Nov 24th Newsletter

Nov 24th Newsletter

Here is the link to this week’s newsletter.  Since I’m selecting a Top 5 of a Top 10, this feels like March Madness!  Here are my favorites from the Top 10 celebrating a great fall season of Catholic School Matters.

  1. From the September 15th newsletter: In the American Catholic News section, there’s a great 7-minute video about a dual language school in Texas.  The principal, Bill Daily, casually mentions that the school’s enrollment had dipped to 98 students and now it was around 450.  Why are we not paying more attention to this?!?  He talks about the risk of adopting a dual language model, the “messiness” of the church at times, and the need for innovation.
  2. From the September 22nd newsletter: From the New York Times, the first article in the Leadership section discusses our tendency toward perfectionism and the need to accept good enough when we can.
  3. From the September 29th newsletter: In the American Catholic News section, “When Professional Catholics Burn Out” is a great piece exploring how lay Catholics struggle with their vocations in the church as well as their faith.
  4. From the November 3rd newsletter: Following the theme of financial best practices in the blog, I present three articles in the American Catholic News section which touch on the same subject: “Twelve Lessons about the Future of Catholic Schools” in the Homiletic & Pastoral Review, “Ten Essentials for Sustaining Catholic Education” from the Healey Education Foundation, and “The Era of the Parochial School is Over” from America magazine.  These articles provide further context for the discussion about the need for better financial practices in our Catholic schools.
  5. In the November 17th newsletter: I recommend “Synodality Isn’t Just an Option” as a way to understand the current reality.