Schools Celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Fun Events and Prayers

January 25, 2005

The 23,000 students at the 84 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 30-February 5, with prayer, academics and fun activities including community service, school liturgies, special presentations by visitors from the community and much more. All activities are planned under the theme, Faith in Every Student: Catholic Schools.

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. Dates and times will be posted at Catholic Schools Week is a national event held to spotlight the benefits of Catholic education. Events planned include the following:

Sunday, January 30
St. John the Evangelist Church, 10103 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Montgomery Co., 9:00 a.m.

Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill will join students for a Mass to kick off Catholic Schools Week. Students will serve as readers, gift bearers and altar servers. After Mass, students will host a breakfast in honor of their grandparents.

St. Patrick School, 4101 Norbeck Rd., Rockville, Montgomery Co., 10:00 a.m.-Noon
An Open House and book fair will be held in this newly constructed elementary school, serving students in Grades K-4. The book fair will raise funds for computers, books, furniture and other materials for the new library/media center.
Monday, January 31
Mount Calvary School, 6704 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, Prince George’s Co., 2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley and Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill will join the school’s 260+ students for an honors assembly, awarding students for academic excellence.

St. Raphael Nursery School, 1590 Kimblewick Rd., Rockville, Montgomery Co., 10:00 a.m.
“Who Let the Dogs In?”: A Montgomery Co. police officer and a retired dog from the K9 unit will teach kindergarten students about the important work of a police dog.

St. Elizabeth School, 917 Montrose Rd., Rockville, Montgomery Co., 2:00 p.m.
“Who Let the Dogs In?”: Trainers from Laurel-based Fidos for Freedom, Inc., which pairs dogs with individuals with disabilities, will demonstrate for Grades 1-8 how the dogs assist their owners in the community.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 1604 Morris Rd., SE, Washington, DC, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
In service to seniors in the community, students in Grades PreK-4 will make colorful, ribbon-tied gift bags carrying items such as Kleenex and sugar-free candy, as well as prayer cards written and decorated by the students.

St. John the Evangelist School, 8912 Old Branch Ave., Clinton, Prince George’s Co., 11:00 a.m.-Noon
Sister Kathleen Newett, IHM, who helped open St. John’s in the 1960s and returned 11 years ago to work at the school, will share stories about her life as a Sister and a teacher. In a show of appreciation for the Sisters, each class will collect donations for the Immaculate Heart of Mary missions.

Tuesday, February 1
Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata, 9:30 a.m.

The Charles County Commissioner will proclaim Jan. 30-Feb. 5 Catholic Schools Week. Students from the county’s four Catholic elementary schools, Archbishop Neale, La Plata; St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Indian Head; St. Mary, Bryantown; and St. Peter, Waldorf, will hear the proclamation read.

Holy Face Church, 20476 Point Lookout Rd., Great Mills, St. Mary’s Co., 10:00 a.m.
Little Flower School will celebrate a Mass with the theme “Bringing Light to the World,” and students will act out the Gospel of Jesus healing the blind beggar. At the end of Mass, representatives from each class will lead a procession, carrying electric candles from the church to the school gym where the candles will be placed in a special prayer space.

Holy Redeemer Church, 206 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 9:00 a.m.
At a festive interfaith prayer service, leaders of local Islamic, Hindu and Christian communities will join students of Holy Redeemer School at this annual event. In the opening procession, students will carry colorful banners they have made, and will sing songs and pray with their invited guests.

Wednesday, February 2
St. Mary School, 7207 Annapolis Rd., Landover Hills, Prince George’s Co., 1:30 p.m.

Happy Birthday! Students and staff will celebrate St. Mary’s 50th anniversary with party and a cake. The school will also honor 5th grade teacher Mrs. Araxie delReal for 25 years of service with a certificate and “thank you” poems read by students. Events will be held in the gym.

Archbishop Neale School, 104 Port Tobacco Rd., La Plata, Charles Co., 10:40 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 1:40-2:00 p.m.
Students from Grades PreK-8 will honor the county bus drivers, serving doughnuts and coffee, and presenting them with cards and gift bags.

Thursday, February 3
Our Lady of Lourdes School, 7500 Pearl St., Bethesda, Montgomery Co., 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Comedian Paul Hadfield will perform “General Foolishness,” an act that includes juggling, unicycle rides and participation by students in an entertaining show.

Our Lady of Victory School, 4755 Whitehaven Pkwy., NW, Washington, DC, 8:15 a.m.
The school’s 170 students will present their pastor, Fr. Paul Lee, with a giant, colorful banner decorated by all students in appreciation for his service to the school. Eighth graders will sing a special tribute.

St. Margaret of Scotland School, 410 Addison Rd., South, Seat Pleasant, Prince George’s Co., 10:00 a.m.
Be S.M.A.R.T.: Students in the school’s S.M.A.R.T. Clique character-building club will teach Grades K-8 tips on peaceful ways to resolve conflicts and handle bullying, demonstrating examples by role playing.
Noon-2:00 p.m.
Students and teachers will enjoy a Soul Food Taste-Off luncheon with a variety of foods made by students, including fried chicken, greens and desserts. Colorful placements made by students will decorate the tables.

Holy Angels Sacred Heart School, 21335 Colton Point Rd., Avenue, St. Mary’s Co., 11:00 a.m.
Students in all grades will compete for the best classroom door decoration, under the theme “Faith in Every Student.” The pastor, Msgr. John Brady, and principal, Dr. Carol Weber, will judge the designs and award small cash prizes to the winning classes.

Friday, February 4
St. Benedict the Moor School, 330 21st St., NE, Washington, DC, 8:40 a.m.-tour; 9:00 a.m.-celebration

Thanking Our Heroes: Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, and Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, will join students in honoring teachers and local police, fire and rescue workers. The school welcomed 80 new students this year through the DC Opportunity Scholarships program.

St. Aloyisus Church, 22800 Washington St., Leonardtown, St. Mary’s Co., 9:30 a.m.
We Love Our Volunteers!: Joined by parents and other volunteers at a special Mass, Father Andrew White, SJ School’s students and teachers will honor the many people who help them each day, such as aiding teachers, cooking and serving lunch, coaching sports, organizing fundraisers and much more. A reception will follow in the school hall.

Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian School, 1503 E. Capitol St., SE, Washington, DC, 11:45 a.m.
On Teacher Appreciation Day, students will present letters and cards to their teachers, serve a lunch and perform a special song.

Jennifer Reed
Asst. Dir. of Communications, Schools
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