Pope Francis consistently encourages Catholics to view the world around us with an eternal perspective. He reminds us that the meaning in our lives is not found in spending and consuming for ourselves, but in loving and giving generously to others. In this way, we can reflect the Father’s inexhaustible mercy for a world that desperately needs it.
By the time you read this column, the current school year will have come to a close for most and our CEF fiscal year will end on June 30.
Many things are ending, while other things start anew. This is life. This is a special time of year for many, so I felt the need to provide a special writing.
For clarification, “special” means the following to me: especially important or loved, held in high esteem.
Two CEF schools – Holy Cross Catholic School in Overland Park and St. Paul Catholic School in Olathe – have received the 2015 Governor’s Achievement Award, which honors the top performing schools in the State of Kansas.
“We are so proud of the students and staff at St. Paul Catholic School,” said Tonia Helm, Principal of St. Paul. “Out of 374 middle schools in the state of Kansas, only ten middle schools received this honor. This is definitely a testament to the dedication of the entire St. Paul teaching staff, the support of our parents, and the work ethic of our students!”
If you are like me, when you think of the month of May a couple of things come to mind: mothers and graduations. Nothing makes a mother more proud than watching her child walk across the stage to receive a diploma. This diploma could be for successful completion of Kindergarten, eighth grade, high school, college or even an advanced degree. It can be the first diploma or the third; to a mother the sound of her child’s name being read as he or she walks across the stage in a cap and gown is a moment she will always cherish.
Think about your last trip to the grocery store. You’re standing in the cereal aisle and there are rows upon rows of choices. Perhaps you are looking for the healthiest brand or the most affordable selection. Now think about a much more significant choice - education. A parent is trying to find the schooling option that best fits the needs of their young son or daughter. But what if cost is an obstacle?