Message from Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Auxiliary Bishops John Bura and Andriy Rabiy

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National  Catholic  Schools  Week  will be observed from  January 28th to  February 3rd, 2018 at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic School in Minersville, PA, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic School in Passaic, NJ, Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic School in Perth Amboy, NJ and St. Basil Academy in Fox Chase, PA.  
This year’s theme “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead.  Succeed”  celebrates who every person involved in a Catholic School is called to be. Our Schools celebrate with liturgies, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members.  Through these events, schools focus on the value that Catholic Education provides to our young people and its contributions to the Church, local communities and the nation.  

Our heartfelt gratitude is offered to all who are part of the family of our four schools.  We acknowledge and thank the clergy, religious Sisters, the administrators, teachers, and all of the support staff for their sharing of this giftedness in their skills through their person.  This enables each school to reflect abundant life in Jesus Christ.

Special thanks to the parents who seek the best for their children and offer their love and support for the school staff and students.  We admire your tremendous personal and financial sacrifices to ensure a high standard of education and religious formation for your children.

Uppermost are our admiration and best wishes for every student in each school family.  The highest ideals of a Catholic school can only encourage each student to strive to be their best as they grow in their learning, seek to apply their learning in the service of others and provide examples of leadership.   We pray for each student as each grows in the skills and understanding of achieving the best in your Catholic School family.  May all grow in closeness with Jesus as we strive to be fully who we are called to be as a faithful student of a valued Ukrainian Catholic School.

We are particularly grateful for the meaningful example of excellence each school provides for the Church and for the community of which they are a part of.  The striving for high standards in Catholic education positively encourages others to excel in who they are and in how they live within the community.  A Catholic School is fulfilling its mission of inspiring others to excellence, and thereby living the abundant life in Jesus Christ.

Especially helpful are the individual organizations and businesses who offer financial help to our Ukrainian Catholic schools.  Donations by persons and groups who desire to support catholic education and religious formation in our schools are enablers.  Such valued donors truly breathe Jesus Christ’s call to abundant life.  Can there be a better way to share one’s wealth and blessings than with children growing in knowledge and faith?  Choose to financially help our Ukrainian Catholic schools to fulfill their sacred mission to teach and prepare our children to “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”  

All involved in our Ukrainian Catholic schools will be especially remembered in prayers offered throughout National Catholic Schools Week.  May your hearts be filled with gratitude and may we all continue to grow in our communities through our faith, knowledge and service of God. 

God bless you richly in ways only He can!