Catholic Schools Celebrate Thanksgiving

November 18, 2009

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

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

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Massive Food Drive for those in Need
Archbishop Carroll High School, 4300 Harewood Rd., NE (202-529-0900)
On Saturday, November 21, beginning at 12:00 p.m., students will weigh and load up thousands of pounds of food for those in need. They already have sent out over 1,500 pounds of food to the National Capital Area Food Bank this month. Last year, students collected over 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. Food began piling up in hallways and the front lobby weeks ago with the food drive concluding this week.

Thanksgiving Feast
St. Augustine School, 1421 V St., NW (202-667-2608)
On Tuesday, November 24 at 11:30 a.m.
, the teachers will serve a Thanksgiving Feast to the entire student body.

Turkey Feathers Luncheon
St. Ann’s Academy, 4404 Wisconsin Ave., NW (202-363-4460)
On Tuesday, November 24 at 12:30 p.m.
, all of the students will gather for their annual Turkey Feathers Luncheon and will parade into the hall with decorated class turkeys. The paper turkeys will display a multitude of feathers, each representing a donation to the homeless.

Thanksgiving Honoring Parents
St. Thomas More Academy, 4265 Fourth St., SE (202-561-1189)
On Wednesday, November 25 at 10:30 a.m.
, the third, fourth and fifth graders will host a Thanksgiving Luncheon for their parents. The students will prepare and serve the meal and they also created a recipe book.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Thanksgiving Decorating & Storytelling
St. Catherine Labouré School, 11811 Claridge Rd., Wheaton (301-946-1717)
On Friday, November 20, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., students will make costumes, tablecloths and decorations and then eat their Thanksgiving Feast. Also in the morning, the preschool classes will listen to stories about the first Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Feast & Prayer Service
St. Camillus School, 1500 St. Camillus Dr., Silver Spring (301-434-2344)
On Monday, November 23 at 11:30 a.m.
, the school will celebrate Thanksgiving with a brief prayer service and then everyone will share together in a Thanksgiving Feast with parents. The feast will be hosted by the preschool, kindergarten and first grade. Students in grades 2-8 will bring food for the St. Camillus food pantries.

Thanksgiving Reenactment; Thanksgiving Outreach to the Needy
Holy Cross School, 4900 Strathmore Ave., Garrett Park (301-949-1699)
On Tuesday, November 24, at 11:00 a.m.
, the prekindergarten through first grade students will reenact the first Thanksgiving.

Also at Holy Cross School, each grade helps a family in need by gathering non-perishable goods for Thanksgiving and collecting enough money for groceries for a week. Items are boxed and decorated and picked-up by an outreach group on November 24 after 8:30 a.m.

“Pilgrims” and “Indians” Hold Thanksgiving Feast
St. Bernadette School, 80 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring (301-593-5611)
On Tuesday, November 24, 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
Our Lady of Lourdes School, 7500 Pearl St., Bethesda (301-654-5376)
On Wednesday, November 25, at 11:00 a.m.
, students will give thanks for their grandparents by performing a collection of songs from the 50s and 60s for them and each grandparent will receive a special bookmark.

Thanksgiving Liturgy
St. John the Baptist School, 12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring (301-622-3076)
On Wednesday, November 25 at 11:00 a.m.
, the school community will celebrate a Thanksgiving liturgy, with first graders serving as readers, gift bearers and ushers.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

Thanksgiving Basket Blessing for Needy Families
St. John the Evangelist School, 8912 Old Branch Ave., Clinton (301-868-2010)
On Friday, November 20, at 8:10 a.m., the school will have a special Thanksgiving Basket Blessing. Each class has put together special Thanksgiving baskets for needy families full of items to make a complete Thanksgiving meal, including a gift certificate to buy a turkey.

Thanksgiving Food Basket Offerings for Needy Families
Holy Redeemer School, 49th Ave. and Berwyn Rd., College Park (301-474-3993)
On Monday, November 23, at 8:15 a.m.
, the students will bring up an offering of non-perishable goods during a prayer service of Thanksgiving. The items later will be packed and placed in the parish’s food pantry for needy families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

Thanksgiving Prayer Service & Performances
St. Mary’s School, 7207 Annapolis Rd., Landover Hills (301-577-0031)
On Wednesday, November 25, at 11:30 a.m.
, the school will celebrate Thanksgiving with a prayer service and performances by the 5th and 8th grades. Through songs, readings and a slide show presentation, the students will focus on how grateful they are to live in a free nation where they can worship freely and how thankful they are to the troops who serve our country.

SOUTHERN MARYLAND

Thanksgiving Feast
Cardinal Hickey Academy, 1601 W. Mount Harmony Rd., Owings (410-286-0404)
On Friday, November 20, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., students celebrate their blessings with an all-school Thanksgiving Feast. The children will be dressed in costumes and the cafeteria will be decorated with Thanksgiving items made in art class.

Thanks to Grandparents
St. Peter School, 3310 St. Peter’s Dr., Waldorf (301-843-1955)
On Tuesday, November 24, at 9:30 a.m.
, grandparents are invited to a special presentation of thanks. The band and choir will perform following a brief prayer service and the prekindergarten and kindergarten students will sing. Grandparents then will visit individual classrooms for special activities.

The Archdiocese of Washington serves 29,000 students in 96 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.

Contact:
Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
301-853-4519
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