St. Patrick prepares to celebrate Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week began in 1974 in celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The tradition has continued with a new theme every year that incorporates the values of Catholic education. This year, the theme of St. Patrick’s Catholic Schools week is “Go Light Your World!” The week always begins on the last Sunday of January, so for 2017 it will begin on January 29 through February 4.

Throughout the week, St. Patrick has several events planned to incorporate the message of Catholic education as a light in the world. Alongside the school’s planned events, our Catholic Schools Week fundraiser will be selling t-shirts to raise money for Ariana Farragut and her family. Through his fundraiser we hope to be “light” for this special family during their time of need.

Students will begin the week with a theme introduction. Religious Studies teachers will explain to each of their classes the importance of being a light in the world of darkness. This will lead into a project where students will create a light bulb and list the ways they can be a light in the world inside it.

Tuesday will be a visiting day for fifth grade Catholic elementary students, so that our campus can serve as a light to them. Wednesday the senior class will be traveling to New Orleans for their final retreat.

Thursday will begin with a sausage and pancake breakfast before school. The annual Junior Ring mass will be held with Father Greg Barras as our celebrant. The gym will be decorated for the mass with the light bulbs made by students on Monday, showing that St. Patrick students are the light of our community.

Finally, Friday will be a St. Patrick t-shirt and jean day for students. Students will also get to enjoy watching a movie to finish out their catholic schools week.

Story by Morgan Badurak