The principals of Joplin Area Catholic Schools (JACS) received a check from St. Peter the Apostle Knights of Columbus Council #979. The check in the amount of $ 5,120 will be divided equally between the three Joplin Catholic schools to augment services to students: St. Peter the Apostle Middle School, St. Mary Catholic School, and McAuley Catholic High School.
McAuley Catholic High School senior, Nick Freitas, signed a Letter of Intent Feb. 8, 2016, to play football for the Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) Lions. Freitas played varsity-level football for four years as a Warrior at McAuley and is looking forward to the 2016 season at MSSU.
Dr. Norm Ridder, interim Superintendent of Joplin R-VIII School district, was welcomed during Catholic Schools Week by Gene Koester, Principal of McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin. Dr. Ridder, who was one of 12 children and born in northeast Nebraska, spoke about his Catholic faith and his vocation as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church. In a recent interview with the Joplin Globe, Ridder said he once discerned a vocation to the priesthood, but his love of children led him to his now 40 years in education. Ridder spoke to McAuley students and St. Peter Middle School students about Catholic identity and its role in his life decisions. Ridder serves as a permanent deacon in St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and St. Mary Catholic Church, both in Joplin. Catholic Schools Week was celebrated nationwide Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2016.
Students, faculty, alumni and friends of McAuley Catholic High School in Joplin participated in national Catholic Schools Week (CSW) by reading, singing, ushering, and other service during the Sunday liturgy Jan. 31 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lamar, under the direction of Fr. Rahab Isidor, pastor. Fr. Isidor is also chaplain for McAuley Catholic High School.
The annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week is Sun., Jan. 31, 2016 to Sat., Feb. 6, 2016. Schools typically observe National Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our Church, our communities, and our nation. The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has 23 Catholic elementary schools and three high schools. Resources for CSW may be found at http://www.ncea.org/ourservices/catholic-schools-week.