The following comes from a February 4 Press Enterprise article by Stephen Wall:
As they celebrate Catholic Schools Week running through Saturday, February 6, leaders of the Diocese of San Bernardino are trying to bolster enrollment by courting parents dissatisfied by the public school system.
In the Inland area and statewide, nine of 10 Catholic children go to public schools. The Diocese, which serves about 1.6 million Catholics across Riverside and San Bernardino counties, has 7,548 students in its three high schools, 24 elementary schools and three preschools. Total enrollment has fallen more than 14 percent since 2003-2004.
A report from the bishops released this week, “Our Catholic Schools in California: A Stellar Past, A Robust Future,” recommends making Catholic schools more desirable, accessible and affordable for Latino families, who comprise almost three-fourths of the Diocese.
Despite their numbers, many Latinos don’t enroll their kids in Catholic school because they view it as cost prohibitive, elitist and unwelcoming, the report states.
The diocese hired Delila Vasquez in July 2014 to build enrollment by reaching out to Spanish-speaking families who attend church throughout San Bernardino but don’t know the area has Catholic schools.
She meets individually with interested parents to work out a tuition plan they can afford based on their income and expenses. Nearly half of Holy Rosary students get scholarships from $400 to $1,000 through the Catholic Education Foundation.
The diocese gives out about $3.3 million a year in financial aid including scholarships, tuition discounts and deferred tuition payments in case of a job loss or other emergency.
Good Catholic Schools Require Good Catholic Teachers
Staffing Catholic Schools & organizations with Practicing Catholics Not scandalously opposed to the Magisterium, helps strengthen the whole Diocese community both socially & financially; and Frees Catholic Teachers to Teach the Truth.
Helping Practicing Catholics become Teachers & Substitutes keeps tuition down and Faith Positive – Unlike:
“The Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University invites applications for a full-time endowed chair in Catholic Feminist Theology (specializations include feminist systematic theology, fundamental theology ecofeminism, feminist hermeneutics, mujerista theologies, womanist theologies, postcolonial feminist theologies, and…
Feminist systematic theology? = Saints, please preserve us from this madness!
mujerista theology? = Ay, caramba! (pronounced: [ˈai kaˈɾamba]), from the Spanish interjections ay (denoting surprise or *pain*)
What is mujerista theology? = Ages old story of rebellion… aka …’I Will Not Serve”
Unless the true Catholic faith is taught to the students by teachers who not only know their faith, but live it, Catholic schools will continue to close.
This article is interesting: https://www.capenet.org/pdf/Outlook390.pdf. Costs is an obvious impediment, especially in small “inner-city” schools. As more people move to the burbs, fewer and fewer kids are available to enroll. One must ask why someone would pay thousands of dollars in tuition if the school is not demonstrably better. Why, also, send them if they are not taught to be good Catholics? I was forced, as a child, to attend a parochial school that wasn’t very good academically. Not much fun when I got to public high school. We had the Catechism force fed to us, learned all the prayers, 6 years of altar-boy, but never taught to “be” Catholic. Perhaps parents don’t understand the way kids are taught their faith today…
In a separate article there is a report of the S.F. public schools considering distribution of condoms to middle schoolers with no parental opt-out option. Many of those P.S. schools will be Catholics. Will the Diocese and the practicing Catholic parents of S.F. fight hard against this satanic idea? Even S.F. Catholic schools have chosen to adopt Common Core teaching goals. What difference does it make if the kids go to public or Catholic schools if they get federal dumbeddown education in both educational systems?