Catholic Schools Week

Dear Parishioners of St. Nicholas and St. William Catholic Parish,

Today marks the kickoff of Catholic Schools Week; a time to celebrate the work that is happening across all 27 Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of San Jose, the thousands around the country, as well as in our own St. Nicholas Catholic School. During these turbulent times, our mission continues to be at the forefront of all that we do: Faith, Excellence, and Service.

During this pandemic, I have been most proud of being one of the many Catholic schools dedicated to the continued growth of our students, in spite of the odds. We have stood up for education and for our Catholic communities.

We have modeled what we desire of our students… resilience.

We continue to offer our students the very best opportunities for learning, serving, and keeping our faith strong. And in response, our students have risen.

Each day the small communities within each classroom help each child develop their own agency to deal with what obstacles have been thrown their way. We applaud the amazing teachers who continue to work through these incredible times helping each child succeed, and most importantly, feel connected to a larger body, a larger mission.

Our Celtic parents continue to anchor our school community with enormous patience as they navigate these times. A hallmark of our Celtic community is their tremendous generosity of spirit.

We felt it when teachers and parents were finally able to gather in late November on campus after nearly two long years. We knew it was a rebirth and we never felt more grateful to be able to stand together. We gathered again on December 6th to celebrate the feast day of St. Nicholas during our magical Winter Wonderland Spectacular at St. William Church. These incredible moments remind us of how important it is to be a community.

Our one-of-a-kind St. Nicholas and St. William Catholic Parish, led by our inspirational clergy, support our school in so many impactful ways. Together, they help us continue to create a special place for families to begin their educational journeys with a foundation in faith. With the strong and generous support of our parish community, we can continue to offer stimulating curriculums taught by talented, devoted, and faith-filled teachers. We are grateful for the religious guidance, prayers, and financial support the parish provides.

We celebrate with everyone this weekend. Our Catholic schools around our country and in our own backyard will continue to thrive as we shepherd the new generations of young people
to become our future leaders.

We welcome all who desire a Catholic education to find out more about what it means to be a Celtic. Continued blessings and good health to all.

With Much Gratitude,
Jan Popolizio
St. Nicholas Catholic School