CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ WEEK We begin our celebration of Catholic Schools’ Week with the 11:30 liturgy on Sunday, January 29. An Open House and Registration will be held in the school following the liturgy. All are invited to tour the school, view student work, including Science Fair projects which will be on display in the gym, meet the faculty, and see first- hand the extraordinary spiritual and learning environment St. Dorothy School offers. Come join us as we celebrate the uniqueness of our Catholic school. Registration for new students will also take place on Friday, February 3, from 8:30 to 11:30 in the annex of the Church. Visit the Admissions page on our school website, www.stdorothy.org to review and complete the forms. Please bring the following documents for registration:
Copy of child’s birth certificate
Copy of child’s baptismal record, if not baptized at St. Dorothy Parish
Copy of child’s immunization record
ST. DOROTHY ANNUAL BOOK FAIR Please join us on Sunday, January 29, 2017 in the Library after the 10 and 11:30 AM Masses. Books for all ages will be available for purchase. Scholastic’s tax policy has changed, we are now required to charge tax. Please remember to bring some change to cover the tax. The Book Fair will be open though the week concluding Friday, February 3. For information or to volunteer, please contact Kelly Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Schumacher at email@example.com.
FIRST RECONCILLIATION On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, the children of St. Dorothy Parish from Room 5 in school and Room 2 in PREP will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time at 7:00 PM. The following week on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, the children of St. Dorothy Parish from Room 6 in school and PREP will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time at 7:00 PM. Please pray for these children and their families as they prepare to celebrate the Lord’s forgiveness.
ANOTHER DISTINGUISHED TEACHER FROM ST. DOROTHY SCHOOL Congratulations to Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Audrey Neill, who has been awarded the 2017 National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) 2017 Lead, Learn, Proclaim Award. This Distinguished Teacher Award recognizes excellence and distinguished service in Catholic school education. Mrs. Neill is one of only forty-two awardees across the nation. She will be honored at the NCEA 2017 Convention in St. Louis, MO in April.
HEAD COACH FOR JV BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL NEEDED There is an opening for a Head Coach for JV Baseball and for JV Softball. Anyone interested should contact Dave Fosbenner by February 1 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. DOT’S GOLF OUTING SAVE THE DATE The best golf outing in Delco is fast approaching. Mark your calendars for APRIL 7, 2017 for this year’s St. Dot’s Golf Outing. This event has sold out he last three years, so contact Jack Flaherty at email@example.com and get your foursome registered.
SPECIAL MASS FOR EACH GRADE One Sunday Mass at 10 AM each month is being celebrated for a specific school grade level. All families of students in private, parochial, or public schools are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate. The students and their families will sit together in a reserved front section of the church. We are hoping these students will participate as greeters, altar servers, and in bringing up the gifts. A special blessing for the grade will be given and there will be refreshments following Mass. The schedule of designated Masses is as follows: February 12 - 7/8th Grades March 19 - 4th Grade May 14 - 2nd Grade
TURN BUSINESS TAXES INTO ST. DOROTHY SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS Starting July 1, 2016 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will begin accepting applications for the 2016/2017 Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. This program allows eligible businesses to divert some of their state taxes to need- based scholarships to St. Dorothy School. Eligible businesses are those subject to one or more of these taxes: Personal Income Tax Capital Stock/Foreign Franchise Tax Bank Shares Tax Title Insurance & Trust Company Shares Tax Insurance Premium Tax Mutual Thrift Tax Malt Beverage Tax Retaliatory Fees under section 212 of the Insurance Company Law of 1921
Applications are approved on a first-come, first served basis until the limited funds allotted are exhausted. If you think a business you own or work for may be able to participate, please contact the school development committee as soon as possible through Peter McGahey at (484) 452-6023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPC LABELS Our school will earn free merchandise. Save the labels from Campbell Soup and Pepperidge Farm products. Place the UPC labels in the boxes located at the church entrances. Please help support our school. For more info call Ronnie McCarty at (610) 789-4711.
Bridge Education Foundation Do you own a business that pays Corporate Net Income Tax, Capital Stock and Franchise Tax or Pennsylvania Personal Income tax on pass through income? You may be able to redirect your tax burden to help families attending St. Dorothy’s School. Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program, provides a 90 percent tax credit to Pennsylvania businesses for contributions made to an approved Scholarship Organization assisting families with scholarships. The EITC Program represents a unique public- private partnership in Pennsylvania that allows parents to choose an educational experience that serves them best. I’d like to invite you or your business finance team to an educational meeting to discuss the tremendous benefits available to your business through the EITC Program. If you are interested please contact Dennis Cirucci at (610) 359-6978 or email him at email@example.com to register. You may also contact our school principal Louise Sheehan at (610) 789-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL REVIEW OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN ST. DOROTHY PARISH
Each year parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are required to complete a report outlining the ways in which religious education and formation are available to the people of the parish Parents, who have the primary responsibility for the religious education and formation of their children, are assisted by the pastor who organizes the school and religious education programs that the parishioners support.
Parishes also have the responsibility to continue education and formation for all parishioners – adolescents, young adults, and all other adults. Since this only occurs with the full support of parishioners, this report is being offered to help parishioners to understand this important parish ministry.
Vatican II summed up the importance of this ministry by issuing a document stating,“Education is in a very special way the concern of the Church. Catholic Education has the duty of proclaiming the way of salvation to all, of revealing the life of Christ to those who believe and of assisting them with unremitting care so that they may attain the fullness of that life.”
The St. Dorothy Parish Mission Statement reflects the commitment to quality Catholic education for all parishioners, especially school-age children.
The report includes 5 areas of study, which are listed below.
Part I – Participation in Sacramental Preparation Programs Vital parishes provide sacramental preparation programs for candidates, sponsors, and parents of candidates. St. Dorothy Parish provides the following sacramental preparation programs: Pre-Cana, Pre-Jordan, Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. The latter 3 programs include candidates, parents and sponsors.
Part II – Elementary School Age Parishioners Vital parishes meet specific benchmarks in both the school and religious education programs. In St. Dorothy’s there are 701 parish elementary school age children – 331 attend the parish school and 361 attend PREP and the remaining attend other Catholic schools, public or non-Catholic private schools, and the remaining receive home-schooling. Both the school and PREP programs meet and, in some areas, exceed the standards for a quality school and religious education program.
The costs of educating students in the parish school are covered by the following: tuition, parish subsidy (which is 29%), school fund raisers, and tuition grants. The breakdown of these costs is available at the rectory.
Part III – Adolescent & Youth Ministry St. Dorothy Parish nourishes the faith development of this age group through a variety of programs and activities, which are educational, service-oriented, and social. In addition, their personal and spiritual growth is fostered through their participation in the life, mission and work of the parish.
Part IV - Young Adults This section deals with adults between the ages of 18 – 35. St. Dorothy parish nourishes the faith formation of this group through Marriage Preparation and Pre-Jordan catechesis, availability of liturgical and para-liturgical services and invitation via the parish bulletin to participate in various ministries.