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January 21, 2003

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
January 26- February 1, 2003

Schools in the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with Catholic schools throughout the nation, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 26 through February 1, 2003. Catholic Schools Week is an annual national celebration of the important role that Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the country play in providing a values-centered education. This year's national theme "Catholic Schools: Making a World of Difference" reinforces the fact that Catholic schools provide a major service in the development of good citizens. Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to honor those who help the schools provide academic excellence and the spiritual values that make Catholic schools special.

There are 232 schools in the Archdiocese including:
210 parish elementary schools
22 Archdiocesan high schools
98 schools in the city
134 schools in the suburbs
High schools enrollment is 23,102
Parish elementary school enrollment is 76,009

Cardinal Bevilacqua will visit two schools during Catholic Schools Week
On Monday, January 27 at 8:15 a.m. the Cardinal celebrates Mass and visits Saint Hubert High School for Girls located at 7320 Torresdale Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. On Friday, January 31 at 8:30 a.m. the Cardinal visits Saint Cecilia Parish and School located at 525 Rhawn Street in Northeast Philadelphia.

During Catholic Schools Week, more than 100,000 students, parents and teachers throughout the five-county Archdiocese will celebrate with a variety of special religious, social and recreational activities. Below is a list of some of the activities planned.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 20023

9:00 a.m. - Saint Catherine of Siena Parish Elementary School, 317 Witmer Road, Horsham (Montgomery County)
Opening Mass and presentation of award to a Distinguished Graduate, who will speak to the students on the value of Catholic education. The Home and School Association will provide a breakfast for parents and families after the Mass.

9:15 a.m. - Saint Basil the Great Parish Elementary School, 2330 Kimberton Road, Kimberton (Chester County)
Catholic Schools Week begins with an Opening Mass, followed by a science display in the school hall.

10:00 a.m. - Bishop Shanahan High School, 220 Woodbine Road, Downingtown (Chester County)
Catholic Schools Week will start off with a Mass and Mother/Son Communion Breakfast at the school.

11:00 a.m. - Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Elementary School, 17th and Morris Streets, Philadelphia
A Special Opening Mass with theme "Celebrating Our Unity Through Our Diversity." Mass includes poems, drummers and dancers. A family reception will follow the Mass.

11:00 a.m. - Our Lady of Fatima Parish Elementary School, 2915 Street Road, Bensalem (Bucks County)
Opening Mass followed by an Open House and Science Fair

11:00 a.m. - Saint Kevin Parish Elementary School, 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield (Delaware County)
Opening Mass followed by an Open House from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - Saint Bridget Parish Elementary School, 3636 Stanton Street, Philadelphia
Opening Mass followed by an Open House featuring a Health Fair sponsored by MCP Medical Center.

MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2003
9:00 a.m. - Saint Monica Parish Elementary School, 601 First Avenue, Berwyn (Chester County)

Students wearing crazy socks, glasses, ties, shoes and sweaters will begin celebrating with a ‘Yo Yo Extravaganza.'

9:00 a.m. - Saints Philip & James Parish Elementary School, 721 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton (Chester County)
Students will display their talents by "Putting on the Hits" all day.

9:15 a.m. - Roman Catholic High School, 301 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia (in cafeteria)
Reflection on 9/11 - Mr. Nick Mascio, who worked across the street from the World Trade Center and is a parent of a Roman Catholic student and Mr. Brian Clark, who worked in the World Trade Center, reflect on the realistic details of courage and survival during the terrorist attack.

10:00 a.m. - Saint Anastasia Parish Elementary School, 3309 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square (Delaware County)
Bishop Michael Burbidge, the new Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will preside at a prayer service. The Bishop, a graduate of Saint Anastasia's, will be awarded the "Distinguished Graduate Award."

10:00 a.m. - Saint Maximilian Kolbe School, Rte. 202 and East Pleasant Grove Road, West Chester (Chester County)
Opening Mass followed by a school-wide jeopardy game based on the life of Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

1:00 p.m. - St. Eugene Parish Elementary School, 110 S. Oak Avenue, Primos (Delaware County)A music assembly featuring "Tap Team Two" performed by The Young Audiences Entertainment Group.

1:00 p.m. - Saint Paul Parish Elementary School, 351 E. Johnson Highway, Norristown (Montgomery County)There will be a Yo - Yo demonstration at the student assembly.

7:00 p.m. - Saint Monica Parish Elementary School, 1720 Ritner Street, Philadelphia
"Celebrating Our School" sponsored by the Home and School Association will feature a talent show.

7:00 p.m. - Saint Christopher Parish Elementary School, 13305 Proctor Road, Philadelphia
A Faculty/Student Basketball Game taking place at Father Judge High School Gym, 3301 Solly Avenue, Philadelphia.

7:30 p.m. - Our Lady of Fatima, 2915 Street Road, Bensalem (Bucks County)
Parents, students and parishioners invited to attend Science Fair Awards Ceremony

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2003
8:00 a.m. - Saint Eugene Parish Elementary School, 110 S. Oak Avenue, Primos (Delaware County)

"Someone Special Day" The first grade students bring one special adult to share activities in the classroom.

9:30 a.m. - Saint John Cantius Parish Elementary School, 4435 Almond Street, Philadelphia
Career Day - Invited speakers from the community will speak about their careers and the importance of Catholic education

10:00 a.m. - Saint Bede the Venerable Parish Elementary School, 1053 Holland Road, Holland (Bucks County)
A "Sock Hop" in the gymnasium for grades Kindergarten through 3 at 10:00 a.m. and for grades 4 - 6 at 1:00 p.m.

