Our November Bible verse was submitted by the Slattery Family ~
Jason, Kim, Kaitlyn and Logan
Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.
1 Timothy 4:12
Train the young in the way they should go;
even when old, they will not swerve from it.
Greetings! We are coming to you as the 2015 Saint Patrick Catholic School Annual Fund chairmen and would like to remind you of our common goal and responsibility to keep quality Catholic education alive and thriving in our community. For those of you who were not in attendance at Mass on October 17 and 18, or for those who would like to review the talk, please see below. Thank you again for all you are doing to make Catholic education a reality in our great community!
~ Mike & Carol Kurivial
Dear Fellow Parishioners and Visitors,
We believe in the goodness of Catholic education and have seen the benefits in our own immediate family. But making the decision to send our kids to St. Pat’s wasn’t as easy as it might appear. When our first child, Katie, was born, I (Carol) had already been teaching in the Bryan City Schools for seven years and knew that it was a wonderful learning institution filled with many dedicated and effective teachers, staff, and administrators. We knew we would have to make a very difficult decision when it came time to send our children to school. In the end, after much prayer and discernment, we said, “We’re Catholic! Our kids are going to Saint Pat’s.” And so all three of our children DID go to St. Pat’s and each spent 10 years (from pre-K through 8th grade) at this wonderful place. And we have never, ever regretted that decision…not even for a second.
And, in fact, Katie, Kyle and Kristen will all tell you that it was one of the very best decisions we ever made for them. They KNEW they were receiving an amazing education and spiritual foundation while they were attending the school, but they came to even more greatly appreciate it after they had graduated from St. Pat’s. And that’s because “Different by Design” carries a ripple. “Different” means “different” spiritual standards, “different” academic standards, “different” social standards, and “different” character standards. And they are all good differences.
Some of you might think the differences are radical. But look around. If ever there was a time to rise up and support Catholic education it is now! We live in a world where wrong is right, anything goes, self over service reigns, and faith is flailing. Did you know that 85% of young Catholics stop practicing their faith within seven years of being confirmed (Matthew Kelly) and that 80% of cradle Catholics are no longer Catholic by the age of 23 (Forming Intentional Catholics by Sherry Weddell)? These are sad and shocking statistics and they should alarm us. Do they?
A couple of weeks ago our family was blessed to go to Philadelphia and attend the World Meeting of Families. It was an amazing and unforgettable experience! And, YES, we saw the Pope up close and personal…twice! In fact, we were just yards from him both times. You could literally feel the Holy Spirit swirling in our midst as the Pope passed by. Earlier in the week, while attending the Congress, Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose-Driven Life” was a keynote speaker. He had this to say:
In today’s society, materialism is idolized, immorality is glamorized, truth is minimized, sin is normalized, divorce is rationalized, and abortion is legalized. In TV and movies, crime is legitimized, drug use is minimized, comedy is vulgarized, and sex is trivialized. In movies, the Bible is fictionalized, churches are satirized, God is marginalized, and Christians are demonized. The elderly are dehumanized, the sick are euthanized, the poor are victimized, the mentally ill are ostracized, immigrants are stigmatized, and children are tranquilized. In families around the world, our manners are uncivilized, speech is vulgarized, faith is secularized, and everything is commercialized. Unfortunately, Christians, you and I, are often disorganized and demoralized, our faith is compartmentalized, and our witness is compromised. So what do we need? We need to revitalize our worship, minimize our differences, mobilize our members, and evangelize the lost, and we need to re-energize our families.
Wow! (He was very well received.) The glaring question that should come to all of our minds right now is, “Who is going to stop these trends and how?” A solid Catholic education is a great defense, and we’ve already got that going for us at Saint Patrick Catholic School. We just need to keep a great thing going!
Think about it. Isn’t our number one goal in life to get to Heaven and to take as many people with us as possible? Saint Patrick Catholic School is the very best educational choice available to support that crucial goal. Remember, no matter what else might be going right in our life, if we lose Heaven, we lose EVERYTHING!
That’s why we are coming to you today with a bold request. We are asking that you prayerfully consider digging deeper into your resources of time, talent, and treasure to support our goal of raising $50,000 for Saint Patrick Catholic School Annual Fund so we can continue our excellent heritage of learning, growing, loving, and serving God through quality Catholic education.
Jesus Himself set the example for us. He made growing in wisdom and faith top priorities. “And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man.” (Luke 2:52) Please value Jesus’ mission and act on your convictions! Mike and I, and the leadership of St. Patrick Catholic Church and school, are thanking you in advance for your courage, your boldness, your generosity and your willingness to do your part in keeping the fire of Catholicism blazing and Saint Patrick Catholic School a place of energizing faith formation and academic excellence. Don’t forget our most important goal…heaven. How can we best achieve that goal for ourselves and for all who we know and love?
Our Gospel message this weekend couldn’t be more perfect. “…whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10: 43-45) Please consider supporting the Saint Patrick Catholic School Annual Fund when you receive your mailing this week. We implore you to pray hard…to dig deep…and to do your part to affect the future in a positive way! Be not afraid!
Thank you and God bless,
Mike & Carol Kurivial
Donations may be sent to: St. Patrick Catholic School, 610 S. Portland St. Bryan, OH 43506
Dear Parents and Friends,
Do you desire strong values and high standards for your child? Welcome and Bienvenido! It is a pleasure to acquaint you with our school. Saint Patrick Catholic School is located about an hour west of Toledo, Ohio, in the beautiful community of Bryan.
Saint Patrick Catholic School is a place where students come to know Jesus through learning His values and living His works. We form "Smart Disciples" through:
+ Full accreditation from the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association.
+ Rigorous courses of study that exceed the state’s minimum requirements.
+ State of the art technical support including Smart Boards, Chromebooks and laptops.
+ Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, Technology Education, Robotics, NJHS.
... and more! Call for a tour today. We look forward to meeting you and sharing your high standards!
Our parish school educates students in two Preschool programs; Clovergarten ("young fives" Kindergarten readiness); an established All-Day/Five Day Kindergarten, and Grades One through Eight. We also welcome members of the Home School Community to participate in our Fine Arts, Physical Education and Technology classes. Our strong faith-formation and academic programs in a family-oriented community offer smaller class sizes that afford increased individual attention for students. Reverend James E. Halleron, Pastor, Mrs. Lisa M. Cinadr, Principal, and a dedicated faculty and staff welcome your family to the 2015-2016 school year. Please visit our “Classroom Pages” link to acquaint yourself with our highly qualified and dedicated Teacher-Ministers.
See why we’re “Different by Design!”
Lisa M. Cinadr
Saint Patrick Catholic School is fully accredited by the Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.