Matters of Faith Catholic Schools Week

Do your children celebrate being in school?

probably not.

But there is a Catholic School week celebration planned at John Carroll Catholic School at the end of January.

Mary Clark Logan is a student at John. She says, "Here you work together to help each other so everyone knows the knowledge."

Ross D'entremont is also a student. "Here it's what can I do to be successful... But also what can I do to make sure my brother or sister in Christ achieves greatness as well."

Mary Clark Logan and Ross Dentremont are happy to be celebrating education at John Carrolle.. it's a Catholic school celebration week... observed all across the nation.

Father John McDonald is the President of education in Birmingham.

Father John McDonald President of education. Catholic schools week celebrates its 40th anniversary in the U.S. it's a celebration every year where throughout the nation we dedicate special time to considering the special significance of what Catholic schools have done for our nations.


Primarily... there is a focus on service.... to others... and the poor... and here all are welcome.

Father Mcdonald

"We educate and run schools because we are catholic not because all our

students are catholic. it's a work of the church to be dedicated to

education. a rising tide lifts every ship. The Catholic Church has run schools for 15 hundred years. ...since the

monks of St Benedict.. first opened up schools in the dark ages in

Europe... we have endeavored to teach cuz Christ himself...revealed

himself in the scriptures. as a teacher.


The foundational document in this country is to teach as Jesus did.

Traditionally... Catholic schools are open to all no matter what their financial resources dictate.


The type of education a child receives is dictated by where they live...

In Catholic education we try to provide a high quality of education

no matter where they live where they come from their race their creed to

try to provide that person with what they need to be the most productive

member of our society that they can be.

But the bottom line here... is to be successful... but it's not all about self.

That might mean they become an engineer and make a million dollars but

more importantly... when they go out in the community... they realize they

have been formed to be a man or woman. for others in Christ Jesus.

That's the key thing you may not make a lot of money but you are

contributing to your community.

But how does a traditional school teach traditional values... in an ever changing...non traditional high tech world.?

We encourage our students to always search for what is true good and

beautiful. Anything that's true good or beautiful represents god. So in art

music the charity one offers to the poor so when you go to the

movies...your conscience is formed that what your seeing on the screen is

not beautiful you. Know that's something you need to leave behind.

They have to help less fortunate... not at an arms length... face to face.

They recently helped nuns raise 15- thousand to serve the poor.

and the bottom line is serving others.

Ross D'entremont is a student. He says, "Over the summer here at J C three different teachers were

diagnosed with 3 different forms of cancer one of which taught me my

freshmen year and I am still close to.

Mary Clark mentioned Relay for Life... and they went to work.

There's an old Latin saying.... let us be Gods servants on this earth,

not just as Catholics but students in this community.. we have an

obligation to those .. who help care for us we have an obligation to give.

National Catholic Schools week is the annual celebration of catholic education in the united states. it starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2014 is January 26 to February 1. Schools typically observe National Catholic Schools week with masses, open house and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.