San Jose is about friends and family. Steve attended San Jose (class of ’80). To have our kids classmates parents be classmates of his, plus some teachers that were his were also our children’s, makes a sense of community run deep. Some of my fondest memories happen to be standing under a tree waiting to pick up my oldest son, Chase, with other ladies whose sons were in my son’s grade. It created a bond that is still alive today. As a matter of fact, two of those ladies (and their husbands) are godparents to our younger two children. I know that the school and the Home and School Association are trying to continue to bring that connectivity even in these trying Covid times. It is difficult to create bonds when we cannot socialize freely. The teachers and staff of the school have always been accessible and could share in your family’s joys and sorrows. The bonds that they create with our children is amazing. We had several teachers come to our house to see our daughter in her last days. That meant the world to us. The church has always been there for us. Specifically, Deacon Chris (and his wife, Kathleen) who traveled several times to Gainesville to visit us in the hospital. Fr. Rodolfo also joined us there. San Jose families came and said goodbye to Jo. A whole group of kids piled in their parents cars to make the trip to down to Gainesville to say goodbye. The Knights, the Women’s Bible Study, the Matthew Kelly book club groups, continue to bind us to our beloved Parish as we watch our youngest graduate San Jose this year. That’s 24 straight consecutive years of San Jose Catholic School for us coming to an end. Tears 🙂 These are the actions of close friends and family. San Jose is the link that binds us all together.

-The Madden Family

Why San Jose? Because it is home. I grew up at San Jose and am an alum of the school. Mike and I married in the church and had our children baptized here. Priests and Pastors come and go, but the sacraments and community remain. When it was time for our oldest to go to school, there was no question that he would be in a Catholic school and it was decided to try San Jose. Each year Mike and I revisit why we choose to continue to send our children to the school. There is a strong academic presence, a vibrant faith life, a wonderful community of fellow parents on the same journey. Now, more than ever, I am so grateful that the doors are open, and our children are learning in person. The whole child, body, mind, and spirit is considered at the school. There are many resources and opportunities for each one of six children to find his or her own way. We are in our 17th straight year of having a child enrolled here and still have 7 years to go. May St. Joseph be our guide as we continue our journey.

– Beth Connolly Porkert c/o ’88.

As long-time parishioners of San Jose Catholic Church (since before the kids were even born) it seemed an obvious choice for us to enroll them in San Jose Catholic School. This was not a choice that we just made automatically. When we thought about what our reasons would be for a catholic education, and in particular San Jose Catholic, the choice became evident; Faith, Love and Knowledge. We hear those words a lot as they are often recited as the school’s core values, but when you are a part of the community it becomes apparent that these values are truly what San Jose Catholic is all about. The faith that is instilled as a regular part of their daily lives at San Jose Catholic has helped them to build a strong moral base as they continue to mature and honestly, it helps us as parents to continue to grow our faith as a family and remain focus on what is really important. The love that they receive from the entire San Jose Catholic family has been incredible and is not something that you can find just anywhere. It is evident from the very top to the very bottom that the faculty and staff at San Jose truly love and care for our children. Finally, the knowledge that has grown within our children as they progress through the grade levels has been amazing to witness. We can absolutely see that their teachers care about them learning and understanding the curriculum. The care and attention that our children have received to this point in their education has been second to none and in this uncertain time we have continually grateful to be able to rely on the school and church for their example and strength in guiding our family through.

– The Johanson Family

We have been a part of the San Jose Catholic Church and School family for over a decade. Both of our children were baptized at the Parish by Father Fay when they were babies, and it was a natural progression to place them at San Jose Catholic School given its commitment to the core tenets of Faith, Love, and Knowledge. The dedication of the School’s administration, teachers and faculty is unparalleled. Their heroic efforts have kept the kids engaged in learning and provided stability at the School, particularly during these uncertain times. They are talented, professional, generous (and seemingly tireless), and we truly appreciate all they do to educate our children. Father Remek, who was appointed as our new pastor in 2019, has brought an increased energy to the Parish and School and has augmented the sense of community. We appreciate his optimism and his desire to build a robust Church and School family. Both he and Father Rodolfo have a gift of speaking to parishioners, especially the children, in a manner that resonates. They offer positive messages and provide comfort and hope.

– The Huron Family