Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane
Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Catholic Schools Week is a celebration throughout Eastern Washington
by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register
(From the January 21, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)
Catholic schools in the United States will mark National Catholic Schools Week beginning Sunday, Jan. 31, through Friday, Feb. 5.
The Spokane Diocese’s Catholic schools are joining the celebration with a wide variety of special events and commemorations.
According to the web site of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), the theme for this year’s celebration is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”
The NCEA says that the logo and theme were chosen “in response to member requests for a theme and logo that would last more than a year.” Plans call to use this year’s logo and theme for three years, which will give schools the opportunity “to brand the week and their ongoing marketing activities with repeated mentions and use of a consistent logo.”
The NCEA said that “faith, knowledge and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged.”
Several of Eastern Washington’s Catholic schools responded to a request for information about their celebrations:
St. John Vianney, Spokane Valley
Saturday, Jan. 30: Mass, 5 p.m., with student speakers, at St. John Vianney Parish.
Sunday, Jan. 31: Mass, 8 a.m., with student speakers, at St. Paschal Parish, Spokane Valley. Mass 10 a.m., St. John Vianney, with student speakers. Choir and lectors will come from grades 2-4.
An art and literature fair will be on display in the parish hall, with work from grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 3, and 6.
Monday, Feb. 1: Morning prayer assembly, 8 a.m.; food drive for St. John Vianney Parish. The Art and Literature Fair moves to the main hall in the school, for display throughout the rest of the week.
Tuesday, Feb. 2: Diocesan Catholic Schools Mass for grades 5-8; grades kindergarten-4 will have a student activity.
Wednesday, Feb. 3: Mass, 8:15 a.m., with a student speaker afterwards; open house, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 4: guest speakers in the classroom speaking on vocations.
Friday, Feb. 5: “Thank-you Tokens” for parents and volunteers. Grades 6, 7 and 8 will attend the middle school youth rally at Holy Family School, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
All Saints, Spokane
Friday, Jan. 29: 7th and 8th grade dance, 6 p.m.
Food drive and classroom activities throughout Catholic Schools Week. Activities include classroom door decorating, “Crazy Hat Day,” and so forth.
Thursday, Feb. 4: All School Mass, 9 a.m., Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane; 11 a.m., Academic Award Recognition in the Middle Building.
Students will speak and serve at parish Masses at the beginning and conclusion of Catholic Schools Week.
Guardian Angel-St. Boniface, Colton/Uniontown
At Guardian Angel/St. Boniface school, Monday, Feb. 1, will be Pajamas Day.
Tuesday, Feb. 2, will see grades 4-8 traveling to Spokane for the Catholic Schools Week Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Wednesday is “Boo Boo Day,” Thursday is “Super Hero Day,” and Friday is “School Pride Day,” with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 10:15 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m.
St. Mary School, Spokane Valley
Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 and 31: Students will attend parish Masses in uniform. Lori Nauditt, principal, and students will speak at all weekend Masses. Faculty will host cookies and coffee, or coffee and donuts, after each Mass.
Monday, Feb. 1: For Student Appreciation Day, teachers write a note to each student and there is minimal homework. Students also have a non-uniform day. The Knights of Columbus prepare a pancake breakfast, served by the staff, for all the students, at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 2: Priest Appreciation Day will be celebrated at the regular 8:15 a.m. school Mass. Father Pat Kerst, pastor, will be presented with a gift.
Wednesday, Feb. 3: Volunteer Appreciation Day. Each student writes a letter to his family thanking them for the specific ways they volunteer to help the school.
Thursday, Feb. 4: Community Appreciation Day will be marked with a taco dinner and bingo, hosted that evening in the gym by the school’s Parents’ Club.
Friday, Feb. 5: Staff Appreciation Day will see a free-dress day for the staff, who also will be provided with lunch.
Sunday, Jan. 31: A pancake breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus will kick off Catholic Schools Week, after the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Masses.
Monday, Feb. 1: Catholic Schools Week Kick-off Assembly in the morning.
Tuesday, Feb. 2: Senior Parishioner Appreciation Luncheon, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 3: Catholic Schools Week Mass, 8:45 a.m., followed by an Open House from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 4: Volunteer Thank-you Coffee, 8:15-10 a.m., with celebrity readers. From 4-6 p.m., Family Skate Night at Pattison’s Roller Skating Center.
Friday, Feb. 5: Prayer service focused on community service, 8:45 a.m. There will also be a Student Appreciation Day Pep Rally, and results of a toilet paper drive will be presented to Catholic Charities.
