This is the school that we wish to support for any donations we make from our Corpus Christi celebrations.
Because of the name of our parish, we have a natural affinity with Bethlehem, since our “mother” church, the original Nativity of Our Lord church, is located right beside Manger Square in Bethlehem, and is built over the traditional site of the birth of Jesus.
The school we wish to continue to support, Our Lady of Fatima School, is one of over 60 run by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem in Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority. There are currently 372 students attending Our Lady of Fatima school, from kindergarten to Grade 12.
Many of the students attending the school are Roman Catholic, with the rest of the students are Orthodox Christians or Muslims. While the actual cost to educate a child per year is $1200 US, each family is expected to contribute $350 per child. With the current economic realities that Bethlehem faces, this amount is beyond the means of many families, hence our desire to ensure that no child is turned away, especially as there is particularly no public school system in Bethlehem.
In two of the photos we see the students around the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. The final photo shows how the day is begun with the students gathered in the courtyard with another student leads them in prayer.