Area schools to celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Staff reports
During the week of Jan. 25–31, thousands of Catholic schools across the country, including the 32 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Shown from left are Joseph Scimeca, assistant superintendent, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Sr. Mary Michaeline, O.P., superintendent, Br. Augustine Kozdroj, F.S.E., assistant superintendent.

During the week of Jan. 25-31, thousands of Catholic schools across the country, including the 32 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week. 

This week is set aside to recognize the valuable contributions that Catholic schools have made and continue to make to the Church, the community, and the country.

This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools Celebrate Service,” underscores the great commitment Catholic education has to community service. As part of our effort to educate the whole child, Catholic schools instill in students a lifelong commitment to serving others. By teaching students about civic engagement and providing them with opportunities to serve, Catholic schools equip them with the tools they need to fulfill their future roles as good citizens, productive employees and compassionate leaders. 

On the evening of Jan. 27, the Distinguished Catholic School Graduates Award Dinner, which recognizes the contributions that our graduates continue to make throughout their lives, will be celebrated at the Marriott Hotel. At this dinner, a graduate from each school, whose life exemplifies the principles of Catholic education, will be honored.

On Jan. 28, the community will join the rest of the nation in celebrating National Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools. Catholic educators and students will be visiting the U.S. Capitol to remind our nation’s leaders of the gift that our Catholic schools are to the nation. On the local level, students will be writing letters to their legislators about Catholic schools. Catholic Schools Week provides an opportunity for the whole community to discover the gift of Catholic education.

On Jan. 30, there will be a diocesan-wide Catholic Schools Week Mass at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. The Mass, at the conclusion of the school week, is an excellent way to end our celebration because the Eucharist is our source of grace and divine life. During the Mass special recognition will be given to the 2008-2009 Distinguished Catholic School Elementary Teacher, Principal, Pastor and secondary educator. Service Awards will also be present to Catholic school personnel who have served in Catholic education for 25, 40 or 50 years.

This year, the school communities will also celebrate National Appreciation Day for Catholic School Teachers on Jan. 30.