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Catholic Schools Week celebrates: Building the Future


January 20, 2009

The Diocese of Pittsburgh will celebrate Catholic Schools Week from January 25-31 with activities highlighting the theme, “Catholic Schools: Building the Future.”

Bishop David A. Zubik, in his message for Catholic Schools, says, “The Responsorial Psalm for the January 25 liturgy sets the context for our celebration of Catholic Schools Week: ‘Teach me your ways, 0 Lord!' For more than 180 years, Catholic schools have worked to accomplish this momentous task with hundreds of thousands of children and youth throughout our diocese. And our schools have done a fantastic job!

Over more than a decade as a teacher and school administrator, I was continually impressed with the quality of our schools, and our teachers and students. Every measure taken continues to indicate that our schools are succeeding, producing extraordinary young people who are successful, committed citizens of our world community and faith-filled, enthusiastic disciples of Jesus Christ and His Church. They are beacons of hope as together we work to build a world that reflects the goodness and truth of the Gospel.”

“The theme we have chosen for Catholic Schools Week this year is ‘Catholic Schools: Building the Future.' Catholic schools provide our children and youth an academically excellent, faith-centered education, an education that forms the whole person,” said Rev. Kris D. Stubna, diocesan Secretary for Education.

“We have provided the gift of our Catholic schools for more than a century-and-a-half, often at great sacrifice. But the life of the diocese and the community has been made richer because of it. There can be no greater investment made than helping our children receive the great beginnings that last a lifetime. Catholic school students are indeed working to build a bright future for themselves and a hope-filled future for our world,” Father Stubna said.

Catholic schools locally and nationally will celebrate by hosting school, parish and community events. National Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools is set for Wednesday January 28.

On National Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools on Jan. 28, delegations of students, faculty and parents will visit Washington, D.C., and many state capitals to promote awareness among government leaders of the contributions of Catholic education. More than 2.3 million students attend the nation's 7,400 elementary, middle and secondary Catholic schools.

Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association, the world's largest private, professional education association, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the national public policy organization of U.S. bishops.

At the state level, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania usually commemorates Catholic Schools Week with a resolution from the General Assembly.

Bishop Leonard-Saint Mary of the Mount Academy, Mt. Washington, will participate in opening liturgy on Monday, January 26, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the School Chapel; a school spirit and fun day on Tuesday, along with a morning of volunteer appreciation, host a parents and a special persons on Wednesday, holds a carnival on Thursday, and parents and staff appreciation day on Friday.

Brookline Regional School, Brookline, will deliver thank you messages to parishioners on Sunday, January 25, and will celebrate service in our nation on Monday, wearing red, white and blue and participating in a Living Rosary for the intention of our leaders. The service theme continues throughout the week, focusing on students on Tuesday, vocations on Wednesday, the faith community on Thursday, with a benefactor's liturgy at 1 p.m. at Saint Pius X church... On Friday, a junior achievement day is planned with lessons led by trained JA volunteers all day State Representative Chelsea Wagner visits at 1:30 p.m.

Bishop McDowell Regional School, Baldwin, has a range of events scheduled, including eighth grade students handing out “Thank You” bookmarks at all Masses, a brunch on Sunday, January 25, Michael the Circus artist on Tuesday, a Prismatic Magic Laser assembly program on Thursday with a Black History Laser Tribute, a five-day book fair (M-F), a “Social Studies night” on Thursday, ice cream social on Friday, and a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, January 31 from 4-7 p.m.

St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, Whitehall, has the following schedule:

Monday: Service projects in homerooms during the day- (creating and sending care packages to soldiers)

Tuesday: Mass 8:45-10:00 a.m. Junior Achievement 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Parent/Teacher conferences 12:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday: Assembly- Prismatic Magic (Black History Laser Show) 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Friday: Olympic Day 9:30-2:30 p.m.


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