CJ Celebrates Catholic Schools Week 2019

Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. That is the theme for the 2019 Catholic Schools Week, being celebrated January 27 - February 2.

At CJ, celebrations of Catholic Schools Week are taking place each day.

On Monday, select seniors spoke with Archbishop Dennis Schnurr as part of a teleconference he holds with area high schools during Catholic Schools Week. In the afternoon, students said a special 3 o’clock in conjunction with the other Dayton-area high schools as a sign of unity.

Both on Monday and Tuesday, students had the opportunity to write compliment cards to their peers. This was a gesture to brighten a classmate’s day.

On Wednesday, CJ will celebrate Mass at Emmanuel Catholic Church. In addition, several Eagles will attend the all Catholic Schools Mass at St. Luke’s. During lunch periods this day, cake will be served to the students to celebrate Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon, the co-founder of the Marianist Sisters, beatification. (Update: postponed to Wednesday, Feb. 6, same time).

On Thursday, students will test their knowledge of CJ, the Marianists, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur during all-school Bingo. (Update: postponed to Thursday, Feb. 7).

On Friday, students are encouraged to wear their favorite Catholic school shirt as part of an out of uniform day (all out of uniform rules apply). The school’s annual talent show will also be held that afternoon. (Update: postponed to Friday, Feb. 8).

The excitement doesn’t end after school lets out on Friday. On Saturday, the men’s basketball team faces fellow Marianist school, Archbishop Moeller, in the Mary, Our Lady of Victory gym, with the varsity game scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Both teams are ranked first in their divisions, according to the Ohio AP poll.

Following the game, CJ is hosting a Sock Hop. Students can enter the dance by contributing new or gently used shoes, or $2. All contributed items will be given to a Marianist school in Africa.

“The idea was brought upon by a Senior Capstone Project,” Kelli Kinnear, Director of Ministry & Service said. “Students will have fun dancing along with their classmates!”

“I’d love to attend the Sock Hop with all my friends!” one sophomore raved.

Additional information about CJ’s Catholic Schools Week celebrations can be found here.

Written in collaboration with Kerry Kadel ‘21.

Posted January 28, 2019