Today begins Catholic Schools Week. Even if you don't have a child attending a Catholic School, stop for a moment and pray that such institutions continue. In some neighborhoods, they are closing down for lack of attendance. If you can, send your own children and GET INVOLVED! If you can't, never pass by a bake sale without buying a donut or two (though at my church the pozole is to die for), attend church carnivals, buy a raffle ticket, and do what you can to help out fundraising when you see the opportunity. Catholic seniors - got time on your hands? Then think about doing after-school tutoring at your local Catholic school or heloing to organize a scouting program. Catholic business owners - got extra supplies? Catholic schools can use scrap paper, etc. - ask a teacher what he or she needs.
And in honor of Catholic Schools Week, I dedicate my prayers this week in gratitude to the nuns who ran St. Brendan's School back in the Bronx, especially Sr. Owen Patrice, Sr. Katherine Francis, and Sr. Cajetan, and the priests of Cardinal Spellman High School, again of the Bronx.