As you can well imagine, Catholic Schools' Week is going to look a little different this year, but what doesn't?
Catholic Schools' Week is a nationwide event sponsored by the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) in order to promote Catholic schools across the nation.
While Catholic Schools' Week in Minneota has grown into an action packed week full of fun events for the students, at the core, it is much more. This year's theme is: Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.
Each day has a unique theme, aimed not entirely at the students, but more outwardly toward the community that makes Catholic schools possible.
On Sunday, we celebrate our parish by leading Sunday Mass and sharing our many gifts and talents with our church community. We have students fill the roles of lector, musician, and greeter. This day is meant to be host to larger celebrations like a communal meal or a school open house.
Monday is meant to celebrate the larger community. On this day we focus on reaching out to the larger community by completing service projects or collecting for the needy. This year we will be creating things within the school to deliver to the Minneota Manor.
Tuesday is a day to celebrate the students. On this day we often have a fun afternoon in the gym where the students are stars. While we cannot all spend the afternoon in the gym this year, we do have a plan and it promises to be a lot of fun.
Wednesday is meant to celebrate the nation. On this day we might have a special learning topic that focuses on national events. We often take up a collection for a non-local charity on this day.
On Thursday we celebrate vocations. The Sisters of Mary Morning Star are coming to lead Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with us in the church and we are taking up a collection for the sisters.
Friday is meant to celebrate Faculty, Staff and Volunteers and Saturday is the day we celebrate families.
Yes, this year will look different than Catholic Schools Week did last year, but there are no two Catholic Schools Weeks that have looked the same. Each year we strive to make the activities meaningful, educational and fun for the students. This year is no exception, even while following COVID regulations and restrictions. The parts of Catholic Schools Week that will be missing are the parts that invite the larger community to celebrate with us. Our Flurry of Fun fundraiser has been been scheduled for the week of March 15-20th and will be an on-line event this year.