Fr. Matthew O'Toole posted on February 04, 2013 15:22
If you are able to open the attachment to the Power Point presentation “City Catholic Collaborative – Feb 2013,” read the data presented.
As pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland, I would like to make a few observations. First, it must be noted that as a parish in the South City deanery, we are an anomaly. While we have experienced a general decline in Catholic population like other parishes, we have positive growth in registered younger families with the accompanying rise in the number of baptisms. Second, the total population of our school (including pre-kindergarten) has been trending upward. While perhaps two other parish schools have seen modest increases in their enrollment, St. Margaret School has been growing at the approximate rate of twenty students each year for the past seven years. That is roughly one extra classroom each year.
Sometimes there is the discussion among parishes of “who belongs where” when it comes to registration. It is a healthy admission on the part of our City Catholic Collaborative to state that “Families are making choices about which parish they will worship at and which school their children attend. Parish boundaries are no longer as relevant as they used to be.” (from “Myth #1”) This acknowledges the reality with which we are dealing and helps us move on to new thinking about school administration.
Return to the title “We Are Choosing To Grow” for future updates on this subject of City Catholic education.