Letter from our superintendents
Catholic schools offer ‘a daily encounter with Jesus’
The Twelve Days of Catholic Schools
By reading Fr. Hal Stockert's article posted to EWTN.com, we can learn a lot about the origins of The Twelve Days of Christmas (December 25, 2022 - January 5, 2023).
You're all familiar with the Christmas song, 'The Twelve Days of Christmas,' I think. To most it's a delightful nonsense rhyme set to music. But it had a quite serious purpose when it was written. It is a good deal more than just a repetitious melody with pretty phrases and a list of strange gifts.
Remembering Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (April 16, 1927 - December 31, 2022)
The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Office of Communications issues the following statement from Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, in response to the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:
Come home to Mass this Christmas
Dear friends of Catholic schools,
The past couple of years we have all had time to think about what matters – the people in our lives, the gatherings, the sense of connection. If you’re ready to be welcomed back, to be part of a celebration like no other ...one that will feed and sustain you ...our doors are open and there’s a place for you.
Gather with us as we await the perfect Christmas gift, our Savior Jesus Christ. Come home to Mass for Christmas!
The Dogs of Catholic Schools: Part Three
Meet Anna, the friendly service dog of St. Patrick Catholic School!
Sacred Heart Academy Teacher competes on Jeopardy
If you tuned into Jeopardy on December 2, you may have seen a familiar face. Joshua Gregor, a Latin teacher at Sacred Heart Academy (SHA), fulfilled a personal dream and competed on the national game show.
Giving Tuesday 2022 - Tomorrow!
Donate here on Giving Tuesday (November 29): bitly.com/givecatholicwm
Advent: prepare to welcome the Prince of Peace!
Advent begins tomorrow, November 27. It is a time when we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. Bishop Walkowiak writes in his Advent reflection, “Advent is the most countercultural liturgical season of all. It coincides with the end of the year. Americans of means are bent on buying, selling, partying, rushing around, and yes, worrying. Psychiatrists say that this time of year is the most stressful of all. How ironic that this should be so as we prepare to welcome the Prince of Peace.”
Thanksgiving Day is typically thought of as a national holiday, however, the idea of giving thanks also is an essential part of daily Catholic life. As a Church family, we celebrate a thanksgiving meal every Sunday within the context of the Mass which is first and foremost a prayer of thanksgiving. In fact, the word Eucharist comes from the Greek for “thanksgiving.”
The Dogs of Catholic Schools: Part Two
Meet Eve, the new four-legged addition to the Catholic Central staff!