January 27, 2019

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Saint John Paul II addressed the Bishops of the United States, with these powerful words, “Catholic education aims not only to communicate facts but also transmit a coherent, comprehensive vision of life, in the conviction that the truths contained in that vision liberate students in the most profound meaning of human freedom.” In his profound statement, John Paul II summarized the nucleus of the reason for Catholic schools which is to develop freedom of thought and a motive of action for the flourishing of all peoples.

This week we celebrate, we promote, and we support Catholic Education in the United States. Our theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2019 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Moreover, looking at our school, we can see how all the goals unveil in our sight. Because of the fire and restoration, this past year was a challenging one. Through the dedication of our teachers, staff, Principal Zito and our Pastor Rev. Joseph J. Garbarino, we were able to continue to educate our children with the highest standards while learning valuable lessons about finding serenity in adversity through prayer.

Several years ago, St. Philip the Apostle Prep School achieved its recognition as the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. This honor is given only to the schools which presented themselves with the uppermost educational standards. Many of the alumnus of St. Philip Prep received scholarships to the most prestigious schools in New Jersey and New York. The various after school activities such as sports teams and fine arts received recognition of the Diocese of Paterson. The school’s motto is “Good, Better, Best,” because every day our children are learning more ways to be the best students, faithful stewards of God’s work, leaders, and great citizens of tomorrow who are driven by compassion, service and selfless love towards others.

Our school not only provides outstanding academic strengths but also forms the entire human person to be “Love in Action.” Through the efforts of the student council there are many outreach programs to serve others. Our Middle School students are models for the younger ones as they share their time as companions in the buddy system for Pre-K and Kindergarten at school Masses. In addition, the spirit of service goes beyond the walls of our school. There are many initiatives such as visiting the sick at St. Joseph Hospital, sending packages with goodies and notes to US military men and women and fundraising to help Mary Help of Christians Academy after their own experience of fire. During this Catholic Schools Week, each day is filled with various activities promoting academic excellence and selfless service to others in the name of Christ.

Looking with hope in the future we pray for our students, families, teachers, staff and all Catholic Schools:

O Christ, our Teacher, You invite
Your faithful people to make disciples in Your name
and

to announce good news to the poor.
We thank You for the gift of Catholic schools, where
The message of Your life, death, and resurrection is
proclaimed,

Christian community is experienced,
Service to our brothers and sisters is modeled,
And worship of You is cultivated.
Increase our zeal for ensuring that all children and
families can

benefit from a high-quality Catholic education,
and that Catholic schools grow in their ability to
nurture the soul of our nation.
We ask this through the intercession of Our Lady,
Mother of Catholic Schools. Amen.

Alliance for Catholic Education Conference- University of Notre Dame 2018

On a personal note our Catholic School’s beloved faculty and students are a source of joy to the priests at St. Philip the Apostle. Our ministry to the school enriches our lives beyond words.

In Christ,
Fr. Matt

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