Pope Francis often makes headlines, but few encounter his actual teachings which are like an examination of conscience challenging us to grow as Christian disciples. These webinars are for people of all walks of life – diocesan leaders, parish staff and volunteers, families and laity – to live out the Holy Father’s vision for the renewal of the Church and the New Evangelization.
Celebrating the Pope: Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel
Wednesday, August 26, 2015: 7-8 PM EDT
Celebrating the Pope: Pope Francis and the Family: Practical Ways to Live Out the Wisdom of the Holy Father
Thursday, September 3, 2015: 7-8 PM EDT
Celebrating the Pope: What Makes Pope Francis Tick?
Thursday, September 10, 2015: 7-8 PM EDT
Neglia Hall, St. Peter’s Church, was abuzz with anticipation on Wednesday evening, August 6, 2015. Despite stormy skies, attendance was brisk as new parents gathered to learn more about St. Peter’s School and enjoy some light refreshments. It was during this time that I had the opportunity to speak with several parents about their decision to send their children to St. Peter’s.
Hope Gossett, a resident of Saluda and employee of USC, confided that she was eager for her son to begin school at St. Peter’s ever since an education specialist had recommended it as “the best private school in the area.” She desired a loving, compassionate environment for her second grader, and despite also expressed an interest in learning more about the Catholic faith herself.
Another parent, Michael Jack, with two older students transferring to the 5th and 6th grades is looking for ethnic diversity in the classes at St. Peter’s, as well as the faith-based learning that is an integral part of their family life. I also met parishioner, Gabrielle Reed, whose son will be entering K-5 where she is sure he will receive the discipline he needs to succeed. Stephanie Payne confided that she liked the small classroom environment and had come to St. Peter’s on a recommendation from a friend at the University where she also works. The travel time necessary to get her child to our downtown school was not an issue to Kenya Deneal. Getting positive and supportive teachers was the driving force for enrolling her son in St. Peter’s School. That and faith based environment seem to be the most important gift St. Peter’s offers these new parents.
Mrs. Kathy Preston, school principal, opened the meeting with a prayer. She introduced Fr. Linsky, pastor, who spoke briefly with the parents. Then, with the aid of visuals, Mrs. Preston touched on policies and procedures. She explained how to access the school website and use of handbooks and agendas containing all the information needed for the new school year. A brief question and answer period ended the meeting. Gratefully the skies had cleared as the newest members of St. Peter’s School community headed to their cars well equipped and ready to begin a successful school year.
Graciously written by: Sharon Ewing
Photography: Bill Hauk
I asked, YOU responded! I am thrilled to say that in a matter of weeks, because of your generous gifts, we have raised in excess of the up-front costs of purchasing and installing the equipment necessary to operate our radio station. To bring you up-to-date, because of slight delays in obtaining the equipment, our representatives obtained permission from the Federal Communications Commission for our required operating date to be pushed back. We’re hoping to be operational by early September! I’ll give you more information soon, but wanted to let you know of our fund raising success. THANKS to all who made this possible and who share our vision of Catholic radio in Columbia!
Fr. Gary S. Linsky