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Fr. Ron's Blog


Dear friends,
If the quality of a vacation can be judged by the length of time it continues to affect the vacationer, my trip was “over the top,” since I still feel relaxed and refreshed. Truly amazing, the calming the rolling ocean can bring to a person’s heart and mind.
That being said, upon returning, some things do “fall through the cracks.” Last week was the Academy of Our Lady Weekend. Along with the readers, intercessory prayer “pray-ers,” gift bearers, and greeters, I usually dedicate my column in the bulletin to the Academy. And so I take this opportunity to offer some thoughts today. They certainly are not new, but I think we need to remind ourselves of them at every opportunity.

First, the Academy of Our Lady is our school; it is not a private school, nor is it the parish school of St. Catharine, with a different name. Because it doesn’t have our name (as it doesn’t have the name of St. Catharine) and is not located on our site, we can sometimes forget that the parish does have a parochial school apostolate in the Academy of Our Lady. It advances the apostolate of the parish, as an instrument for the formation and education of our children in the Catholic faith. It fulfills the objective of the Parish Mission Statement that appears weekly on the front cover of the bulletin, believing in Jesus Christ, embracing his teaching, to be the light of the world into the future. The heart of the school, and we make no bones about it or apologize for it, is faith formation – a solid grounding in the beliefs of Catholicism, lived out in a community of love, respect and joy. God, Jesus Christ, religion and values are very much a part of the daily life of the student, in instruction, in atmosphere and in the personal relationships between teachers and students and students and students. The day begins with common prayer, the sacraments are celebrated regularly, priests (from both parishes) visit the classrooms regularly (and one even teaches one day a week). God is alive and well in the halls and classrooms of this school.

Having said this, I also want to remind everyone that excellence in academics is in the forefront of all school planning initiatives. The record of the school stands for itself. It is fully accredited by Middle States and received national recognition by the United States Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. The staff is fully certified and all have been through the state-mandated background checks. Subjects such as computer science, art, music, Spanish are also part of the curriculum. The school consistently does well in academic competition and standardized testing. Academically, it is an excellent investment in your children’s future.
This brings me to the second reason for the weekend. Besides awareness, the weekend is about help. Beyond tuition and the subsidy support which comes through the Archdiocese (from the parish), additional revenues are needed to keep the school flourishing. Some of this additional funding comes from the activities of the Home and School Association. But an important part is this Annual Fund Appeal. Each year, I ask each of our parish households to pledge a hundred dollars, as a single gift or a monthly payment to help both parishes to continue to make this important way of providing Catholic formation available for the future generations. Of course, larger gifts are always appreciated. Fund Appeal envelopes are still available in the pews and may be placed in the drop boxes at all the doors of the church.

Catholic School education is a proven plus when it comes to practicing and active members of the Church in the future. I pledge; won’t you join me in this crusade for our children. Thank you.

God bless,
Fr. Ron


Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 




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