Local Catholic Schools get creative in celebrating Christmas

December 04, 2008

Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington will celebrate Christmas with international traditions, pageants, reenactments and service projects to help those in need over the next two weeks.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

December 16
Sacred Heart School, 1625 Park Rd., NW (202-285-4828)
Multi-lingual Christmas pageant, 6:00 p.m. All-school Christmas pageant of skits, songs and dances.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

December 10, 12 and 19
St. Bernadette School, 80 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring (301-593-5611)
December 10, at 7 p.m., the school band will perform a concert of Christmas music.
December 12 at 1:30 p.m., the children will learn about Sweden and celebrate St. Lucia’s Feast Day by making a wreath of pretend candles to wear on their heads and feasting on hot cinnamon buns.
December 19 at 1:30 p.m., the entire school (K-8) will reenact the Christmas story with scripture readings, music and song in the church.

December 10
St. Catherine Labouré School, Claridge Room, 11811 Claridge Rd., Wheaton (301-946-1717)
Art show and concert, 6:00 p.m.
Students art work will be displayed followed by a band concert featuring Christmas music performed by students in grades 4-8.

December 18 and 19
St. John the Baptist School, 12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring (301-622-3076)
December 18 at 7:30 p.m.,
the school will present “Come to the Stable,” retelling the Christmas story through music, song and dance.
December 19 at 11 a.m., the school will gather for Mass and families will bring wrapped gifts for the children of Mary House, a family shelter in Washington, DC. The gifts will be placed on the altar and immediately after Mass, families will load up their cars and deliver the gifts.

St. Camillus School, 1500 St. Camillus Dr., Silver Spring (301-434-2344)
Las Posadas, December 19 at 9:00 a.m.
The school will celebrate Las Posadas, a re-enactment of the Christmas story. Two 8th graders will represent Mary and Joseph and a 1st grader will carry baby Jesus. They will travel through the school singing, seeking shelter at each classroom The journey ends with a school-wide celebration in the school hall at 11 a.m. with traditional punch, the breaking of a piñata and a concluding prayer.

Our Lady of Lourdes School, 7500 Pearl St., Bethesda (301-654-5376)
Christmas pageant, December 19 at 7:00 p.m.
The K-8 students will perform a Christmas pageant with skits and songs in the church.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

December 10 and 12
St. Mary of the Mills School, 106 St. Mary’s Pl., Laurel (301-498-1433)
December 10 at 9 a.m., the kindergarteners will make holiday cards for local nursing home residents and hospice patients.
December 12 at 10:10 a.m., the kindergarteners will create Nativity scenes with their 5th grade buddies.

December 15
Holy Redeemer School, 49th Ave. and Berwyn Rd., College Park (301-474-3993)
Shoebox project, 12:10 p.m.
The student council will pack and wrap shoeboxes for SOME (So Others Might Eat). The students are collecting toiletries, socks, gloves and chapstick for the homeless men.

December 16 and 18
St. Hugh School, 145 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt (301-474-4071)
December 16 at 7:30 p.m.,
the school children will perform their Christmas program.
December 18 at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., two different casts will present a Living Nativity.

SOUTHERN MARYLAND

December 19
Father Andrew White, S.J. School, 22850 Washington St., Leonardtown (301-475-9795)
Birthday party for Jesus, 10 a.m. The pre-kindergarteners and their 4th grade buddies will have a birthday party for Jesus. Each child will bring in a baby shower gift that will be donated to the CareNet Pregnancy Center in St. Mary’s County.

The Archdiocese of Washington serves about 30,000 students in 98 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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