Mass with Bishop Gruss, a faith parade, construction of a roller coaster, a “powderbuff” volleyball game, Catholic quiz bowl, a family carnival and much more … it must be time to celebrate Catholic Schools Week!
This year’s nationwide Catholic Schools Week celebration is happening from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, and students in all 12 schools across the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw are getting ready to participate in an exciting week ahead.
This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Each day also has a theme, such as “celebrating our parishes,” “celebrating our nation” and “celebrating our students.”
“Catholic Schools Week is one of our students’ favorite weeks of the year,” said Cormac Lynn, superintendent of Catholic schools. “It’s a time to celebrate the contributions of our Catholic schools – past and present – and their impact on our students and families, parishes and greater community. It’s a week to pray and learn together, engage in service side-by-side, and each day is highlighted by some fun and exciting experiences that make the week extra special.”
In keeping with the theme highlighted above, schools will observe Catholic Schools Week with Masses, special events and service opportunities. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our country.
“Catholic Schools Week is a wonderful occasion to celebrate our schools and all who support Catholic school education,” said Bishop Robert Gruss. “Catholic schools are one of the greatest assets in our diocese. Thank you to our school leaders, our faculty and staff members, our students and families, our parishes and generous donors who support this important ministry. It is through your support and commitment that we can offer a Christ-centered education is our communities. Please know of my deep gratitude for all you do and be assured of my ongoing prayers and support.”
As a group, Catholic school students perform among the top in the country. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Saginaw have a 100 percent graduation rate with all students going on to attend college, serve in the military or pursue skilled trades. Additionally, Catholic school students are known for the thousands of hours of service they provide in their local communities. In the Diocese of Saginaw, students help feed the poor, visit the elderly and raise awareness of important social issues.
Some of the activities taking place across the diocese during Catholic Schools Week are listed below. Photos of these events will be available on the Office of Catholic Schools website and on the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Saginaw Facebook page.
The Diocese of Saginaw is home to 10 elementary schools and three high schools serving more than 2,000 students. School leaders, teachers and staff are committed to excellence in faith formation, academics, athletics, the arts and community service. To learn more, visit greatlakesbaycatholicschools.com.
Throughout Catholic Schools Week, students will be raising money and collecting donations for charitable causes including United Way, McNally Hospitality House, local shelters and food pantries.
Students from our schools will serve in the Mass ministries at area parishes.
Sacred Heart Academy will host a Family Carnival in Mount Pleasant, including games, a cake walk, limbo and the principal getting “pied.”
All Saints Catholic Elementary students in Bay City will enjoy a "Super Science Day” during a visit from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.
Our Lady of Lake Huron Catholic School will welcome Bishop Robert Gruss for Mass, and the students will present Bishop Gruss with artwork.
Students at St. Mary Catholic School in Alma will invite Deacon Rick and Father Paul to share ice cream sundaes for making Sundays so special. Deacon Rick, Father Paul and a Religious Sister of Mercy of Alma will share their vocation stories.
St. Brigid Catholic School students will wow the crowd at their annual St. Brigid Talent Show, followed by an ice cream social in Midland.
Students at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic School in Beal City will write a special prayer for one of their classmates.
Auburn Area Catholic School will welcome Bishop Robert Gruss for Mass. Bishop Gruss will visit students in classrooms and join the staff for lunch. After lunch, students will experience a hands-on STEM project as they build a roller coaster.
St. Elizabeth Area Catholic School students will partner with the parish’s faith formation students to make votives to sell after Mass. The funds raised will be donated to the Eastside Soup Kitchen in Saginaw.
Bishop Robert Gruss will celebrate Mass with Nouvel Catholic Central Elementary School students and visit their classrooms.
Nouvel Catholic Central High School students will enjoy a fun day of activities, including a powderbuff volleyball game, “Amazing Grace” relay scavenger hunt, making cards for nursing homes and a concert with the JAM (Jesus and Music) praise and worship band.
St. Michael Catholic School in Pinconning will host their annual Blue and Gold Basketball Game, followed by the Faith Parade. Classes will make and share a faith-themed float.