The 2013-14 school year marks the 40th celebration of National Catholic Schools Week, which is being observed Sunday, Jan. 26 through Saturday, Feb. 1. This year's theme is Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.
You are invited to follow along as we mark the celebration at CJ with activities, prayer, reflections, trivia, a donation drive, a Catholic t-shirt day and an all-school Mass.
Each day will begin with a morning trivia contest question. Special personal reflections will also be read over the morning announcements by a teacher, staff member or student following the day’s question. Contest winners will be announced during afternoon announcements.
Additionally, all first period classes will be given the name of a local Dayton Catholic school to pray for each day.
And throughout the week, CJ will collect donations for Rebuilding Together Dayton, a local nonprofit organization that provides free home repairs to low-income, elderly and/or disabled homeowners living in the City of Dayton and Montgomery County. Please consider donating any of the following items:
- Window/glass cleaner
- Multi purpose cleaner
- Toilet bowl cleaner/toilet bowl brush
- Disinfectant cleaner
- Paper towels
- Bath tub and tile cleaner
Again this year, Catholic Schools Week will kick off with a special Unity Prayer on Monday, Jan. 27. Students, faculty and staff at CJ, Alter, Carroll and Fenwick will recite the same afternoon prayer together at 3 p.m. in the hallways of each respective school.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, everyone is encouraged to wear a t-shirt or sweatshirt (with uniformed-approved bottoms) representing their favorite Catholic school. Apparel can be from a Catholic grade school, CJ, or a Catholic college.
An all-school Liturgy at Emmanuel Catholic Church is planned for Wednesday, Jan. 29. Mass begins at approximately 10 a.m. and all members of the CJ community are invited to join us. In addition, a small group of students will serve as representatives from CJ at an area-wide all Catholic Schools Mass hosted Wednesday at Immaculate Conception. A special appreciation luncheon for faculty, staff and administration will also be hosted at CJ that day by a group of current parents.
Finally on Friday, Jan. 31, we will come together as a whole school to celebrate our student’s achievements during an afternoon winter pep rally in the newly dedicated Mary, Our Lady of Victory gymnasium.