This past week (January 29th-February 4th) we celebrated “Catholic Schools Week.” All Saints Academy (ASA) along with all the surrounding Catholic Schools in our CCS system, including Cathedral High School, participated in this wonderful event. This week was a great opportunity to highlight the advantages of a good Catholic education, one that balances academic learning with Catholic spirituality. During the past few days our own ASA School had many fun activities for our classroom children along with opportunities with their other classrooms, teachers and parents. On Wednesday (January 31st) we also had the privilege of gathering with all the other the Catholic Schools in our CCS area and come together to celebrate Mass at Cathedral High School. All the pastors, principals, teachers and students were there, and you could feel the positive Spirit at work among us as we celebrated our common bond in Christ!
In a day and age when the word, “God” is forbidden in many of civil institutions and public areas or at least frowned upon or set aside to the detriment of our children and families, Catholic Schools shine as a beautiful example of what our education should be, educating the whole child (person) in mind, body and soul. I am always impressed by the quality of our students who come out of our Catholic Community of Schools (CCS) system, their maturity, their knowledge and their depth of faith. Here at ASA, St. Cloud Campus, we also have an excellent group of teachers and administrative staff along with a great principal, Paula Leider, with whom I have worked with very closely. We are very fortunate to have her on board with us!
On Saturday, February 3rd we are hosting (or have hosted) our “All Saints Academy Extravaganza” which begins at 5:30 p.m. here at the Church of St. Paul. This is immediately following our 4:30 p.m. Mass. If it is not too late, I encourage everyone and anyone to join us! No need to have reservations, simply come as you are! There will be great food, great raffle prizes, auction bid items, good company, and entertainment as well. This “Extravaganza” is our largest fundraising event. Our goal is to raise over $70,000 to support our ASA School. If you can’t make it or it is too late to attend, don’t be afraid to send a donation to ASA School to help our cause. You may address it to our own Paula Lieder if you wish. She will see that it gets to the proper place. So, here is to another great year at ASA School and for all Catholic Schools in our area! May they continue to thrive and grow!
Words to live by: “There are two lasting bequests we can give to our children…one is roots, the other is wings.”