On behalf of St. Mary’s Parish: Welcome!
St. Mary’s School is a vital part of the life of St. Mary’s Parish, especially in the lives of some of the youngest members of this parish and their parents.
In their pastoral letter of 2016 on Catholic schools the Catholic Bishops of B.C. write:
“The Catholic school is integral to the parish, participating in the evangelizing mission of the Church. It provides religious and moral reference points to help students critically evaluate culture in the light of the Gospel and help build a social order enlightened by the truth of Christ’s teaching. This light is directed not only to the individual, but also to the community . . .
“The parish is a family of families. Through its school, the parish cooperates with parents to support them in their role as the primary educators of their children, especially in the transmission of the faith, and through the school, parents and children are linked to the wider community of the parish.”
This has certainly been our experience of the mutually beneficial relationship of parish and school here in this community.
Since its founding 70 years ago in 1948, St. Mary’s Elementary School has been an integral part of the life and mission of this parish.
What a heritage to continue!
Fr. Edwin Neufeld