As we arrive at the end of the school year 2015-1016 it seems appropriate to communicate with you, our readers and supporters, about the work of our schools this year.
As you are aware, we were saddened to close Saint Lawrence Academy as of June 2016. We are ever grateful to the many alums who are scattered throughout our Diocese for their kind remembrances of a place where they were welcomed, challenged and encouraged to “find their voice.” We are grateful to the faculty and staff who served the students well for over forty years. God bless them all!
Congratulations are in order for all of our high school graduates for their accomplishments during their four years at the schools in our Diocese. These students have been accepted at great schools for their next round of educational opportunities. The faculties and staff of each school have provided a strong foundation for their future studies.
Our elementary students are equally blessed to be moving on to many of our Diocesan high schools for next year. We know they are eager to join a new community of learners and doers. Some students in elementary school will attend public or other private schools. We send them all forth knowing they are prepared for the challenges and opportunities awaiting them. In many ways, you The Valley Catholic readers have provided financial and other supportive ways for these students to experience Catholic education. Thank you!
This year we said a huge THANK YOU to five principals whose cumulative years in our Catholic schools add to 180! What a gift these women have been to our students, families and the communities they served. We pray they will have a long and productive retirement. Surely, they have deserved it. I know you join me in thanksgiving for their gifts to us. Please remember them in your prayers: Sister Michele Anne Murphy, Judy Perkowski, Gail Harrell, Mary Lyons, and Karen DeMonner.
Let’s not forget the students in our elementary schools who will be with us for the next school year! Thank you to them and to their parents for finding the means to continue their Catholic education. I am sure you are aware of the great financial cost of a Catholic education at this time. We are fortunate to live in an area so rich in job growth and opportunities, but it doesn’t come without consequence. Our home turf is one of the most expensive areas in which to live and work. Teachers must find creative ways to make their income stretch here in Silicon Valley. Financing our schools is one of the challenges facing us as we approach the new school year. I know you join me in prayer that together we will find ways to continue the gift of a Catholic education to all families that desire it.
My wishes for you this summer are so beautifully expressed in this traditional Gaelic blessing:
“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”