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SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2020

 
 
The National Catholic Schools Week Theme: 
“Catholic Schools:  Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed”
 
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will join in the national observance of Catholic Schools Week January 26, 2020 – February 1, 2020. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of the Christ-centered, faith-based education that students receive in the 119 elementary, 17 secondary, and 4 schools of special education in the five-county metropolitan area comprising the Archdiocese. The national theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools:   Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”
 
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MOST REVEREND MICHAEL J. FITZGERALD TO CELEBRATE
 MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR DEDICATED TEACHERS
 CELEBRATING MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES   

 Teachers who have dedicated their lives to the mission of Catholic education for 25 years or more than 50 years this academic year to be honored. 
Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will be joined by senior leadership from the Office of Catholic Education as well as teachers who have dedicated their lives to the mission of Catholic education for 25 years or more than 50 years this academic year for a special Mass.  
 
Friday, January 31, 2020
 12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Chapel
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
 
Following Mass, Bishop Fitzgerald along with senior leadership from the Office of Catholic Education will join these teachers for a reception in recognition of their commitment to the school communities they have faithfully served.   
 
1:00 p.m.
Archdiocesan Pastoral Center - Auditorium
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
 
The Mass and portions of the reception will be livestreamed on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools Facebook page www.facebook.com/AOPSschools/.  
 
ADDITIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK EVENTS
 
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Saint Joseph/Saint Robert School; 850 Euclid Avenue, Warrington, PA 18976
 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
will host an Open House for prospective families on the opening day of Catholic Schools Week. The school offers education from Pre-K through 8th grade. The school has an option for five half or full day Pre-K and Kindergarten. Applications are being accepted for all grades. Saint Joseph/Saint Robert 7th & 8th grade students will greet and act as tour guides for interested families.
 
Bishop Shanahan High School; 220 Woodbine Road, Downingtown, PA 19335 (Chester County)
10:00 a.m. (Mass) will kick off Catholic Schools Week with a Mother/Son Mass and Communion Breakfast. The breakfast will be held at the Downingtown Country Club; 93 Country Club Drive, Downingtown, PA 19335. The school will also host its annual Father/Daughter dance on Saturday, January 25th from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. This year’s theme is, “Ties and Tiaras.”
 
Saint Norbert Catholic School; 6 Greenlawn Road, Paoli, PA 19301 (Chester County)
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. During its Catholic Schools Week Open House, Saint Norbert Catholic School will welcome current and prospective school families for a tour of its school. Additionally, the school will showcase its students work and the lessons they tackle in their classrooms each day with the instruction of their teachers.  Saint Norbert, Upper School’s curriculum is bolstered through 1:1 computing and the use of iPads daily in the classroom and at home, with iPads provided to each Lower School classroom to complement traditional learning approaches.  In 2019, Saint Norbert 8th graders earned $249,000 in scholarships to archdiocesan and private high schools.
 
