Catholic Schools Celebrate Thanksgiving

November 20, 2008

Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington will celebrate Thanksgiving with feasts, songs and service projects to help those in need.

Highlighted below are some of the celebrations taking place this Friday and Saturday and next week:


Massive Food Drive for those in Need
Archbishop Carroll High School, 4300 Harewood Rd., NE (202-529-0900)
On Monday, November 24, beginning at 9:00 a.m., students will box up thousands of pounds of food for those in need. Last year, students collected 44,000 pounds of food in an annual service project dating back over 25 years. Food is gathered for families who began calling in early November to get on the list and food also is boxed up for 14 area shelters and food banks, including the Capital Area Food Bank. Food began piling up in hallways and the front lobby weeks ago with the food drive concluding this Monday.


Food Drive for the Homeless
St. Michael the Archangel School, 824 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring (301-585-6873)
This week through Tuesday, November 25, the school is collecting for its annual Thanksgiving food drive which benefits the Federal City Shelter. Sponsored by the third grade, all classes participate. Individual serving sizes of food are preferred so that the homeless can easily carry these food items with them.

Food Drive for Children
St. Elizabeth School, 917 Montrose Rd., Rockville (301-881-1824)
On Friday, November 21, throughout the day
the school wraps up a month of collecting food for Manna Food Center’s Smart Sac program. The program stuffs backpacks with a week’s worth of easy to prepare foods, such as snacks and microwavable dinners, for children in Montgomery County.

“Pilgrims” and “Indians” Hold Thanksgiving Feast
St. Bernadette School, 80 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring (301-593-5611)
On Tuesday, November 25, from 11:00 a.m. – noon
, kindergarteners and first graders will have a Thanksgiving Feast. The kindergarteners will dress up as American Indians and the first graders as pilgrims. Parents will serve the feast. After the meal, the children will sing songs and act out the first Thanksgiving.

Thanking our Grandparents Plus Clothing Drive for the Homeless
Our Lady of Lourdes, 7500 Pearl St., Bethesda (301-654-5376)
On Wednesday, November 26, at 11:00 a.m.
, the entire school (PreK–8) will hold its Grandparents’ Day celebration. This year’s celebration has a patriotic theme and will include songs and marching, along with prayers and reflections on grandparents.

The school also has been collecting new and gently used clothing for the homeless which will conclude on Tuesday, November 25.


Food Drive for Families in Need
St. Mary of Piscataway School, 13407 Piscataway Rd., Clinton (301-292-2522)
On Friday, November 21, at 9:30 a.m. and Monday, November 24, at 8:30 a.m., National Junior Honor Society students will decorate boxes and fill them with complete turkey dinners and a gift card for families in need. Every year, the honor students spearhead this Thanksgiving project and work with the entire school to raise money and collect food. They visit all the classrooms and talk about Thanksgiving and what it means to be truly thankful and blessed.

Gospel Fest and Thanksgiving Feast
Mount Calvary School, 6704 Marlboro Pike, Forestville (301-735-5262)
On Saturday, November 22, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
, the entire school presents its annual Gospel Fest with students (PreK–8) offering praise, songs and liturgical dance. Cost: $10.00 (13 years old and up); $5.00 (12 years old and under).

On Tuesday, November 25, at 12:30 p.m., students in PreK through 5th grade will have a Thanksgiving Feast where they will reflect and write on what they have to be thankful for and make cards for the residents of Cheval Court Apartments, housing for low income seniors operated by Victory Housing.


Thanksgiving Feast
Cardinal Hickey Academy, 1601 W. Mount Harmony Rd., Owings (410-286-0404)
On Friday, November 21, from noon – 1:00 p.m., students celebrate their blessings with an all-school Thanksgiving Feast. The cafeteria will be decorated with Thanksgiving items made in art class.

The Archdiocese of Washington serves about 30,000 students in 98 elementary, secondary, special schools, and early learning centers in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
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