catholic schools

Editorial | A vital part of our mission

Catholic schools are a vital aspect of the Church's mission to preach the Gospel, Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Neb., and Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, told their fellow U.S. bishops last fall in a report on Catholic schools in the U.S. and underserved populations.

Catholic schools are a unique and rich blessing to the Church, the bishops said in their report. The schools offer hope when they reach out to diverse populations of Catholic children, they added.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Following Pope Francis in learning and love

Kurt Nelson

When Pope Francis was elected two years ago, he called on us to reach out to the marginalized and showed us he was going to lead by example. On his way through St. Peter's Square before his Mass of Installation, Pope Francis spotted a disabled man and instructed his driver to stop. He descended from the vehicle to kiss and bless the man. Less than two weeks later, on Easter Sunday, an 8-year-old boy with cerebral palsy was lifted up and Pope Francis embraced him.

EDITORIAL | Upholding the mission of Catholic schools

Codes of conduct are common in the workplace. Police officers might be dismissed if they publicly profess beliefs that suggest the inability to serve and protect a community. Journalists are expected to maintain neutrality and not publicly engage in activities or expressions that might bring fairness and neutrality to question. Professional athletes are held to moral standards to guard the reputations of teams and leagues and because they are role models for millions of youth.

CATHOLIC DIFFERENCE | For city kids and city neighborhoods

George Weigel

It's commencement season and tens of thousands of students are graduating from inner-city Catholic elementary schools. As decades of empirical research have shown, these kids have a better chance of successfully completing high school and college and are better prepared to life-after-the-classroom than their peers attending government schools. These inner-city Catholic schools are "public schools" in the best sense of the term; they're open to the public (not just to Catholics), and they serve a genuine public interest, the empowerment of the youthful poor.

Catholic schools think ahead when it comes to snow days

Pre-schooler Lola Harrington waited for her mother to take her home after school at Christ the King in University City. With so many snow days, many parents are concerned how long school will last at the end of the term.

As a principal for 13 years, Susan Hooker has always thought ahead when it comes to snow days.

At Christ the King School in University City, where Hooker has been for the past eight years, it's been no different. Students missed two days this month because of snow and cold, and the school was able to take advantage of several snow days built into the school calendar.

Collaboration celebrates role as one body out of many parts

Students from the five parish schools involved in the Central County Catholic Schools: Partners in Mission brought forward donations for local food pantries as part of the offertory procession at St. Richard Church Nov. 19.

During the offertory procession at St. Richard Church, fourth- and fifth-graders from five parish schools sang, "We are many parts, we are all one body." It was a fitting song, as the Mass celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Central County Catholic Schools: Partners in Mission. The collaboration includes the schools at Holy Spirit in Maryland Heights, Our Lady of the Pillar, St. Monica and St. Richard in Creve Coeur and Ste. Genevieve du Bois in Warson Woods.

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