017-2018 school year
January 30, 2017
As we observe Catholic Schools Week, we celebrate our local community, students, families, faculty, staff, volunteers, and vocations. We are truly one family, each of us a gift and child of God. Each of us is unique, yet one in Christ. Our school community is defined by the people and our spirit, not by the buildings and material goods. Each day that we are given is a new experience. Let us treasure the past, appreciate the present, and look with hope and excitement to the future.
Always in His Service,
Mrs. Patricia A. Foltz, MM, Principal
I share with you a Message from our Pastor, Fr. Charles L. Persing
This week we celebrate Catholic Schools. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service." In particular we celebrate our local schools, students, teachers, administrators, and pastors. We are proud supporters of Annunciation BVM, Sacred Heart, Immaculate Conception BVM, St. Joseph, St. Francis Xavier, and Delone Catholic High School. Each unique in their history; each offering quality education; each rooted deeply in the faith of Jesus Christ, and the one, holy catholic, and apostolic Church Jesus gave to us for our salvation. Through Faith, Knowledge and Service generations past, present, and future know the Way, the Truth and the Life. We are one in the Spirit, one in the Lord.
"Catholic schools offer academic excellence and faith-filled education for students nationwide. National test scores, high school graduation rates, college attendance and other data show that Catholic schools frequently out perform schools in both the public and private sectors. While some Catholic schools are challenged by declining enrollments and school closures, the good news is that there is a strong demand and enthusiasm for Catholic schools. Nearly thirty percent of Catholic schools have waiting lists for admission and new schools are opening across the country." (National Catholic Education Association)
The NCEA, in the above quote, speaks of some schools facing challenge, declining enrollment, and closure. We know the reality of that statement...but...we have faced the challenge head on. Beginning with a grass roots movement of over 100 parents, parishioners, teachers, administrators, and past/current pastors, the challenge was prayed over, studied, modeled, and constructed. With eager anticipation we welcome the intercession of St. Teresa of Calcutta as we unite as one family next Fall. The quality academics, the rooted faith, the presence of Catholic education won't change, but will be enhanced as we realize our oneness in the Spirit and the Lord. Each week we profess that oneness, now we are challenged to live it. It's hard to improve what is routine and familiar. It's challenging to let go. It's not easy to make a change in our comfort level. But we are people of faith. Our God promised to journey with us, to bless us, and make his face shine upon us. So, it is Jesus who will guide us; it is Jesus who will bless us; it is Jesus who will bring this good work to completion for us; it is in Jesus, for Jesus and through Jesus that we, our children, our parishes, and future generations will become Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.
God bless us. St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us! Mary, seat of Wisdom, pray for us!
Fr. Charles L. Persing, Pastor