Please be aware that procedures for awarding tuition assistance for the 2013-2014 school year will be different from previous years. We have contracted with the Private School Aid Service (PSAS) to evaluate the financial needs of our families. ANY family seeking tuition assistance MUST complete a PSAS application. Those who have already submitted a PSAS application for Neumann Scholarship do NOT need to complete another form. If you did not complete a PSAS form and submit by April 1st, and are hoping for ANY type of tuition assistance, please contact the school office and request an application. These applications are due to PSAS by June 1st. NO tuition assistance of any kind will be provided without assessment of need from PSAS.
Participation in the SCRIP Program and Race for Education are also requirements for Tuition Assistance. Families NOT participating in these programs will NOT receive assistance.
St. Patrick Catholic School children in grades 1-6 have once again been invited to perform the National Anthem at the York Revolution baseball game on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Please see the flyer sent home with students to order tickets. Checks are to be made payable to "St. Patrick Catholic School" NOT York Revolution. There is a misprint on the Revolutions flyer.
Please note the following adjustments to our school calendar: Sunday, May 19, 2013 - There will NOT be a parish Heritage Festival. Friday, May 24, 2013 - There will be NO school (unused weather day) Friday, May 31, 2013 - Marian Devotions: Second grade students will dress in their First Communion clothes and lead us in prayer following 8:30 am Mass.
It is time to think about Spring Uniforms. Students may begin to wear Flynn & O'Hara walking shorts and white school polo shirts with blue socks and school shoes beginning Monday, April 29, 2013. Students are reminded to wear sweatpants with gym uniforms until this date. Should there be a warm day, students will be given permission to remove sweatpants and wear just gym shorts on that day. Carrying shorts or wearing them underneath sweatpants is recommended.
St. Patrick Catholic School & Martin Library offer a Summer Reading Pr
Thank you to all who completed the survey for the Martin Library Summer Reading Program. There is sufficient interest for us to run the program this summer for 5 weeks in July (July 1- August 1). The program will run 4 days per week for 4 hours each day (9:00 am - 1:00 pm). A snack will be provided. A registration form with more information will be sent home with students.
Gallery of Faith Presented by the Catholic Schools of the York Deanery
In this Year of Faith, schools throughout the diocese are
asked to hold “A Gallery of Faith” which highlights the spiritual elements of
the music and art programs in our Catholic Schools. The principals with the
music and art teachers of the York deanery schools (St. John the Baptist, St.
Joseph – Dallastown, St. Joseph – York, St. Patrick, St. Rose of Lima, and York
Catholic) have collaborated to plan a Gallery of Faith Event to be held at York
Catholic on Tuesday May 14, 2013. Five pieces of artwork from each grade level,
from each of the schools in the deanery will comprise an Art Show that will be
on display before and after a combined band and choir event which will
culminate in a concert at 6:00 pm. The
schedule for participating students will be similar to previous combined
St. Patrick Catholic School is again this year offering Birthday Books for students wishing to celebrate their birthday in school. In past years, the money donated for Birthday Books has purchased several hundred dollars’ worth of books for our school library.
If you are looking for a special way to recognize your child’s birthday, I hope you will consider a Birthday Book. Just send in $10 to school in an envelope marked “Birthday Book” on your child’s birthday or shortly before.
Ms. Keffer has a selection of new books set aside in the library, where your child selects a book. A bookplate with your child’s name and birth date is placed in the front of the book. The classroom teacher may read the book to the class (in the lower grades), and the student has two weeks to keep the book before it becomes part of the library collection. This is a wonderful way to bring special recognition to your birthday child, as well as encouraging a love of reading.
Promote the cause of canonization of Mother Mary Lange, founder of the Oblate Sisters of Providence. If interested in joining our local chapter, please contact Kathi Stayman at firstname.lastname@example.org or click HERE for more information.
Pastoral Music - Your Time and Talent... our Treasure!
