Catholic Schools Week 2019 events: The School that Worships Together, Sticks Together!

Dear St. Patrick Families:

On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff at St. Patrick Catholic High School, we sincerely appreciate your continuous support of our school and of Catholic education.

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which this year is January 27 – February 2. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2019 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

Catholic schools offer academic excellence and faith-filled education for students nationwide.  National test scores, high school graduation rates, college attendance and other data show that Catholic schools consistently outperform schools in both the public and private sectors.

Our school theme for Catholic Schools Week 2019 is “The School that Worships Together, Sticks Together!”  Jesus prayed that all of his followers would be one and stick together.  Unity is an important characteristic of being a Christian. Pope Francis said, “Weary from his journey, Jesus does not hesitate to ask the Samaritan woman for something to drink. His thirst, however, is much more than physical: it is also a thirst for encounter, a desire to enter into dialogue with that woman and to invite her to make a journey of interior conversion. Jesus is patient, respectful of the person before him, and gradually reveals himself to her. His example encourages us to seek a serene encounter with others. To understand one another, and to grow in charity and truth, we need to pause, to accept and listen to one another. In this way, we already begin to experience unity. Unity grows along the way; it never stands still. Unity happens when we walk together.”

Detailed information about the events and schedules for next week will be in your Monday morning This Week at St. Patrick email; however, here are a few of the events we have planned:

Monday, January 28

  • Theology teachers will introduce the theme for the week and discuss the importance of unity in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition.
  • Monday afternoon, we will host our faculty versus student dodge-ball game in the gym.

Tuesday, January 29

  • Tuesday afternoon, we will have a living rosary service in the gym.  We invite parents and family members to join us as we pray for unity within our school and church community as well as for vocations.
  • Students will create and design a display of individual intentions to be presented at mass on Thursday.

Wednesday, January 30

  • Ribbon Cutting with Mississippi Coast Chamber of Commerce at 10:00 a.m. to announce the opening of registration for the 2019-20 school year.
  • Adoration with praise and worship service by On a Wing and a Prayer, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 31

  • Junior Ring Mass at 9:40 a.m., parents and families are invited to attend.  Juniors will be presented their class rings as part of the annual Junior Ring Mass Ceremony.

Friday, February 1

  • Registration opens for the 2019-20 school year.  Look for an exciting announcement about registration very soon!
  • Movie and popcorn for all students.
  • Brandon Green Concert at 7:00 p.m. Dynamic singer/songwriter Brandon Green will be performing a Christian Contemporary concert at St. Patrick Catholic High School! Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door. All ages are welcome!

I sincerely thank you for investing in Catholic education and choosing St. Patrick for your child. If you have any questions or need any more information about Catholic Schools Week, please reach out or reply to this email.  Thank you again for your support of our school!

Go Irish!

Dr. Matt J. Buckley