Catholic Schools Week By: Harper Muccillo, The Tiger Leaders, and NJHS Members
Some of you may know Catholic Schools Week as a five-day period filled with arbitrary activities. However, that is not the case. Catholic Schools Week is a week of thanks and gratitude to our ancestors in faith.
The year is 1783 in Philadelphia. In an attempt to preserve and teach the Catholic faith, the first Catholic school was opened. This inspired the appearance of more than two thousand Catholic schools around the country by the 1920s. We would like to thank these brave men and women for establishing safe spaces to teach children about the Catholic faith.
Today, Catholic Schools Week takes place the last days of January into the first days of February. This week we not only celebrate with fun and wacky days and activities that go on; we also celebrate and honor all the people that have helped to make Catholic education what it is today.
We would like to thank our teachers for all the time and work they put into our school. We would also like to thank our students because without them, we wouldn’t be able to have a school filled with learning. We want to thank the families and parishioners that are involved in our school, as well as all the people that have helped make Our Lady of Lourdes a great Catholic school.
A Message from Ms. B:
It’s so difficult to navigate the world right now. We are bombarded with so many outside forces that sometimes it can be overwhelming. Our job, in partnership with the parents, is to help our students navigate this world appropriately and with courage.
During Catholic Schools Week, we are reminded why Catholic schools are unique and special places. It is our faith. We all pray together once a week as a community. We pray every morning. And we pray every afternoon. Our faith will help us navigate the ugliness we might face.
Together we help our children live in a world that we want them to live in and we help them make it a better place. That is what makes Our Lady of Lourdes so special. We have a partnership with families, and we have our faith in Jesus, who helps guide and protect us every day.
And that is why Catholic Schools Week is so important for us as a community. We celebrate what makes us unique. Every day we will celebrate those people who help us receive a quality Christ-centered education. Thank you to those who have made Our Lady of Lourdes such a great place to be every day! Have a fabulous week!
Proud OLL Alumnae
Class of 1986