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January 29, 2017

17 Catholic schools celebrated across the diocese

By Caroline B. Mooney

Since 1974, Catholic education has been celebrated with National Catholic Schools Week. This year, it is being held Jan. 29 – Feb. 4 with the theme: “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

Catholic schools across the diocese have planned special activities throughout the week to put focus on the importance of their schools and Catholic education. Here is a sampling of each school’s activities:


St. Mary School | Alexandria
(Grades Pre K-8)

On Jan. 27, classes will decorate their doors. On Jan. 29, students will gather at 8:30 a.m. Mass, followed by parent voting on a winning door. Feb. 1 will be Celebrating the Nation Day when all students will sign a large poster for elected officials. Feb. 2 will be a day to celebrate vocations. On Feb. 3, all faculty, staff and volunteers will be celebrated, with lunch provided for teachers.


Holy Cross School | Anderson
(Grades Preschool-8)

Jan. 30 will be Community Day. Pre-kindergarten and first-grade classes will decorate cookies for firefighters and police officers; second- through eighth-graders will make cards for parish members in the service and parish shut-ins. Student Day is Jan. 31, when grades 2-5 will buddy up with younger students and all students will see a movie in the afternoon. Vocation Day is Feb. 2, when there will be Mass at St. Mary Church and students will make spiritual bouquets for Bishop Timothy L. Doherty and cards for seminarians.


Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School | Carmel
(Grades K-8)

On Jan. 29, student council representatives will speak at Masses about the importance of going to a Catholic school. On Feb. 1, there will be a school open house with tours, and parents can observe classes in session. There will be a fifth-grade Vocations Mass at Guerin Catholic High School on Feb. 2. On Feb. 3, there will be an all-school Mass and Eucharistic adoration led by Father Ben Muelenkamp from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.


St. Louis de Montfort School | Fishers
(Grades Pre K-8)

On Jan. 30, NFL player Joe Reitz will give a kick-off speech and launch a Lord’s Pantry Super Bowl Party Bags program. On Feb. 2, students will attend Mass at Guerin Catholic High School and also make a rosary chain around the school. On Feb. 3, there will be an all-school Mass and the St. Theodore Guerin Award will be presented. Students will make cards for seminarians and have a movie and snacks in their classrooms. A catered lunch will be provided in the teachers’ lounge.


Sacred Heart School | Fowler
(Grades Pre K-6)

On Jan. 29, students will lead Mass, followed by a pancake and sausage breakfast. Feb. 2 will be Pajama Day with an all-school movie shown in the gym. On Feb. 3, families are invited to all-school Mass. The fourth- and fifth-graders will take a field trip to the symphony.


Sts. Joan of Arc and Patrick School | Kokomo
(Grades Preschool-8)

On Jan. 30, there will be an all-school Mass at St. Joan of Arc Church. Students can wear neon or tie-dye and “jar wars” will begin. On the St. Patrick campus, there will be a living Divine Mercy Chaplet. On Jan. 31, students in grades 3-5 will go bowling. Students are to dress as a career/vocation of interest. There will be presentations on classroom Mary images at St. Patrick. Students will hear short career presentations in the afternoon, focusing on the role faith plays in their daily work.


Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School | Lafayette
(Grades 7-12)

Throughout the week, there will be a fund-raiser, “Change for Change Challenge,” to benefit the Mackey Foundation. Feb. 1 will be Lafayette Catholic School System sharing day with Mass for all schools and families. Feb. 2 will be Adopt a Seminarian Day. On Feb. 3, service projects will include making care kits for the Red Cross, Matrix LifeCare Center and Food Finders Food Bank. On Feb. 3, teachers will have a talent show and students will go bowling.


St. Boniface School | Lafayette
(Grades 4-6)

On Jan. 29, family and friends are invited to 9:30 a.m. Mass, followed by an open house. On Jan. 30, there will be a prayer service to thank school families and the Church. On Jan. 31, there will be breakfast with the band, and students will make Valentines for veterans, have crafts and play bingo. On Feb. 1, there will be Mass at Central Catholic for all Lafayette Catholic schools, family and friends. Feb. 2: Family and friends are invited to any game time. Feb. 3 will include Religious Art Enrichment: Meeting Mary, Mother of God, in Art.


