To the editor:
To the parents of children who are disappointed or even angry because of the closing of some Catholic schools, I want to share our story so it might be a little bit easier for them to accept the Bishop’s decision.
First of all, I am sure it is not only his idea but the result of a study by a group of dedicated people.
We have eight children who went to Catholic schools; six of them from first grade to 12th grade and even one in Catholic college.
Now, some are married and with children. None of them go to Catholic church and only one goes to a church. Out of our thirteen grandchildren, not one has been baptized. So, I want to say that just the fact that they went to Catholic schools guarantees that they will practice their Catholic faith.
So parents, don’t have any illusion. I know, that like us, you do the best and want the best for your children, and you are convinced, like we were, that it is the best you can give your children; a Catholic education.
So, if later, your children do not practice their Catholic faith, it is not because they had to go to public schools when their parish school closed.
Please, understand the Bishop and if you are good practicing Catholics, a good example you can give your children is to accept the Bishop’s decision and respect it.
I am sure it was not an easy decision, but sometimes, as you know, as parents, you have to be firm to think of the common good of the family because it is for the good of all. We are part of that large family.
Raymonde & Benoit LaChance