Fun Activities and Prayer Mark Catholic Schools Week

January 25, 2004

The 23,500 students at the 83 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 25-31, with prayer, academics and fun activities including community service, students switching places with their teachers for the day, school liturgies, faculty vs. students sports events, and much more. All activities are planned under the theme, “A Faith-Filled Future.”

Schools also will host Open Houses so prospective students, their parents and the community can learn more about Catholic schools and what makes them so successful. Catholic Schools Week is a national event held to spotlight the benefits of Catholic education. Events planned include the following:

Sunday, January 25
Holy Redeemer Church, 9705 Summit Ave., Kensington, Montgomery County, 9:30 a.m.

Thank you cards to teachers and parents created by the nearly 500 students at Holy Redeemer School will be displayed at the church entrance during a special Mass. Students wearing school uniforms will serve as readers, altar servers and gift bearers. Students also will express thanks to their parents, teachers and the community for their support.

St. Anthony Church, 1029 Monroe St., NE, Washington, DC, 9:00 a.m.
At a Mass, students in Grades Pre-K to 8 from St. Anthony School will greet parishioners, participate in the liturgy and sing in the children’s choir. All members of the faculty will be present and some will serve as gift bearers during the Mass.

Monday, January 26
St. Benedict the Moor School, 320 21st St., NE, Washington, DC, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The nearly 115 students in Pre-K to Grade 8 will compete in a door decorating contest by creating colorful displays for their classroom doors under the theme “A Faith-Filled Future.”

St. John the Evangelist Church, 10103 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 11:30 a.m.
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will celebrate Mass for nearly 240 St. John’s students, ranging from Pre-K to Grade 8. The students will serve as readers, gift bearers and altar servers. Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Ph.D., superintendent of Catholic schools, also will join the school for the Mass.

Our Lady of Sorrows School, 1010 Larch Ave., Takoma Park, Montgomery County, 1:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Many of the school’s nearly 200 students will make sandwiches in the school’s cafeteria for the homeless and a representative from Martha’s Table will speak to the students and take the sandwiches to Martha’s Table.

St. Mary School, 7207 Annapolis Rd., Landover Hills, Prince George’s County, 8:40 a.m.
St. Mary’s more than 300 students in Grades K-8 will participate in a prayer service in the school gym singing songs and reading essays they have written about “Why I Love St. Mary’s School.”

Tuesday, January 27
St. Columba Church, 7800 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill, Prince George’s County, 7:30 p.m.

At a Coffeehouse Poetry Reading in the parish’s Father Dewan Hall, students in Grades 6-9 will read their original poetry and serve coffee to parents and visitors. Published poet Beverly Babin Woods of Accokeek, MD will attend.

Holy Angels-Sacred Heart School, 21335 Colton Point Rd., Avenue, St. Mary’s County, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Students in Grades 3-8 will display their Science Fair projects in the school hall on topics such as botany, rocket flight, effects of temperature on dissolving materials and effects of household cleaners on the environment.

Holy Family School, 2200 Callaway Street, Hillcrest Heights, Prince George’s County, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Colorful banners signed by nearly 280 Pre-K to Grade 8 students will greet Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, and Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Ph.D., superintendent of Catholic schools, as they arrive at the school. They will join the entire student body for a prayer service and ribbon cutting to celebrate the school’s first new gym floor in 30 years. Then, the Cardinal and Dr. Weitzel-O’Neill will tour the school and visit students in their classrooms decorated according to the theme of children’s books such as “The Giving Tree” and “The Cat in the Hat.”

Mother of God School, 20501 Goshen Rd., Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, 1:30 p.m.
Students in Grade 8 will challenge their teachers during the school’s student vs. faculty basketball game in the school gym. The nearly 300 students will cheer on their favorite teams carrying colorful signs created by each class to show their school spirit.

Wednesday, January 28
Trinity College’s Trinity Center gymnasium, 125 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC, 10:30 a.m.

A 130-student choir with students from each of the 13 Center City Consortium schools school will sing at a special Mass at which students will serve as readers and altar servers. The celebrant will be Auxiliary Bishop Leonard Olivier and the gymnasium will be decorated with colorful banners from each school.

St. Bernadette School, 80 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, Montgomery County, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
All students will receive a blue ribbon in their classrooms from their teachers in honor of the school being named a 2003 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The school also was named a Blue Ribbon School in 2001. Students will be out of uniform and will participate in fun activities including games and watching movies.

St. Mark School, 7501 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville, Prince George’s County, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Students will come to school dressed as their favorite literary character and will participate in a fun book exchange for each grade level. Students will also enjoy a free pizza lunch.

Thursday, January 29
St. Michael School, 824 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring, Montgomery County, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

During Career Day, volunteer parents and community speakers will visit classrooms and speak to students about careers including a firefighter, police officer, lawyer, doctor and a dance instructor. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about these and other careers.

St. Peter School, 3310 St. Peter’s Dr., Waldorf, Charles County, 9:15 a.m.
Students in Grades 1-8 will serve a special appreciation breakfast in the school cafeteria to bus drivers, kitchen workers and support staff for their service to the school, and students will present a “thank you” gift to each.

Friday, January 30
St. Ann’s Academy, 4404 Wisconsin Ave., Washington, DC, 1:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Students in Grades K-8 will honor their grandparents on Grandparents’ Day with a special tea in the school gym. Students will serve tea and give tours of the school to their grandparents and other family members.

St. Mary Star of the Sea School, 6485 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head, Charles County, 9:00 a.m.
On Teacher Appreciation Day, the nearly 200 students in Grades K-8 will join their teachers at a special liturgy to highlight the service of teachers. Students will serve as readers, altar servers and gift bearers.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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