This Friday at 7:15 we will hold our annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis. We will gather in the parking lot, by the rectory, with our four legged friends and Father Steve will bestow blessings on all.
The purpose of having our event before school time is so parents can take the pet home again. Please make sure dogs are on leashes and let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you to Mr. Lockhart, Mrs. Go, Mrs. Mai Quyen and Mrs. Laxson for helping with morning care and drop off so all faculty and staff could attend the event. I am still in need of a few more parents. If you are free please contact me. Make sure to check out the pictures on our website and school Face Book page next week.
This Sunday is our first Family Mass at St. Mary’s. We will gather for the Eucharistic celebration at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Please have your child wear their uniform and show our congregation just how many wonderful students we have! Thanks to Victoria Maldonado, Taylor Kotalik, Alicia Vargas, Veronica Basile and Jolisa Ogunmuyiwa for volunteering for the Mass. I ask that all students present, and in uniform on Sunday, be part of the offertory.
Beginning this Wednesday, September 30th, and continuing each Wednesday throughout October, our students will be praying the Holy Rosary at 2:00 p.m. in church. The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7th. It was instituted to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in gratitude for the protection that she gives the Church in answer to the praying of the Rosary by the faithful.
Students in grades K-5 will participate on September 30th and October 21st. Students in grade 6-8 will participate on October 7th and October 28th. The entire student body, including Pre-K, will participate on October 14th. Parents and guardians are invited to join us.
Next week I will be out Monday afternoon, Tuesday and Wednesday at a Principal’s Regional conference in Fort Worth. I will have limited access to email and will be in contact with Mrs. Vargas daily. Please keep all our principal’s in your prayers.
God bless you for all you do.
Moving Forward and Renewing Our Commitment to
Quality Catholic Education
A Smile From Father Steve
“Jesus is all I want because he is all I need”
The Mission of St. Mary's Catholic School is the commitment to academic excellence, and the spiritual development of our students toward a life of prayer, service and love.
Rooted in Tradition: Educating for the Future
St Mary’s Catholic School is to prepare students to excel in High School, as well as to shine as a light for Christ in the world by using their unique God given potential, doing all in the spirit of our Blessed Mother.
Philosophy of Education of St. Mary’s Catholic School:
We believe that each child is loved by God and uniquely created for a sublime purpose. Therefore, we must help our students to love God and neighbor with a whole heart; to think, judge, and act with right reason; and to use their education to better embrace Catholic teachings and the example of Christ.
To accomplish this aim, the school strives to create a Christian atmosphere of care and concern in which all children may grow toward their full potential spiritually, morally, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. The very nature of the child requires a coordinated education, which is the product of a cooperative effort by home, church, and school. It is through this harmonious partnership that the aim of Catholic education is achieved.
We believe that the “effective Catholic School must call its pupils to the conviction that people are more important than material gain, that justice is more important than success, that love is more important than esteem, and that collaboration unites while competition divides. The truly successful Catholic School student is not necessarily one who is successful in every endeavor, but one who accepts Christian responsibility for fulfillment of personal potential and shares these gifts with others.” (Texas Catholic Conference Education Department)
Goals of Catholic Education:
·The school promotes a community of believers and active learners in the spirit of Jesus Christ to become responsible citizens in today’s society.
·The school provides instructional leadership and maintains an effective and efficient program of studies.
·The purpose, design, and implementation of the curriculum represent the school mission that is shared by teachers, parents, and students.
Why choose Catholic schools?
·The Catholic school climate, mission, and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·A faith-based orientation builds coherence and integration of schools and school community (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
·Students demonstrate higher academic achievement in Catholic schools (Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Sander, 1996).
·Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote and earn higher wages (Dee, 2005; Neal, 1997).
·Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).
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