Saint Dorothy Catholic School;  1225 Burmont Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026 (Delaware County)
 11:30 a.m. (Mass); 12:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Open House) 
Saint Dorothy Catholic School’s  celebration of Catholic Schools Week begins with a special Mass on Sunday, January 26 at 11:30 a.m. Following the conclusion of Mass, current and prospective families are invited to tour the school, view student work, and meet the faculty. Additionally, the school’s Book Fair will be open between the 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. Masses.
Saint Albert the Great Catholic School; 214 Welsh Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 18976 (Montgomery County)
 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
To showcase its students array of strengths in STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math), Saint Albert the Great is kicking off Catholic Schools Week with a “Showcase of Excellence.”  The hallways will be filled with it student projects and live demonstrations by students. Visitors will be able to see all the hard work students have put in, so far, for the 2019-2020 school year.
Saint Peter the Apostle Church (Shrine of Saint John Neumann); 1019 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
 9:30 a.m. 
Saint Peter the Apostle School will celebrate the Opening of Catholic Schools Week with a Mass at the Saint Peter the Apostle Church, home to the Shrine of Saint John Neumann. Saint John Neumann is one of two local saints in Philadelphia and the founder of the first Catholic School System in America. Immediately following Mass, the school will have refreshments in the Atrium.  Many school families will take part in the Mass and students will assist with the liturgical celebration.
Archbishop Wood Catholic High School; 655 York Road, Warminster, PA 18974 (Bucks County)
 2:00 p.m. 
For over 30 years, Archbishop Wood has sponsored an “Elementary School Writing Contest” and for the past two decades the awards ceremony takes place on the Sunday of Catholic Schools Week.
In November, writing prompts were sent to all of the surrounding elementary schools. Students were invited to submit an essay. Hundreds of submissions were received and three winners from each grade were selected.  During the Awards Ceremony, the winners will be invited to read their essay. Five eighth grade winners will be selected and two of these winners will receive a $500 scholarship to attend Archbishop Wood for the 2020-2021 academic year. Members of The National Honor Society of Archbishop Wood judged the essays. At the Awards Ceremony, the president of the National Honor Society will also addresses the assembly. Families of participants are invited to attend as well.  Each winner will receive a certificate and a gift card.
Monday, January 27, 2020
Our Lady of Good Counsel School; 611 Knowles Avenue, Southampton, PA 18966 (Bucks County)
8:00 a.m. Our Lady of Good Counsel School will open its doors on what it has deemed “Parent Appreciation Day” for an Open House.  The school is inviting all parents and guardians to visit with their sons and daughters in their daily learning environment and see students putting their learned skills in STREAM curriculum into action.
 
Saint Elizabeth Catholic School; 120 Saint Elizabeth Drive, Chester Springs, PA 19425 (Chester County)
11:15 a.m.  Students in fourth through eighth grades will have the opportunity to compete in the school-wide annual spelling bee in the school gymnasium.  
 
Archbishop John Carroll High School and Saint Katherine Day School (Radnor Site); 211 Matson Ford Road, Radnor, PA 19087 (Delaware County)
9:10 a.m. Archbishop John Carroll High School and Saint Katherine Day School (Radnor Site) will open Catholic Schools Week with a school wide, student led Mass and Community Service Award vote.
 
Holy Rosary Regional Catholic School; 3040 Walton Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 (Montgomery County)
 1:30 p.m. 
On “Patriotic Day” at the school, the Holy Rosary Community will welcome Command Sergeant Major Edward Pfannensteil, who is traveling from his base in Germany to speak with students.  He will thank them and explain how much the 1,000 stockings students, faculty, and staff filled with food for his troops at Christmas meant to the soldiers.  He will also present the school community with a token of appreciation. Students have prepared several patriotic songs, speeches, and poems to fit with the theme of the event.
Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School; 3033 Levick Street, Philadelphia, PA 19149
 9:00 a.m.  
The Blessed Trinity School community in Northeast Philadelphia will hold its 6th annual “Community Helpers” breakfast.  They have invited members of the community to the school to thank them for serving and keeping the students safe throughout out the school year.  Representatives of the15th and 2nd Police Districts of the Philadelphia Police Department as well as Engine 52 of the Philadelphia Fire Department will be on-hand. Additionally, school crossing guards and other members of the community who provide support to the school will be shown appreciation by the students through songs, poems, and other tokens of thanks. Many parents and grandparents of students at Blessed Trinity are first-responders.
Father Judge High School for Boys; 3301 Solly Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19136
 8:45 a.m. 
During a school-wide Mass, the “Salesian 7 Awards” will be presented to five deserving members of the senior class. These students exemplify the “Salesian 7” virtues, which reflect the moral teachings of Jesus as practiced and promoted by the school’s Patron, Saint Francis de Sales:  Respect yourself and others, Recognize your unique gifts and talents, Be patient with everyone, especially yourself, Be gentle as you go through your day, Be grateful – appreciate all that life offers, Be positive – approach life with an optimistic attitude, and Be confident – believe in yourself.  During this ceremony, the “Salesian Achievement Award” will also be presented to two deserving faculty members.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Saint Bernadette of Lourdes School; 1015 Turner Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
8:00 a.m. Cardinal O'Hara High School student and Saint Bernadette Alum, Liam Walsh, will be presenting 8th grade teacher, Mrs. Theresa MacIntosh,  the Cardinal O'Hara High School “Excelsior Award” at 8am during a morning gathering in front of the student body.  
 
