We’re Celebrating National Catholic Schools Week

We’re Celebrating National Catholic Schools Week

Happy Catholic Schools Week! Join us in praying for all who serve in Catholic education and our Catholic school students, teachers, parents and administrators.

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 in 2016 is January 31 – February 6. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2016 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.


Daily Themes

We will celebrate the following daily themes during Catholic Schools Week 2016.

  • Sunday – In Our Parish
  • Monday – In Our Community
  • Tuesday – In Our Students
  • Wednesday – In Our Nation (National Appreciation Day For Catholic Schools)
  • Thursday – In Our Vocations
  • Friday – In Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers (Teacher & Principal Appreciation Day)
  • Saturday – In Our Families


Each Catholic school is asked to make a commitment to support Pope Francis in his declaration of this Liturgical Year as a Jubilee Year of Mercy. Please see the list below of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy that we will discuss with students this week.


The Corporal Works of Mercy

  • To feed the hungry.
  • To give drink to the thirsty.
  • To clothe the naked.
  • To visit and ransom the captives.
  • To shelter the homeless.
  • To visit the sick.
  • To bury the dead.


The Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • To admonish the sinners.
  • To instruct the ignorant.
  • To counsel the doubtful.
  • To comfort the sorrowful.
  • To bear wrongs patiently.
  • To forgive all injuries.
  • To pray for the living and the dead.