Catholic Schools Week will be observed Jan. 26-Feb. 1 this year. The annual All Schools Mass, which will be celebrated by Bishop Michael Sheridan, is Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic Parish in Security. Following is a listing of the various activities planned by schools in the diocese for Catholic Schools Week.
AVE MARIA, PARKER
PARKER. Ave Maria School in Parker is starting off its 2020 celebration of Catholic Schools Week with a spaghetti dinner on Jan. 25 following the 5 p.m. Mass in Brownstein Hall.
On Jan. 26, Hospitality Sunday, parents will host coffee and doughnuts in Brownstein Hall after morning Masses. Students may wear their Mass Uniform to Mass.
Jan. 27 is School Spirit Wear and Jeans Day. Students can wear spirit wear and jeans. Mayor of Parker will proclaim Catholic Schools Week during a student pep rally at 2:15 p.m., followed by volleyball game between 8th grade and staff.
Jan. 28 is Parent Appreciation Day. Faculty and Student Council members along with NJHS will help provide tours for families. We celebrate our parents and create “Thanks a chocoLOT” candy bags for parents (handed out during carline). From 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and 5-7 p.m., there will be an open house for current and prospective families.
On Jan. 29 the Bishop’s All School Mass will be at 10 a.m. (Lunches will be pushed back according to when the Mass ends.) School/Parish Staff Appreciation Lunch will be held.
On Jan. 30, from 7:30-11 a.m., Pre-K-2nd grades will host a Teddy Bear Tea, and will bring in teddy bears for Children’s Hospital. Student Council and NJHS members will help serve beverages and cookies. Intermediate and middle school will create blessing bags. Parents will be invited to “Pray the Perimeter” along with their children, who will pray the perimeter by level, every day other than Friday.
Jan. 31 is Student Appreciation Day. Students will watch a movie and enjoy popcorn in their classrooms. Eighth-graders will travel to Colorado Springs to participate in the All Schools Mass.
CORPUS CHRISTI, COLORADO SPRINGS
COLORADO SPRINGS. Corpus Christi School will begin its celebration of Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 26 by personally inviting parishioners after Masses to the school’s gala and collecting basket intentions from parishioners
On Jan. 27, Celebrate Our Community Day, students and teachers will wear yellow scarves, decorate halls/lockers/classrooms with National School Choice Week materials. A Super Bowl Soup Drive to benefit Marian House will be held, and Father Brian Roeseler will speak at the afternoon gathering.
On Jan. 28, Celebrate Our Students Day, an open house will be held all day for prospective families to visit and tour the school. Also it is Buddy Class Game Day with treats.
Jan. 29 is Celebrate Our Nation Day. Pictures of students in yellow scarves or holding “I love my school” placards will be posted to social media for School Choice Week. A WWII Museum will take place for grades K-8, along with a visit from the Chick-Fil-A cow in the afternoon to help pass out fundraiser flyers.
On Jan. 30, Celebrate Our Vocations Day will include asking students to write thank-you notes to their parents and teachers. Guest speakers will talk about their vocations. A staff luncheon will be catered by Chick-Fil-A, and a Chick-Fil-A Spirit Day Restaurant Fundraiser will take place at the Garden of Gods Road location.
Jan. 31 is Celebrate Faculty, Staff and Volunteers Day. A school assembly or pep rally will be held. Students will attend the All Schools Mass, followed by noon dismissal. Volunteers will be honored with thank-you notes.
On Feb. 1, a community open house will be held from 2-5 p.m.; followed by a spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m.
DIVINE REDEEMER, COLORADO SPRINGS
COLORADO SPRINGS. Divine Redeemer School will kick off its celebration of Catholic Schools Week by having students participate in the 11 a.m. Mass on Jan. 26, with students leaving thank you notes in the pews for parishioner, and a student speaker will also thank parishioners.
On Jan. 27, posters created by the students telling why they love their Catholic school will be displayed.
Jan. 28 is Theme Dress Day (theme TBD). A geography bee will take place at 8:30 a.m. in the gym. Older students will read aloud to younger students. It is No Homework Night.
On Jan. 29, the school’s adopted priests are invited to the school to meet their class, have coffee and a student guided tour for “We Love Our Priests Day!” from 9:30 a.m. to noon, including Skype/Facetime with adopted seminarians. There will be eucharistic adoration to ask for prayers for vocations
On Jan. 30, there will be an Eye-Opener Breakfast in the Community Center at 6:30 a.m. For students, it is Pajama Day.
