A full calendar of special activities is set for our Mary of Lourdes Catholic School celebration of Catholic Schools Week, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2.
“Each day has a different theme,” says Jennifer Swenson, Principal. “We always kick off Catholic Schools Week with a parish Mass at one of the churches that are part of the Haven of Mercy. Then, each day will honor a different group.”
One day during the week will focus on vocations. Mrs. Swenson plans to invite several priests and a sister who can talk to the students about their particular vocations. Another day will feature employees from the local radio station visiting the school to interview elementary and middle school students and get their thoughts about attending school at Mary of Lourdes.
“We have a day that we will honor military and service workers,” Mrs. Swenson says. “Each class picks a specific service, such as community service workers, or a group, and prepares different projects to honor them.”
Our students will also have their own day when they are honored, with plenty of fun activities to enjoy.
“We always have different dress-up days throughout the week,” Mrs. Swenson says.
There also are plans to bring the celebration of Mary of Lourdes School’s 30th anniversary into Catholic Schools Week, with a full celebration being planned in the spring.
Although each day of Catholic Schools Week is celebrated with a different theme at Mary of Lourdes School, the entire week has an overarching meaning to Mrs. Swenson.
“It is a week of being able to look at all the beautiful ways Catholic schools are different than public schools,” she says. “It is a time for students to recognize that we really are a small community, like family, that we give back to the community and have fun. We all do this because of Jesus. We can learn about the saints, sing songs about our faith each day, and go to Mass weekly — these are all wonderful aspects of our school that make us different, more than just academics.”
Our Mary of Lourdes School occupies two campuses. The pre-K through fourth-grade students, who number about 180, are housed in their building on the east side of Little Falls, and are connected to St. Mary Church. The middle school, made up of 100 students in fifth through eighth grades, is located on the west side of Little Falls, near Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
Throughout the week, the celebration will focus on the mission of Mary of Lourdes School.
“Mary of Lourdes School is Christ-centered and dedicated to the excellence of education while developing the whole person and integrating our Catholic faith in daily life,” Mrs. Swenson says. “We are a Catholic school, not just a private school. We want to form the child as well as the family within our Catholic faith.”
Parents who are considering enrolling their children at Mary of Lourdes School for the 2024-25 school year may begin the process in the spring.
For more information on the Pre-K through fourth grade, call the elementary school at 320-632-5408. For more information on the middle school, call 320-632-6742.