100 Reasons to send your child to a Catholic School!

Why should you send your children to a Catholic school? So they can experience:

  • Prayer each morning before the school day begins
  • Prayer before eating lunch
  • Prayer at the end of each school day
  • A Christmas concert rather than a “Winter Concert”
  • Weekly Mass with their closest friends
  • Learning about saints and other heroes of faith
  • Praying the rosary
  • Participating in the Stations of the Cross
  • Spiritual retreats
  • Celebrating the true meaning of Christmas
  • Reading scripture regularly
  • Praying with the entire school when disasters or tragedies occur
  • Celebrating All Saints Day instead of Halloween
  • No school on Easter Monday!
  • Learning responsibility for their own education by fund raising
  • Learning the connection between faith and reason
  • Being able to talk to a teacher about religion
  • Sharing faith journeys with each other
  • Seeing priests on a regular basis
  • Celebrating Mary in May
  • Halls decorated with a manger during Advent and Christmas
  • Talking with friends about what to give up for Lent
  • Congratulating second graders on receiving First Communion
  • Helping Catholic Charities with service projects
  • Hearing Jesus’ name regularly, and not as a swear word
  • Getting pets blessed on the feast of St. Francis
  • Getting throats blessed on the feast of St. Blase
  • Celebrating the Immaculate Conception
  • Seeing teachers at Sunday Mass Connecting service with Catholic social teaching
  • Hearing a consistent pro-life message
  • Easy shopping for school clothes
  • Being able to discuss the religious symbolism in works like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings
  • St. Nicholas parties
  • Epiphany parties
  • Seeing the same friends at church that they see at school
  • Learning about liturgical colors and seasons
  • Discipline based on gospel values
  • Crucifixes on the walls
  • Statues of Mary
  • Religious-themed bulletin boards
  • Nearness to the Blessed Sacrament
  • The chance to lector at school Masses
  • The chance to serve at the altar at school Masses
  • Making rosaries during Art
  • Learning that their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit
  • Hearing “Make room for Jesus!” at school dances
  • Seeing teachers wear religious-themed jewelry or clothing to school
  • Hearing a teacher witness to his or her faith
  • Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus at Easter
  • Religious art on the walls
  • A curriculum designed to help students grow in spirituality
  • Learning about sacred music in Choir class
  • The freedom to talk about any religion, rather than no religion
  • An atmosphere that cares more about students getting in to heaven than into Harvard
  • Spending seven hours a day in a faith community
  • Learning about all vocation options including marriage, ordained and religious life
  • Getting to listen to the Pope talk about school
  • Discussing the religious and ethical implications of stem cell research, abortion, euthanasia, and other life issues
  • Dressing up as their favorite saint for All Saints Day
  • Constant support and encouragement in their spiritual life
  • Exposure to classic spiritual works by St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis de Sales, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Catherine of Siena, Hildegard of Bingen, etc.
  • Ash Wednesday Mass
  • Daily exposure to the Bible
  • Learning about the Catholic contribution to science through great Catholic scientists including Pasteur, Mendel, Lemaitre, Bacon, and Albertus Magnus
  • A mission to educate the whole child: spiritually, as well as academically, morally, socially and physically.
  • An outstanding academic program that helps students become their best selves
  • The freedom to talk explicitly about the creator who has endowed us with the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
  • Learning about the redemptive value of suffering
  • Teachers who explicitly model their instruction after the great teacher, Jesus Christ
  • Celebrating St. Joseph the Worker
  • A strong intellectual history whose tradition of academic excellence is unmatched by any other organization that has ever been
  • The development of a Catholic world view
  • A natural integration with all aspects of family life, rather than a compartmentalized existence
  • Moral development based on gospel values
  • An antidote for the surrounding culture’s materialistic, image-centric distortions of reality
  • Discovering what it means to live a “Christ-centered” way of life
  • Learning the meaning of life in its fullness
  • Coming to understand that at the heart of every subject is Jesus, “the way, the truth and the life”
  • Learning to recognize the voice of God in all creation
  • Learning to be a living witness to God’s love
  • Being constantly reminded that God loves them
  • Parent Nights that begin with prayer
  • Hearing prayers at 8th grade graduation
  • Mass to begin the year
  • Mass to end the year
  • Field trips to convents and seminaries
  • Learning about the connection between faith and service to the poor and underprivileged
  • Field trips to nursing homes to sing Christmas carols
  • Classrooms visits by priests, deacons and women religious
  • Learning different ways to pray
  • Awards assemblies that begin with prayer
  • Sports leagues that begin each game with prayer
  • Student council meetings that begin with prayer
  • Becoming comfortable talking about God and faith with peers
  • Spending more hours a day in a room with a crucifix than in a room with a television
  • Learning the history of the Catholic Church
  • Acquiring the skills to spread the good news to all corners of the world
  • Opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration
  • Learning about the only thing that really matters: a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, lived out in a community of faith guided by the Holy Spirit, in order to more deeply and devoutly follow will of the Father
  • Catholic Schools Week!

Source:  Catholic School Chronicle