New and Noteworthy
New and Noteworthy
On January 23rd, the St. Matthew community officially kicked off its capital campaign: Raising the Roof--Protecting our Future. The purpose of this fundraising campaign is to pay for new roof for our school/education center, which is desperately needed to ensure the building's functionality and longevity into the future.
The campaign goal is to raise $1.5 million, which will be used for replacement of the current roof, as well as for critical seismic upgrades in the building. More information, details about the plan and ways to give can be found on the campaign Website at http://www.churchcampaign.org/st_matthew_hillsboro_or.
Students Help Raise the Roof!
The St. Matthew Catholic School community is helping to raise the roof with a Lenten service project. The students are undertaking a coin and bottle collection that begins on March 2nd and will continue through April 12th. Each class will collect money, cans and bottles, and the entire school's collection will then be presented at a Sunday Mass. The students' goal is to raise $1,000 to contribute to the capital campaign.
You may help the students by donating coins, bottles and cans. All items can be sent with students to be added to their class donation jar, or contributions can also be delivered to the school office, where school staff members will take items to be returned for deposit. We are encouraging the kids to gather loose change to donate, or do chores around the house to earn coins. Every little bit helps!
Please join the children in their effort to contribute to this vital campaign, and help to better serve one another, our community and Christ.
The students, staff, and families of St. Matthew Catholic School recently celebrated National Catholic Schools Week (January 26 through February 1). Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Currently in its 46th anniversary year, CSW has traditionally been held the last week in January. The theme for the 2020 CSW was “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”
Schools typically observe the week with special Masses, open house events and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members to participate in and enjoy. Schools focus on the incomparable value that Catholic education provides to our youth and its contributions to church, local communities and the country.
The celebration at St. Matthew included a variety of fun events for all grades that were created to honor St. Matthew Catholic School—as well as Catholic schools across the country. Students enjoyed a week of themed spirit days, a staff versus eighth grade volleyball game, a pre-K through eighth grade open house and Special Friends’ Day—a time when students are invited to bring a friend or relative to join them for part of the school day as their special guest.
During Catholic Schools week, the students also participated in a service project, donating various items to send to our troops currently serving overseas. Additionally, seventh grade students spent time with their 1st grade buddies creating beautiful hand-made centerpieces for Specials Friends Day. On that day, our special guests also enjoyed coffee and a light breakfast, a musical performance from fourth grade, a fun activity in their student's classroom and finally, they attended school mass in the church.
We want to say thank you to all our special friends for coming to visit us during Catholic Schools Week, and thanks to everyone who supports St. Matthew Catholic School with their time, talents and treasures. We could not do what we do without you!
Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools!
Twenty years ago, Saint Pope John Paul II said to an audience of Catholic educators in New Orleans: "Yours is a great gift to the Church, a great gift to your nation." Countless people in our country have been blessed by the many gifts of Catholic schools. However, many adults have lost touch with their local Catholic school community. It is time for those people who have been impacted by our school to reconnect with the community that gave them so much, and give back.
With this recognition in mind, NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association) is pleased to present the online giving campaign: Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools. Please consider making a gift to St. Matthew Catholic School, and invest in the future of Catholic education. All gifts will be matched, thanks to the generosity of the Weston Foundation.
Check our Website and Facebook pages for details about how and when to make a gift during this special event. Thank you for continuing to support St. Matthew Catholic School!
Every year during the month of November, together with our Religious Education program, each grade at St. Matthew School collects canned goods and other non-perishable food items and assembles them in baskets, enabling 40 families in need to make a traditional Thanksgiving meal to share with their loved ones.
On Nov. 20th, families gathered for the Soup and Bread Dinner in the school basement, after which food baskets were delivered to area friends and neighbors.
We want to thank those who donated to this important cause--both food and cash donations--and also those who buzzed around Hillsboro bringing groceries and happiness to those in need this year. God bless you!