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Great Kids, Great Families

St. Mary Parish School opened its doors in 1916 and has been providing a great education for its students ever since. The parents of St. Mary's will be contributing to this blog which will update the community on Great Kids; Great Families. Visit our web site at

Soccer Balls for Honduras and El Salvador!

The children from St. Mary and Good Shepherd Parishes who attended Vacation Bible School in June learned about our sister parishes. On June 17th we talked about the children in Honduras and on June 18th we shared information about Good Shepherd’s sister parish in El Salvador. After realizing how poor the children are and how much they enjoy playing soccer, the students earned money to buy some soccer balls to send to our sister parishes. Every child had an opportunity to sign the ball that their small group bought to share with the children of Honduras and El Salvador.

We thank all of the students for their generosity and goodness!

Welcome Fr. Mike Scheip

The families of St. Mary’s are excited to welcome Fr. Mike Scheip as a part-time Associate Pastor.

Fr. Mike comes to us from St. Patrick Church in Sarasota, Florida.
 He also has been appointed half-time Auditor/Advocate for the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, effective from September 1, 2008 thru June 16, 2009.  

Welcome Fr. Mike!

Catholic schools work

Originally posted in: The Catholic Herald, Sept. 4, 2008. (reprinted with permission)

Author: Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

At first it was kind of gloomy. Scholars from the Pew Center for Research on Religion in America, and from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) spent an hour and a half or so helping us bishops understand the data on the Pew Center's recent study on religion, with special consideration for the Catholic Church in America. It was enlightening for us bishops to hear this at our meeting last June.

Like I said, there was indeed some undeniably sobering news: Yes, more adults were leaving the Catholic Church; fewer were worshipping weekly at Sunday Mass; fewer still approaching the sacrament of penance; only 53 percent of Catholic adults were married in the church, and divorce rates for Catholic couples were approaching the national rate; our Catholic married couples were having fewer children; while vocations to the priesthood and religious life were going up a bit, the numbers were still way too low; and knowledge of the essentials of the faith hardly got a passing grade. 

We were all ready for an earlier cocktail hour after the gloomy news when along came some glowing news that I find especially timely to share with you now: 

·         yes, more adults were leaving the church ... but, those alumni of our Catholic schools were much more likely to remain faithful; 

·         fewer were worshipping weekly at Sunday Mass ... but, those who had attended Catholic schools were much more loyal;

·         graduates of Catholic schools approach confession more often; 

·         those who had gone to Catholic schools marry in the church at a higher percentage, report more fulfilling, lifelong marriages, and have more children; 

·         young people in our Catholic grade schools, high schools, and colleges are much more likely to think seriously about becoming a sister, brother, or priest; 

·         and alumni of our Catholic schools grasped the essentials of church teaching and the Bible at a significantly higher rate. 

What we've known in the gut for decades is now empirically proven: Catholic schools work; they are the most effective agents of catechesis, spiritual, moral, and mental formation, and evangelization that we have.

If you want to tackle the hefty challenges facing the church today, you can't go wrong in supporting our Catholic schools.

Are they perfect? Nope! Do they have problems of their own? Yep! Does this mean we should ignore our other programs of religious education? You know better.

But, are our Catholic schools worth it? You bet your life they are!

Parents, principals, teachers, parishes, school boards, benefactors, pastors ... thank you for getting us to the start of another promising year of Catholic schools. They work. The verdict is in. Your sweat, sacrifice, and scrimping are all worth it.

A blessed new school year!


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