St. Lawrence School | Lafayette
(Grades Preschool-6)

On Jan. 28-29, students will participate in Masses. On Jan. 30, there will be an all-school prayer service and it will be DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Day. On Feb. 1, there will be Mass for all area Catholic schools at Central Catholic. The younger students will interact with the older ones doing various activities. Feb. 2 is Teachers, Staff and Clergy Appreciation Day, with lunch provided. It also will be Rambler Rivalry – Spirit Day. Students will compete in academic subjects and athletic events, with a Grand Finale and class winner.


St. Mary Cathedral School | Lafayette
(Grades Preschool-3)

Students will wear uniforms and participate in Masses on Jan. 28-29. Lafayette Catholic school students will bring in change this week to donate to the Mackey Children’s Cancer Foundation. On Jan. 30, students will decorate lunch bags for Meals On Wheels. The children will write notes of cheer to the elderly shut-ins to let them know that they are not alone, and that the students pray for them daily in the parish community. On Feb. 2, students will dress as a favorite vocation and will reach out to members in the community to thank them for sharing their love through their service.


St. Paul School | Marion
(Grades Preschool-6)

On Jan. 29, there will be a chili cook-off and a book fair will begin. Jan. 31 will be Class Color Day, and Feb. 1 will be a day for funny hats and crazy socks. On Feb. 2, students will dress like their favorite book characters. Feb. 3 will be Western Day, and students will bring a VIP to lunch and have a talent show.


St. Lawrence School | Muncie
(Grades K-5)

All week, students will donate coins for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. On Jan. 31, there will be a forensics convocation at St. Mary Elementary/Pope John Paul II Middle School, with a skating party in the evening. On Feb. 1, Muncie schools will gather at St. Mary Church for Mass with Bishop Doherty. There will be a spelling bee on Feb. 2, followed by bowling.


St. Mary Elementary School | Muncie
(Grades K-5)

Pope John Paul II Middle School | Muncie
(Grades 6-8)

On Jan. 28-29, students will wear school uniforms and participate in weekend Masses. Jan. 30 will be Spirit Wear Day. On Feb. 1, Bishop Doherty will celebrate Mass and stay for lunch. On Feb. 4, there will be a Main Event Fund-raiser auction with dinner and entertainment.


St. Theodore Guerin High School | Noblesville
(Grades 9-12)

On Feb. 2, there will be an all-school Mass including fifth-grade students from Carmel Deanery schools.


Our Lady of Grace School | Noblesville
(Grades Preschool-8)

Jan. 27 will be Parent Night and Trivia Night. On Jan. 28-29, students will participate in Mass and wear school uniforms. A school parent will speak before each Mass. There will be an open house on Jan. 29. Feb. 2 will be a day to celebrate vocations and volunteers, and Feb. 3 will be Celebrating Students Day with a staff vs. student volleyball game. Feb. 3 will include a chili supper with soup donations for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.


St. Augustine School | Rensselaer
(Grades Preschool-5)

On Jan. 29, there will be a school open house and brunch after Mass. Jan. 30 will be Remembrance Day and students will make Valentine’s Day cards for soldiers, parish shut-ins and nursing home residents. On Feb. 1, there will be a baby shower for Birthright. Feb. 2 will be Read to Succeed Day and a spelling bee. Feb. 3 will be Teacher Recognition Day, with a reception following Mass. There will be an intramural basketball game and a sock hop.


St. Maria Goretti School | Westfield
(Grades Pre K-8)

On Jan. 29, students who attend 10 a.m. Mass in school uniform will receive a pass for a non-uniform day in February. There will be an open house for prospective families. Jan. 30 will be Sports Day/Extra Recess Day. Jan. 31 will be Sunday Best Dress Up Day/Sit Where You Want To Day. There will be an 8 a.m. rosary on Feb. 1. On Feb. 2, students will dress up like staff members and staff members will dress as students. Fifth-graders will attend a Deanery Mass at Guerin Catholic High School. On Feb. 3, there will be 8 a.m. Mass, a PTO pizza luncheon and an eighth grade vs. staff volleyball game.

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