Catholic schools are a place where the traditions of our faith are seamlessly tied into daily life and academics. They are a place where our children are formed and prepared to take on the challenges of the world, equipped with the tools of our faith. Across the nation, Catholic schools will be spending Jan. 28 through Feb. 3 celebrating the gift of our schools. The St. Patrick Catholic School community is looking forward to this week of fun and celebration.
St. Pat’s provides a loving environment for the children in our community to grow and learn. Principal Anthony Arnold sees the school as a way of supporting and partnering with parents.
“St. Patrick School is unique, I believe, because of our family culture,” Mr. Arnold says. “We share the load, help whenever needed, and try to extend grace rather than leap to judgment. Our school is a wonderful place to be!”
Catholic schools tend to be academically rigorous and St. Patrick is no exception. Our students are well-prepared for high school, college, and beyond. As young Catholics, they are equipped spiritually for whatever they may encounter.
“Educating future Catholics is paramount,” Mr. Arnold says. “But I believe our responsibilities extend beyond just teaching the faith. Our objectives are to equip students with their faith and help them live it.”
This year, Lisa Loos and Jaymie Greenway are planning the week-long celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Each day will feature fun activities and themes. From dress-up days to sports, all the students will have a chance to get involved.
“We want the kids to relax a little and have a blast just celebrating being Catholic,” Mrs. Loos says.
Mrs. Loos, Head of the Middle School Language Arts Program, grew up attending Catholic school herself, and she says she hopes to pass on the gift she received to the students.
“When you grow up immersed in prayer and spiritual relationships like that, it sticks with you,” she says. “My hope is that they’ll take all of that training and use it for the good of the world and God. I know they’ve been given the tools to avoid being manipulated by the media and by other loud voices of the world, so I hope they’ll use all of what they were taught to stay strong in their faith and convictions and make good decisions.”
Behind every successful Catholic school is the support of a parish. Spiritual, material, and financial support from the parish allows St. Pat’s to serve its students well.
“Parishioners are the unsung heroes of Catholic schools,” Mr. Arnold says. “We simply cannot exist without their stewardship. I believe there is another less tangible component to their support. Parishioners must live the Catholic faith so our students can see it. I believe the Catholic faith must be caught, not just taught. When students see parishioners living and loving the faith, they understand its significance and how applicable it is in their lives.”
To learn more about St. Patrick Catholic School, visit school.stpatsrolla.org.