Re­li­gion Briefs Parish school of­fers church con­tract

Prospec­tive pupils can save $1,400 by at­tend­ing ser­vices

The Covington News - - RELIGION -

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — Par­ents whose chil­dren at­tend St. Jerome Parish School can save $ 1,400 off the an­nual tu­ition if they sign a con­tract agree­ing to at­tend church reg­u­larly.

“ Par­ents are the pri­mary ed­u­ca­tors in the way of faith,” said the Rev. John Yockey of St. Jerome Parish, which op­er­ates the school. “ This is a call to in­ac­tive par­ents to re­new their re­li­gious prac­tices.”

For years, par­ents qual­i­fied for the dis­count sim­ply by reg­is­ter­ing as church mem­bers. But only about half showed up in church reg­u­larly, leav­ing some parish­ioners miffed.

So Yockey, 63, cre­ated the new pol­icy, which will be­gin when the new school year starts in Septem­ber. Par­ents who want the stipend had to sign a con­tract agree­ing to at­tend church at least seven of ev­ery 10 Sun­days.

Those who refuse to sign the con­tract or who don’t meet the 70 per­cent cut­off must pay the reg­u­lar an­nual tu­ition of $ 4,500 per child.

The Catholic school in this city about 30 miles west of Mil­wau­kee has 330 stu­dents from kinder­garten through eighth grade.

“ I fully ex­pected up­wards of 20 per­cent of par­ents would drop out” when the pol­icy was an­nounced last year, Yockey said. But only one of the 170 fam­i­lies did.

Yockey said he heard some crit­i­cism that the pol­icy was a back­door way to raise money.

If that were the in­ten­tion, he said, he could have adopted an abil­i­tyto- pay model that would have de­nied the stipend to parish­ioners who could af­ford the full tu­ition. But this pol­icy is strictly about ac­count­abil­ity, he in­sists, not rev­enue.

Assem­blies of God elect new chief

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — The Assem­blies of God, one of the na­tion’s largest Pen­te­costal de­nom­i­na­tions, has elected a sea­soned church leader as its new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Ge­orge O. Wood, who has served as gen­eral sec­re­tary since 1993, was elected to the top post of gen­eral su­per­in­ten­dent at the de­nom­i­na­tion’s 52nd Gen­eral Coun­cil meet­ing here.

Thomas Trask, who was elected to the top spot in 1993, is step­ping down two years be­fore his term ex­pires. Wood will fill the re­main­der of that term.

Wood was or­dained in 1967. The son of mis­sion­ar­ies, Wood was born in China and was pas­tor of New­port- Mesa Chris­tian Cen­ter in Costa Mesa, Calif., for 17 years.

As gen­eral sec­re­tary, Wood over­saw the cre­den­tial­ing of min­is­ters and church char­ter­ing, among other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Based in Spring­field, Mo., the Assem­blies of God claims over 12,200 con­gre­ga­tions in the United States with some 2.7 mil­lion mem­bers and ad­her­ents.

The de­nom­i­na­tion also elected an African- Amer­i­can to its ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship team for the first time. Zol­lie L. Smith Jr., pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Black Fel­low­ship of the Assem­blies of God, was elected new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of U. S. mis­sions.

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