Each quarter we’ll introduce a school family so they can share what they love about being a part of the St. Catharine School community. Whenever we can learn more about each other, the circle of faith and fellowship in our school grows! If you are interested in being a Spotlight Family, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We begin our second quarter with the introduction of our Spotlight Family, The Pages. John and Nancy have one son, Grayson (8th grade). This will be Grayson’s last year at St. Catharine School but The Page family will still be a large part of our school and parish. John and Nancy have taken the time to reflect on the past decade at our school and parish and all the gifts that they have received from this amazing community.
|Q. What brought you to St Catharine School?
A. We are embarrassed to say that aside from moving, St. Catharine’s was our choice because the local public schools were not an option as far as we were concerned. At the time, John was a member of St. Catharine but I was not Catholic nor was I attending mass with John. Enter St. Catharine Pre-school! In its second year, Grayson attended and what a blessing to our family. It was at that time, that I began to further explore my faith and join not only the Catholic Church but St. Catharine. The faith, family, and sense of community that we got from St. Catharine School transformed our family faith life. What originally was “the only option” became one of the most wonderful and important experiences for our family.
|Q. What are some of your favorite school and parish activities?
A. We have greatly enjoyed all the many activities and chances to be involved in the St. Catharine community. We loved being a part of all the St. Catharine Home & School programs and events such as the Tailgate Parties and Night at the Races. Also love the Rummage Sale, Wreath Sale, and Buddy Family programs. The Knights of Columbus have been an integral part of John’s experience as well as Fun Fest. Selfishly, I love the Alpha Program which has at one point or another involved volunteering activities for all members of the Page family. We also have greatly enjoyed Cafeteria Duty and chaperoning various class field trips! Another highlight was the flash mob last year that Mrs. Grogg organized for the school. John was the only Dad who did it and the look on Grayson’s face when we came out and “attempted” to dance was priceless!!! (Picture utter horror and mortification!)
|Q. You were an integral part in the planning of many of these activities, what has been the driving force behind the time and talent you so generously give to our parish?
A. Gosh, we don’t think about in those terms rather we give because we care. We love St. Catharine School and Church. It has been and will continue to be one of the most important parts of our lives. The experience these last 10 years at the school and through the parish have provided us with much, much more than we give. The friends, love, and sense of community were rewards we could never have anticipated.
|Q. What is some advice you could give other families that would like to get involved?
A. DO IT!!! The return on investment is immeasurable. Getting involved will give you great opportunities to meet other families and create a support network. It is amazing how you always know someone that can help because of all the wonderful people you meet through St. Catharine. It feels like there is never a void. There’s always someone to “get it done.” Our advice is to help be that someone! You will get back far more than you put in.
|Q. What has St Catharine School and Parish given your family?
A. Everything! It gave us a faith foundation that we were not even aware that we were missing. It provided Grayson an education that was more than just books and class work. It has given him a basis for shaping his life. We are so grateful to Mrs. Weisner and all the teachers and staff at St. Catharine for 10 years (PK- 8th) of outstanding education and experiences. It was more than we could have hoped for or imagined. We are very much going to miss the regular “seeing” of everyone at the school. But we are blessed with a church and community that will carry through our lives. It all started with the first day of preschool, nearly 10 years ago in a school that we thought was the “only option.” Little did we know, that was true but for a completely different reason. God sure steered us in the right direction. Thank you, St. Catharine!!