Every year, beginning the last week of January, Catholic schools across the nation celebrate Catholic Schools Week, a time to specifically honor the amazing work our schools do in educating the mind, body and spirit of our young learners. Of course we value Catholic education every single day, but this week allows us to really come together and celebrate all that we do, not only for our students, but also for our church, community, and nation. Once again we celebrate the theme of, “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” and it runs from January 29 through February 4.
Everything about the celebration mirrors what we do within our schools. According to the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA):
The theme encompasses several concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are communities — small families in their own right, but also members of the larger community of home, church, city, and nation. Faith, knowledge, and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged.
You can even see our mission embodied in the week’s logo, which NCEA also explains: “The vibrancy of the colors and the movement and shadows in the logo portray the inter-connectivity and community life that are present in our Catholic schools.”
Beginning January 29, every day will have a daily theme, which individual schools and parishes will promote in their own way within the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) guidelines:
Sunday, January 29: Celebrating Your Parish
Monday, January 30: Celebrating Your Community
Tuesday, January 31: Celebrating Your Students
Wednesday, February 1: Celebrating the Nation
Thursday, February 2: Celebrating Vocations
Friday, February 3: Celebrating Faculty, Staff, and Volunteers
Saturday, February 4: Celebrating Families
You can learn more about each day in our 2016 blog: “Catholic Schools Week: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Teachers can find plenty of ideas to help promote and celebrate the week on the NCEA page, including a handbook, attention-grabbing infographics, and recommendations for special activities! Teachers and parents alike can visit “Catholic Schools Week on Pinterest” for creative ideas for all ages.
Interested in helping your child’s school with Catholic Schools Week decorations and activities? Reach out to the principal or to the Home and School Association and volunteer. Every school in the Archdiocese of Hartford welcomes your involvement. And once again this year, we invite you to join the rest of the nation celebrating on social media with the hashtag #CSW17.
In addition to Mass and a variety of activities, many of our schools offer Open Houses during Catholic Schools week. To date, the following have been scheduled, but keep an eye out on your child’s school website and social media for additional information and events.
|St. Mary||Branford||Sunday, January 29, 2017||12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.|
|St. Christopher||East Hartford||Tuesday, January 31, 2017||6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.|
|St. Bernard||Enfield||Tuesday, January 31, 2017||9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.|
|St. Rita||Hamden||Monday, January 30, 2017||9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.|
|St. Stephen||Hamden||Sunday, January 29, 2017||12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.|
|St. Paul||Kensington||Tuesday, January 31, 2017||6:30 p.m.|
|Our Lady of Mount Carmel||Meriden||Thursday, February 2, 2017||5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.|
|Our Lady of Mount Carmel||Meriden||Sunday, February 5, 2017||11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.|
|St. Mary||Simsbury||Wednesday, January 25, 2017||6:30 p.m.|
|Holy Trinity||Wallingford||Sunday, January 29, 2017||10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.|
|Blessed Sacrament||Waterbury||Wednesday, January 25, 2017||5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.|
|SS. Peter and Paul School||Waterbury||Saturday, January 28, 2017||2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.|
|St. Thomas the Apostle||West Hartford||Wednesday, January 25, 2017||9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.|
|St. Timothy Middle School||West Hartford||Thursday, January 26, 2017||7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.|