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"Why I'm Glad I go to a Catholic School"

Editor’s Note:The Southern Nebraska Register asked principals from all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Lincoln to offer their students the opportunity to share their response to, "Why I’m Glad I go to a Catholic School." Hundreds of responses were received, and many of them are included below.

 

I’m glad to go to a Catholic school because we go to church every day and it helps me be a better person and we get to learn about Christ every day and that helps me grow in my faith. And I’m also glad to go to a Catholic school because all the teachers are nice.

Lucas Mach,

Grade 5, St. Wenceslaus, Wahoo

I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because I feel like I can truly be myself, and express my love and zeal for God openly, without having to worry about impressing anyone, or anyone putting me down for what I dress in or believe.

Rachel Merrill,

Grade 8, North American Martyrs, Lincoln

It’s fun. We go to church. We pray. We talk about Mary.

Tony Nguyen,

Grade 1, Sacred Heart,

Lincoln

I get to go to Mass every day. It is a great way to start the day. I learn religion every day, I could not do that if I did not go to a Catholic school.

Emma McDermott

Grade 4, St. Teresa, Lincoln

I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because we have the best teachers and I get to learn about God.

Issy Lesiak,

Grade 4, St. Patrick, Lincoln

I am glad I go to a Catholic school because I am able to receive Communion and go to Mass every day. I am amazed by how my Lord gives me that gift and the opportunity to be able to go to this amazing school. I am grateful that the Sisters are able to teach me every day. I love the gift of learning about my Lord. My teachers are a great blessing. They teach me in the best way. I am so lucky to be able to go to a Catholic school.

Elizabeth Christensen,

Grade 3, St. Joseph, Beatrice

I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because all of the nice and caring people here and because I love to learn about God and holy people.

Crystal Tran,

Grade 4, Sacred Heart,

Lincoln

We get chances that other people don’t get like going to Mass every morning. If we have a test or something we can go right downstairs to the chapel and pray for help. We also give food and toys to the poor.

Molly Schendt

Grade 5, Sacred Heart,

Lawrence

"I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because I can learn more and more about the Holy Family. I also have really good friends to hang around. I love my Catholic school and if you were here, you would too."

Veronica Kobza

Grade 5, St. Mary, David City

Even though I am not of the Catholic faith, I have grown so much in my own faith. Going to a Catholic school makes me take a second look at my faith and really learn more about it.

Emma Bartek,

senior, Bishop Neumann, Wahoo

I am glad I go to a Catholic school because I want to learn more about God. And worship God and someday I will also be a saint.

Kristie Nguyen,

Grade 4, Sacred Heart,

Lincoln

I am so blessed to go to a Catholic school. At St. Peters we get to go to Mass and see Jesus wait for us to receive him. When you get into the church you can smell the candles. I love saying or singing the St. Michael prayer every day after mass. I love the feeling that God sent his own son to free us. It truly makes me feel special.

Sami Crook

Grade 6, St. Peter, Lincoln

I’m glad I go to a Catholic school. I’m glad because we learn about God. It is good for your soul and you will go to Mass every day. We hope we all go to Heaven.

Drew Needham,

Grade 4, St. Wenceslaus, Wahoo

I want to go to Mass everyday so I can get to confession and learn about Jesus Christ our Lord. So I can teach other people about Him. And one more thing to graduate to be a priest or a father someday. I will be one.

Kenny Huynh,

Grade 4, Sacred Heart,

Lincoln

I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because the teachers and students are very nice, and I get to go to Mass every day and I love it!

Katelyn Schmid,

Grade 4, St. Teresa, Lincoln

I can help the poor. I can learn about God.

Conner Towle,

kindergarten,

St. Vincent de Paul, Seward

I am grateful I go to a Catholic school because we are able to go to daily Mass and learn about Jesus. I am able to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. We also have very fun classes like PE, music, art and computers. We have dedicated teachers and administrators which is a blessing.

