Here is a letter from our school principals—Gail Hulse and Shelia Klich
Catholic Schools Week 2015 As we begin the celebration of Catholic Schools Week, January 25-January 31, I’d like to acknowledge each St. Matthias parishioner, parent and educator for the commitment shown to the sacred trust of sharing our faith and securing the place of that faith in the daily life of our community. We are all touched by the existence of Catholic schools. The voice of faith in the discourse on education is one we can’t allow to be silenced. The mandate of the Second Vatican Council to Catholic schools concluded that “Since the Catholic school can be of such service in developing the mission of the People of God and in promoting dialogue between the Church and the community at large to the advantage of both, it is still of vital importance even in our times.” That is a challenging mandate to each of us. It is through the community as a whole that we undertake this project called St. Matthias education. It is the commitment of a public role where reason and faith are brought together to bring a Christian vision of the world, of life and of history to what is learned in school. It ensures that the right to diversity is guaranteed in our country for families choosing the education they want.
When it comes to our children, there is really One model for education. It is Jesus. I was thinking about the “students” who learned from Jesus during His life on earth. Some of Jesus’s early disciples were able to be with Him daily. They shared with others the news of what they saw and heard and learned. Other followers of Jesus came to be with Him and took His words away with them into their daily life. While those constant companions fulfilled an important and necessary role in the life of His Church, they were not raised above those believers who came and went back to work elsewhere. I’m sure by now some of you have discerned my point. As a parish we are blessed to have both a daily Catholic program of studies and a weekly Catholic program of studies. We are committed to all of our children and their formation as disciples of Christ and citizens of the world.
In the words of Pope Jon Paul II, “Community is at the heart of all Catholic education, not simply as a concept to be taught but as a reality to be lived.” What better tribute to the efforts of each of us in the St. Matthias community. What stronger challenge to us for the times ahead. We thank you for being a part of education at St. Matthias. We welcome you to visit our parish school during our open house or to stop in during the week. Thank you, St. Matthias community for being the experience of love, trust and loyalty in our school and education programs.
Upper School Principal
Lower School Principal