Message from Msgr. Schwanger


My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,

School is underway and we are in the midst of our Living the Faith campaign. Our parish school is one of our major ministries and a tremendous blessing in the formation of our youth and parish family as a whole. As I have mentioned before, we are committed to making this blessing available to all our active parish families.

The annual budget of the school is prepared by the school administration with the assistance of the parish Finance Council and approved by me. Tuition is set to cover the annual operating expenses of the school. We seek to provide our faculty and staff with a good salary that reflects our appreciation of their excellence and at the same time keep tuition within reach of all parish families.

We know, however, that some families would not be able to send their children to their own parish school without financial assistance and we are prepared to offer that assistance. As you know, we ask each and every parish family to commit 10% of their annual income to Our Lady of Lourdes Church and its ministry. A parish family who needs financial assistance to send their children to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School may dedicate their 10% to school tuition and financial assistance to cover the remaining tuition is available from Our Lady of Lourdes, the10% of all of us taken together.

We know that even a 10% commitment can be a difficult step forward in faith and sometimes requires a journey on our part. It is a journey worth taking and it is a journey that we do not take alone. We take it as a parish family.

Msgr. Schwanger