Payton Neunaber,

Grade 3, St. Joseph, Beatrice

I am glad I go to Catholic school because I get to go to church to spend time with God. Also they have Religion class to learn more about God. Also that I get to go to confession every month.

Sophia Duggan,

Grade 4, Sacred Heart,

Lincoln

I am glad that I go to a Catholic school because we get to experience Jesus and his life by learning about it in church. If people ask me, "Do you go to a Catholic school?" I answer, "Yes, and I’m proud of it." To me that is a compliment. Our parish is amazing and it is just like a family. We all love each other as Jesus loves us.

Savannah Jane Emberson

Grade 6, St. Peter, Lincoln

"I am glad I go to a Catholic school because I get to learn more abut my faith, and I feel a Catholic school strives to reinforce the Christ-like ideal of moral responsibility towards our fellow humans."

Vincent Tomcak

senior, Aquinas, David City

I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because it is a wonderful opportunity to have the teaching of God mixed in our everyday school activities. Another reason is our school is very fortunate to have mass every single day. We get a very good education in both religion and our other subjects.

Jennica Martinez,

Grade 6, North American Martyrs, Lincoln

Why I go to a Catholic school is because I get to learn more about God and Jesus Christ. I really like to learn about God and how He created the world. Jesus is our Savior and I think more people should go to a Catholic school. I love going to Catholic school.

Brian Bui,

Grade 4, Sacred Heart,

Lincoln

I’m glad I go to a Catholic School because we get to receive the Body and Blood of Christ everyday at Mass and also get to go to confession. I also like that we get Holy Days off, too. I like that we get All Saints Day off to thank the Saints for their faith and after Mass we get donuts. On the last day of school we also get a field day.

Audrey Reinert,

Grade 3, St. Vincent de Paul, Seward

I like it here because we get to learn about Jesus a lot and about the holy family. I also like it here because we get to learn about all the popes and all the bishops.

Bertin Renteria,

Grade 4, Sacred Heart,

Lincoln

When we go to school we get to talk about Jesus. Some schools aren’t supposed to even mention His name. Our school only has sixteen kids all together so we can get more one on one contact. We also get to go to daily Mass and receive Communion. Every year we get to act out a Christmas program our teacher makes up. That is why I am glad I go to a Catholic School.

Kevin Schroer

Grade 5, Sacred Heart,

Lawrence

I like it because I learn about God. I like going to church. I like having Religion. I like Miss Peters.

Colleen O’Gara,

Grade 2, North American Martyrs, Lincoln

I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because ever since I have been here, I have learned more about my faith, and have grown closer to God every day. By going to a Catholic School, it helps me open my eyes and appreciate the work that God has done for us.

Claire Schilmoeller,

Grade 6, North American Martyrs, Lincoln

"I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because here we are encouraged to do what God is calling us to do instead of doing what the world wants us to do."

Julia Witter

Grade 8, Aquinas, David City

I am glad I go to a Catholic school because I learn more about God. I get the chance every day to receive the Eucharist and go to Mass. I get the chance to go to Adoration and Benediction. The priest, Father Major, comes in every Friday and asks us what we are talking about in Religion. Religion class is fun. The sister, Sister Mary Agnes is nice and always has a smile. Our principal is Sister Mary Catherine. She takes good care of our school. My cousins also go to my Catholic school and one of my cousins is in my class.

Evan Witulski,

Grade 3, St. Joseph, Beatrice

Going to a Catholic school made me who I am today. I have had the opportunity to pray at abortion clinics and attend the National Walk for Life in Washington, D.C. I have really grown my faith over the years and going to a Catholic school has really helped make that possible.

Lindsey Osmera,

senior, Bishop Neumann, Wahoo

I’ m glad I go to a Catholic school because I get to learn about Jesus and get to keep my faith strong. And I also get to go to Church every day.

