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St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish
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Father Ben Welcomes You!
Dear (potential) families of St. Thomas Aquinas School,
Jesus told his disciples, and now says to us: “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14).
In my priestly ministry I take this charge from Jesus seriously. It is our job to pass on the faith to the next generation and this is one of your primary duties as parents. It is one of mine as well. I want you to know of my prayers and support as you continue to fulfill this noble task and thank you to your yes to be parents!
I come from an education background (my Mom and Dad and aunt are all retired health and physical education teachers). I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher and I received a degree in high school math teaching from the College of St. Scholastica in 2006. What I didn’t know until more recently that my life would be devoted to teaching the Catholic faith rather than a subject matter!
I am very excited for the future of St. Thomas Aquinas School. We have a lot of potential for growth—the harvest (of potential students) is abundant! I have already experienced the excitement and generosity from our faithful in their spiritual and financial support to rebuild the great traditions we have.
I will do my best to facilitate a Catholic and Christian atmosphere for your students by working with our principal, teachers, parents and students on a daily basis. I consider a priest’s presence at any Catholic school to be of utmost importance and I look forward to working with everyone involved in your child’s education and formation.
My goal is to help make St. Thomas Aquinas an excellent and financially viable option for you as you discern what path to take for your child’s education. If you are considering registering your child for this fall, please fill out the registration form and turn it into the parish or school office. If financial concerns are present, please contact our principal—Dawn Flesland—or myself to discuss different options for your family. My prayer is that no family who wants to enroll their students would be deterred by the cost of tuition. If we all make sacrifices—within the parish and school budgets, by the generosity of the faithful and your personal budgeting—I believe Catholic education can and will be affordable.
Know of my daily prayers and please continue to support our mission of leading our children to Jesus. St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of our parish and patron of all students, pray for us!
Fr. Ben Hadrich