Bishop Conlon Jan 09

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ WEEK 2009
01/23/2009

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ WEEK 2009
 
 
MESSAGE FROM BISHOP R.DANIEL CONLON
 
 
 
The economic situation in our country seems to get worse every day. Even though people may not be directly affected in significant ways, almost everyone is feeling anxious. Understandably people are extra cautious about spending money.
 
Maintaining Catholic schools and paying tuition has always been challenging. It isn’t getting any easier in the present economic climate. As families search out ways to manage their budgets, school tuition might be a tempting target. Likewise, contributions which help support our schools might also be considered for reduction.
 
I can sympathize with people’s concerns. However, reducing a child’s opportunity to receive a Catholic school education is truly like eating one’s seed corn in hard times. Surely it ought to be one of the last sacrifices considered, almost an act of desperation.
 
The first diocesan-wide collection for our Immaculate Heart Fund last fall was a welcome bright spot, just as the economy was turning dark. Hundreds of people contributed over $14,000 to help provide tuition assistance to our students. For many of the grantees, the Immaculate Heart Fund makes the difference between being able to stay in a Catholic school and having to drop out. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
 
The sacrifices required for Catholic education are many and extensive. We keep making them because we know they make sense. They will continue to make sense no matter how rough the economy gets. Christ is the heart of our schools, and bringing our children to him is always the right thing to do.