Christian Mazza,

Grade 5, North American Martyrs, Lincoln

I am glad to go to a Catholic school because I get to grow closer to God and my faith gets stronger. If I didn’t go to a Catholic school I wouldn’t get the great education I get now. It’s great how we go to Mass daily and how we participate as Soldiers of St. Sebastian. I know going to the school will help me later in my life.

Nolinh Linebaugh,

Grade 8, Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln

I’m glad I go to a Catholic School because we get to learn about God and Jesus and go to Mass and Communion. God is so cool and awesome. I can do lots of things at school. Jesus is fun to learn about and I like reading the Bible. Religion is my favorite subject in school. School is very fun and there is lots of stuff to learn.

Taylor Stelling,

Grade 3, St. Vincent de Paul, Seward

I’m glad to go to a Catholic school because I want to be with God, learn about God and I love going to church to talk with him, and maybe someday I will get to teach about him.

Andrea Rios,

Grade 5, North American Martyrs, Lincoln

Faith is something that is extremely important to me. Going to a Catholic school ensures a better education and the ability to strengthen my faith. Public school students can’t receive the sacraments as often as we can, and we have priests and religious we can talk to about anything without being judged.

Dayne Buresh,

senior, Pius X, Lincoln

I am glad I go to a Catholic school because I get to go to Mass every day. I like Mass because I like looking at the cross with Jesus on it. I like the tabernacle in the middle. I love the angels by the tabernacle. I like the statue of Mary and Joseph, too. I can’t wait to receive Holy Communion.

Alex Becker

Grade 2, St. Peter, Lincoln

I am grateful that I attend a Catholic school because I have the opportunity to go to Mass every day. When I go to Mass, I feel closer to God. My favorite way to participate in the Mss is singing in the choir: "Singing is praying twice," St. Augustine. I love going to a Catholic school.

Maggie Reese,

Grade 6, Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln

I get to go to daily Mass. I don’t have to go to CCD. I get to help the needy with my donations. I get to talk to the priests. The teachers help us one on one. That’s why I’m glad I go to a Catholic School.

Lane Kathman

Grade 5, Sacred Heart,

Lawrence

So I can learn the truth and not lies. Everyone is nice because they believe in God and they love God. It is pretty neat to learn the faith and to learn the truth.

Jeremy Ullman

Grade 4, St. Teresa, Lincoln

On any given day of the school year, I can walk down the hallway while maintaining a conversation with the Blessed Sacrament – who’s right there in the Tabernacle of our chapel!

Claire Pohlen,

senior, Pius X, Lincoln

I’m glad to go to a Catholic school because you can talk to priests. They teach us Religion sometimes. We get closer to Jesus in the Eucharist. We go to daily Mass. Everybody loves each other. We help the community with the food drive. That is why I like a Catholic school.

Halee Kohmetscher

Grade 5, Sacred Heart,

Lawrence

"I’m glad to go to a Catholic school because it’s such a great, Christ-centered environment to grow up in. Also, it’s nice to know that we are all here for the same reason, and that’s to learn about Jesus. Here, at Aquinas, we are able to establish a friendship that will grow into a life-long relationship with our Lord."

Matthew Kovar,

sophomore, Aquinas,

David City

Because I get to learn about Jesus and Mary. Also because I get to make snowflakes out of paper.

Amanda Fylstra,

Kindergarten, North American Martyrs, Lincoln

I am glad to go to a Catholic school because God is part of my everyday learning, also because I want to grow in my faith and being at a Catholic school helps me do just that.

Alyson Kuehn,

Grade 5, Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln

"The teachers and coaches care about the students’ success in this life as well as the next."

Nate Roh

senior, Aquinas, David City

I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because I like Catholic School. I can meet new friends. I can learn about Jesus.

Dakota Kassebaum

Kindergarten, Sacred Heart, Lawrence

I am glad to go to a Catholic school because I can have a better relationship with God and that I can go to celebrate Mass every day.

