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Schools Week Section

Faith, knowledge, service Focus of annual Catholic Schools Week

Network of seven schools to reshape Catholic education

Catholic schools providing teaching love, example

Cristo Rey
high school working toward fall 2018 opening

Majority of St. Elizabeth transfers accept offers at Catholic high schools

Bright lights of
Catholic education

FACE recipient:
'It is such a great
thing for you
to help our family'

to be closed

St. Bede School
sends shoes
to North Africa

School children
from all grades
learning to code

SJND students
step up with holiday help for families

BOD football team champions

Our Lady of Guadalupe —
with song, dance
and giant puppets

Demonstrated excellence
in science

Catholic schools outperform in SATs

New classical academy
reaching out

When the Christ
of Christmas
appears as
a migrant

When you think
of MLK, don't
forget the faith
that inspired him

placeholder January 23, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Catholic Schools Week

Catholic schools providing teaching love, example

Rev. Larry Young

Every student in our Catholic schools is a precious gift created by God to be prepared to know who they are and to have faith in their future, to have excellent knowledge to pass onto future generations and to care for our world. Every child is taught to use this knowledge to be of service to others and to learn to respect all life.

Here in the Diocese of Oakland we are blessed with wonderful parents who are the first teachers of their children and sacrifice to provide the education of their children.

There are more than 1,330 teachers and staff members serving our Catholic schools and providing teaching, love and example to our children.

The Catholic School Department of the Diocese of Oakland is proud to be part of more than 2 million students in preschools, elementary and secondary schools in the United States.

We are proud of our 99 percent high school graduation rate and the strong student diversity of our parents, students, teachers and alumni.

The first Catholic school in the United States was St. Mary's in Philadelphia in 1783. Going forward, we will continue to strive to provide a Catholic school education to everyone who seeks it. Based on the average public school per-pupil cost of $12,608, Catholic schools provide more than $24 billion a year in savings to the United States as a result of our Catholic School system.

Look at our quality and the record of our graduates. Please consider our Catholic schools by enrolling your children, and encouraging others to attend. If you can, please offer to provide financial support to help families make their children's participation possible.

Thank you to all who are part of our Catholic school system and for all you do to educate the future of America.

(Father Larry Young is interim superintendent of the Department of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Oakland.)

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