Bishop’s Dinner Chaircouple
By KATIE LEFEBVRE, Globe staff reporter
“We were honored and stunned,” said Mark of being asked to be the chaircouple. “It is truly an honor. We would like everyone to feel welcome. It is Catholics getting together for a great cause, great purpose, great bishop and great Catholic employees.”
Mark and Jenny are members of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Sioux City and both are graduates of Bishop Heelan High School. The couple has been married for 39 years. Their four children, two boys and two girls, all graduated from Bishop Heelan. They also have four grandchildren.
It was “never a discussion,” Mark said about whether the couple would send their children to a Catholic school or not.
“We just did it,” said Jenny. “God is a common piece at a Catholic school. The most important thing in their life is shared by everyone at the school. That gives you a lot of strength and positive feelings when you are sharing that with your peers.”
“We went to Catholic school and I wanted the same great education for my kids,” said Mark. “Where else are you going to get a faith-based education but in a Catholic school? In Catholic education, you get to say prayers. You get to go to Mass. You get to learn about Jesus Christ. These are things that aren’t available in a public school setting.”
Mark has worked for Catholic Mutual since January 2012 and Jenny works for the Sioux City Community Schools. Mark serves as an usher at Blessed Sacrament.
“Honoring the people who work in the Catholic schools is important,” said Jenny of those who receive awards at the Bishop’s Dinner. “They deserve the recognition. I don’t think people understand how hard they work and how much they put into the lives of our communities children.”
“It is a great to recognize some outstanding teachers in the Catholic school system,” said Mark.
As chaircouple, Mark and Jenny will be involved in planning many details of the evening including going to committee meetings and planning the meal. They serve as representatives of all families supporting Catholic education throughout the diocese.
Jenny mentioned the chaircouple also stands with the bishop welcoming all who attend the dinner.
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