Faith, Service, and Knowledge
This Sunday marks the beginning of Catholic School’s Week for the Archdiocese of Chicago. We welcome many of our students and their parents to the 11:00 a.m. Mass as we celebrate and give thanks for the faith, service and knowledge that is encouraged and fostered through Catholic education. I asked our students to wear their school uniforms this Sunday so that parishioners could identify our school families.
Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph School has grown into a financially self-sufficient, vibrant school with strong enrollment and expanded facilities. Our school is a thriving and academically excellent learning environment that has prepared our students to be successful young leaders at the most prestigious high schools in Chicago.
Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph school continues to grow increasing its enrollment and staff each year. Currently, there are 445 students enrolled for the 2015-2016 school year with over 60 faculty and staff members. It is recognized as a strong pillar of the Near North Community.
Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph school is unique in many ways. Our school families represent over 25 different zip codes. 54% of our school families are registered at either Immaculate Conception or St. Joseph parish. 85% of our students are Catholic. Over $100,000 is allocated for tuition assistance for families with financial need. Nearly $500,000 is generated through various fund-raising activities; with the most notable event being Sparkle taking place in a few weeks.
The success of our school is rooted in the sacrifice and dedication made by the faculty, staff and families. Great schools don’t fall out of the sky. They are created, supported and sustained by many who volunteer their time and talents.
I am grateful for Katie Sullivan and Maria Hill, our co-principals, for their outstanding leadership and commitment to Catholic education. It is obvious that they pour their heart and soul into helping our children learn and grow.
If your family would like more information about our Parish School, you can visit the school website or call 312-944-0304 and our staff would be happy to assist you.
Come Holy Spirit Come
We welcome Bishop Francis Kane who will administer the sacrament of Confirmation to our students in the Religious Education Program and our Parish School.
This year there are 32 who will be confirmed at St. Joseph church on Friday evening. We are proud of these fine young men and women; and their willingness to be disciples of Christ today. They have prepared well by taking time for prayer, service and learning about their faith. May the gifts of the Holy Spirit empower them to build the Kingdom of God.
Parish Transformation Update
Next weekend at all the Masses we will begin sharing information about the work of our 40 Member Parish Transformation Committee that met from early September through early December. This past week Bishop Kane blessed their initiatives and conclusions.
In the coming weeks and months we'll be introducing new Parish initiatives coming from their reflection on the opportunities unique to our parish. We look forward to you sharing your gifts to bring these initiatives to life in our faith community.
We will begin sharing these with you starting next weekend with pulpit announcements and inserts in the bulletin. Please plan to stay after any of the Masses February 6-7 or February 13-14 for a Question & Answer opportunity with members of the Parish Transformation Committee.
Time to Share
I look forward to next weekend because the parishioners of our Sharing Parish, Assumption BVM, are coming to visit us. They will join us for worship at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on February 6th at Immaculate Conception Church. Fr. Arturo Perez, the pastor of Assumption Parish, BVM will be the main celebrant. All are invited to a reception in the Parish Hall after Mass. I hope you can join us for food and fellowship.
Annual Catholic Appeal
Thank you to all who were able to make a commitment to the Annual Catholic Appeal. Your financial support helps the Church of Chicago to be the “Hands of God’s Mercy.”