On Tuesday of Catholic School’s Week we celebrated the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas a member of the Dominican Order of Preachers, Doctor of the Church, and Patron of students and teachers. It is a fitting feast to celebrate during Catholic Schools Week. He is one of the great thinkers of the Church and spent his life in search of Veritas, Truth.
During this week we celebrate our parish, our community, our students, our nation, vocations, and our teachers. There is a deeper meaning to why we celebrate a special week for Catholic Schools. It is true that Catholic Schools provide an excellent education but that can be found elsewhere as well. Catholic Schools provided an excellent education that is rooted in faith, specifically the traditions of the Roman Catholic faith. All faith requires calls us to the search for truth, and as with St. Thomas Aquinas, and it ultimately leads us to God the source of all Truth.
Catholic education is an education for all who wish academic excellence coupled with grounding in faith. That is the Catholic School difference. As someone raised in the Catholic School System, it has made all the difference in the world.
We, at St. John the Apostle School, celebrate by having many and varied activities ranging from collecting food for the hungry, science exhibitions, a wax museum (celebrating famous inventors), a multi-cultural celebration, a math competition, spelling bees, a book fair, and much more. We begin the celebration with Mass on Sunday with the parish community and end on Friday with Mass for the school community. It is a fun filled week immensely enjoyed by students and hopefully leads all members of our community further down the path toward truth.
Deborah A. Egan, Ed.D
Principal, St. John the Apostle School