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Understanding Lent

February 12, 2024

This Wednesday, Catholics across the globe will flock to churches to commemorate the start of the Lenten season. While all Catholic school students will attend Mass during the school day, it is encouraged that us adults carve out time in our day too. (For a schedule of Ash Wednesday Masses and services, please see here.)

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week (January 28 - February 3, 2024)

January 24, 2024

For 50 years, Catholics schools across the nation have recognized the last weekend of January and the following week as Catholic Schools Week. It is such an exciting time for our students, families, teachers, and staff! So much work goes into planning and executing all the special events, traveling to service projects throughout our diocese, inviting new families into our communities, and more. It is truly a time for us to express our gratitude and dedication to Catholic education. 

Pray with Us: 9 Days for Life Novena (January 16-24)

January 15, 2024

Tomorrow marks the start of the 9 Days for Life Novena sponsored by RespectLife.org. Respect Life is a project of the USCCB that is dedicated to teaching about “respect for all human life from conception to natural death.” The goal of Respect Life is to promote a culture of life and organize for the protection of the unborn. As Catholics, we understand the most effective method of achieving this goal is through prayer.

Understanding the Christmas Season

December 27, 2023

The Office of Catholic Schools wishes you and your family continued blessings throughout the remaining days of Christmas!

For much of the world, Christmas is a single-day celebration, immediately after which trees lose their honored place in the house, lights are boxed away, and carols of good cheer fade out. However, the Church celebrates the birth of Christ throughout the entire Christmas season, which officially culminates with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (January 8). 

Understanding the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12, 2023

(Part Two - to read Part One in recognizing the importance of the Advent season, click here.)

In keeping with the veneration of our Blessed Mother, the Church reserves December 12 as the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In 1531, a woman appeared to Juan Diego on the Hill of Tepeyac in modern-day Mexico City, saying, “I am the ever Virgin Mary, Mother of the True, living God.” She implored the man to build a shrine on that very mountain.

Recognizing the Church’s Diverse Members

November 22, 2023

As we have heard many times over the last few weeks, November is a month dedicated to contemplating our own mortality by praying for the souls in purgatory and honoring the saints in heaven. When the reality of memento mori, remembering our death, causes fear and anxiety, we can have peace in echoing the words of St. Paul: “Oh death, where is thy sting? Oh grave, where is thy victory?” Looking to the saints as heroes of the faith, we strive to imitate Christ as they did, and by doing so, defeat death and gain new life in God. 

Solemnity of All Saints

November 1, 2023

Homily given by Father David Jameson, Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick Catholic Parish & School (Ada) on Nov. 1, 2023

"One of my family’s favorite pastimes used to be long drives on lazy Sunday afternoons — just getting in the car and driving out into the countryside, no particular destination in mind, and no agenda apart from taking in northwest Louisiana’s natural beauty.

Catholic School Education Brings Faith to Life

October 10, 2023

Bill and Debra Sell and their boys, Liam and Logan, moved to Michigan in 2018, but in their short time here, their faith lives have vastly changed. Bill was raised Lutheran. Debra came from a faithful family and recalls her grandfather being the prominent Catholic in the family. She says, “In a way, I was raised with Catholic values but without realizing it. I even reflected on our groups of friends throughout the years, and they were all Catholic.”