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Schools News in Brief - January 2015

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In Brainerd, St. Francis Unveils 'Tree of Giving'

The St. Francis Catholic School Foundation and School Capital Campaign Committee in Brainerd unveiled the Tree of Giving Nov. 21. Fathers Blake Rosier and Daniel Weiske drew the curtain to unveil the new Tree of Giving on the wall of the school foyer.

The display is a significant achievement for the school because it represents a legacy of giving that was built on the faith, generosity and loyalty of the school’s donors. The impact that has been made by these financial contributions will live on for families, students and staff yet to come.

The display recognizes gifts of $5,000 and more. Also available for viewing was the capital campaign memory book, which lists all those who contributed to the school expansion project.

This was an opportunity to recognize and publicly express gratitude to donors. Approximately 100 people were present for the event. Attendees enjoyed appetizers provided by Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge and an array of beverages served by Wild Rice Depot and Liquors. A short program was presented with comments by Father Tony Wroblewski, superintendent of the school; Dr. David Boran, School Foundation board member and Ginny Knudson, chair of the school capital campaign committee.

Saints in the Making

Each month at Marquette Catholic School in Virginia, a student from each grade who displays God’s love to others is chosen by their teacher to be a “Saint in the Making.” The students are then recognized at the weekly children’s Mass and rewarded with a pizza and ice cream lunch with Father Brandon Moravitz, pastor of Marquette Catholic School and Holy Spirit Church in Virginia. He is also pastor of Sacred Heart in Virginia and Sacred Heart in Mountain Iron.

Holy Rosary Dinner Jan. 30

Holy Rosary School has set a new goal of gathering 300 guests for its annual dinner and auction. Last year’s dinner and auction celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Holy Rosary School in Duluth and was highly successful, bringing nearly 250 guests together at the Greysolon Ballroom with $94,000 raised to support the school, including the fund-a-cause that moved forward the new technology in the school’s library and media resource center. The annual dinner and auction is Holy Rosary School’s largest fundraiser of the year. Fun items are being gathered for the auction and the popular games Heads and Tails and the Royal Car Race will return, along with an after party. There will be unique items for the live and silent auctions. The event is Friday, Jan. 30. Contact the school for information at (218) 724-2565. Visit their website at

Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the U.S. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2015 is Jan. 25-31. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2015 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration 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 churches, communities and the nation.

Contact the local Catholic school in your area to learn more about how you can join in its activites during this nationwide celebration.

Brainerd: St. Francis of the Lakes School, 817 Juniper St.; (218) 829-2344,

Cloquet: Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St.; (218) 879-8516,

Duluth: Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. Fourth St.; (218) 724-8565,

Duluth: St. James School, 715 N. 57th Ave. W.; (218) 624-1511,

Duluth: St. John the Evangelist School, 1 W. Chisholm St.; (218) 724-9392, Duluth: St. Michael’s Lakeside School, 4628 Pitt St.; (218) 525-1931,

Grand Rapids: St. Joseph’s School, 315 S.W. 21st St.; (218) 326-6232,

Hibbing: Assumption School, 2310 Seventh Ave. E.; (218) 263-3054,

International Falls: St. Thomas Aquinas School, 810 Fifth St.; (218) 283-3430,

Pine City: St. Mary’s School, 815 Sixth Ave. S.W.; (320) 629-3953,

Virginia: Marquette School, 311 S. Third St.; (218) 741-6811,