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

April 11, 2008

Archdiocese of Washington schools are celebrating Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Washington next week with prayer services, Bavarian artwork and birthday parties in celebration of Pope Benedict XVI’s 81st birthday. Below is a list of schools and events next week open to the media:

Monday – April 14, 2008

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Annunciation School (District of Columbia)
3825 Klingle Place, NW, Washington, DC 20016
Principal: Marguerite Conley, 202-362-1408

Eighth grade students will give group presentations on St. Benedict, Pope Benedict XVI and Vatican City.

8:30 a.m.
Mount Calvary School (Prince George’s County)
6704 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Principal: Valerie Carroll, 301-735-5262

The school will hold a special prayer service in honor of the Pope.

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
St. Peter School (Southern Maryland)
3310 St. Peter’s Drive, Waldorf, MD 20601
Principal: Mrs. Jude DeLucco, 301-843-1955

Kindergarteners will make a book about “Joseph Ratzinger: The Boy Who Became Pope.” The junior high students will discuss the roles of popes and the connection to St. Peter, the namesake of their school.

1:30 p.m.
St. Raphael School (Montgomery County)
1513 Dunster Road., Rockville, MD 20854
Principal: Teri Dwyer, 301-762-2143

Second grade students will be make a mural in honor of Pope Benedict.

1:30 p.m.
St. Francis Xavier School (District of Columbia)
2700 O Street SE, Washington, DC 20020
Principal: Harold Thomas, Jr., 202-581-2010

Seventh grade students will make papal puzzles.

Tuesday – April 15, 2008

9:30 -11:30 a.m.
St. Peter School (Southern Maryland)
3310 St. Peter’s Drive, Waldorf, MD 20601
Principal: Mrs. Jude DeLucco, 301-843-1955

Kindergarteners will study the US, Italy and Germany and then color maps. Junior high students will explore the history of St. Benedict and the life of Benedict XVI.

9:45 a.m.
St. Martin of Tours School (Montgomery County)
115 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Principal: Sr. Sharon Mihm, CSC, 301-990-2441

Following 9:45 a.m. Mass where seventh graders will be dressed in papal attire, the school will kick-off the area birthday celebrations for Pope Benedict XVI, who turns 81 the following day, with ice cream sundaes.

1:30 p.m.
St. Raphael School (Montgomery County)
1513 Dunster Road, Rockville, MD 20854
Principal: Teri Dwyer, 301-762-2143

The first graders will be working on their three-dimensional displays of St. Peter’s life.

Wednesday – April 16, 2008

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
St. Peter School (Southern Maryland)
3310 St. Peter’s Drive, Waldorf, MD 20601
Principal Carol A. Mikoni, (301) 924-6698

Kindergarteners will make “Chico the Cat” puppets (the Pope’s cat) while listening to Mozart, one of the Pope’s favorite composers. Older students will make the papal coat of arms.

11:00 a.m.
St. Raphael School (Montgomery County)
1513 Dunster Road, Rockville, MD 20854
Principal: Teri Dwyer, 301-762-2143

The school will celebrate Pope Benedict’s birthday with cake and cookies, and all of the students will wear red in his honor.

2:15 p.m.
Our Lady of Victory School (District of Columbia)
4755 Whitehaven Parkway, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Principal: Sheila Martinez, 202-337-1421

Their school-wide birthday party for Pope Benedict will include students playing trivia games centered on the Pope’s life and the history of the papacy and students singing “Happy Birthday” in German. Cake will be served. Students will draw pictures of the Pope and will make birthday cards. Finally, the school will hang a banner offering birthday blessings to the Holy Father.

Thursday – April 17, 2008

8:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Holy Family School (Prince George’s County)
2200 Callaway Street, Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748
Principal: Mary Hawkins, 301-894-2323

All classes have chosen a different aspect of Pope Benedict XVI to celebrate and each classroom will be turned into a “museum” for the day. From 8:00 -10:00 a.m., students will visit other classrooms to learn about the Pope. After watching the papal Mass, they will have a German lunch and then attend a papal fair.

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Holy Redeemer School (Prince George’s County)
49th Avenue and Berwyn Road, College Park, MD 20740
Principal: Michelle Jones, 301-474-3993

Students will view the papal Mass in their classrooms. Then, the school will host a chess tournament in honor of one of Pope Benedict XVI’s favorite pastimes. Students also will make paper doll popes, study the geography of Italy and Germany and make papal artwork.

10:00 a.m.
St. Francis Xavier School (District of Columbia)
2700 O Street, SE, Washington, DC 20020
Principal: Harold Thomas, 202-581-2010

Students will watch the papal Mass in their classrooms at 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.
St. Martin of Tours School (Montgomery County)
115 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Principal: Sr. Sharon Mihm, CSC, 301-990-2441

Students will watch the papal Mass in their classrooms at 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.
St. Raphael School (Montgomery County)
1513 Dunster Road, Rockville, MD 20854
Principal: Teri Dwyer, 301-762-2143

Students will watch the papal Mass in their classrooms at 10:00 a.m.

Friday – April 18, 2008

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Annunciation School (District of Columbia)
3825 Klingle Place, NW, Washington, DC 20016
Principal: Marguerite Conley, 202-362-1408

The Fourth grade students will research and illustrate where Catholics live throughout the world.

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 www.dcpapalvisit.org.

Contact:
Kathy Dempsey
Assistant Director of Communications
301-853-4519
[email protected]