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Are you and your family active members in a faith community? Yes If so, please tell us the name of the faith community (church, parish, other) and describe your involvement in this community. Our faith community is St. Paul of the Cross Church and School in Park Ridge, Illinois. We have been parishioners of St. Paul of the Cross since 1998 when we moved to Edison Park. We attend mass regularly as a family – on Sundays, Holy Days of Obligations and special occasions. Both of our daughters have attended St. Paul of the Cross Elementary school. Our older daughter, Rebecca, graduated four years ago from St. Paul and is now a senior at Northside College Prep High School in Chicago. Rebecca belongs to the St. Paul Youth Group, Network; she attends meetings and volunteers with the other teens in the parish. Samantha is in 8th grade and has attended St. Paul since pre-Kindergarten. She has been an altar server since 6th grade and assists the priests during weekday and Sunday Masses, as well as Holy Days, weddings, and funerals. She volunteers to read at the Children’s masses on Sundays and participates in various capacities at school masses. Both girls received their sacraments at St. Paul; Rebecca received First Communion, Reconciliation and was confirmed; Samantha was baptized, received First Communion, Reconciliation and will be confirmed in February. My wife, Maria, is a Eucharistic Minister at St. Paul and regularly participates in masses and assists the Priests and Deacons. Over the years, we have volunteered as a family for many events sponsored by the Church, from fundraising events to the centennial celebration of the parish. We donate time and money to the Servants of St. Francis ministry, St. Benedict the African, t... ... middle of paper ... ... helped form the person that I am today. My wife, Maria, was raised in a Catholic home and attended Our Lady of Mercy elementary school and Good Counsel High School. We would like both of our daughters to continue to develop and grow in their faith. Attending St. Ignatius High School will continue Samantha’s religious education and help sustain her beliefs by exposing her to an environment where spirituality, caring, and stewardship are nurtured and emphasized on a daily basis. We would like Samantha to attend a school that will reinforce the beliefs and lessons that we and our extended family have instilled in her: respect for others, love of God, and a desire to learn and grow both academically and spiritually. The St. Ignatius community embodies those values and that is why we feel that admission to St. Ignatius will support our family’s faith development.
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