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Gervais students reflect on faith, knowledge, service
Sacred Heart School photo
Sacred Heart students take part in Pope Francis' “Global Wave of Prayer.”
Sacred Heart School photo
Sacred Heart students take part in Pope Francis' “Global Wave of Prayer.”

GERVAIS — When asked to reflect on this year’s Catholic Schools Week theme, students from Sacred Heart School here provide examples of faith, knowledge and service in the school, peppered with words like “blessed” and “privileged.”  

They feel blessed because the school day includes daily prayer, weekly rosary and Mass; all around the school are many depictions of Jesus. Students feel privileged because their faith can be practiced openly and in every facet of the school day.

At Sacred Heart Catholic School, says eighth grader Natali Herinckx, students are taught about faith every day. "This is a privilege because you cannot discuss your faith at many other schools," Natali says. "We are blessed to have good teachers who care about our learning. I and many others are proud to know a lot about our faith from our school."
"Our school is small but our faith is huge," says seventh grader Fatima Gonzalez. "Our faith makes us a community by us all working together. I’m proud to say I’m from Sacred Heart."

"We can all get along," says fourth grader Sarah Saalfeld. "We all have knowledge of Catholic faith. We all help each other when we are in need. We are all loving, caring, helpful, kind, and awesome."

Nick Turner, a seventh grader, says there is a great opportunity to learn every day at Sacred Heart.

"I feel that if I didn’t come to this school I would be missing out on a lot of knowledge," Nick explains. "Teachers at this school find a way to teach us in a fun way and it helps me remember things a lot better."

Being at a Catholic school and parish is a very big privilege, says Turner Lear, a seventh grader.

"We get to talk about our faith freely," Turner adds. "We get to pray whenever we would like to."

"The teachers work with us one-on-one and if someone is struggling to understand a concept, everyone is there, helping out," says Abigail Saalfeld, another seventh grader. "My classmates and I are very close and open with each other. I’ve gone to school with most of my class for the past eight years. They are like my brothers and sisters. . .  When a new kid comes to the school, it’s like saying, 'Welcome to the family!'"

Sixth grader Erin Counts sums it up when she says, "It all goes back to God, everything we do."    

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