During the 2020-2021 school year, our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools celebrated Catholic Schools Week with the theme of “Faith, Service, and Excellence.” These descriptors are fitting as we reflect on the past school year and look ahead to welcome students and families in September.
St. Mary’s Elementary and High School decided to zig while everyone else is zagging. Their reopening plan consisted of having every student back in school on a full-time basis and for now, everything seems to be going to plan.
“Msgr. Jamie, it’s time to make your pledge!” Of course, I don’t mind the occasional spotlight, but I was happy to be called on by Monsignor David Cassato, pastor of St. Athanasius and St. Dominic, to donate partial tuition at the 2018 Futures in Education Scholarship Dinner.
That astonishing number elicits a great sense of pride from all who have been involved in Futures in Education over the last 30 years – donors, board members, staff, pastors, principals and students. It’s so significant to us all because we believe so strongly in the mission of Catholic education and in the mantra of Futures: Changing Lives through the Gift of Education.
At St. Nicholas of Tolentine in Jamaica, Queens, we learned much of their success is driven by the involvement of their ACA parish team. Another compelling part of the Annual Catholic Appeal is utilizing the “over-goal” feature of the program to raise money for a special project at the parish.
Throughout our Diocese, countless individuals have made a lasting impact on the life of the Church and its ability to share the faith with the next generation. It all starts with a plan.