February 1: National Catholic Schools Week

The national theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” We know from our own experience here in North Portland that Catholic schools have a specific purpose to form students to be good citizens of the world, love God and neighbor, and enrich society with the leaven of the Gospel and by example of faith. We are proud of our 100-plus year tradition of doing all of that, and doing it well, here at Holy Cross.

As a community of faith, our parish school instill in students their destiny to become saints.  Academic excellence is also a hallmark of our school and it is intentionally directed to the growth of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit.  Also, service is fundamental to the Holy Cross experience and the core of Catholic discipleship.  Service is intended to help form our students –  who are not only witnesses to Catholic social teaching, but also active participants through social learning.

We are grateful to God that our school is not just a building or an institution, but it is really the people, students, teachers, administration, and all of our supporters. As the People of God, we work together to bring the Kingdom of God to Earth and raise up the next generation to do the same. Thus, in a special way, our teachers and students form the foundation of our school, showing that they are active people of faith who serve others and God. May we all strive to live in active service of Jesus and His mission as we nationally join together during Catholic Schools Week and always.

On the school calendar: Monday, February 1 – “We Celebrate Our Parish.” Join us for a livestreaming of the Rosary and join us in praying for our parish. The livestream link is https://youtu.be/TMO4fJPQXoA

The Rosary will begin at 8:35am. Thank you to the Student Council and Student Ambassadors for leading the prayer service. May God bless our day and our week.

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