SAS Mission Statement
St. Anthony School provides a strong academic program for students in PreK–8 and strives to instill religious, social and intellectual principles into the mind and heart of each child. In the spirit of St. Francis, St. Anthony School guides students toward their development as faith-filled Catholics and responsible citizens in our complex, ever-changing society.
Dear Members of the St. Anthony School Family,
As the academic year draws to a close and we formulate our plans for the summer, it is good to reflect on the past year, especially for myself, being this my first year as pastor at St. Joseph Parish.
First, what is the purpose of Catholic Education: Children and young people must be guaranteed the possibility of developing harmoniously their physical, moral, and intellectual and spiritual gifts. They also must be helped to develop their sense of responsibility, learn correctly the use of freedom, and participate in social life (cf. c.795 Code of Canon Law).
We thank Mrs. Devanney and the teachers of SAS for successfully fulfilling these tasks, yet, we all know that the first and primary teachers of the children are their parents; teachers, the principle and pastor can only do so much. The parents carry the brunt of educating their children, especially in regard to their Catholic faith. This is passed on to them not so much by words as by example. The example the parents give their children by participating in Sunday Mass, frequent confession, praying and living out Christian values is of great benefit. I thank parents who have faithfully carried out those responsibilities.
It is no secret that Catholic schools operate on a budget that is only a fraction of the cost of public schools or elite private schools, yet the quality of education is not inferior. In fact, many who attend Catholic Schools outperform students in the public school. It is not that Catholic School students are more intelligent but better disciplined, with concerned parents who desire they perform well, and dedicated teachers.
A big part of the success of Catholic School education are the dedicated teachers. They may be overworked and under paid, but they do what they do because they see their task not just a job but a ministry to the Church. And this has always involved great sacrifice and love. We here at St. Joseph Parish have deep respect and appreciation for the teachers and staff at SAS. Thank you.
Peace & All Good,
Fr. Dennis Arambasick, ofm