Charles County Catholic Schools Celebrate Advent and Christmas

December 10, 2007

Catholic schools in Charles County are preparing for Advent and Christmas with giving projects and pageants. The service projects enhance the students’ awareness of the season and their role in reaching out to others in need. Among the activities planned:

Archbishop Neale School (104 Port Tobacco Road, La Plata, MD 20646)
(Principal Peggy Howard, 301-934-9595)

Archbishop Neale’s student service group, “ANS Angels,” has been collecting basic winter necessities for an orphanage in Kabul Afghanistan. The mother of a student is stationed in Kabul with the United States Army and has witnessed the desperation and need of the 100 boys and girls who live in the orphanage. Students will be going through the donations of coats, blankets, toys and games on Tuesday, December 11 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

ANS Angels also are looking to their local community and helping with the Safe Nights program in the county that aids the working poor. Students collected $450 that will be used to purchase food gift cards. On Tuesday, December 11 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., they will fill shoeboxes with warm socks, toiletries and treats and also prepare bag lunches.

St. Mary School (13735 Notre Dame Place, Bryantown, MD 20617)
(Principal Sharon Caniglia, 301-932-6883)

Older children are partnered with younger ones to make and fill shoeboxes for children less fortunate. They work together to cover the boxes and make cards and then fill them with little treasures. This project is on-going throughout the week. Students will place the shoeboxes under the Christmas tree during Morning Prayers on Monday, December 17 at 8:00 a.m.

The school will be holding a piano recital on Wednesday, December 12 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. with a small reception following the performances.

The Christmas Band Concert and Program will be on Monday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. The Catholic Business Association and the school’s Alumni Association both will present checks to the school for the purchasing of new tables and for scholarship funds.

Children’s Day begins at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 20. It includes caroling led by the 8th grade, stories read by faculty, cookies and juice and a visit by Santa who will pose for individual photos. The Christmas band concert also will be performed again.

St. Mary Star of the Sea School (6485 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head, MD 20640)
(Principal Henry Wroblewski, 301-283-6151)

Throughout the week students are enjoying door decorating contests and preparing a welcome place in their lives this Christmas by doing kind deeds. A stark manger scene was set up at the beginning of Advent last week. Each day students earn a piece of straw through good deeds. Every day at 2:50 p.m. during prayers before dismissal, students are invited to come forward and place their earned piece of straw in the manger.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 106 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools, educating nearly 32,000 students in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
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