and Sisters in Christ:
We hope you will enjoy this special coverage of Catholic schools in this February 2021 Catholic Courier edition. The articles showcase the excellence and vitality of our schools, which this past week celebrated Catholic Schools Week, a week of special events with the national theme “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” This week also kicks off registration for the 2021-22 academic year.
Although we celebrated differently this year due to the pandemic, each of our schools worked diligently to create special events for this year’s Catholic Schools Week, including many digital events to celebrate our commitment to faith, academics and service:
Faith: Faith is always part of the curriculum in our schools. In addition, every school day this year our students will say a special Prayer to St. Joseph as a way to celebrate the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis. We also had a joyful sense of community as we worshipped together in a “Bishop’s Catholic Schools Week Mass” celebrated in the Chapel of the Pastoral Center and viewed virtually by our school communities.
Academics: We celebrated our very dedicated teachers, who have gone above and beyond their responsibilities to make this school year a special one, despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic. They have worked hard to help us prioritize a safe in-person, full-time model for our students and families. We are most grateful.
Service: Even though we were unable to go out into our communities this year, all schools throughout the Diocese chose a local food bank and held a Super Bowl-themed collection. Students placed their donations next to the team they thought would win. The collection was very successful and will be a blessing to our local food banks.
Indeed, there is much to celebrate about Catholic schools. From their inception, our schools have and continue to be the wellsprings of inspiration, leadership and academic excellence, where students thrive in a challenging, yet supportive academic environment and where each child is accepted as a gift from God.
If you have chosen a Catholic education for your child, we thank you, and hope that you will share your Catholic school spirit. Please tell everyone about your Catholic school, and why Catholic schools are important to you and your family. If your children are not currently enrolled and you wish to know more about our schools, visit www.dorschools.org, call our Catholic Schools Office at 585-328-3210, or email email@example.com.
In closing, be assured of our prayers and support for all those students enrolled in parish Religious Education programs, realizing that sadly in some areas of our Diocese Catholic schools are not easily accessible.
Renewing our gratitude and promising our prayers, we remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano
Bishop of Rochester
Superintendent of Catholic Schools