Week of May 12, 2019 “Happy Mother’s Day!
I want to take this opportunity to wish all you mothers out there
a “Happy Mother’s Day!” Moms are so important to the healthy
upbringing of a child, the warmth, the loving, the hard work and
commitment mom’s show is truly a reflection of God’s love and so it
makes all the difference in the world. Here is a reflection regarding our
“God gave the world stars and there was beauty. God
gave the world the sun and there was warmth. God gave the world
the rain and there was life. God gave the world moms and there
was love!” (Joyful Noise Letter 2008) So God bless our mothers both
living and deceased. May they enjoy the fruits of their labors in Christ!
Speaking of commitment to our children, this is the time of
year when our parents here at All Saints Academy begin to register
their children for our new 2019-20 school year. Parents, if you have not
done so, please register so we can plan our school budget. Also, if you
(as a parent) have not considered enrolling your child here at our ASA
Catholic School, please think about it! We accept children of any age,
Pre-K through 6th grade. Here, at ASA we provide a safe, loving, Spiritfilled,
education environment with the help of our excellent Principal,
Staff, and parents who are welcomed to help in any of our programs.
One of the things we provide as well is “Tuition Assistance”
for those parents who struggle to make ends meet and pay their tuition
costs. We do this through our “Education in Endowments” which both
St. Peter and St. Paul have and offer to help. The average cost to
educate a child in our Catholic school is about $6,300 per year. (Just so
you know, the average cost to educate a child in public school is over
$20,000 per student with tax payer money.) This said, here at ASA we
provide a cost-efficient and cost-effective education for our children.
Given the $6,300 it takes to educate each child at ASA, you
should know that our ASA parishes pick up half of that cost to the tune
of $3000 per student. We then ask our parents to pick up the other half
of about $3,100 or so. However, for those parents who struggle with
this, there is our Tuition Assistance Program. Currently St. Peter has an
Education Endowment of $95,703 and a Parish Endowment of $281,677
and St. Paul has an Education Endowment of $1,417,223 to help. Both
these endowments are the result of some very generous donors, and
they continue to grow! Over the last 12 years St. Paul has awarded a
total of $723,092 dollars for parents of students, while St. Peter, over the
last 6 years, has awarded $95,682. This is a tremendous gift! Parents
need only to apply and demonstrate their need. Then, we use the
returns on our endowment principle to help. Parents who do receive
monies are ask to commit some volunteer hours to our parishes as a
show of thanks, which is minimal but important as well.
Again, may God bless our mothers and our children who are
so important to us. In this month of May, may Mary the Mother of God
pray for us!
Fr. LeRoy Scheierl