Local Catholic Schools Get Creative in Celebrating Christmas

December 09, 2009

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 three weeks.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

December 11
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.

December 17
St. Augustine School, 1421 V St., NW (202-667-2608)
Christmas Pageant, 6:30 p.m.
All-school Christmas pageant incorporating African dance and Christmas carols.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

December 11, 14 and 17
St. Bernadette School, 80 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring (301-593-5611)
Christmas Around the World. First grade students learn about different cultures through Christmas traditions from around the world, including:
December 11 at 9:45 a.m. The first graders will make English cornucopias and have shortbread and wassail.
December 14 at 9:45 a.m. They 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 and hot cocoa.
December 17 at 9:45 a.m. The students will celebrate a Mexican-style Christmas by making paper poinsettias and striking a piñata.

December 11
Little Flower School, 5601 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda (301-320-3273)
Christmas Concert, 7:00 p.m.
Students will take part in the annual Christmas concert, which will feature the singing of familiar carols and the reenactment of the Christmas story.

December 14
St. Martin of Tours School, 115 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg (301-990-2441)
Christmas Program & Band Concert, 1:00 p.m.
Students in grades four through eight will entertain the whole school with a Christmas program and band concert featuring Christmas music.

December 16
St. Jane de Chantal School, 9525 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda (301-530-1221)
“The Children of Christmas” Program, 7:00 p.m.
Students in kindergarten through fourth grade listen to Luke’s Gospel and then sing Christmas carols with the children’s choir and chimes choir.

December 17
St. Catherine Labouré School, Claridge Room, 11811 Claridge Rd., Wheaton (301-946-1717)
Christmas Pageant at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Students in kindergarten through eighth grades will perform in two Christmas shows.

St. Bartholomew School, 6900 River Rd., Bethesda (301-229-5586)
Christmas Pageant, 7:00 p.m.
Students will present a traditional Christmas pageant for family and friends.

December 21
Our Lady of Lourdes School, 7500 Pearl St., Bethesda (301-654-5376)
Christmas Concert, 9:30 a.m.
The prekindergarten children will give a special concert for their parents.
Christmas Pageant, 7:00 p.m. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will present a Christmas pageant with songs plus a short play performed by eighth graders illustrating the meaning of Christmas.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

December 14
St. Mary’s School, 7207 Annapolis Rd., Landover (301-577-0031)
Shoebox Project, 9:30 a.m. The eighth grade students will pack and wrap gift boxes for the homeless. Each year all of the school’s students bring in requested items to fill the boxes: toothpaste, hand lotion, gloves, juice boxes, candy, snacks, etc. for the homeless. The faculty bring blankets.
On Christmas morning as dawn breaks, two teachers from the school (a mother and daughter) and their families distribute the boxes, blankets and coffee to homeless men and women in the District of Columbia.

December 16 and 21
St. Matthias Apostle School, 9473 Annapolis Rd., Lanham (301-577-9412)
December 16 at 10:45 a.m.
The librarian is hosting a “Splendiferous Christmas Tea” for the sixth grade and their buddy partners in the first grade.
December 21 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and running throughout the day. The entire school will participate in service projects throughout the day, such as making Christmas cookies for Meals on Wheels, preparing turkey sandwich lunches for McKenna’s Wagon and putting toiletry kits together for ministry outreach.

December 17 and 21
St. Mark the Evangelist School, 7501 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville (301-422-7440)
December 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Students in grades three through eight will present a band and choral concert.
December 21 at 9:30 a.m. The eighth grade students will perform a Living Nativity in the church.

SOUTHERN MARYLAND

December 22
Cardinal Hickey Academy, 1601 W. Mount Harmony Rd., Owings (410-286-0404)
Gingerbread House Party, 11:00 a.m. The seventh grade students will help their second grade buddies assemble gingerbread houses during their joint Christmas party.

The Archdiocese of Washington serves 29,000 students in 96 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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