Now that Labor Day has come and gone and most summer activities are over, we begin our regular routines once again as the month of September unfolds.
One of the obligations that we return to in September is education. By now all schools have resumed their teaching schedules. Colleges, universities, high schools, and elementary schools have all opened their doors and welcomed their students for a new year of studies.
Normally, when we hear the term “Catholic Education,” we think of Catholic School Education. But Catholic Education is more than a Catholic School Education. As we all know, faith formation is an ongoing process that never comes to an end. Catholic Education includes all of our Faith Formation Programs.
This weekend at St. Louis we begin many of our Faith Formation Programs. Our Religious Education Programs that include RCIA, Preparation of the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation of Adults, and Religious Education for Pre-K through High School are beginning for the upcoming year.
These programs under the direction of Ashlee Campbell along with several volunteers are supported by the Campaign for Catholic Education which is our second collection this weekend. We have remained committed to offering all of our Faith Formation Programs free of charge. The Campaign for Catholic Education also helps us to support our parishioners who attend Catholic elementary schools in the area with their tuition.
Your generosity in the collection for Catholic Education will help us to continue to assure quality Catholic Education here and throughout the Dioceses. All funds collected in the Catholic Education Campaign remain here at St. Louis. Thank you for your help and prayers as we begin a new academic year.