The Role of the Parish – Catholic Education

In Georgia, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta and Bishop J. Kevin Boland of Savannah, founded GRACE Scholars to take advantage of significant in-state income tax laws. These laws help to achieve the goals set forth by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, especially the commitment that “Catholic schools will be available, accessible, and affordable.”  Whether parishes are connected to a parish school, enjoy a bond with a nearby school, or are looking for an opportunity to reach out to a school with unmet tuition assistance needs, GRACE helps parishes make a difference in the lives of many deserving children. The involvement of parishes is critical to meeting the U. S. bishops’ challenge.

“Young people are a valued treasure and the future leaders of our Church. It is the responsibility of the entire Catholic community – bishops, priests, deacons, religious, and laity-to continue to strive towards the goal of making our Catholic elementary and secondary schools available, accessible, and affordable to all Catholic parents and their children, including those who are poor and middle class. All Catholics must join together in efforts to ensure that Catholic schools have administrators and teachers who are prepared to provide an exceptional educational experience for young people – one that is both truly Catholic and of the highest academic quality.”

U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium
June 2005

To learn more about how your parish can support GRACE Scholars, please contact:

Melissa Bassett