Catholic Schools Week
Catholic schools around the country will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 31 to Feb. 6. This year’s theme is “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Contact the local Catholic school in your area for activities being held during this week to promote Catholic education. You can also contact a school to learn more about registering your children at a Catholic school. Many Catholic schools are currently in the process of registering students for the 2016-17 school year.
* Assumption School (Hibbing): 2310 Seventh Ave. E.; (218) 263-3054; www.acshibbing.org; firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Holy Rosary School (Duluth): 2802 E. Fourth St.; (218) 724-8565; www.holyrosarymn.org; email@example.com.
* Marquette School (Virginia): 311 S. Third St.; (218) 741-6811; www.marquettecatholicschool.org; firstname.lastname@example.org.
* St. Francis of the Lakes School (Brainerd): 817 Juniper St., (218) 829-2344; www.stfranciscatholicschool.org, email@example.com.
* St. James School (Duluth): 715 N 57th Ave. W.; (218) 624-1511; www.stjamesduluth.org; firstname.lastname@example.org.
* St. John’s School (Duluth): 1 W. Chisholm St.; (218) 724-9392; www.stjohnsduluth.org; email@example.com.
* St. Joseph’s School (Grand Rapids): 315 S.W. 21st St.; (218) 326-6034; www.stjosephscatholic.org/school; firstname.lastname@example.org.
* St. Mary’s School (Pine City): 815 Sixth Ave. S.W.; (320) 629-3953; www.stmaryspinecity.org; email@example.com.
* St. Michael’s Lakeside School (Duluth): 4628 Pitt St.; (218) 525-1931; www.smlsduluth.org; firstname.lastname@example.org.
* St. Thomas Aquinas School (International Falls): 810 Fifth St.; (218) 283-3430; www.stthomascatholicschool.com; email@example.com.
* Queen of Peace School (Cloquet): 102 Fourth St., MN 55720; (218) 879-8516; www.queenofpeaceschool.org; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Rosary Thanksgiving projects exceed expectations
Holy Rosary School fourth grade students packed 82 shoe boxes with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, hard candy and a lot of love for Holy Rosary School’s Thanksgiving service drive that went to Operation Christmas Child, a program of Samaritan’s Purse. The eighth grade girls prayed for the young children who would receive these gifts — praying that they would feel loved, know peace and joy, find Jesus and be saved by him, be free from war and terror, enjoy their gifts, and have bright futures. Also for the Thanksgiving service drive, the fifth-graders spearheaded a sock drive for CHUM of Duluth. This year brought a record number of socks, nearly 1,100 pairs. The socks were delivered to CHUM on Thanksgiving morning by Mrs. Huibregtse, fifth grade home room teacher and middle school teacher.
St. Michael’s food drive
Seven hundred fifty-seven food items were raised by St. Michael’s Lakeside School students during a food drive coordinated by the third-grade class. The food was donated to CHUM of Duluth.
Marquette students support Salvation Army
Students from Marquette School in Virginia collected donations from families of the school and Holy Spirit Church for three weeks for its local Salvation Army Thanksgiving feast. The sixth-grade students collected all the donations from the classrooms on Nov. 18 and helped Kim Phelps, school kitchen supervisor, and Jean Cheney, Salvation Army caseworker, fill the Salvation Army truck for delivery. Salvation Army Lieutenant Christina Wise also visited the school to help with the collection. This is the fifth year Marquette School students have held a food drive for the Salvation Army.
St. Michael students carol for Salvation Army
St. Michael’s Lakeside School students sang Christmas carols and rang the bell for the Salvation Army for a two-hour shift on Dec. 4 at the Lakeside Super One Foods store. The students’ kettle shift raised $140 for Salvation Army programs and services. Every dollar raised will help fuel important serves for individuals and families in crisis. Tammy Dixon helped arrange the service event with the Salvation Army. The Super One staff remarked that the students were their favorite bell ringing and caroling group.
Building the school Nativity
At Holy Rosary School from Dec. 10-22, every class in the school contributed one or more of the school’s Nativity figurines to build the Nativity scene near the entrance of the school. In this Nativity novena, the figurines represent a different principle of the faith that fortifies focus on making Christ the center of our lives. Every figurine was accompanied with a meditative prayer that invites Jesus to come into our lives. Classes took turns sharing their assigned meditative prayer to begin the school day over announcements and contributed their figurine to the school’s manger scene.