Bishop Martin D. Holley Kicks Off Catholic Schools Week by Blessing New Computer Lab at St. Matthias School in Lanham

January 24, 2006

Catholic schools across the nation will celebrate Catholic Schools Week January 29-February 4. Bishop Martin D. Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, will kick-off local celebrations with a school Mass and dedication of a new state-of-the-art computer lab that St. Matthias Apostle School has named after him:

Monday, January 30
9:30 a.m. Mass
10:30 a.m. Blessing and Dedication of Cardinal McCarrick Computer Lab
St. Matthias Apostle School
9473 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD

Following an all-school Mass celebrated by Bishop Holley and Rev. Jeff Defayette, pastor of St. Matthias, Cardinal McCarrick will bless the new Theodore Cardinal McCarrick Computer and Technology Lab during a special dedication ceremony being planned by St. Matthias Principal Mary Frey and Fr. Defayette. The dedication will include a blessing of the room, computer demonstrations by St. Matthias’ students and displays of technology projects. Catholic School Superintendent Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, PhD will attend.

The $60,000 lab, with its 30 new Dell computers, software and new furniture, is transforming the elementary school’s use of technology in learning. The equipment replaces a lab with eighteen 8-year-old Macs that were no longer able to support current software. In addition to use by the school’s 222 students, the parish is planning to offer computer classes for senior citizens in the parish.

Funds for the computer lab as well as new lighting in the church came from the parish’s share of the Forward in Faith capital campaign, a $185 million Archdiocesan-wide campaign to fund educational, pastoral and service programs into the future. Twenty percent of all funds raised by a parish up to its goal go back to the parish, plus 50 percent of funds raised by a parish over goal. St. Matthias parishioners pledged over $950,000, or 160 percent of the parish’s $600,000 goal.

Nearly 33,000 students attend 112 Catholic PreK, elementary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington. Catholic Schools Week is a national event held annually to spotlight the benefits of Catholic education. For more information on Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, visit

Susan Gibbs
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