Dear Members of the Galesburg Catholic Community:
With great joy, our prayers have been answered. As you know, we've been searching for a principal at our school. Over the last several weeks in conversations with Father Miller, Bishop Jenky, and Dr. Weiss, the conversation has been about the needs of the school and where that solution best comes from. Out of that conversation, Bishop Jenky and Dr. Weiss both thought that the best fit for the current time is me. I am happy to accept the assignment as principal of Costa Catholic Academy. While I will still remain the parochial vicar in the parishes in Galesburg and Abingdon, I will also assume the role of principal at the school effective today. I am excited about this opportunity and think it will be a great opportunity for growth and bridging for our parish communities and our school community.
I come to the position as the principal with a Master of Arts degree in Divinity and a Master of Arts degree in Moral Theology. I have received training in Mental Health First Aid, and I am currently pursuing another Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership. I've spent the last 19 consecutive years as a student, teacher, and administrative team member in our Catholic School system. Before coming to Costa, I've been assigned to and loved the opportunity to serve in the schools at St. Michael the Archangel in Streator, Marquette Academy in Ottawa, and Peru Catholic School in Peru. Additionally, I served for a three-year term after I was ordained on the Diocesan Education Commission for the Office of Catholic Schools.
I am looking forward to the opportunity to spend dedicated time in our school building and in our classrooms. In my time here, I have been greatly impressed by our faculty and look forward to working with these excellent teachers. I am also excited to spend more time with our students and families as we journey together in the academic and spiritual formation of our children.
I know there are many questions swirling about what the upcoming school year will look like and when we'll know about that. Rest assured, we are working on finalizing plans for re-opening our school building for the 2020-2021 academic year. As of now, at the recommendation of the Office of Catholic Schools and the Office of the Bishop, we will plan to open five days per week. We'll work to ensure that our school remains a safe environment for our faculty, staff, students, and families, and that appropriate precautions are taken during this continued time of public health crisis. I hope to finalize these details and share that plan with you with the next couple of weeks, if not sooner. I can tell you now though, our Back to School Night is scheduled for Tuesday, August 18, from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, and our first day (half day) back in the classroom will be Thursday, August 20.
Please know of my continued prayers for you and for the year to come. Please pray for me because you need holy priests, and I will pray for you because I need holy people.
God love you,
Fr. Jacob M. Rose
Principal, Costa Catholic Academy
Parochial Vicar, Galesburg Catholic Parishes
First Holy Communion:
First Confession is Wednesday, March 4th, 5:30 PM at Corpus Christi Church. One family member is required to accompany the children, however, we would love to have entire families join us.
First Communion Retreat is Saturday, March 21st, 1:30 - 5:00 PM at IHM Parish Center. We will attend 4:00 PM Mass at IHM. Pick up children at IHM after Mass.
First Holy Communion dates:
IHM: Sunday, April 26th, 11:00 AM Mass
Corpus Christi: Sunday, May 3rd, 10:00 AM Mass
St. Patrick: Sunday, May 10th, 9:00 AM Mass.
St. Aloysius: Sunday, May 3rd
Confirmation Retreat is Saturday, March 14th, at The Community of St. John’s, Princeville, Illinois. The bus will leave the IHM parking lot at 8:15 and return at 3:00 PM.
All students must have a permission form signed in order to travel with us. The cost is $20 per family. All students should bring a sack lunch.
Checks made payable to IHM.
Confirmation is Saturday, March 28th, 4:00 PM at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria.
Students should be at the Franz Center (behind the Boy Scout Building on Green Street) at 3:00PM. Sponsors check in at the Cathedral with the pontifical ushers to be seated.
There is NO assigned seating for anyone besides the Confirmands and their sponsors. The cathedral fills up very quickly.
Did you Know?
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Financial Assistance Available
Tuition assistance scholarship grants from the endowment fund established as a result of
the Diocese of Peoria ROOTED IN FAITH Campaign and named in honor of Archbishop
Spalding, the first Bishop of Peoria, will be available for the 2020-2021 school year for
students enrolled in or intending to enroll in grades Kindergarten through 12 in any
Catholic school located in the Diocese of Peoria whose families are active members of a
Catholic parish in the diocese. All grants will be based on financial need objectively
Information about the grants and application materials may be obtained from any
Catholic elementary or secondary school in the Diocese of Peoria or on the Diocesan
website www.cdop.org under Catholic Education and then under Financial Assistance.
Consult the detailed protocols and procedures and checklist for all requirements
necessary to be eligible for an award.
Parents must apply online at: online.factsmgt.com/aid. Families of students currently
receiving grants are reminded that all grants are for one year only, and anyone seeking to
renew a grant for the 2020-2021 school year must reapply.
Deadline date for the completed application is April 15, 2020. Notification of grant
awards will be made by the end of June 2020.
Another funding opportunity is also available due to the Invest in Kids Act legislation in
Illinois. Students may be eligible for up to 100% of tuition and fees under a new program
for tax credit scholarships (TCS). Details on how to apply and who qualifies are
available on the Empower Illinois website at www.empowerillinois.org. Students who
receive a TCS are ineligible to receive a Spalding award.