Saint Dominic Catholic School; 8510 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia 19136 
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  Saint Dominic students will spend the day “Celebrating Our Students” by holding a spirit-wear and school colors dress down day as well as an afternoon social among students through games of skill for older students and toy sharing for younger students.
 
Cardinal O’Hara High School, 1701 South Sproul Road, Springfield, PA (Delaware County)
9:10 a.m.  Cardinal O’Hara will hold its Student Council Induction Mass and Reception for members of the student leadership who assist with activities and projects within the school community throughout the year.
 
Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls; 1000 W Lycoming St, Philadelphia, PA 19140
8:15 a.m. During Catholic Schools Week, Little Flower will honor its alumnae with a token of appreciation at the school Liturgy.  Each alumnae in attendance will be given a rose by current students.  Additionally, faculty and staff will display photos.
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School; 815 Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128
8:30 a.m. The entire student body of Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) will gather for a special Catholic Schools Week Mass. Students will serve as lectors, altar servers, gift bearers, and cantors.   Additionally, the student council will show the schools appreciation for its adult volunteers including bus drivers and crossing guards.
 
Presentation BVM Catholic School; 105 Old Soldiers Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012 (Montgomery County)
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Students will take part in an American Society of Civil Engineers STREAM activity.  Prior to the start of the activity, students in grades kindergarten through eight  will see a slide presentation on, "What is Civil Engineering" and have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A to learn more on the topic. Students will work as a class on the “Slender Tower Challenge.” Participants will draw out a tower and using materials will build from the plan. The culmination of the activity will be measuring the tall towers.
 
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Saint Agnes School, 211 West Gay Street, West Chester, PA 19380 (Chester County)
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Grades 1-4)
1:10 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. (Grades 5-8) Students will “Celebrate Vocations,” the national theme for Thursday, with a Career Day.  Students will dress to impress emulating a career they may like to hold in the future.   Additionally, students will have the opportunity to learn more about vocations and careers from adults in various fields of work.
 
Pope John Paul II High School; 181 Rittenhouse Rd, Royersford, PA 19468 (Montgomery County)
1:45 p.m. Pope John Paul II High School will celebrate a Winter Sports Pep Rally recognizing student athletes competing in Winter Sports including basketball, swimming, and wrestling.  
 
Friday, January 31, 2020
 
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK CORNERSTONE EVENT 
 
MOST REVEREND MICHAEL J. FITZGERALD TO CELEBRATE
 MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR DEDICATED TEACHERS
 CELEBRATING MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES   

 Teachers who have dedicated their lives to the mission of Catholic education for 25 years or more than 50 years this academic year to be honored. 
Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will be joined by senior leadership in the Office of Catholic Education as well as teachers who have dedicated their lives to the mission of Catholic education for 25 years or more than 50 years this academic year for a special Mass.  
Friday, January 31, 2020
 12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Chapel
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
 
Following Mass, Bishop Fitzgerald along with senior leadership from the Office of Catholic Education will join these teachers for a reception in recognition of their commitment to the school communities they have faithfully served.   
 
1:00 p.m.
Archdiocesan Pastoral Center - Auditorium
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
 
The Mass and portions of the reception will be livestreamed on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools Facebook page www.facebook.com/AOPSschools/.  
 
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