May the Lord bless and reward all those who support Catholic education

The Department of Catholic Schools is grateful for support shown to any of the fifteen Catholic schools of the Diocese.  This support takes the forms of prayer, service, and finances.  A person who supports our schools in one of these ways is a benefactor, for whom we offer daily prayers.   

Any kind of prayer—for a Catholic school or a person in the school or a school event—is sure to find a favorable hearing with God.  One veteran Religious who administered a Catholic high school used to pray as follows: Lord, send the students you want us to love and educate, send the teachers who will do this, and send the money by which to afford it.

A parent who enrolls a child in a Catholic school understands the need to give service to the school, so as to help make up the difference between the tuition that is charged and the actual cost of educating the parent’s child.  One need not be a parent of a student in order to give service to a Catholic school.  For example, students have benefited from retired parishioners who tutor in our schools.

A financial gift in support of a school is always welcome whether the amount is large or small.  There are many financial opportunities that a school presents to benefactors:  donate to its annual appeal; patronize a fundraising event; fund a scholarship for a deserving student; contribute to the school’s capital improvement campaign. Every gift, no matter the size, is much needed and greatly appreciated.



Many gifts make one BIG impact

Benefactors are integral to our mission of providing an exceptional Catholic education for the young people of the Diocese of Santa Rosa. Every year, the cost to educate a student is more than the set tuition. Schools rely on benefactors and fundraising income to make up this tuition gap. 

Financial support shown to the Catholic schools of the Diocese in general is of two kinds:  (a contribution to)  (1) the Aquinas Fund that provides scholarships for needy students; and (2) the Annual Ministries Appeal of the Diocese.   

Our goal is to ensure that every family who desires a Catholic education for their children has the opportunity to fulfill that dream without financial impediments preventing their access. This requires the involvement and investment of our entire community - and for that, we thank you for your incredible support and generosity.

[Contact the Department of Catholic Schools at or phone 707-566-3393.]