This past Sunday the Church in the United States began her annual celebration of Catholic schools’ week. From the Church’s beginning, she has always held education in great esteem as it supports men and women to develop a deeper living of the holy Gospel through experience and their growing understanding of the arts, natural sciences, and theology. The Catholic intellectual tradition seeks to inspire the human person to breathe with the lungs of faith and reason, which by God’s grace enable him to grow fully alive in the very life of God, and in so doing, to touch his family, the occurrences of the day, and his neighbor with Divine Life and guide them toward fulfillment in the triune God.

Our parish’s tradition of Catholic primary and secondary education goes back to 1847 and 1891, respectively. Next to our worship of God in church, being able to offer our young parishioners and the children of the wider Fairfield County area a Catholic education is a source of joy and pride for our parish. Our parishioner’s support of Catholic education is attested to by their regular financial generosity to our parish with one of her foremost evangelical ministries in St. Mary School. We are grateful to the countless people — staff, parents, volunteers, and alumni — who invest their lives in the mission of our school, and the many other Catholic schools across this country, to make them by God’s grace the great ministry they are for the spiritual life of our young people and flourishing of the common good.

Saint Mary School and all area Catholic schools are always welcoming new students – please reach out to them if you’re interested in learning more. Depending upon where you live, you may qualify for the recently expanded EdChoice grant. Read more (here).

Each day during Catholic Schools Week, our school has different events and activities scheduled to celebrate Catholic education. Yesterday, 28 January, was the memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of schools and students. Bishop Robert Brennan came to our parish to celebrate the Mass with the students from area Catholic schools: Saint Bernadette, Saint John in Logan, Fisher Catholic, and Saint Mary. In the homily, Bishop Brennan spoke about the gift of being able to study the natural subjects in the context of our Catholic faith and he encouraged the students to imitate Harriet Tubman who daily spoke with God and trusted His word to her. Area priests concelebrated the Mass with Bishop Brennan: Fr. Tomson of St. Bernadette and St. Mary in Bremen, Fr. Gideon of St. Mark, Fr. O’Connor of Pope St. John XXIII in Canal Winchester, Frs. Hartge and Yakkel of the Perry County Consortium of Parishes, and Fr. Eilerman of St. Mary of the Assumption. Bishop Brennan was assisted by Deacon Scarpitti of St. Bernadette. Enjoy some pictures below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for Us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Pray for Us.