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Pastor's Corner
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We welcome you to the website of St. Peter’s School. Through this site and other forms of social media (such as the School’s Facebook page), we seek to keep you informed about happenings in the life of our School.

Here at St. Peter’s in Belleville, which has been educating and forming children in the Faith since 1877, it is also a time for parents of elementary school students to consider the option of sending their children to our parochial school.

The education and formation of children and young people has always been dear to the Catholic Church. In fact, it was the Church that first made education accessible to all children, regardless of their means.

In the Archdiocese of Newark, for the past three years through the Lighting the Way Program, even those parishes that have long shut down their schools are allocating part of their ordinary income to assist the seventy elementary schools that continue to educate and form children and young people in the Catholic tradition. Since then, no Catholic Elementary School in the Archdiocese has shut down, and a good number have seen a spike in enrollment and improvements at all levels. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin has shown a great interest in Catholic education since arriving in the Archdiocese one year ago. It is worth noting that he came to us from Indiana, a state that is at the forefront in offering School Vouchers to parents, who would therefore justifiably have more choices for their children.

There is an enormous advantage that children attending Catholic Schools enjoy over their peers. It goes beyond the fact that they receive religious instruction, attend School Masses and participate in the different sacraments and rituals. The Church has always been at the forefront in offering a liberal art education to our children. This also affords the teachers more scope for flexibility and creativity, as opposed to the “defensive teaching” we sadly encounter in many secular schools, where teachers constantly have to seek to avoid controversy and provide a “neutral education” that is many times devoid of any morals or values.

Prospective parents are encouraged to contact St. Peter’s School for a tour of the School. Our principal, Mrs. Phyllis A. Sisco, the teachers and the students will be very happy to oblige. Visitors very often comment on the beauty of our school facilities, which include a state-of-the-art computer lab, smartboards in all our spacious classrooms, a full-size gymnasium and a surveillance-camera system that guarantees the safety of our students.

Alumni of the School are more than welcome to return and reminisce about the happy years spent at St. Peter’s School. They might also want to consider ways of helping the School continue to educate and form our future generations of students. Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Ivan Sciberras pastor@spbnj.org