On Jan. 31, students will participate in the All Schools Mass. Each class will create a name sign for the door of different teachers and staff members to recognize them personally. Teachers, staff, and volunteers will be recognized on social media.
HOLY APOSTLES PRESCHOOL, COLORADO SPRINGS
COLORADO SPRINGS. Holy Apostles Preschool will begin its celebration of Catholic Schools Week with an open house Jan. 26, 10-11 a.m. Students and staff are asked to wear their school t-shirt to the 9 a.m. Mass and open house. On Jan. 27 and 28, the students will have PJ Day, and parents will receive a thank you card and/or small gift of appreciation from the teachers. Small treats for students will be available in the office. Also on Jan. 28, a priest will visit the preschool and give a brief blessing to each class. On Jan. 29 and 30, students will celebrate USA Day and dress in red, white and blue, will say the pledge and listen to patriotic music. A priest will visit the preschool and bless each class on Jan. 29. On Jan. 31, students will attend the All Schools Mass at St. Dominic Church, with students and staff wearing their school t-shirts to Mass.
ST. KATHARINE DREXEL, LITTLETON
LITTLETON. St. Katharine Drexel Preschool in Littleton will start its celebration of Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 25 and 26, with a short video about the school shown at each weekend Mass. Students will bring up the gifts at Mass and will serve doughnuts in the Great Hall after both 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses. An open house after the 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Masses will include coffee and bagels in the classrooms.
On Jan. 27, a Highlands Ranch Police Officer will visit the school and will be presented with a gift of gratitude for protecting the community so that students can be safe and go to Catholic School.
On Jan. 28, students will be celebrating all day with Hundreds Day activities and treats.
On Jan. 29, a member of the armed services will visit the school and will be presented with a gift of gratitude for protecting our nation so that students can be safe and go to Catholic School.
On Jan. 30, Father Marek will show students the chasubles in the sacristy which complements what they have been learning in the Atrium for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. He will be presented with a gift of gratitude for serving our church as our Pastor.
On Jan. 31, families will be invited to have coffee, bagels and treats as they drop off their student as gratitude for supporting Catholic schools. Faculty will be showered with gifts and appreciation for all their hard work.
ST. PAUL, COLORADO SPRINGS
COLORADO SPRINGS. St. Paul School will start off Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 26 by having students speak on the benefits of Catholic education at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Students will also sing at the 10:30 a.m. Mass, and will serve a free pancake breakfast after Mass at 11:45 in the school cafeteria.
On Jan. 27, an assembly in the gym will kick off Catholic Schools Week. At the 8 a.m. Mass, 2nd grade students will lead. Future of Our School Luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. in the cafeteria.
On Jan. 28, at the 8 a.m. Mass, 3rd and 4th grade students will lead. A service project, Valentines for the elderly, will take place throughout the day.
On Jan. 29, at Mass 5th and 6th grade students will lead. Students will “pin” areas of military service on a world map from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
On Jan. 30, for Mass 7th and 8th grade students will lead. Donuts and coffee will be passed out in the drop off lane and lobby to thank parents and volunteers. Clergy will speak from 9-11 a.m. A staff recognition luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. An assembly at 2:30 p.m. in the gym will recognize altar servers.
On Jan. 31, students will participate in the All Schools Mass at St. Dominic Parish.
ST. PETER, MONUMENT
MONUMENT. St. Peter School in Monument will begin Catholic Schools Week by participating in the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Jan. 26. After Mass, doughnuts and coffee will be served in the gym, and an open house will take place from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 is STEAM Day and will focus on science activities and space adventures.
On Jan. 28, grandparents will be invited to the school Mass with muffins following Mass. Students will write letters to public service personnel in the Monument community, and students will create cards for veterans living at the Crawford House in Colorado Springs.
On Jan. 29, for “Thanks a Latte” day coffee and doughnuts will be offered at drop off for parents. Students may dress in their favorite sports team jersey or T-shirt. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a volleyball game of 8th grad vs. faculty and staff.
On Jan. 30 there will be a lunch for faculty and staff, and at 2:30 p.m. a Rosary for Vocations to the priesthood and religious will be prayed.
On Jan. 31, students will attend the All Schools Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic.