Celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2013

The 2013 celebration of National Catholic Schools Week is being observed Sunday, Jan. 27 through Saturday, Feb. 2. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools Raise the Standards." At CJ, we will mark the celebration with activities, prayer, reflections and an all-school Mass.

As a tangible representation of our unity, the students, faculty and staff at CJ, Alter, Carroll and Fenwick will recite a special prayer at 2:55 p.m. from their respective locations Monday afternoon. We invite others to pray along with us at that time.

Members of CJ faith groups, FLIGHT and LIFE, are also planning ways for their classmates to gain a deeper understanding of the role Catholic education plays in all our lives. Every morning, a faculty or staff member will share a personal reflection over the P.A. There will also be a daily CJ trivia contest and donations will be collected throughout the week to benefit St. Francis de Sales School, an inner-city Catholic grade school in Cincinnati that teaches in the Marianist tradition.

On Wednesday, Jan. 30 we will come together as a faith community at Emmannuel Church for an all-school Mass beginning around 10 a.m. Parents and CJ community members are encouraged to attend. Additionally, several students will represent CJ at the Dayton-area Catholic Schools Week Mass hosted at St. Peter Church on this day.

Finally, students can show their support for a favorite Catholic school or university by wearing a t-shirt or sweatshirt from the institution of their choice on Friday, Feb. 1. Uniform shorts or pants are required.