The young children who fill the pews of our parish and fill the classrooms at St. Monica Catholic School are the future of our Church. Their formation in a Catholic environment is incredibly important and something worth celebrating. The school is one of the biggest ministries of the parish. Without support from the parishioners, the school would not be able to serve 350 academically and socio-economically diverse
children — and the children of the parish would not have a Catholic education provided to them. This is why it is so important for parishioners to know about and celebrate Catholic Schools Week with the school.
Catholic Schools Week will place during the last week of January, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3. This is a time to celebrate Catholic schools and the opportunities that they offer to the youth of the Church. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2024 is “Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community.” Principal Eric Schommer believes that this is a special way to demonstrate how St. Monica celebrates its Catholic identity throughout the whole year.
“Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to remind everyone how valuable our school is to not only students who attend but the whole community,” Mr. Schommer says. “We provide service to our neighbors, parishioners, local community programs, and the larger community while educating children to grow in faith and academics.”
The National Junior Honor Society and the Catholic Identity Committee have been creating a calendar filled with activities that celebrate St. Monica as a Catholic school, and the school as a member of the larger community.
“Our traditions include tours at Mass for our parishioners the first Sunday of the month, themed out-of-uniform days that celebrate our community and culture, a meal prepared by the PTO and served to the staff to celebrate their dedication to Catholic schools, and promotion of our school through videos and social media to spread the word about our great school,” Mr. Schommer says. “We also traditionally open our registration to all for the coming school year.”
Parishioners are encouraged to get involved by attending the tours, promoting the school to friends and family, and looking for volunteer signups on the school’s Facebook page and website. Specifically, volunteers are needed throughout the year to cover a class so the staff can eat their lunch and to substitute so the staff can use their sick days.
If you have questions about Catholic Schools Week or would like to volunteer at the school, please contact Gabriela Gonzalez, School Office Manager, at 317-255-7153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.