We are ready to begin a new season of all Pastoral Music groups. Click HERE to visit our Pastoral Music section for complete information and our online Registration Form. We offer opportunities for all ages! If you have questions feel free to contact Libby in the Pastoral Music Office at 845-4907 or email@example.com .
Please be aware that the small parking lot in the alley---Cherry Ln.--- behind St. Patrick Catholic School and next to OUR parking lot at the corner of S. George St., and W. College Ave., is NOT part of our property. It is privately owned and posted as "Permit Parking Only" and that others will be towed. Unfortunately, some have been towed in the past and others impounded, at considerable expense to the owners. I feel badly that some parishioners were penalized and wish I could reverse their fees but I do not have jurisdiction to do so. Be very careful where you park so as not to be in a tow away zone. At one time parking in our "new" lot (corner of George & College) was restricted to certain times but that is no longer the case. PLEASE observe the "Reserved" parking signs in the lot between the rectory and convent/Adoration Chapel so that those for whom spaces are reserved will have access to them. When coming to activities in Brenner Hall (sporting events, socials, school activities---including those during the daytime hours---etc.) use the parking lots along W. College Ave.
Providing a Catholic school education in difficult economic times is challenging. There are families who have a great desire to have their child/ren enrolled in St. Patrick Catholic School but cannot afford to do so alone. Thus, I ask your help. Tuition for one child for the present school year is $3,100. ANY donation for this purpose, ANY amount, would be GREATLY appreciated.
Please direct inquiries to Sr. Mary Elizabeth, St. Patrick Catholic School Principal at 717-854-8263 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
As mentioned by Fr. Cawley, during the Masses on May 24, 2009, below is a link to The Wonders of Lourdes: 150 Miraculous Stories of the Power of Prayer to Celebrate; the 150th Anniversary of Our Ladys Apparition, on Amazon.com.
St. Patrick Parish is blessed, being the site of the Deanery's Perpetual Adoration Chapel and our York Deanery is blessed by having a place of prayer and devotion available, 24/7, where the faithful may gather for prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. But the Adoration Chapel is in desperate need of additional Adorers to assure that every hour of every day of every week is covered. Those many people who come to the chapel, day or night, know first hand of the countless blessings that they receive through their times of prayer and adoration though, I believe, it is not about what they can "get" that draws them to the Real Presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament but rather what they can "give" to Him. Recruiting new Adorers is difficult. For one who has never committed to an hour of prayer and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament there can easily be the fear or concern "what will I do for a whole hour?". Those who faithfully come before the Blessed Sacrament can testify that in most instances, the hour goes very quickly and they cherish those quiet minutes of prayer, thought and reflection.
I often pray the Liturgy of the Hours and the Rosary; others read the Bible or some other spiritual writings; some just sit and ponder the presence of the Lord; some read what others have written in the Book of Intentions. The options are many. But the more immediate need, right now, is to recruit additional Adorers, particularly young adults, married and single.
Recently I have taken a much more “assertive" (aggressive) stance when meeting with engaged couples for marriage preparation, indicating to them that we [the Church] NEED married couples who are strong in the living of their Catholic faith to assure that they will be empowered to pass that faith along to future generations. Unfortunately, too many young adult couples today are, at best, lax in the practice of the faith. When meeting with couples there seems to be a desire to "become" more active in living the Catholic faith but no real plan as to how to do that. Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament can aid in that process of renewal of faith in action. And so I say, I invite, I exhort, I beg: You young adults out there---single, engaged, married---PLEASE give an hour a week for prayer in the Good Shepherd Adoration Chapel. Interested, call me, 848-2007. Fr. Houser
Parents/Adults, interested in praying for children who are troubled, come together, once a month, to seek the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary through the praying of the Rosary. If you have a troubled child, know a troubled child or would like to pray the Rosary for troubled children, please come! The rosary will be said the first Wednesday of each month 7 p.m. at the St, Patrick’s Small Conference Room in the Convent. Troubled children can benefit greatly by our prayers for their intentions. For more information, contact Kathi Stayman 717-854-9554 or email@example.com