Papal Visit Activities for Schools in Week Prior to Pope Benedict XVI’s Visit

April 07, 2008

With just one week remaining before Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Washington, DC, Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools are preparing for his arrival. Below is a list of schools and events for this week:

April 8, 2008 (Tuesday) – 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
St. Bernadette School (Montgomery County)

70 University Boulevard, Silver Spring, MD 20901
Principal: Cheri Wood, 301-593-5611

Middle school students will study Pope Benedict XVI.

April 8 – April 11, 2008 (Tuesday – Friday) – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Victory School (District of Columbia)

4755 Whitehaven Parkway, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Principal: Sheila Martinez, 202-337-1421

Throughout the week, students will learn about the symbols of the papacy; complete a web quest on the roles and titles of the Pope; make timelines of Pope Benedict’s life; and study scripture of the life, role and commissioning of Peter.

April 9, 2008 (Wednesday) – 1:00 p.m.
St. Andrew the Apostle School (Montgomery County)

11602 Kemp Mill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20902
Principal: Kathy Kilty, 301-649-3555

Kindergarten and first grade classes will make colorful fish to represent “Jesus’ fish, Jesus’ people.” The different colors will represent different nationalities and countries across the world. First grade is putting together a “Pope Book” which will include different facts about Pope Benedict XVI.

April 9 – April 10, 2008 (Wednesday – Thursday) – 1:00 p.m.
Holy Redeemer School (Montgomery County)

9715 Summit Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895
Principal: Harriann Walker, 301-942-3701

Second graders will make rosary bracelets and then at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday fourth graders will make balloon-powered pope mobiles. On Thursday afternoon, the students will race the pope mobiles.

April 11, 2008 (Friday) – 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
St. Matthias School (Prince George’s County)

9473 Annapolis Rd., Lanham, MD 20706
Principal: Patricia Wilson, 301-577-9412

At an assembly, seventh and eighth grade students will share stories that they wrote incorporating the Capital Area Food Bank. They also will break open piggy banks that they made and count out the money that they raised for the food bank in honor of Pope Benedict’s visit. Primary grades are creating learning stations on the Pope. Fourth and fifth graders will “interview” St. Peter and Pope Benedict.

Pope Benedict XVI will arrive in Washington, DC on April 15, 2008 for his first papal visit to the United States. While in the United States, he will celebrate his 81st birthday (April 16th) and the third anniversary of his election to the papacy (April 19th). Information about Pope Benedict’s trip to Washington, including his itinerary, is posted online at

Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
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