Catholic schools have alreadybenefited from the appeal

The Catholic schools of the Diocese of Dodge City have already received benefits from the generosity of Catholics who donated to, or prayed for, the Vibrant Ministries -- Uniting Our Church Appeal.

   According to Mark Roth, Director of Development for the diocese, each school has received what amounts to $75 per student enrolled at the school.

   “Each school will be using the funds at their own discretion,” explained Trina Delgado, Superintendent of Schools for the diocese. This includes tuition assistance.

   “All the Catholic schools already provide tuition assistance,” she stressed. “We never want a family who wishes to come to Catholics schools, and maybe can’t afford it, not to go without financial assistance. We don’t want that to be the reason they don’t come here.     

   “That being said, we know that we have to recoup that money in some manner, such as through various fund raisers, generous donors, parishes, and through the assistance of the Vibrant Ministries appeal.”

   The funds from the Vibrant Ministries appeal came to the schools in early November, an early Christmas present.

   “I was asked how much I thought the schools were expecting,” Delgado said. “I responded that they weren’t expecting anything. Everything we receive is a gift that will be used greatly and much appreciated. When we had our principal’s meeting, I posed the same question, and they all said the same thing: it’s a gift.

   “It made me feel pretty good. It’s truly a gift to them to be used how it is most needed in their individual school. We felt so good that the bishop felt the schools were important enough to get the almsgiving to use right now when it’s key. We are moving almsgiving into action for our Catholic Schools!”

   The Vibrant Ministries – Uniting our Church Appeal is designed to benefit the diocese in three ways: works of mercy, Catholic faith formation, and priestly formation.

   Debbie Hagans, principal of Sacred Heart School in Ness City, said that thanks to the Vibrant Ministries appeal, students at her school will receive brand new science and math textbooks next spring.

   “It was a nice surprise,” Hagans said. “I knew that we were getting funding, but I didn’t know how much it would be. I’m very thankful for Vibrant Ministries for providing that for us.”

   For Karen Moeder, principal at Holy Family School in Great Bend, the money came as a complete surprise.

   “We were told a couple of principal meetings ago that we might be getting something,” Moeder said. “We didn’t know when or how it would be calculated, or even if it would be this school year. It was not part of our plan. When you get told something like that, you think that it may be a couple of hundred dollars. It was way more than we expected. It was just a complete and total wow!”

Moeder said that the funding will go toward new text books as well as items on the schools wish list, such as a couple of new lunch room tables.

   “It was totally unexpected, and very much appreciated!”