MARCH, the Maine Apostolate of Roman Catholic Homeschoolers, was founded in 2012 to support and encourage Catholic families who take seriously the obligation of educating their children personally through home schooling.
Our mission is to offer support and encouragement to Catholic homeschooling families by spiritually inspiring and uplifting one another to fully embrace an authentic Catholic family lifestyle.
We seek to form friendships, share resources, and learn from one another while propelling each family to live a dynamic Catholic family life based on the Church’s liturgical year.
Our activities are not affiliated with one particular Catholic parish in the Diocese of Portland. Rather, we are all encouraged as families to be actively involved in our individual parishes and we are grateful to the local parishes who are willing to offer their spaces for our group gatherings.
We are a support group, not a school. MARCH activities support your homeschool curriculum with activities that are spiritual, social, and educational. We can help you find information about curriculum or direct you to co-op classes in your area. Our activities do not take the place of sacramental preparation done through your individual parish or home. We utilize Grace Academy, in South China as the home base for our meetings and many other activities. Our founders, Michelle Bourque and Lisa Durant also founded Grace Academy, a private homeschool learning center for those interested in academic classes, enrichment co-ops or private tutoring.
MARCH families are faithful to the teachings of the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church, the Holy Father, and to the diocesan bishop teaching in communion with him. We rely on the initiative of our members to participate in a way that best meets the needs of their individual families.
MARCH welcomes all Catholic homeschooling families (as well as those considering homeschooling) who embrace the teachings of the Catholic Church and the purpose of our group.
If you would like to become a part of our group, please join. We look forward to meeting you.
“Since parents have conferred life on their children they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it.”
(Gravissimum Educationis #3)