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January 26, 1999


January 31 - February 6, 1999

January 31, 1999 marks the beginning Catholic Schools Week in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. More than 120,000 students, parents and teachers throughout the five-county Archdiocese will celebrate with a variety of special religious, social and recreational activities. Catholic Schools Week celebrates the value of Catholic education in the academic and religious development of its students, and recognizes the sacrifices parents make in exercising their right to choose a Catholic Education.

This year's theme is "Inside these doors. . . a tradition of excellence. Catholic Schools: Faith for a Brighter Future." Some recent events that characterized this theme are:

    June 1998, 5200 young men and women graduated from our twenty-two Archdiocesan high schools. Our high school graduation rate is98% and 88% of the graduates are continuing to further their education. Our 1998 graduates were offered more than $110 million in scholarship aid. This represents an increase of $8 million over the 1997 amount.

    September 25, 1998 - Cardinal Bevilacqua announced the creation of a fiber optic network (Wide Area Network) which will improve and enhance telecommunications capabilities in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is the first diocese in the country to develop this state-of-the-art network. This technological plan will connect Archdiocesan high schools, Catholic Human Services' branch offices and institutions nursing homes, administrative offices and various facilities to the network. As of this writing, 14 high schools are on the network!

    September 27, 1998 - Cardinal Bevilacqua dedicated the new Bishop Shanahan High School in Downington - the first new diocesan high school in 31 years. On September 28, 1999 - Cardinal Bevilacqua dedicated the new $3.5 million addition to Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia.

    September, 1998 - Interfaith education program begins in Philadelphia - Catholic/Jewish Education Project (C/Jeep) is an interfaith education program that fosters mutual respect and understanding by placing Catholic clergy in Jewish schools and Jewish clergy in Catholic schools. The program is funded by a grant from the Steven Spielberg Foundation in Los Angeles, and is presently being piloted in Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Fairless Hills and Akiba Hebrew Academy in Merion. Rabbi Howard Cove, leader of Congregation Kol Emet in Yardley, Pa. teaches about Judaism to students at Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Fairless Hills, Pa. In turn, Father Paul Dougherty, a Catholic theologian, teaches about Catholicism at Akiba Academy in Merion, Pa.


    Prelude to Catholic Schools Week - Saturday, January 30, 1999

      1:30 - 3:30 p.m. -Catholic High Schools Art Exhibit and Award Ceremony, Auditorium, 222 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia - Art exhibit featuring work of students from Archdiocesan and Private Catholic High Schools. Award ceremony at 2:00 p.m. . Art work will be on exhibit everyday - Sunday, January 31 through Friday, February 5, 1999, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Sunday, January 31st

      9:30 a.m. - Holy Saviour Church, 409 E. Main Street, Norristown, PA - Montgomery County
      Opening of Catholic Schools Week Liturgy , followed by an Open House. Technology Fair features projects from students in grades 1 - 8.

      11:00 a.m. - Transfiguration of Our Lord, 56th and Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia
      Opening of Catholic Schools Week Liturgy

      11:00 a.m. - St. Andrew Church, School Lane and Foss Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA - Delaware County
      Opening of Catholic Schools Week Liturgy followed by a family brunch

      1:00 p.m. - Archbishop Wood High School, 655 York Road, Warminster, PA - Bucks County
      Open House with an Activities Bazaar and Coaches Corner - students and moderators of the various extra- curricular activities are available to discuss the many programs that the school has to offer. Also, team members and coaches are available to speak with parents and potential incoming students at the Coaches Corner

    Monday, February 1, 1999

      9:00 a.m. -Our Lady of Good Counsel, 2nd Street Pike, Southampton, PA - Bucks County
      Catholic Schools Week Liturgy followed by an exposition of the works of students in Grade 2

      11:00 a.m. - St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, 910 Pierce Street, Philadelphia
      Golden Agers will be treated to coffee, cakes and various goodies prepared and served by the 8th grade students

      12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. - Nativity B.V.M., Belgrade and Madison Streets, Philadelphia
      Students in grades 2 though 8 will visit with senior citizens, present them with cards made by students, and serve the seniors lunch

