St. John Paul II, in his apostolic exhortation Familaris Consortio, states that the family is the basic cell of society, that it is the fundamental school of social living, and that parents are the first heralds of the Gospel to their children. The Saint goes on to say that the parents of the family are the primary but not the only educators of the family, pointing out that the Church and society have a duty to assist parents by fostering programs that will complement the education provided by the parents. This is the purpose of the Parish School of Religion established at the Cathedral of St. Eugene - to continue and reinforce, not replace, the invaluable witness to and training in the faith provided by the Catholic family. Many of the Sisters are blessed weekly to teach classrooms of enthusiastic children, sharing with them the beauties of our faith and the riches of the liturgical life. We entrust them daily to the care of Our Lady, praying that through our witness and love of the faith, they may learn to love Jesus more ardently and to follow Him more closely all the days of their lives.
May our Lord, the Divine Teacher, instruct the hearts of these His children, that by increasing in knowledge of Him they may also grow in love of Christ and of His holy Church.