Sam Coy,

Grade 5, Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln

. . . because I learn about Jesus and go to Mass. I have a lot of friends that are Catholic and I can teach all my other friends that are not Catholic about Jesus.

Samantha Clark,

Grade 2, St. Vincent de Paul, Seward

I am glad to go to a Catholic school because I get to learn more and more about my faith every day. I also get to go to Mass every morning. Also all my friends are good, honest, caring people that go to my school and that is why I am glad to go to Catholic school.

Cory Liesch,

Grade 8, Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln

I love going to a Catholic school because I feel safe and I know for a fact that Jesus is always with me.

Cecilia Minchow

Grade 5, St. Teresa, Lincoln

 

Because I have a deeper understanding of moral values. They are so strictly taught then proven to be right in the Bible. I’ll be able to take that with me so I don’t get too out of line in college or in life.

Caleb Kuhfahl,

senior, Bishop Neumann, Wahoo

I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because we get to learn about God and we have the best teachers and classmates.

Savannah Drahota

Grade 4, St. Patrick, Lincoln

I am glad I go to a Catholic school because I like learning about all the different saints and how Jesus was born in Bethlehem. I really like the things we do in religion and we pray at church every day. I like going to church. I like going to a Catholic School because I love God, Jesus, and Mary. I love Catholic Schools!

Will Ulrich,

Grade 2, St. Peter, Lincoln

I get to go to Mass every

day.

 

Bethany Crane, kindergarten,

St. Vincent de Paul, Seward

I like going to a Catholic school because we get to learn more about God and the saints. I feel good going to Mass because we receive communion and get grace. I also like Mass because we get to be altar servers and lectors. I love hearing our school choir. I like having the Christ the King Sisters as teachers because they teach us what is right and wrong, along with our regular teachers.

Patrick Pelini

Grade 6, St. Peter, Lincoln

Catholic schools give the opportunity of a lifetime. It is a true gift to be able to walk through the doors and start your day in prayer. In a Catholic school, you can experience the joy of going to Mass and witnessing the eternal sacrifice. That is what’s so special about a Catholic school. We are truly blessed to have such schools."

Grace Moravec

Grade 6, Aquinas, David City

I am glad to go to a Catholic school because we can discuss religious matters in any class. Also there is more expected of us and they challenge us to always do better. Attending a Catholic school has made me stronger in my faith, specially because of all the groups offered here that deal with Religion such as our pro-life group T.O.R.C.H.

Michelle Burbach,

senior, Bishop Neumann, Wahoo

I get to learn how to pray and I also get to learn about our Savior and what He did for us. At a Catholic school, I learn how to get closer to God and how to get to heaven.

Isabelle Monica Bertand, Grade 4, St. Peter, Lincoln

I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because of all of the kind people that I meet. The teachers are great and I have the great privilege of learning our Catholic faith that not everyone is able to receive. Without going to a Catholic school, I would not know nearly as much about Jesus Christ, and would not be as close to Him as I am today. My Catholic school is helping me get to heaven, and I can’t thank the staff enough for that.

Emma Schumacher,

Grade 7, North American Martyrs, Lincoln

I am glad to go to a Catholic school because before I went to one I was only baptized. I moved to Lincoln in seventh grade now I am on my way to being confirmed. It has brought me closer to God.

Katie Jo Peterson,

Grade 8, Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln

I am glad I go to a Catholic school because I get to be with Jesus everyday. I get to go to the chapel anytime I want to see him.

Jared Schendt

Grade 8, Sacred Heart,

Lawrence

I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because the teachers are nice, all the kids are nice, I learn a lot, and I get to practice my Faith.

Hannah Johnson,

Grade 5, Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln

"I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because I can learn how to be the best Catholic that I can be."

Rebekah Roh

Grade 5, St. Mary, David City

Going to a Catholic school has given me the opportunity to go to the March for Life in D. C. Also it’s allowed me to go to confession and Mass during the school day.

