Why do so many parents continue to make substantial investments of time and money to educate their children at St. Benilde Catholic School?
Parents who enroll their children at SBS tell me it is not only because our school provides an outstanding educational experience, but also because the education is provided within a faith-filled environment that welcomes children. Their children deepen their love of God, develop a growing knowledge of the Catholic faith, and are instilled with a strong moral compass to guide their decisions.
Even a casual review of the daily news confirms that there are many societal barriers for parents as they work to instill good values and provide opportunities for their children to grow in their Catholic faith. There are also many financial barriers: changes in employment, family illness, broken homes and other hardships that can suddenly turn the ability to provide a Catholic education upside down. Thanks be to God for people like you, our parents, alumni, faithful parishioners, community friends, and the business community, who make the decision to financially support Catholic education at St. Benilde.
The Pastor’s Appeal on the #iGiveCatholic Day of Giving provides an effective and efficient vehicle for helping to fund the educational needs of our school community. Among other things, the funds raised within this 24 hour period will make possible increased resources for scholarships and other financial aid to our families, provide for capital improvements to our aging buildings and investments in new technologies, supply additional resources for our little ones academic, faith, moral, and character formation, and assist us in our continued efforts to open wide our doors to children with special learning needs. On November 29, 2016, (#iGiveCatholic Giving Day) we hope to raise $24,000 in 24 hours …. Will you be in that number?
All you need to do is visit www.stbenilde.org/igivecatholic on November 29th to get started with your online donation or you can mail a check to: The Pastor’s Appeal, St. Benilde Catholic School, 1801 Division Street, Metairie, Louisiana, 70001. Advanced giving can begin on November 18th so between November 18th and 29th, you can donate online (using the form below) or by sending a check to the address listed above. Every gift of $25 or more will go further with $20,000 of matching funds provided by the Whitman Family Foundation! Also, the first 20 donors will personally be given a SBS car magnet from Ms. Betty!
Every gift, no matter the amount, will make a significant difference – and is deeply appreciated. On behalf of the children who will receive the benefits of your generosity, I say “thank you” for your faith and consideration. May God bless you for your commitment to His mission – and for partnering with me to make a difference in our children’s lives!
~ Fr. Robert T. Cooper, Pastor