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A Message from Msgr. Michael

February 12, 2020
By Amanda McDonald

As we get closer to enrollment/re enrollment of children in our wonderful Cathedral school, I, as a Canon Lawyer, and Pastor of Souls, feel rightly obligated to remind all the faithful of our beautiful Cathedral parish of the importance of sending your children and youth to a Catholic school. The following are various canons/laws that our Catholic Church bids us to follow to the best of our ability.

Can. 793 §1 Parents, and those who take their place, have both the obligation and the right to educate their children. Catholic parents have also the duty and the right to choose those means and institutes which, in their local circumstances, can best promote the catholic education of their children.

Can. 794 §1 The Church has in a special way the duty and the right of educating, for it has a divine mission of helping all to arrive at the fullness of Christian life.

§2 Pastors of souls have the duty of making all possible arrangements so that all the faithful may avail themselves of a catholic education.

Can. 795 Education must pay regard to the formation of the whole person, so that all may attain their eternal destiny and at the same time promote the common good of society. Children and young persons are therefore to be cared for in such a way that their physical, moral and intellectual talents may develop in a harmonious manner, so that they may attain a greater sense of responsibility and a right use of freedom, and be formed to take an active part in social life.

Can. 796 §1 Among the means of advancing education, Christ’s faithful are to consider schools as of great importance, since they are the principal means of helping parents to fulfill their role in education.

Can. 798 Parents are to send their children to those schools which will provide for their catholic education. If they cannot do this, they are bound to ensure the proper catholic education of their children outside the school.

We are blessed to have a wonderful Cathedral school, with wonderful teachers, administrators and staff. Please prayerfully consider enrolling your child/children in our school. Please do not let the cost of sending your child to a Catholic school dissuade you. There are tuition assistance programs and other means available for those who might need it.

Finally, I would like to posthumously thank Msgr. Waldow, who was a great supporter of Catholic schools, for a very generous bequest of $100,000 to the Amabilis endowment fund, which supports our Cathedral school. Thank you Msgr. Waldow, may you rest in eternal peace.