The young children that fill the pews of our parish and the classrooms at St. Joseph Cathedral School are the future of our Church. Their formation in a Catholic environment is incredibly important and something worth celebrating. Our school is one of the biggest ministries of the parish, which is why parishioners are encouraged to know about and celebrate Catholic Schools Week along with our school community.
Catholic Schools Week will take place from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3. Principal Gina Bailey reflects on why this is an important week.
“It is important to celebrate Catholic Schools Week because it acknowledges and promotes educational excellence, faith formation, community engagement, gratitude, and recognition, as well as advocacy for Catholic education,” Mrs. Bailey says. “This is a time for us to show the staff, students, and parishioners how much we appreciate them. It allows us to highlight the positive impact we are making, not only on the students but on the community as a whole.”
The week will kick off with the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday. During Mass, the Distinguished Graduate Award will be given to a past graduate, and following Mass, students attending the Coffee and Donut Bar will be eligible for drawings and door prizes compliments of the Knights of Columbus.
Throughout the week, there will be many other activities taking place — the kick-off assembly, school-wide scavenger hunt, staff vs. student basketball and dodgeball game, Helias band performance, all-school Mass, XLT Adoration, various dress-down days for the students and staff, and activities that support community programs.
“This year we are adding an XLT Adoration time on Friday morning that all school families and parishioners are welcome to attend,” Mrs. Bailey says. “We also welcome you to join us for any of our assemblies that week, as well as our kick-off Mass on Sunday, followed by donuts.”
While the XLT Adoration on Friday is a new addition this year, there are also some traditions that staff and students get to look forward to.
Fr. Paul Clark will be invited back to DJ for the students during one of the lunch shifts and the school cafeteria crew will offer a student appreciation lunch of Chick-fil-A again.
“Catholic Schools Week is so much fun,” Mrs. Bailey says. “I love seeing the students involved and engaged in our various activities. It is not only fun, but also a meaningful celebration that provides an opportunity for students, teachers, and parents to come together and celebrate the value of Catholic education.”
Questions about Catholic Schools Week? Contact Principal Gina Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.