Catholic Schools Week
Catholic schools throughout the United States will celebrate Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28 through Feb. 3. Sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association, Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Schools typically observe the week with Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to church, local communities, and the nation. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” For activities the Catholic school in your area is holding, please visit its website or call the school for information, and join in the festivities as our Catholic schools celebrate! This is an excellent time to visit your local Catholic school if you are considering a Catholic school for your children.
Brainerd — St. Francis of the Lakes School, 817 Juniper St., 56401; (218) 829-2344; www.stfranciscatholicschool.org; email@example.com.
Cloquet — Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St., 55720; (218) 879-8516; www.queenofpeaceschool.org; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duluth — Stella Maris Academy, Holy Rosary Campus, 2802 E. Fourth St., 55812; (218) 724-8565; www.stellamaris.academy; email@example.com.
Duluth — Stella Maris Academy, St. James Campus, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., 55807; (218) 624-1511; www.stellamaris.academy; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duluth — Stella Maris Academy, St. John’s Campus, 1 W. Chisholm St., 55803; (218) 724-9392; www.stellamaris.academy; email@example.com
Grand Rapids — St. Joseph’s School, 315 S.W. 21st St., 55744; (218) 326-6034; www.stjosephscatholic.org/school; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hibbing — Assumption School, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., 55746; (218) 263-3054; www.acshibbing.org; email@example.com.
International Falls — St. Thomas Aquinas School, 810 Fifth St., 56649; (218) 283-3430; www.stthomascatholicschool.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia — Marquette School, 311 S. Third St., 55792; (218) 741-6811; www.marquettecatholicschool.com; email@example.com.
Catholic Schools Raffle returns
The Catholic Schools Raffle returns this winter to select schools in the Diocese of Duluth, giving the opportunity to turn $5 into a brand new car or $20,000 in cash while raising piles of money for Catholic schools. Starting Jan. 12, 1,295 students in the Diocese of Duluth will join other students across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota in selling the tickets. Each ticket purchased gives ticket buyers the opportunity to win a 2018 Chevy TRAX (or $20,000 in cash), or other great prizes totaling $40,000 in value. Best of all, every penny of every ticket sold stays at the school thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company provides all the prizes and promotion materials for the raffle, resulting in 100 percent profit for the schools. Now in its ninth year, the Catholic Schools Raffle has raised $759,945 in the Diocese of Duluth alone. Participating diocesan schools hope to add $220,000 to that total this year. Money raised from the raffle allows schools to provide tui ion assistance, update their technology systems, or cover the cost of special learning opportunities like hosting a guest speaker or taking a field trip. Ticket sales begin Jan. 12 and run thru Feb. 25. Tickets are only available at these participating schools: St. Francis School in Brainerd, Queen of Peace School in Cloquet, Stella Maris Academy in Duluth, St. Joseph’s School in Grand Rapids, Assumption School in Hibbing, St. Thomas Aquinas School in International Falls, and Marquette School in Virginia. The grand prize drawing ceremony takes place on Wednesday, March 7, at the Catholic United Financial home office in St. Paul. Raffle updates can be followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CatholicSchoolsRaffle.
Assumption students honor vets
Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing honored veterans with a program to thank them for their military service. The event included a medley of songs from each branch of the Service. The children presented each veteran a card they made for them. During the refreshment period the children were able to visit with the honorees.
Marquette visits Edgewood
Marquette School choir visited Edgewood Vista in Hibbing and enterained residents with Christmas songs and joined them in making a craft.
Stella Maris students visit nursing home
The kindergarten classes of Stella Maris Academy Holy Rosary Campus made its 11th annual visit to Mount Royal Pines living facility. Teachers Sue Weber and Amanda Tessier joined their classes to provide the entertainment for the residents. Everyone hopped on a bus on Tuesday, Dec. 14, and headed to Mount Royal Pines a short distance away. The students sang about 10 Christmas carols for the residents and even took some requests. After the singing, each of the 37 students (five- and six-year olds) passed out handmade Christmas cards they had made, which were filled with a candy cane, to each of the residents, as well as the wonderful staff, and wished them a merry Christmas.
St. Nicholas visits
Family members Tom and Tina Bajda, Rose Antilla, Albina Medved, Vida Lanari, Martina Michals, and Maria Ferkul, with the help of the sixth-grade class, are keeping Slovenian cultural traditions alive at Marquette School in Virginia through a presentation on the life of St. Nicholas. The presentation also featured important lessons on virtue and generosity. Each student also received special treats from Saint Nicholas!