Everyday I remind myself how grateful I am for the things I have. I tell myself that God comes before anything else in my life. I learned this from my Catholic school.
Going to school here is a daily reminder that this is such an amazing opportunity. Most children don’t get to attend Catholic schools. That’s why I’m constantly thanking God and my parents. My school is my second home. I always feel safe here. My friends, teachers and staff members are my family. God put me here for a reason: He wants me to be able to grow deeper in my faith and experience this amazing atmosphere.
Twice a week we attend Mass at school. It’s a way to bring us together through God. Five days a week I get to go to religion class.
Overall, my Catholic school means a lot to me ... too much to describe.
And like Sister Nicolette quotes from Mother Theresa, “Do small things with great love.”
By Brooke Wolford, second-grader
A great thing about a Catholic school is that we go to Mass. We have religion, and I have so much fun. We have sacraments like First Communion. On Thursdays we go to adoration. I am thankful that I go to a Catholic school!
By Clare Diez, fourth-grader
Just like our beautiful school quilt says, “There’s no place like Holy Name!”
First of all – and most importantly – we have a religion education. We are all grateful to have Father Bob as our priest and Sister Nicolette as our principal this year. Each day they teach us and bring us closer to God.
We are also glad to have Mrs. Newton, who teaches us more about God and takes us to adoration on Thursdays. In the morning, we pray the “Hail Mary” and say the “Pledge of Allegiance,” as well as the “Holy Name Pledge.”
Secondly, we have great teachers and students who are friendly and kind. At the end of the school year we always have the Squirrelly Awards for our teachers.
We have other events every year as well: our thanksgiving luncheon and play, Christmas concert and field day.
There are thousands of reasons why Holy Name is such a wonderful school. Go Giants!
By Dean Rizzi, first-grade
I learn about God at Catholic school. I get to go to Mass with the whole school two times a week. My teacher loves to share about our faith. I get to spend time with Father Bob and Sister Nicolette in my classroom.
Luke Monroe, eighth-grader
Attending a Catholic school means I get to go to Mass every Tuesday and Thursday. We also pray every day in the morning and at the end of school.
I feel truly honored to go to a Catholic school. The teachers are amazing. They teach amazingly, and they teach us more about God. Teachers that really stand out about teaching God to me are Mrs. Allen, my religion teacher, and Sister Nicolette, my former religion teacher and my principal now. They have taught me to love everyone and to love God.
Sister Nicolette would always say, “So that in all things,” and we would respond “God may be glorified.” I truly believe in this because we should be doing everything to make God happy. And all of the teachers here make sure that everyone is doing things that God would like us to do.
By Cris Vodney, fifth-grader
I love it here! The teachers are fantastic! I can’t decide my favorite teacher. I’ve made so many friends here: Andrew, Ben, Camren, Noah, Owen, Quinton, Eli, Nick Houtz, etc.
We are learning about Jesus’ human and divine nature. My favorite part of Holy Name is the sports events like the end-of-the-year eighth-grade kickball game and the teachers versus eighth-grader in volleyball.
The clubs are so much fun to be a part of. I’m in the play “Charlotte’s Web.” Choir is so much fun. We sing in the choir loft every Tuesday and sometimes Sunday. We go on field trips like to the ArtsGarden and town hall. We also sing at the famous Christmas concert, and we have a musical.
Holy Name Church is over 100 years old. We have trunk-or-treat, which is when you trick-or-treat at school and people decorate the trunks of their cars and the kids get candy! It’s a ton of fun. Also during the fall we have the Oktoberfest. There are bouncy houses, games, prizes, food and rock concerts.
And while doing all that we still praise our savior, Jesus Christ.
By Patrick Tiernan, fourth-grader
My education is important, but being in a Catholic school is the best!
Catholic Schools Week is special to me because we grow closer to God. Every Tuesday and Thursday we go to Mass. Our priest is Father Bob. Like always, God is in our presence at church, school and at home.
All Catholic schools have religious education during school, which is awesome. We also go to adoration on Thursdays during our religion class. This is important to me because it is a quiet time to be with God.
We are happy to have a religious education because of these things: We grow closer to God; we go to Mass every two days; we have a religious education; and because God is always in our presence. Happy Catholic Schools Week!