Catholic Schools Week is approaching

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

More than 14,000 students and 1,000 faculty and staff at twenty-nine schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge will join Catholic schools from across the country to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week, January 27 - February 2. National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.

The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2019 is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. Families and communities benefit from Catholic schools, which provide a rigorous and relevant education within a community of faith. Catholic school education enables students to fulfill their future roles as committed Catholics, productive citizens, and effective leaders.

Activities this week include the Distinguished Graduate Award Dinner, Monday, January 28. This dinner recognizes the contributions that Catholic school graduates have made and continue to make throughout their lives to the community. One graduate from each school whose life exemplifies the principles fostered by Catholic education is honored.

The celebration culminates with the Catholic Schools Week Liturgy on Wednesday, January 30. Students, administrators; and faculty representatives from all twenty-nine Catholic schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge will take part in the liturgy. The liturgy is concelebrated by the Very Reverend Bishop Michael G. Duca and fellow priests.

Catholic elementary and secondary schools located in eight civil parishes in the Diocese of Baton Rouge will participate in many activities during this week at the school sites. Through these events, schools will focus on the value Catholic education provides to students and its contributions to our local communities, our state, and our nation.

Contributed by the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge