"Do you feel far from sainthood? St. Andrew's Parish wants to help you
on your journey to holiness."
Dear Friends in Christ,
St. Andrew's Parish welcomes you and your family to join us on our Lenten journey beginning Ash Wednesday, March 5th!
What is Lent? Some reduce Lent to the action of giving something up, as if Lent is an opportunity for a "second New Year's Resolution," in which we set a goal, only to fade in our resolve a month later. Lent is so much more...
Not only is Lent an opportunity for repentance but for renewal. It is the opportunity to draw closer to Christ by recognizing our sins, accepting responsibility, repenting, and resolving to live a new way of life with God's grace. Lent is an opportunity to imitate our Savior Jesus Christ, who himself fasted and prayed in the desert for 40 days to prepare himself to do God's will. God calls each of us to holiness, and nothing less will do.
Do you feel far from sainthood? St. Andrew's Parish wants to help you on your journey to holiness. Our parish's goal this Lent is to help you develop your prayer life, an important foundation to building a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Inside this Lenten booklet, you will find several resources to assist you with this goal. Please use these resources to develop a meaningful and consistent prayer life, not only during Lent, but throughout the year.
I would like to encourage you to make the most of your 40 days. Don't just give something up for Lent--start building a strong prayer life for you and your family.
Father Vincent M. Rogers, Pastor
Greetings! This year’s national theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The theme encompasses the true meaning of what a Catholic School can offer children when they are given an opportunity to strengthen their faith in order to model the teachings of Christ. It is with this intention that I would like to invite your family to become part of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish School.
St. Andrew the Apostle Parish is very gracious in offering our young families the opportunity to help deepen their faith life through the ministry of our school. Father Rogers firmly believes that Catholic schools teach children the most important things about life: praying together every day, learning Christian doctrine, regularly attending Mass, visiting our Lord in Adoration, experiencing Christ's mercy in confession, and learning how to love and forgive each other. The Catechism of the Catholic Church entrusts you as parents to be your child’s first teacher; I view my role, and the role of our school, as assisting you in this process.
St. Andrew the Apostle Parish School does an outstanding job instilling in our children the importance of following Jesus through the traditional teachings of our Faith. Woven through our rigorous curriculum are the teachings of Christ in accordance with both the Diocesan and Missouri State Educational objectives. Our teachers implement effective instructional strategies through the use of innovative, creative, and hands-on curriculum. Last year, we were granted full accreditation not only by AdvancEd, but also the Missouri Non-Public School Accrediting Association. Our school community and facility offers our children a learning environment that is welcoming, small and secure.
St. Andrew the Apostle Parish School offers a non-tuition experience in order for all families to be able to attend. We are grateful for the sacrifice of all of our parishioners who help subsidize the good work we do at school. School families are asked to pray on what sacrifice they could make to help support this ministry. If you choose our excellent school, you will be asked to make, after prayer, a sacrificial pledge to the parish to be paid weekly or monthly, as you choose. No one is turned away due to lack of funds. We understand that many families cannot fund the entire cost of educating their children in our school. There are no percentages or set amounts, only the requirement of Sacrificial Giving. The requirement of our Lord was that we give back to God first, and not just from our excess. Luke 21:1-4 should be our inspiration on giving.
You can tour our school, review our faith-infused curriculum, meet our dedicated faculty and staff, shop at the uniform closet, and ask questions. We are accepting enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year for Preschool, Kindergarten through 8th grade. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via phone at (816) 454-7377 ext. 318 or email me at email@example.com.
Principal, St. Andrew the Apostle Parish School