Nearly one in ten Catholic school students across the Archdiocese are supported by a CEF scholarship. And with selfless giving at the heart of our faith, their Catholic education helps them to recognize both the joy of receiving the gift of education, and the joy of giving, too.
Students from Christ the King Catholic School in Kansas City, Kansas, strike a masked pose during recess.
It’s been a year unlike any other. But while the past nine months have brought new challenges to many of the students we serve, they've also brought new perspective to the supporters who make CEF scholarships possible.
At the beginning of Lent, my wife and I attended the Church of the Ascension all school Mass on Ash Wednesday. As we were waiting for the service to begin, our children were entering the Church as one family, devoted to Christ.
At that moment, I was reflecting on the Ascension of Jesus stained glass art and enjoying the peaceful assembly of our parish without mobile phones, media, pop stars or commercialism. Life is moving so quickly and it’s easy to fall into the typical human race to acquire stuff and check off our endless to do list.
With the 2015-16 school year fast approaching, it’s important to communicate our goals at CEF. They are aggressive; however, the need is high for those who rely on CEF to help students attend our parish schools. It’s going to be challenging but the board is ready to work hard because the impact we can have with kids, which makes it very rewarding.
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