Thank you to everyone who supported GSC's annual fundraiser for the school's STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs and activities, including software and hardware upgrades!
You can find details about this year's successful Catholic Schools Week event here:
GSC's Dance For Education was emceed by
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently made the case that open schools are safe amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Data from schools that have reopened this past fall illustrate that open schools have had little impact on the spread of the illness.
The CDC found data showing that "the type of rapid spread that was frequently observed in congregate living facilities or high-density worksites has not been reported in education settings in schools.”
While the spread may not be found in school settings the way it is found in other highly-populated settings, researchers emphasize the minimal spread in schools is the outcome of schools implementing safety precautions.
As the pandemic continues on nearly a year later, Catholic schools continuously provided a light at the end of the tunnel for many families.
In New York, Kerri Kiniorski, mother to three children attending a Catholic School, St. Rita School in Webster, calls their Catholic school “a lifesaver.” As school doors were closed in the early days of the COVID-19 shut down, Kiniorski attempted to balance her children learning from home while dealing with other struggles her children experienced, like not seeing their friends or being able to go out normally.
“There were a lot of tears,” Kiniorski said. “I had a countdown going” for St. Rita’s return to in-person classes, she said. “Being in front of the screen was not the same as being in the classroom.”
Luckily, like many Catholic schools, her children were able to return to St. Rita for in-person instruction in the fall unlike those enrolled in public schools.
For some Catholic schools across the country, this pandemic was the final straw for them. But, for other schools, the tireless efforts from faculty and staff have created even richer school communities and have helped boost enrollment.
Catholic schools have provided families with stability of knowing their children can attend school each day, safely in accordance with COVID guidelines. For families who choose to stay home, the virtual option for students provides an equally sustainable option.
The last year brought lots of uncertainty for many, but Catholic schools continue to provide
answers for families with school-aged children. Education and stability lay the foundation for young people’s lives. Catholic schools are here to provide a quality education and much more for all families looking for a stable option!
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Lent is a 40 day and 40 night (commemorating the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert) period of solemn period marked by repentance, reflection, alms giving and sacrifice that ends with Easter. This period of time is meant to renew faith, hope and love.
Pope Francis shared a hopeful message as we begin Lent close to a year in the COVID-19 pandemic. In his message, Pope Francis hit a few notes for fellow Catholics to keep in mind during the next six weeks:
You can read Pope Francis’s full message here.
Here's what's happening at GSC from January 30 through February 5, 2021:
Saturday and Sunday, January 30-31: Celebrating Our Parish
• Student speakers at weekend Masses at Queen of Peace Church
Due to a Winter storm and "Snow Day" school closing,
Monday's events are cancelled or postponed.
Monday, February 1: Celebrating Our Community
• Crazy Hat Day
• Annual Mass for GSC volunteers and community first responders
at 9:00 a.m. in Queen of Peace Church;
first responders are invited to attend virtually via the
Queen of Peace Live Stream:
• GSC will deliver cards and treats to local police stations and fire houses
Due to the school building being closed for virtual learning,
Tuesday's events are cancelled or postponed.
Tuesday, February 2: Celebrating Our Family and Special Friends
• Students may dress as a first responder, nurse, doctor,
or famous STEM/STREAM personality
• Students will send special virtual messages
to grandparents and special friends
Due to the school building being closed again,
Wednesday's events are cancelled or postponed.
Wednesday, February 3: Celebrating Our Faculty and Staff
• Teacher Appreciation Day
• Teachers will enjoy a lunch provided by the Home and School Association
• Classroom games ("Minute To Win It") arranged by
After three days of snow cancellations,
we will reopen our doors to students on Thursday!
It is a "dress down" and Crazy Hat Day!
Thursday, February 4: Celebrating Our Students
• Student Appreciation Day
• Crazy Sock Day
• Students may wear GSC "Spirit Wear" or gym uniform
• Each student will receive a pretzel at recess time
• Students and teachers will demonstrate STREAM Activities
• NED's "Mindset Mission" virtual performance at 1:00 p.m.
Friday, February 5: Celebrating GSC
• Dance For Education!
• Students may wear gym pants with their favorite team shirt
• Food collection for a local food pantry
• Games and dancing in the afternoon
Two students from area Catholic schools were selected as winners in the Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) 2019-2020 National Christmas Artwork Contest. Andrea Verch, a seventh grader from the Regina Coeli Academy in Abington, and Toni Frank, an eighth grader at St. James Regional Catholic School in Ridley Park were among the 24 contests who submitted their artwork and won.
The MCA’s annual Christmas artwork contest calls upon elementary aged students in Catholic schools to submit artwork depicting Scripture-based scenes. Typically, depictions submitted showcase the Nativity scene.
It has been a few years since winners have been selected from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In normal circumstances, winners would be invited to a ceremony held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The December 16 event was instead held online, with Alixandra Holden,mission education coordinator for the archdiocesan office of the Pontifical Mission Societies, and Auxiliary Bishop John McIntyre providing pre-recorded congratulatory messages.
The archdiocesan MCA office named other local winners in addition to Verch and Frank. Hannah Pozz of St. Peter the Apostle School in Philadelphia, Pari Amin of Maternity B.V.M. School in Philadelphia, Rachel Weigand of Notre Dame De Lourdes in Swarthmore and Nathan Gotto of St. Francis of Assisi in Springfield also won in the local competition.
The MCA was founded in France in 1843 by Bishop Charles de Forbin Jansen. The mission of this organization promotes “children helping children.” To this end, the MCA encourages children to reach out to their friends and classmates in order to supply spiritual guidance in mission dioceses across the globe. These mission diocese are active in 110 countries, and help raise funds to build schools, implement nutritional and health programs and expand access to educational resources.
January 1 marks the Solemnity of Mary. This feast day celebrates Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ. January 1 is the eighth day of Christmastide in the Catholic Church leading up to the Epiphany on January 6. On the Epiphany, we celebrate Jesus as the incarnate of God. Christmas does not end on December 25 for Catholics. We celebrate the birth of Christ and the revelation of Jesus as God for days after.
One week after we celebrate Jesus’ birth to our mortal world, we take the time to cherish His mother. Mary’s vocation from God was to carry His son and bring peace to our world.
We know it is difficult for some of our Good Shepherd family to attend Mass in person, but we hope you are able to take the time to pray together with your family during this joyous Christmas season.
Happy New Year, Good Shepherd family! We wish you happiness, health and better days in the new year! The last year has been unlike any year we have experienced, but together we can bring about a joyous new year!
Enjoy the holiday safely and we will see you soon!
Merry Christmas to the Good Shepherd School community! We hope you enjoy the holiday with family and friends in a safe and COVID-friendly manner!
We also must remember and be thankful for the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ. He brings peace to our lives and watches over us everyday.
Lord God, we praise you for creating man, and still more for restoring him in Christ. Your Son shared our weakness; may we share his glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Merry Christmas! God bless you all!