Catholic Schools Reaching Out to Hurricane Victims

September 06, 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. The Archdiocese of Washington is welcoming students from the affected region; 31 have enrolled in schools to date. Tuition is being waived for those in need. Some of the special activities scheduled for this week include:

Sacred Heart School, 1625 Park Road, NW, Washington, DC. Students will gather to pray for hurricane victims at a Mass on Wednesday, September 7, 11:00 a.m., at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 16th Street and Park Road, NW, Washington, DC. The Mass will begin with students singing “When the Saints Go Marching In.” During the Mass, students will take up a special collection for hurricane relief. “Hope Jars” will be placed in each classroom to collect students’ donations throughout the week.

Cardinal Hickey Academy, 1601 West Mt. Harmony Road, Owings, MD. New Orleans gospel music will fill the school cafeteria Wednesday, September 7, Noon-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 Avenue, NE, Washington, DC.

Mary of Nazareth School, 14131 Seneca Road, Darnestown, MD. Students will hold a car wash and a bake sale with a lemonade stand on Friday, September 9, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. to raise funds for hurricane relief.

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 a weekend in September to assist the people affected by Hurricane Katrina in recovering from the damage of the storm. Catholic Charities is assisting with relocation efforts.

Susan Gibbs and Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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