St. Charles, Spokane
Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1: Students are asked to wear their school uniforms to the weekend Masses.
Monday, Feb. 1: Red White and Blue Top to be worn with school pants. Parent volunteers will make, and eighth graders will serve, a pancake breakfast in the gym. Parishioners are invited to join the meal.
Tuesday, Feb. 2: Grades 3 and 6 will participate in the Catholic Schools Week Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in downtown Spokane. There will be skating at Pattison’s Skating Center after school.
Wednesday, Feb. 3: Mass, 8:30 a.m. Jeans Day for teachers and staff. (And be sure to thank a teacher today!)
Thursday, Feb. 4: Comfy Clothes Day – sweatshirts, sweatpants, yoga pants, and warm-ups. The movie Frozen will be shown from 1:15-2:45 p.m., with frozen Otter Pops treats. A community open house is scheduled for 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and 5-7 p.m., with coffee and cookies. And perhaps best of all: No homework for the day.
Friday, Feb. 5: Dress up in appropriate sports clothing to honor a favorite sports team, of St. Charles or another school, or professional – jerseys, ball caps, sweatshirts, jeans, warm-ups, and so forth. Parents will be treated to muffins at morning drop-off areas. The school’s food drive will end, with the results delivered to Family Promise of Spokane. And all students receive a special ice cream treat.
St. Thomas More, Spokane
The week prior to Catholic Schools Week, classes will be assigned a saint who was of particular importance to Catholic education. Classes will research their saint and create a visual display, oral presentation, and prayer focused on their particular saint. The visuals will be displayed outside the classrooms, along with history and prayers, beginning on Monday, Feb. 1.
Sunday, Jan. 31: Parish Masses will include announcements about the beginning of Catholic Schools Week and encourage visits to the school.
Monday, Feb. 1: Memorabilia from the past years of St. Thomas More School will be on display in the school hallways. Information about the assigned saints will also be on display outside the classroom. Cheerleaders will welcome students to school this morning and disburse among classes to teach the school fight song and distribute facts about Catholic schools.
Tuesday, Feb. 2: In the morning, students will discuss and then write their individual letters of appreciation to benefactors, parents, and parishioners for the gift of St. Thomas More.
Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 3 and 4: Celebrity Visitors – focusing on the school’s C+STEM program – will speak about their faith in their fields.
Friday, Feb. 5: Each class will offer a “Prayer of the Faithful” centered on their saint and asking for a specific intention that will be used on the weekend masses.
Sunday, Feb. 7: Students will sing at the 11 a.m. Mass and serve at the coffee and donut social. The school’s principal, Deacon Doug Banks, is scheduled to preach.
Sunday, Jan. 31: Gifts for each of the school’s supporting parishes will be presented. There will be speakers at each Mass, and students will be asked to wear their uniforms to Mass. The bulletins will carry an insert about Catholic Schools.
Monday, Feb. 1: Each class/grade is responsible for planning and executing a community service project of some sort, to show appreciation for the community that surrounds and supports the school.
Tuesday, Feb. 2: bingo and ice cream social, 6 p.m. (And teachers are requested to assign no homework).
Wednesday, Feb. 3: A student free dress day, plus a dance-a-thon.
Thursday, Feb. 4: Coffee for staff from Something Else Deli. Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m., and an 11:30 a.m. luncheon will be held in honor of staff.
Friday, Feb. 5: There will be a coffee reception in honor of parents and volunteers, with thank-you notes from the students. The students will see the school play, Annie.
St. Aloysius, Spokane
Not all plans were formal by press time. Some activities had been planned, however.
Sunday, Jan. 31: At the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Masses, the school expresses its thanks for the parish’s support for the school.
Monday, Feb. 1: St. Aloysius School will have a special assembly kicking off Catholic Schools Week and announcing the themes for the week.
Friday, Feb. 5: Grandparents/Special Person Day. There will be a presentation in the gym, light breakfast, tours of the school, and Mass at the parish, led by the 4th grade at the parish.
Holy Family, Clarkston
Sunday, Jan. 31: a Catholic Schools Week Mass will be celebrated.
Monday, Feb. 1: Community day.
Tuesday, Feb. 2: In the morning, grades 1-6 will create an art project in the parish hall with Valley Art Center.
Wednesday, Feb. 3: The school will hold a morning prayer assembly. That evening will be family night, with pizza and games.
Thursday, Feb. 4: A morning assembly will include a video presentation on vocations. Classroom cards will be delivered to Father Richard Root, pastor of Holy Family Parish.
Friday, Feb. 5: The morning assembly video will focus on promoting random acts of kindness.
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