Catholic Schools Week

01-26-2020Weekly ReflectionFr. James Aboyi

This week we observe the National Catholic Schools Week (CSW) in all the Dioceses in the United States. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the US, being observed beginning with the last Sunday in January. The celebration this year, running from January 26 to February 1, will mark the 46th anniversary of the event. The theme for the 2020 Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” This theme embodies the core values found in Catholic schools across the country. Those values are to train the child academically, morally, spiritually and socially so they can become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples and good citizens. The overall goal of the CSW is to showcase what makes Catholic schools distinctively different from other schools and to help schools connect with prospective families looking to find the right school for their children, donors, educators and other community members.

There will be several activities throughout the week both at the Diocese and also here at our St. John Bosco school. The high point of the Diocesan event will be the celebration of Mass at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral at 10 am on Wednesday, January 29. This will be followed by the annual Catholic Schools Rally at the State Capitol.

Here in our SJB community, we have several events lined up for each day through the week. We will begin our observance of the CSW with a celebration of Mass on Sunday, January 26, both in our parish and at Corpus Christi. Students, parents, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend any Sunday Mass at St. Benedict, and the 8:30 am or 10:30 am Mass at Corpus Christi. Other events and activities include: Penny Wars, Cans Across the Campus, school-wide Rosary/Prayer Service and Special Person’s Day. Tuesday, January 28, is one of the most popular days of Catholic Schools Week for the students. There will be a hot dog lunch, Field Day featuring a kickball competition between teachers and 8th grade students, and a Diocesan Spelling Bee.

The entire campus will be open Wednesday evening, January 29 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, to showcase the many features that make our school so special. If you know of any friends or family members who are looking for the best Catholic school for the next academic year, please tell them to save this date! Our parent volunteers and Campus Ambassadors will be ready to give them a personal tour. All current parents and students are invited to attend, as well. Our esteemed school orchestra will be playing in the courtyard while families stroll through campus, visiting science fair projects, artwork, and STEM projects. Please plan to come and join us to show our support to our SJB community.

Thank you and Remain Blessed.

Fr. James