Jacey Tomhave,

senior, Bishop Neumann, Wahoo

"I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because I like to listen to the Bible stories and listen to the stories at Mass."

Zander Kavan

Kindergarten, St. Mary,

David City

I am glad to go to a Catholic school mainly because I can learn about my Catholic faith daily. Going to a Catholic school has helped me to become a better person. At a Catholic school you get the chance to learn to be the person God wants you to be, I also pray every day at school for both myself and others.

Landon Warner,

Grade 8, Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln

I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because here they teach us about Religion and other subjects! They also tell us about the most important thing in life is to get to be in heaven! Not to be rich or be famous or win an Emmy. The lunch here is delicious and that’s why I want to go to a Catholic school.

Renzo Mendez

Grade 4, St. Patrick, Lincoln

What is different about going to a Catholic School and why it is so special? St. Joseph Catholic is very special because we are able to go to Mass every day and receive my Lord in Holy Communion. The thing is most people don’t realize what a gift it really is. I can learn about my religion and talk about it as much as I want. It is special because not every child like me is blessed to have a Catholic school. I for one am one of the blessed. I want to make sure I don’t take it for granted.

Bridget Christensen,

Grade 3, St. Joseph, Beatrice

I am glad to go to a Catholic School. I get to learn about God and his disciples. I learn about the saints. My favorite saint is St. Louis de Montfort.

Michael Cisneros

Grade 4, St. Teresa, Lincoln

I get to learn about Jesus in my Catholic school. I get to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. We attend Mass every day. We get to pray in school and have religious statues, pictures, and books in our school. It is also great because it’s so small we get more one on one with the teacher and nice teachers!

Matthew Kimminau

Grade 4, Sacred Heart,

Lawrence

"I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because we learn the ten commandments and go to Mass every day and have a nice teacher to teach us."

Kolby Baer

Grade 2, St. Mary, David City

I enjoy going to a Catholic school because I like being in an environment where my peers are more respectful to their teachers as well as each other. I also like being able to openly show my faith and talk about it.

Tiffany Bui,

senior, Pius X, Lincoln

I like going to a Catholic school because I get to go to Mass every day. I am glad I do because I want to be a Sister. It helps make me holy. We get to learn about God in religion class. At specials we always start with a prayer. I love going to a Catholic school.

Maria Rutledge

Grade 2, St. Teresa, Lincoln

I am glad I go to a Catholic School because we get to learn about Jesus Christ and all the saints. Plus we receive the sacraments and go to Mass everyday! How fun is that?!?!

Erika Casarin

Grade 5, St. Teresa, Lincoln

 

I’m glad I go to a Catholic school because I learn about Christianity unlike a public school. I also like going because we get to have fun on Catholic Schools Week.

Rolf Kloch

Grade 4, St. Patrick, Lincoln

 

We go to church. I have a lot of friends. We pray. It’s fun. We learn about God.

Simon Zatloukal,

Grade 1, Sacred Heart,

Lincoln

 

I like to go to a Catholic school because I can go to Mass every day. I also get to serve at Mass. I get to learn more about Jesus.

Jaden Himmelberg,

Grade 5, Sacred Heart,Lawrence

 

JMJ. That’s why I like going to a Catholic school. Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Jesus is my friend. Whenever I have a huge test I have my own prayer I pray to him. Mary is my mother she helps me to think of those who have done wrong and pray for them since they are her children too. Joseph is the strong foster father. When I’m hurt I pray to him. This year we wrote speeches for the first graders’ Saints Parade. It felt special because I wrote about St. Rachel, one of my favorite saints. I pray for those who don’t know Him. Remember… JMJ.

Brynn Hagen

Grade 6, St. Peter, Lincoln

 

The staff of the Southern Nebraska Register offers sincere thanks to all the students who participated in this project, as well as the parents, teachers and administrators who encouraged and assisted them.

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