    Tuesday, February 2nd

      8:15 a.m. - Blessed Virgin Mary School, 47 MacDade Blvd., Darby, PA - Delaware County
      A special breakfast for school volunteers

      10:00 a.m. - Archbishop Carroll High School, 211 Matson Ford Road, Radnor, PA - Delaware Co.
      Special liturgy honoring teachers who have served in the ministry of Catholic Education for 25 years

      11:00 A.M. - Saint Maria Goretti High School, 10th and Moore Streets, Philadelphia
      Students will be installed in the National Honor Society

      11:30 a.m. - St. Philomena School, 45 E. Baltimore Avenue, Lansdowne, PA - Delaware County
      An "indoor picnic" at Marian Hall. The gym floor is covered with picnic tablecloths. After a prayer service, teachers and students will eat their picnic lunch. Each class will provide entertainment.

      11:30 a.m. - Archbishop Ryan High School, 11201 Academy Road, Philadelphia
      Students will be rockin' and rollin' in the cafeteria to the music of the 50's. The WOGL Radio 50's Party will include a visit of the Pink Cadillac and a two hour dance party. Students will dress in 50's costumes.

      1:30 p.m. - St. Joan of Arc, 3556 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia
      A "Religion Bee" with students from grades 5 through 8 participating

    Wednesday, February 3, 1999

      9:30 a.m. - Archbishop Ryan School for children With Hearing Impairments and St. Gabriel School (same campus), Mohawk and Seminole Avenues, Norwood, PA - Delaware County
      Students and their grandparents will gather in the church for a prayer service. Grandparents will then visit the classrooms and have refreshments with grandchildren

      12:45 p.m. - St. Charles Borromeo School, 1704 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA - Bucks County
      Faculty vs. Students Volleyball Game

      3:00 p.m. - Roman Catholic High School, Broad and Vine Streets, Philadelphia
      "Battle of the Sexes" - academic and sports teams from Hallahan Girls and Roman Boys compete

      7:00 p.m. - St. Andrew School, 529 Mason Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA - Delaware County
      Dedication of the new Monsignor Vincent L. Burns Library Media Center (named for former deceased pastor) featuring technology and integrated curriculum theme projects

      7:30 p.m. - Ambler Catholic School, 1 Poplar Street, Ambler, PA - Montgomery County
      "Book at Trip Around the World" is the theme that will greet Ambler Catholic School students and their parents as they arrive at the Open House. Each student will receive a passport and travel bag entitling them to travel from country to country (table to table) through reading, writing and language activities

    Thursday, February 4, 1999

      9:30 a.m. - Monsignor Bonner High School, 403 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill, PA - Delaware Co.
      Bonner Boys will treat thirty-five volunteers to a continental breakfast.

      12:00 Noon - Archbishop Carroll High School, 211 Matson Ford Rd., Radnor, PA - Delaware Co.
      Student Appreciation Day in Carroll's gym will include Velcro Wall Jumping (students wear velcro suits and jump on and stick to a velcro wall)

      12:30 p.m. - St. Luke School, 2336 Fairhill Avenue, Glenside, PA - Montgomery County
      WOGL Radio 50's Party - a vintage 50's car will be at St. Luke's along with a disc jockey from WOGL. Student will dress in 50's attire for the dance.

      7:30 p.m. - St. Helena School, 6101 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia
      Students are performing an eight act show incorporating the Catholic School Week theme

    Friday, February 5, 1999

      9:00 a.m. - Transfiguration of Our Lord School, 56th and Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia
      Prayer Service followed by presentation by Senator Hardy Williams of citation to students for their efforts in improving the environment and the neighborhood with their anti-graffiti efforts

      9:45 a.m. - St. Aloysius School, 3rd and Hanover Streets., Pottstown, PA - Montgomery County
      In Begley Hall at St. Aloysius School assemblies will include: The Phillies Phanatic, jugglers, hula hoop contest and a unicycle rider.

        - END -

        Marie Kelly
        Associate Director

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