Donor Gives Nearly $2 Million to Fund Up to 400 Scholarships in the Diocese

Donor Gives Nearly $2 Million to Fund Up to 400 Scholarships in the Diocese

DONOR GIVES NEARLY $2 MILLION TO FUND UP TO 400 SCHOLARSHIPS

AT DIOCESE OF LAKE CHARLES SCHOOLS

Deadline to apply is April 15

 

Lake Charles, La (March 12, 2021) – Up to nearly 400 students will have an opportunity to earn scholarships to attend Catholic schools this Fall within the Diocese of Lake Charles, thanks to the generosity of a patron giving a $1.8 million donation. The family, who wishes to remain anonymous, made the generous gift through ACE Scholarships, which provides children of low-income families access to quality education through its scholarship program.

“This incredible gift to our community comes at a time when Southwest Louisiana families are most profoundly in need, and this patron’s investment in their future is evidence of deep faith in the educational excellence of our diocesan schools,” said Bishop Glen John Provost. “Because of this generosity, families unable to afford Catholic school will find the assistance they need to make the best choice for their children. We urge families considering our Catholic schools to seek us out and seize this blessed opportunity.”

Students in grades K-8 receive up to $4,200 and students entering grades 9-12 receive up to $4,500 toward tuition. Families interested in applying for tuition assistance through ACE Scholarships must apply for enrollment at their school of choice and apply separately for a scholarship through ACE at https://www.acescholarships.org/become-a-scholar/louisiana/.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship for the 2021-22 academic school year is April 15, 2021.

“The gift of a quality education is a precious thing,” said ACE Scholarships President Arthur Dupré, “and this private donor’s desire to help Lake Charles and all the surrounding communities in Southwest Louisiana by investing in educational opportunity – particularly via the Diocese – will directly transform so many children’s lives. This donation is a testament to Bishop Provost’s leadership in ensuring academic excellence, and we at ACE Scholarships are proud to partner with the Diocese to open new doors for these families and these children. We look forward to helping enrich these young minds through a solid education and empowering them with access to the schools of their dreams.”

To qualify for an ACE Scholarship, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Your child must be a resident of Louisiana.
  2. Your family income is less than the amount listed in the chart (See link above).
  3. One of the following statements must be true:
    1. Your child attended a Louisiana public school during the 2020-2021 school year.
    2. Your child participated in the Louisiana Scholarship Program/Tuition Donation Credit Program during the 2020-21 school year.
    3. Your child will be attending kindergarten for the first time during the 2021-22 school year.

For more information, please contact the Office of Catholic Schools (337-376-0603 ext. 400).

Tackling Life’s Most Profound Questions in Theology

Tackling Life’s Most Profound Questions in Theology

As our four pillars here at St Louis Catholic High School suggest, we as humans are complex

beings who constantly seek truth, beauty, and goodness. Our Junior Theology students have

been tackling life’s most profound questions and seeing the truth, beauty and goodness in

ourselves and others through the topics of morality and the sacraments. Junior Allie McCall

says, “We are currently examining the sixth commandment, and how we should keep ourselves

accountable to have a fruitful and happy marriage in the future, if that is the vocation to which

we are being called.” The criteria for Christ's love which is free, total, faithful and fruitful is

echoed in the marriage vows at a Marriage:"'Have you come here to enter into marriage

without coercion, freely and wholeheartedly?Are you prepared to love and honor each other for

as long as you both shall live?Are you prepared to accept children lovingly from God?' In

summary – are you making a complete gift of yourself to one another?"

 

According to our Theology Teachers, “Students have been studying the

Church's Teachings about human sexuality as laid out in Saint Paul VI’s Encyclical Humanae

Vitae. Humanae Vitae lays out the roadmap for authentic and complete love in juxtaposition to

the incomplete picture of love presented by the cultural movement of the "Sexual Revolution".

Christ through His bodily Incarnation has given Himself to His bride, the Church, and in doing so

has provided the criteria for authentic love. Christ's love for His bride is free, total, fruitful, and

faithful (FTFF) and we as created in His Image are called to live the same. This is integrally part

of our vocation to sanctity and crucial to Christ's command to "love thy neighbor", of whom our

first 'neighbor' is the family.”

 

The beauty of this Church teaching is not lost on our Juniors. They are truly grateful for the

truth and beauty of this teaching on human sexuality. Junior Anna Guidry is one such student.

She states, “In religion class, we have back and forth interactive conversations

and ask questions about our morals that we are unsure about. Our teachers are so passionate

about what they teach, and  genuinely want their students to get something out of the class

and realize their worth. I like how this class is relevant to me because we learn more about

ourselves and real life versus memorizing definitions and taking tests all the time. His class

prepares you for reality by putting your morality and faith in check.”

Passionate teachers who help students fall in love with their faith, that is what makes St Louis

home.

Unlock Education: Ed Rising Regional Virtual Conference set for Friday, March 26th.

Unlock Education: Ed Rising Regional Virtual Conference set for Friday, March 26th.

The Burton College of Education would like to invite all juniors and seniors interested in the pursuing a career as a professional educator to the Unlock Education: Ed Rising Regional Virtual Conference set for Friday, March 26th.

Students do not have to be a part of the Ed Rising community to engage in the conference, only to participate in the competition.

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.