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November 29, 2007
WCR Letters to the Editor
Revitalization of faith needed for Catholic schools to flourish
Although I do not believe Alberta Catholic schools are in danger of losing funding, I do hope the concerns outlined in theOct. 8 editorial about complacency will be heeded.
Many Catholic schools are performing yeoman service but many feel that they are merely spinning their wheels.
Fifty years ago, the ideal of a Catholic school was probably workable. Admirably, our Catholic Christian message still maintains that a partnership should exist between home, school and parish with parents the prime educators of their children.
This is the ideal, but is it reality?
Today, many families are fractured and in many Catholic schools can be found the products of families that include practising Catholics, non-practising Catholics, non-Catholics, practising Christians and "don't give a darn students and families."
The answer is not to close ranks and say, "All is well." Parents need to reflect on why they placed their children in Catholic schools and on the responsibilities that go with it.
Parishes must ask themselves whether they are making the liturgies relevant to their parishioners, especially young people.
Catholic schools have a great opportunity to help students in their spiritual journeys but are we up to the challenge? Are our teachers up to the challenge?
It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. Perhaps our perspective should be that it takes the whole Catholic community to raise a child.
There may be parishes that sing, dance and jump for joy every Sunday in the field of the Lord. But from where I sit, I see many a disillusioned parishioner and teacher.
We need a solid, positive game plan to resuscitate our faith, especially in parishes and schools. Hopefully we do not operate parishes under the shaky assumption that most parishioners and young people really understand our Catholic faith.
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