From the desk of Father Jeffrey V. Romans
YOU ARE INVITED!!! NEXT SUNDAY begins Catholic Schools Week here in Saint Bridget School and throughout the United States. Saint Bridget School will be holding an OPEN HOUSE NEXT SUNDAY from 10AM-12Noon. I personally invite every parishioner to come and visit our school during this open house. Our extraordinary and dedicated faculty and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and tours will be offered by our current students. Please come and see what Saint Bridget School could offer your child or children. All families in Saint Bridget of Sweden Parish should know that Saint Bridget School is an option for YOU.
In Saint Bridget Parish School, our young people learn that faith in God is at the heart of their total education and has an essential place in their everyday lives. It is of course obvious to all that not all of our Catholic young people have the opportunity to attend a Catholic school, as I myself did not. In fact, the majority of our school-age children attend public schools and a fair number of families choose to educate their children at home. In these cases, they rely on the religious education that is so diligently provided in our parish and in our family homes. The Church’s regard for these students and their families is also clear and unambiguous.
But for now, as we soon mark Catholic Schools Week in our parish school, we as a family of faith can only offer our admiration for the many fine teachers, administrators, staff, and benefactors of our parish school. They deserve our thanks for their commitment, and for the many sacrifices they make to teach and form the young people of our parish. And, I must personally express my gratitude to the many parents and families who make it possible for their children to attend Catholic schools. Without the high level of parental involvement that our school enjoys, they could not achieve the success we have seen for so many years.
As I said, and I say each year at this time, I myself am NOT the product of Catholic Schools. BUT I am a strong proponent of Catholic Schools and not just simply because I am a priest. I am a proponent of Catholic Schools because I have witnessed firsthand what makes Catholic Schools, and particularly our own Saint Bridget School, such a wonderful center for faith based learning and academic excellence.
There is something about Catholic Schools that sets them apart. The particular advantage enjoyed by our Catholic schools, over any other school system, is their ability to teach the faith on a daily basis, alongside the other subjects that make up the school curriculum. Religion is taught with the same rigor that one would expect to find in a Math, Science, English or History class. Moreover, the faith is integrated into every aspect of the school day; not only in classroom work, but in extracurricular activities, character formation, and certainly in the spiritual life which is central to Catholic schools.
This past week a benefactor to our school stopped by to see me after he visited our school. You see, he assisted in bringing the Connecticut Science Center onsite to present various lessons to our students. He happened to be in the First Grade class when they were learning about vibration. He came to the rectory to tell me that he was speaking with the woman from the Connecticut Science Center who told him that the First Grade class was receiving and understanding the Fifth Grade lesson on sound waves and vibration. She was impressed. He was impressed. It impressed him so much that he came to share with me what he had witnessed firsthand and to say how amazing our students were.
Yes indeed! That is cause for rejoicing! How does it happen? I believe the academic success, and the personal growth of our students is all accomplished because we as a Catholic School are a family. We are a family of faith, where the students are part of a larger school family; where they are taught the importance of caring for one another, showing respect for one another, and where they are taught to live out Jesus’ command to “love one another as I have loved you.” Nothing gives me greater joy than to see them caring for one another whether it be an older student helping a younger one with their homework in Homework Club, or an older student sitting with our youngest students at weekly Mass and teaching them about Mass. It is truly heartwarming to see the care and concern for one another displayed by our students, our faculty, and all our families.
A question often posed is: “Why should I consider a Catholic school when the public schools offer a great education?” I always begin with the long standing tradition the Catholic Church has in educating our young people to a higher degree of success. St. Bridget School is one of the highest scoring schools within the Archdiocese of Hartford in standardized tests.
Catholic schools, and it is true for our parish school, establish a spirit of faith, family, and community in their students. The education our students receive at Saint Bridget School stays with them their entire lives and can be the basis from which they orient themselves with the world. It also encourages them to remain grounded in the Catholic faith while they reach to fulfill their dreams. Our students enter our school to learn, and leave to serve as disciples of Jesus.
What will you find in Saint Bridget School for your child or children?
- Faith Based Learning with a Real World Approach
- Spanish Language from PreK3 to Grade 8
- Advanced Studies and Curriculum Resources
- 1 to 1 iPads in the Middle School and technology in all other grades
- Athletic Fields and a Gymnasium
- Sports Program including Basketball, Baseball, Cross-Country, Cheerleading, and Soccer
- Air-Conditioning throughout our facility
- Extra-curricular activities such as Robotics Club, LEGO Club, Chess Club, French Club & more
- A Diverse Student Body
- Small Class Sizes with Differentiated Learning at ALL Grade Levels
- Enrichment Programs and Family Events
- Tuition Assistance
- Weekly Mass as a school family and Adoration
I should also note, as I have said in the past, parishes with a school are provided unique opportunities for building up families and in particular for the building up of the parish family that other parishes without schools do not have. I have seen this transpire during the course of my time as Pastor here in Cheshire. It is a cause for encouragement and hope!
I want every family in our parish, with children of school age children, to feel that Saint Bridget School is an option for them. We have an Open House NEXT SUNDAY, January 28, from 10AM until 12Noon. This is a great opportunity for you to come and visit our school. I encourage all parents and extended family members to come and see all that Saint Bridget School offers.
Hope to see you at the Open House!
As always remember to pray for our parish families and ask God’s blessings as we build His kingdom here. Please know that I am praying for you, and I ask for your prayers for me, that together through the intercession of Saint Bridget of Sweden, our Patroness, and united in the Eucharist, we will reflect the presence of Jesus to the world.