From January 31 - February 6, 2016, Catholic schools across the nation are celebrating Catholic Schools Week. This annual event honors the value of a Catholic education and is observed with activities for students, families and the community. The theme for this year's Catholic Schools Week is, "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service."
"Catholic Schools Week is a week set aside each year to celebrate what is special about our schools," said Director of Ministry & Service, Kelli Kinnear. "First and foremost is that Christ is the center of all that we do and all that we stand for. We have wonderful families who sacrifice much to send their children to Catholic Schools. We have dedicated faculty and staff members who are committed to serving our students and who also sacrifice a public school salary. And finally, we have amazing students who inspire me every day in how they choose to live a life centered in faith and service. In all, it is a great blessing to be part of a Catholic School!"
At Chaminade Julienne, the students, faculty and staff will celebrate Catholic Schools Week several ways including:
- a special 3 o'clock prayer said on Monday, February 1. This same prayer will also be said at Alter, Carroll, and Fenwick,
- Mass at Emmanuel Church on Wednesday, February 3 at 9:30 a.m.,
- writing notes of thanks and support to Marianist Brothers and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur during lunch on Thursday, February 4,
- and students and faculty having the option to wear a Catholic Schools t-shirt or sweatshirt on Friday, February 5. The shirts can be from a Catholic grade school, CJ, or a Catholic college. Jeans will be allowed.
Every day throughout the week, there will be a trivia question relating to the Marianists or the Sisters of Notre Dame read over the morning announcements. During the afternoon announcements each day, there will be a special reflection read by a student, faculty or staff member. Additionally, the CJ religion classes will be praying for fellow Marianist and Sisters of Notre Dame schools throughout the week. There will also be a collection of jeans for a Senior Capstone project, called "Jeans for Teens" during homerooms. CJ will conclude Catholic Schools Week with the annual Talent Show on Friday, February 5 where CJ students will showcase their amazing talents for the entire school.
You can learn more about the National Catholic Schools Week celebration here.