ARCH, Association of Roman Catholic Homeschoolers, is a support group for Roman Catholic homeschoolers. The mission of ARCH is to promote homeschooling among Catholic families and to support those families who
are engaged in providing their children’s education at home. The foundation
of ARCH activities and functions is fidelity to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church including its Bishops in union
with Rome. With
the support of our fellow members, we will grow, serve, love and learn in our Catholic Faith.
1) To strengthen our Catholic families.
2) To promote and encourage Catholic values.
3) To foster Catholic vocations.
4) To teach the traditions and history of the Roman Catholic Church.
5) To promote devotion to the Blessed Mother.
ARCH takes its inspiration from
the Holy Spirit and from the Traditions of our Holy Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ. As our local Bishop Burbidge
reminded us in his Homily to homeschoolers of the area in February 2007,
“ In the concluding blessing from
the Rite of Baptism these words are addressed to the parents: "You will be the first teachers of your children in the ways
of faith. May you always be the best of teachers." And then this prayer is offered on behalf of the parents, the newly baptized
children and those present: "May He make you always, wherever you may be, faithful members of His holy people and send His
peace upon all who are gathered here, in Christ Jesus our Lord."
parents, you have taken seriously your role as the first teachers of your children in the ways of faith. You understand why
the Second Vatican Council states, "It is particularly in the Christian family, enriched
by the grace of the sacrament of matrimony, that children should be taught to have a knowledge of God, to worship Him and
to love their neighbor." (Declaration on Christian Education, 1965, # 12)
Thank you, parents, for your example of faithful married love and for giving the Church and our diocese the precious gift
of family life, so well represented here today.”