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5/19/2013 11:52:00 AM
Sacred Heart: 'Small but mighty'
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The class of 2013 from Sacred Heart in Gervais.
Sacred Heart School photo
The class of 2013 from Sacred Heart in Gervais.
Here are the graduates:
Dakota Juhring, Jada Cruz, Naomi Saalfeld, Tamra Weaver, Jackson Turner.

GERVAIS — Sacred Heart School graduation is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 in Sacred Heart Church here. A reception follows next door in the gym.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) The theme for the school is strongly reflected in the small but mighty graduating class of 2013.

"I have gone to a Catholic School my whole life," says Naomi Saalfeld, "and it has been such a blessing. I am able to pray and learn more about my faith every day. I wonder what it would be like to go to a public school; I think it would really challenge your conscience."

"A Catholic education is one of the best there is," according to Tamra Weaver, "because you learn and experience new things and some things that most people don’t get to learn or hear about every day. My education improves my thoughts for my future. It helps me decide what I want to do with my future."

For Jackson Turner, "without God and my faith I wouldn’t be the person I am today, I wouldn’t have the same friends, the same family. In simpler words, I wouldn’t be me. All in all, God has a huge effect on my life whether in school or at home. He is my reason for graduating. Once I move on from Sacred Heart and go to a public school, it is going to take major responsibility to stay good and stay happy. For this reason I am happy to be a Catholic. I love my faith and I wouldn’t want my life any other way."  

As for Dakota Juhring: "The eighth grade class is very lucky to have been put into Sacred Heart, most of us at an early age. God helps us with everything we need, and in return he wants us to share our faith. Where do we get the faith? We get the faith from scripture and tradition. We can hear the scripture at Mass, right next door at our church with Father Andersen, and we can learn tradition from our parents. They sent us here because they believe that we will do God’s will."

"I’m glad my parents chose to send me to a Catholic school," says Jada Cruz, "because Christ gives us the strength to learn different things that maybe other people don’t get to learn or experience. Christ strengthens me in my everyday life by helping me make the right choices."  

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