Catholic Schools Reaching Out to Hurricane Victims

September 03, 2005

Catholic school students throughout the Archdiocese of Washington are doing what they can to lend support to victims of the hurricane, from accepting displaced students into their schools to collecting money and offering prayers. For example, the 300 students at St. Mary School, Landover Hills raised $1,300 in one day, at a “Tag Day” held September 1, where students donated money to come to school out of uniform.

The Archdiocese of Washington is welcoming students from the affected region; at least 27 have enrolled in schools to date. Tuition is being waived for those in need. Some of the special activities scheduled for next week include:

Our Lady of Mercy School, 9222 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac, MD. Nearly 300 elementary school students will gather around an outdoor statue of the Blessed Mother on Tuesday, September 6, 9:00 a.m. to pray a rosary for victims of Hurricane Katrina and donate money collected over the weekend by doing extra chores or by giving up entertainment activities such as going to the movies.

Cardinal Hickey Academy, 1601 West Mt. Harmony Road, Owings, MD. New Orleans gospel music will fill the school cafeteria Wednesday, September 7, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. to celebrate that city’s spirit as students in Grades 7-8 hold a bake sale for victims of the hurricane. Funds raised from the bake sale and a special collection at a school Mass on Thursday, September 8, 11:15 a.m. will be donated to New Orleans’ St. Louis Cathedral Academy, run by nuns from the same order who staff Cardinal Hickey Academy.

Archbishop Carroll High School, 4300 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC. Nearly 650 students will process from the school Thursday, September 8, 9:30 a.m. to a Mass to remember and pray for victims of Hurricane Katrina, held at 10:00 a.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC.

St. Matthias School, 9473 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD.
St. Mary of the Mills School, 106 St. Mary’s Place, Laurel, MD.

Both schools will hold a “Tag Day” for hurricane relief on Friday, September 9, 9:00 a.m.-Noon, where students will donate money to come to school out of uniform.

St. Mary School, 600 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD. Throughout the week, students will place “Coins of Compassion” to support hurricane relief in a special container next to a statue of Mary at the school. Funds will be donated to Catholic Charities.

The 140 parishes of the Archdiocese of Washington also will take up a second collection at all Masses during a weekend in September to assist those affected by Hurricane Katrina in recovering from the damage of the storm. Catholic Charities also is assisting with relocation assistance.

Susan Gibbs and Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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