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The mission of Catholic schools:
"Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Oakland educate children in the Catholic faith and nuture their minds, bodies, and souls, inspiring them to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, achieve their highest academic and creative potential, and actively serve and enrich the community."
Faith, knowledge, service
focus of Catholic schools

From Jan. 26 through Feb. 2, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland will join Catholic schools throughout the United States in celebrating Catholic Schools Week.

Sister Barbara Bray, SNJM

The theme of the week: "Catholic Schools: "Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service," encompasses several concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are communities — small communities in their own right, but also members of the larger communities of parish, diocese, city, state and nation.

They are, in the first place, communities of faith, where children are openly taught about God, where God is worshiped regularly and where students and faculty put their faith into practice on a daily basis. Secondly, Catholic schools exist to pass on knowledge, not just the practice knowledge of reading, writing, arithmetic and so on, but also knowledge of God and truth, which is our spiritual heritage as Catholics. Finally, Catholic schools are communities of service, places where helping one another and aiding the needy are the normal way of living life.

Our diocese includes 44 Catholic elementary and nine high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Some were founded during the early days in the Archdiocese of San Francisco; many were established during the time of great expansion of Catholic schools from the 1940s-1960s. All have seen changes in staffing, financing and marketing and each remains true to the tradition of providing an excellent education in a faith-filled environment.

In the words of the bishops of the United States: "Our mission remains clear: Our Catholic schools are a vital part of the teaching mission of the Church. ...We must respond to challenging times with faith, vision and the will to succeed because Catholic school's mission is vital to the future of our young people, our nation and our Church."

(Sister Barbara Bray, SNJM, is superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Oakland.)

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