Bishop’s Hurricanes Relief Tuition Fund Established 

Bishop’s Hurricanes Relief Tuition Fund Established 

Bishop’s Hurricanes Relief Tuition Fund Established 

By Pamela Seal
Diocese of Lake Charles 

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Lake Charles have served as an example of faith, hope and resilience in recent months after being struck by two major hurricanes in 2020 — Hurricane Laura on August 27 and Hurricane Delta on October 9. 

A top priority for Bishop Glen John Provost was the reopening of Catholic schools, and he recognized the Catholic community’s obligation to help those greatly affected by the storms. 

The Bishop’s Hurricanes Relief Tuition Fund has been set up to assist families of current students who have experienced losses from Hurricanes Laura and Delta. Due to a generous donation, Bishop Provost will match up to $500,000 of donations collected. 

Struck by the damages suffered by so many families to their homes, Bishop Provost said an essential concern is those with students currently enrolled in Catholic schools in the diocese. 

“We, as a Catholic community, want to reach out to families who have been left homeless or with uninsured losses or with overwhelming expenses for repairing their homes,” said Bishop Provost. “These circumstances are particularly burdensome when impacting families with children in our schools. We have an obligation to help.” 

While the concept of tuition aid in the Diocese of Lake Charles is not new, what is new about the Bishop’s Hurricanes Relief Tuition Fund is the concept of matching funds. The idea was suggested to the bishop by the donors. 

When asked how he has been inspired by the challenges the Catholic schools have had to overcome, Bishop Provost shared details of a visit in November by a bishop friend whose diocese was devastated by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. 

“Among the many destroyed and damaged properties, I took him to visit two of our schools, St. Louis Catholic High and St. Margaret. Both schools had already installed temporary buildings and had resumed classes by mid-October. He thought this was phenomenal. From his own experiences, he knew the obstacles and was most impressed with the speed and determination with which the Diocese of Lake Charles and school communities were addressing the recovery against overwhelming odds. Our Catholic schools are courageous.” 

Bishop Provost emphasized that Catholic schools are “alive and well” in the diocese, noting that Our Lady Immaculate School in Jennings re-opened on the Monday following Hurricane Laura with relatively no damage. 

“Schools that were seriously damaged — St. Margaret, Our Lady’s School, and St. Louis Catholic High School — hit the ground running and re-opened in a few weeks,” said the bishop. “The schools with lesser damage — Immaculate Conception Cathedral School and Our Lady Queen of Heaven — re-opened very soon once they had stabilized their facilities. The principals are a positive group who have embraced the challenges with openness and creativity.” 

Kimberlee Gazzolo, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, said, “In the very first days after Hurricane Laura, I was heartened and grateful at entire communities that came out to help with mitigation and clean-up on the school campuses. I was acutely aware that those in the community had also suffered losses but set that aside to help their schools.” 

Mrs. Gazzolo encourages anyone who can to consider making a donation to the tuition relief fund. 

“No donation is too small, and every donation can make a difference in a child being able to continue to receive a Catholic education,” Gazzolo said. “The history of our schools and the success of our students have proven that Catholic education is a gift, not only to the students, but to our community and to our Church.” 

To make a one-time or recurring donation, visit http://www.lcdiocese.org/resources/support-the-diocese, and click on The Bishop’s Hurricanes Relief Tuition Fund. 

Congrats to the 12 Days of Reading Winners

Congrats to the 12 Days of Reading Winners

Thanks to all who participated in the reading challenge. Teachers and students from each grade level gave themselves the gift of reading over the break. I’m so proud of you! Stay tuned for another reading challenge during Lent. Let’s build a community that reads!

Landry Library

Landry Library

Did you know the library has a book service? We started this service during the last week of October, and 225 books have been checked out! Happy Reading!

Shop & Earn $ for Our Library

Shop & Earn $ for Our Library

Have you heard about the give-back program we are participating in? Ave Maria Press, a non-profit Catholic publisher, will give our school library 30% of the proceeds from each purchase through December 31, 2020. You shop and we benefit! Please consider shopping at avemariapress.com for your Christmas gifts and stock up on books for birthdays, graduations, and other sacramental celebrations and holidays. It’s SIMPLE and SAFE and you get FREE SHIPPING! Use our code SLCHSLA at checkout at avemariapress.com. Please share this code with your friends and family too.

FBLA & HOSA NEWS

FBLA & HOSA NEWS

FBLA- On Wednesday, FBLA hosted a Meet & Greet for all prospective members. FBLA President, Xander Kihlken and the executive board shared their leadership roles, described FBLA, and shared their experiences. A reminder that all membership contracts must be completed, signed by student and parent, and emailed to Mrs. Lavine by Tuesday, November 24 at alavine@slchs.org.

 

HOSA Club- Interested in joining HOSA (future medical professionals? The first meeting will be December 2nd directly after school. See Mrs. Richard in room 12 for more information or email her at crichard@slchs.org.  

 

Cemetary Task Force Meetings

Cemetary Task Force Meetings

The Diocese of Lake Charles will again host the Louisiana Cemetery Task Force to explain available FEMA Individual Assistance as it applies to disturbed bodies in church, public, private and family cemeteries, as a result of Hurricanes Laura and Delta. Ryan Seidemann, Section Chief, Lands & Natural Resources with the Louisiana Department of Justice, will present pertinent information. The informational meetings are scheduled as follows:

 

Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 6:00pm

St. Mary of the Lake Parish Hall

11054 LA Hwy. 384

Big Lake (Lake Charles address)

Thursday, December 3, 2020, at 6:00pm

Immaculate Heart of Mary Founder’s Hall

2031 Opelousas Street

Lake Charles

 

Family members and friends, as well as those willing to serve as good samaritans for the deceased without families, are urged to attend.

 

Winter Sports Gearing Up

Winter Sports Gearing Up

Boys basketball and boys soccer will begin their seasons next week. Wrestling will begin its season soon thereafter and powerlifting and indoor track will start their 2020-21 campaigns in December.

Girls Soccer – Tuesday night, the girls soccer squad began the 2020-21 season with a nil-nil draw at Sulphur. The team is coming off a Division III semifinal appearance last season.

Girls Basketball – The Lady Saints begin their season on Wednesday night, hosting Sam Houston at the Our Lady Queen of Heaven Family Life Center at 6 p.m. The team is coming off consecutive state title game appearances and return three starters from a year ago.

Personal Finance Students Take the Payback Challenge

Personal Finance Students Take the Payback Challenge

Students are in the “driver’s seat” as they make realistic decisions to get to and through college. They had to figure out a way to keep debt manageable, maintain focus on their studies, make connections, and find happiness. With this game, they were also able to see the financial impact of their school choice, housing, and other college decisions. After playing, students had to prepare a 250 word essay or 2 minute video reflecting their experience and tying it in with the challenges we face today with Covid-19. Their response had to reflect how will their college decision-making change because of the pandemic. One student from Ms. Lavine’s Personal Finance classes will be entered into the Payback Challenge, which is a scholarship opportunity valued from $2,500-$1,000.