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I.C.S. thankful to those who help make a Catholic education possible

Published: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 5:00 a.m. CDT

Immaculate Conception School has been a vital part of the Grundy County community for more than 120 years. The school provides an excellent Catholic education for its students, as it challenges them to excel and to lead. I.C.S. prides itself on the role it plays in helping form its students to be good people who answer the call to serve others.

Catholic education at I.C.S. would not be possible without the help of many people. The school’s largest support comes from Immaculate Conception Parish, which contributes its prayers and more than $250,000 each year toward the support of the ministry of the school.

The parish also provides the school with the ongoing use of an excellent building. Parish support is made possible by the generous spirit and sacrifices of parishioners.

In addition to the support provided by the parish, the school greatly benefits from the generosity of many area individuals, businesses, and organizations.

For many years the school was staffed by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Without their leadership, sacrifice and dedication, I.C.S. would not exist today. In recent years, the school has been staffed by a highly qualified and competent staff that is fully dedicated to the mission of Catholic education. The work of the staff, coupled with the leadership and support of the parish’s pastor, enables the school to continue the tradition of excellence established by the Holy Cross Sisters.

The I.C.S. community has so much for which to be grateful. On behalf of all those associated with the school, I extend thanks to the many groups and individuals who, over the years, have helped make excellence in Catholic education possible for students in Grundy County.

The school strives to be welcoming to both parish and non-parish families. In recent years, efforts have been made to provide financial assistance to families unable to fully afford the school’s tuition and fees. Catholic Schools Week begins on Sunday, Jan. 27. In conjunction with the beginning of the week’s activities, the school will host an open house tonight, Saturday,  Jan. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Student work and the school facility will be prominently displayed. In an effort to share the mission of the school, the public is invited to the open house. If you’ve never visited the school or have not visited in several years, please feel specially invited and welcome to take advantage of this opportunity.

The school plays a vital part in the roles of our future leaders and you are invited to see some of the great things that are currently taking place.

I ask God’s blessings for the many people whose hard work, dedication, and sacrifice make excellence in Catholic education possible at I.C.S.

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