COLORADO SPRINGS. Catholic Schools Week will be observed Jan. 30-Feb. 5. Due to coronavirus concerns, the annual All Schools Mass has been canceled. However, individual schools are finding creative ways to celebrate the event. Following is a listing of the various activities planned by schools in the diocese for Catholic Schools Week 2022.
PARKER. Ave Maria School in Parker is starting off its 2022 celebration of Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 29 by having students attend the 5 p.m. Mass wearing their uniforms or spirit wear.
On Jan. 30, students will attend Sunday Masses and pass out doughnuts after the 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses.
Jan. 31 is School Spirit Day. Middle schools students will gather in the church for a kickoff event with remarks by the mayor of Parker. In the afternoon, middle school students will gather in the gym for a student vs. teacher volleyball game.
Feb. 1 is Parent and Faith Appreciation Day. An open house with tours will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and again from 5-7 p.m. Students will write a letter or card of thanks to their parents for sending them to Ave Maria School, and parents will receive a special gift and blessing.
Feb. 2 is Community Service Day and a casual dress day. Grades 3-8 will decorate and fill “blessing bags” for Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, while preschool-second grade will have a teddy bear tea in their classrooms.
Feb. 3 is Staff Appreciation Day. All staff members will receive lunch and notes of appreciation.
Feb. 4 is Student Appreciation Day. Students will watch a movie and enjoy popcorn in their classrooms.
COLORADO SPRINGS. Corpus Christi School will begin its celebration of Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 30 by speaking at the 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Masses and passing out handmade cards after Mass.
Jan. 31 is “Catholic Schools In Our Community” Day. Students will collect items to build necessity bags that will be distributed by partnership parishes.
Feb. 1 is “Catholic Schools In Our Students” Day. Students will wear spirit shirts and participate in a School Trivia Bowl.
Feb. 2 is “Catholic Schools In Our Nation” Day. Students, staff and parishioners will gather at the flag pole at 9 a.m. to prayer the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for Life.
Feb. 3 is “Catholic Schools In Our Vocations” Day. Students will make gifts for the bishops of the diocese and learn about the priest’s vestments.
Feb. 4 is “Catholic Schools In Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers” Day. A staff luncheon will be held and gifts for volunteers will be distributed.
On Feb. 5, there will be an open house from 2-4:30 p.m. A spaghetti dinner at the school will follow the 5 p.m. Mass.
COLORADO SPRINGS. Divine Redeemer School will begin Catholic Schools Week by encouraging students and their families to attend the 11 a.m. Mass on Jan. 30
On Jan. 31, Divine Redeemer will celebrate “Catholic Schools In Our Nation” by having students wear red, white and blue and pray a rosary together in the school gym for the country.
Feb. 1 will be “Catholic Schools In Our Vocations Day.” Students will hear vocation stories from Bishop Golka, Capuchin Father Brandon Berg and Salesian Sisters Linda Gonzalez and Quynh Pham. Students will dress as their favorite saints.
Feb. 2 will be “Catholic Schools In Our Students” Day. Students will participate in a class poster contest and receive a “no homework” night, extra recess and treats.
Feb. 3 is “Catholic Schools In Our Community” Day. Students will receive a Doughnut and Pajama Day.
Feb. 4 will be “Catholic Schools In Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers” Day. Teachers and staff will receive coffee and snacks.
COLORADO SPRINGS. Holy Apostles Preschool will begin its celebration of Catholic Schools Week with an open house on Jan. 30 from 10-11 a.m. Students and staff are asked to wear their school t-shirt to the 9 a.m. Mass and to the open house.
On Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, students will have Pajama Day and make thank-you cards for parents.
Feb. 2 and 3 will be “Catholic Schools In Our Nation” Days. Students will dress in red, white and blue, say the Pledge of Allegiance and listen to patriotic music in their classrooms and have a USA parade.
LITTLETON. St. Katharine Drexel School in Littleton will begin its celebration of Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 30 with students and families assisting at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses and serving doughnuts after Mass. An open house will take place for parishioners and new families.
On Jan. 31, students will do a community service project by sorting, bundling and counting used shoes for “Soles 4 Souls.”
Feb. 1 will be “Catholic Schools In Our Students Day” and students will be presented with certificates recognizing them for virtues.
On Feb. 2, students will celebrate “Catholic Schools In Our Nation” by making cards and gifts for parishioners who are veterans.
Feb. 3 will be “Catholic Schools In Our Vocations” Day. Students will give gifts to Father Andrzej Szczesnowicz, pastor, and to Ms. Frank, who is discerning her vocation as a Carmelite.
On Feb. 4, students will celebrate “Catholic Schools In Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers” by presenting teachers and staff with gifts and a catered lunch.
COLORADO SPRINGS. St. Paul School will begin Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 30 by having eighth grade students speak on behalf of Catholic education at Masses. Parishioners will receive a special blessing at the end of Mass for supporting Catholic education.
On Jan. 31, St. Paul School will have a free Hawaiian dress day and participate in a fundraiser for Springs Rescue Mission. Students will hear a talk from a graduate of St. Paul.
On Feb. 1, St. Paul School will observe “Catholic Schools In Our Students” Day by having pizza for students, a no homework day and a class color free dress day.
Feb. 2 will be “Catholic Schools In Our Nation” Day. Students will be allowed to dress like their favorite member of the military, first responder, or health care worker or in red, white and blue. There will be a special blessing for students whose parents are military, first responders or health care providers.
Feb. 3 will be “Catholic Schools In Our Vocations” Day. Students will dress like Blessed Carlo Acutis and there will be a vocations panel for 5th-8th grade students. Altar servers will be recognized with treat bags and students will write letters of appreciation to parents.
Feb. 4 will be “Catholic Schools In Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers” Day. There will be a faculty/ staff appreciation lunch.
MONUMENT. St. Peter School in Monument will begin Catholic Schools Week by participating in the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Jan. 30. After Mass, students will serve coffee and doughnuts and an open house will take place at the school.
Jan. 31 is “Celebrating Our Community and Family” Day. Students will serve coffee to parents in the morning car line and write thank-you letters to public service personnel in the community.
Feb. 1 will be “Celebrating Our Students” Day. Students will receive a blessing and notes from teachers about their special qualities. There will be a student vs. faculty volleyball game.
Feb. 2 is “Celebrating Our Nation” Day. Students can dress in red, white and blue and will pray a decade of the rosary around the flag pole for the country and active and retired military. Students will write letters to their representatives asking them to protect all human life.
Feb. 3 is “Celebrating Vocations” Day. Students will write thank-you cards to priests and religious at St. Peter Parish or seminarians for the diocese. Students can dress for a vocation or career they want in the future.
On Feb. 4, students will write thank-you notes to teachers, faculty and staff.