Take it from me who went to Catholic school Kindergarten through 8th grade.  I could not wait to wear my own clothes, compete in sports in public school, and not go to mass more than once a week. I can remember my sisters asking my mom, “Do we have to go to church on Sunday? We just went on Friday!”

The time came when I had to make the same choice my parents made many years ago. Pay $8000 a year for my daughter to go to kindergarten in a Catholic school or choose public school. Let me say, I do live in an A-rated school district so the choice was never an easy one. When my wife and I sat down to discuss it the first thing she asked me was what my experience was like. Since she went to public school her whole life, and had experienced many fulfilling opportunities, she wanted to compare that to a Catholic education.  My feeling was, yes, it affected me in ways I have never thought about, especially my rooted faith. We both agreed we would make the monetary sacrifice and send our daughter to Catholic School.

To my surprise making this decision would not only shape my daughters life but also reshape mine. Buying uniforms and finding those shoes that are all white with no logo was never easy back when I went to school and still is not easy today.  I never really valued my experience until I put my daughter in Catholic School.

There was a moment, one day after school before dinner, that for us was the confirmation that we had made the right decision.  My wife has always centered our meals around grace and thankfulness.  We have a round table and we gather where we pray before we eat.  But one day, our daughter started taking the lead.  She wanted to lead grace.  Then, Stella who is only 5 years old and in kindergarten started saying the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and rehearsing prayers we didn’t know she knew. Stella talks about heaven and ponders the meaning of life.  She asks bold questions and isn’t afraid because she has faith and it is at our Catholic school that her faith is nurtured. This brings tears to my eyes that I know that God is and is going to be the center of her life. Yes, she will get a great education but more importantly she will learn about faith, hope, kindness, and love.