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Meal packing, eucharistic processions and field days

Those are some of the ways archdiocesan schools celebrated Catholic Schools Week 2024

FORT LAUDERDALE |For the second year in a row, Cardinal Gibbons High School partnered with Cross Catholic for a food packing event. It was held at the Fort Lauderdale high school on a Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, the start of Catholic Schools Week.

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Over 60,000 meals were packed, 6,000 of which were sent to local food banks to help the South Florida community. Students from nearby Catholic elementary schools and members of other community organizations assisted as well.

Among other activities for Catholic Schools Week — and to mark the National Eucharistic Revival (2022-25) — Gibbons students took part in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a eucharistic procession and benediction of the school campus, students, faculty and staff. The Jan. 31 event was led by an alumnus, Father Ryan Saunders (class of 2002), who now serves as secretary to Archbishop Thomas Wenski.



Eucharistic procession at Sts. Peter and Paul

MIAMI | Sts. Peter and Paul School also kicked off its Catholic Schools Week celebration with a eucharistic procession, adoration and benediction Jan. 28, led by Father Luis Flores, parish administrator.


 

Bringing a logo to life at St. Timothy

During a parish-wide Mass Jan. 28, 2024, St. Timothy School students dressed in the colors of the Catholic Schools Week 2024 logo to bring to life the various ways the parish and school community are "united in faith and community."

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During a parish-wide Mass Jan. 28, 2024, St. Timothy School students dressed in the colors of the Catholic Schools Week 2024 logo to bring to life the various ways the parish and school community are "united in faith and community."

The entire student body of St. Timothy School came together on the  basketball court Jan. 30, 2024, to bring to life the colors of the Catholic Schools Week 2024 logo, "united in faith and community."

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The entire student body of St. Timothy School came together on the basketball court Jan. 30, 2024, to bring to life the colors of the Catholic Schools Week 2024 logo, "united in faith and community."

MIAMI | At St. Timothy School, the entire school body came together twice — Jan. 28 at the parish-wide kick-off Mass and Jan. 30 on the basketball court — to recreate the National Catholic Educational Association's Catholic Schools Week logo: United in Faith & Community.

In preparation, students created the links in their classrooms and the teachers put them together. Each grade group was assigned a color and dressed in that color. On Jan. 30, the students gathered on the basketball court to form the logo.

During the Jan. 28 Mass, parishioners heard a presentation explaining the various ways the school and parish are united in faith and community, as each group of students processed in and circled around the church forming the logo.

"The presentation helped students and families understand why we celebrate our Catholic school. It brought the abstract to life," said school principal Susana Rivera.

 



Loads of fun and learning at St. James

NORTH MIAMI | A fun field day and a career day with special emphasis on vocations highlighted the Catholic Schools Week celebration at St. James School.

During the Jan. 30 field day, students participated in outdoor activities and games that promote physical activity and teamwork while providing a break from regular classroom routines, explained Frances Fresneda, St. James athletic director.

Among those who spoke to the students about careers and vocations Feb. 1 were members of the North Miami Police Department, including Chief Cherise Giordani Gause, Felician Sister Marilyn Marie Minter, and St. James parochial vicar, Father Edwin Diesen.“We hope to inspire children and showcase the importance of community service and public safety,” said Fresneda.

 



From Pig Roast to Festival of Praise at St. Theresa

CORAL GABLES | At St. Theresa School, Catholic Schools Week kicked off with a Sunday, Jan. 28, Pig Roast BBQ which was free and open to the entire school and parish. Teams roasted pigs in different ways as part of a BBQ contest and families got together and tasted the various options while enjoying games on the school field. The competing teams won based on popular opinion of their BBQ and on how they decorated their booths.

The rest of the school week also featured fun and community. On Monday, Community Day, the students dressed as their favorite member of the community. There were nurses, police officers, firefighters and more. On Tuesday, the students celebrated the USA by wearing red, white and blue. On Wednesday, students and faculty dressed in their favorite St. Theresa School gear to celebrate their love of the school and parish, while showing special appreciation to the Carmelite Sisters who staff the school and the parish priests. On Thursday, students and faculty showed off their love of Jesus with special T-shirts and rosaries. And Friday, the students and faculty again wore their favorite St. Theresa shirts to celebrate the end of Catholic Schools Week.

An event unique to St. Theresa School is the Festival of Praise, which also was celebrated on Thursday of Catholic Schools Week. The festival is “a special celebration of faith and God” organized by the Carmelite Sisters and music teachers at the school. 

Update on events at St. Theresa School added Feb. 21, 2024.