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Students from Sacred Heart School in Rockport returned to class on Jan. 4, for the first time since Hurricane Harvey devastated the area last August. Here, first grader Cameron Taylor works on math problems with the assistance of teacher's aide Lupita Garza. Rebecca Esparza for South Texas Catholic

but the attitude of the school staff is so positive that we are getting things done,” Father Yrlas said. “The children have a great educational and spiritual environment here at the new, temporary Sacred Heart School. Words cannot truly capture how much we appreciate the support that we have been given by Bishop (Michael) Mulvey and the staff in the Construction Department of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.” The outpouring of support not only from the local community, but also from Catholic schools nationwide, has helped the Sacred Heart family heal from the overwhelming changes they have endured over the last five months. Barnes said donations from throughout the nation have helped students with supplies. “There’s one Catholic school in Houma, Louisiana, St. Francis de Sales School, who wanted to do something special for each one of our 104 families. They sent a cookbook with a $50 gift card to a home improvement store for each family at our school,” Barnes noted. “They had

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also been through a storm and knew exactly what kind of gifts would have the most impact.” One Catholic school sent $11,000 for staff and teachers at Sacred Heart School who lost their homes in the hurricane. “The destruction to our school was just unbelievable. But the people who have been there to support us all through this tragedy has truly been amazing,” she said. “It was particularly heartbreaking seeing the damage to our school because we put a lot of work into making everything look beautiful. We worked so hard all summer on the school, because we were up for accreditation in the fall.” Barnes said she believes her staff, parents and even the schoolchildren will come out of this tragedy stronger and more faithful. “We are going to make it. Things are dramatically different now. But hopefully, in a couple of years, we might have a new school: something positive, coming from something so tragic,” she said.

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In our February issue we feature a unique idea by an Alice couple to celebrate their son’s 15th birthday with the gift of a Chalice and pate...

February 2018 - Vol.53 No.2  

In our February issue we feature a unique idea by an Alice couple to celebrate their son’s 15th birthday with the gift of a Chalice and pate...

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