Pastor's Corner 090212

posted Sep 5, 2012, 2:09 PM by Music Director

          Ah, Labor Day…summer’s last great hurrah!  Although my favorite season technically still has a few weeks left, this weekend pretty much wraps up summer for most of us.  Could that be why I’ve noticed a lot of smiling faces lately; faces of parents with school-aged children, that is?  For as we bid our farewell to summer, we likewise bid a fond (or not so fond, depending on your point of view) hello to a new school year.

               In these tough economic times, I am so grateful for the families who are making a tremendous sacrifice to support Our Lady of Hope Regional School.  That includes not just those who send their children to our school, but all parishioners who subsidize Catholic education through your generous contributions each week.  I am hopeful that the Diocese continues to develop new strategies for funding our Catholic schools to make it possible for more families to take advantage of what they have to offer. 

               The School Board is also a very exciting way to promote and support Catholic school education.  Membership is open to anyone who has some time & expertise in any of a wide variety of fields (business, marketing, finance, legal, law enforcement, management, maintenance, energy, education-of course, and many others).  You do not have to have children in a Catholic School to be on its board. In fact, boards should comprise a majority of people who are not parents of children in that institution.  You do not have to have any children at all!  Single persons of all ages often have much they can contribute to the Board’s mission. On the other hand, grandparents also make excellent board members!  If you have any interest in serving on Our Lady of Hope’s board, please let me know.

               I am very grateful for Sr. Paula, OLOH Regional’s principal, the entire faculty and staff, and the many volunteers who give so much of themselves on behalf of the school’s mission.  Their dedication, knowledge and example are the primary factors in accomplishing the purpose of Catholic education.

               By no means, however, do I wish to slight the heroic efforts of our area public schools.  I salute the administrators, teachers and aides who are just as dedicated to their profession and the students and families they serve as those in our Catholic school communities.  Of course, we can’t match their pay scale, but they must often practice their profession in much more difficult circumstances.

               Still, Catholic schools provide what no public school can:  instilling a knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith in our young, providing opportunities for prayer, reception of the sacraments, the celebration of Eucharist and other liturgical experiences, and teaching the values that are rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This is our mission, and I am grateful to all who help us accomplish it.

               I urge you to keep all teachers in your thoughts and prayers, not just at the beginning of the new school year, but throughout the year, as the excitement of the new gives way to routine; as the needs and demands grow; as the nerves get a little frayed; as problems invariably arise.  Please pray as well that this will be an exciting and rewarding year of learning and growth for our students and their families.

               Let’s not forget the meaning of this last summer holiday weekend, however.  It is not on the calendar to mark the end of a season.  Labor Day is a time to honor all those who provide for their families and the success of our society by the sweat of their brow, the toil of muscle and sinew, the heaving pulse of the mind.  God bless all of you who continue to build up family, neighborhood, city, state and country by the labor you perform; and may He help us find ways to get the unemployed back to meaningful and rewarding labor.

               And now that my favorite sports season is about to commence, and there’s still a slight hope for the one in progress…



In His Love,

Fr. Mike