10:45 a.m. - Saint Paul Parish Elementary School, 351 E. Johnson Highway, Norristown (Montgomery County)
"Unity Through Diversity" - each classroom will be transformed into a country for parents and friends to visit.

12:15 p.m. - Notre Dame De Lourdes Parish Elementary School, 990 Fairview Road, Swarthmore (Delaware County)
Faculty Appreciation Day - Teachers are honored for their dedication to Catholic Education.

1:00 p.m. - Saint Monica Parish Elementary School, 601 First Avenue, Berwyn (Chester County)
Students express their creativity by ‘building their own ice cream sundae.'

1:00 p.m. - Saint George Parish Elementary School, 2700 E. Venango Street, Philadelphia
"Celebrating Our Students" - A Talent Show in the Church Hall.

1:30 p.m. - Saints Clement - Irenaeus, 2240 S. 71st Street, Philadelphia
Following a student luncheon, students will be treated to a Magic Show on Self Esteem

1:45 p.m. - Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Elementary School, 1329 E. Moyamensing Avenue, Philadelphia
Family Stages, Inc. presents the play "Nicholas Copernicus - the Center of Light."

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2003
9:30 a.m. - Our Lady of Fatima Parish Elementary School, 2915 Street Road, Bensalem (Bucks County)

An Open House with refreshments followed by an assembly at 1:15 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - Bishop Shanahan High School, 220 Woodbine Road, Downingtown (Chester County)
A performance by Grace & First Christian Rock Group to the Shanahan student body.

1:00 p.m. - Saint Adalbert Parish Elementary School, 3236 Edgemont Street, Philadelphia
Making a World of Difference with Grandparents and Senior Citizens - Students sing songs, recite poems and present student-made thank you cards to guests. Refreshments are served.

1:00 p.m. - Saint Anselm Parish Elementary School, 12669 Dunks Ferry Road, Philadelphia
"Long May It Wave" - Saluting the flag that we love - a lyrical journey through the history of our nation's flag read over the loud speaker system, followed by student forming an aerial view of God Bless America in the school yard.

1:00 p.m. - Saint Catherine of Siena Parish Elementary School, 317 Witmer Road, Horsham (Montgomery County)
For Student Appreciation Day, a special program provided by "Unique Entertainment" in the form of a game show.

2:00 p.m. - John W. Hallahan Catholic High School, 311 N. 19th Street, Philadelphia
"Battle of the Sexes" - Annual competition between Hallahan Girls and Roman Catholic High School Boys will include various contests including: academic, trivia, limbo, egg and spoon race, basketball foul shooting and pie eating.

6:00 p.m. - Saint George Parish Elementary School, 2700 E. Venango Street, Philadelphia
Family Ice Skating Night at Penns Landing River Rink on Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

7:00 p.m. - Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish Elementary School, Anderson and Upsal Streets, Philadelphia
Student members of the ‘beginners band' will hold a concert for parents in the Church.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2003
8:30 a.m. - Saint Laurence Parish Elementary School, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby (Delaware County)

Kindergarten class will have ‘Doughnuts with Dad.' That evening, at 7:00 p.m., there will be a Multicultural Fair.

9:00 a.m. - Saint Monica Parish Elementary School, 1720 Ritner Street, Philadelphia
Pajama Party - The theme is ‘Relax with a Good Book.' - younger students wear pajamas, bring pillows, etc. and teachers can invite a family member or friend to read to the students.

9:00 a.m. - Saint Titus Parish Elementary School, 3000 Keenwood Road, Norristown (Montgomery County)
Students attend ‘The Magic of Chemistry Show.'

9:00 a.m. - Nativity B.V.M. Parish Elemetary School, Franklin and Gayley Streets, Media (Delaware County)
"Lights, Camera, Action! Students spend all day learning how a television station works. Students create a newscast video using school talent.

10:00 a.m. - Saint John the Baptist Parish Elementary School, 4040 Durham Road, Ottsville (Bucks County)
An action-packed Karate Demonstration followed by a visit from Matt Rissinger, humorist.

12:00 noon - Saint John Cantius Parish Elementary School, 4435 Almond Street, Philadelphia
For Teachers Appreciation Day, teachers from Saint John Cantius and All Saints Schools are honored at a luncheon served by the student council officers.

4:00 p.m. - Lansdale Catholic High School, 700 Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale (Montgomery County)
Several seventh and eighth graders from catholic elementary schools in Bucks and Montgomery Counties will be receiving the 12th Annual Values for Life Award. Students are chosen for their Christian commitment of service to family, school, parish and community.

7:30 p.m. - Notre Dame De Lourdes Parish Elementary School, 990 Fiarview Road, Swarthmore (Delaware County)
Faculty and student volleyball challenge.

7:30 p.m. - Saint John Neumann High School, 2600 Moore Street, Philadelphia
Talent show for families. Students will be "Puttin' on the Hits."

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2003
8:30 a.m. - Archbishop Wood High School, 655 York Road, Warminster (Bucks County)

A magical performance by ‘Astonishing Neal' and each student receives a free water ice.

9:00 a.m. - Our Lady of Fatima, 10 Fatima Drive, Secane (Delaware County)
Closing Mass for Catholic Schools Week

9:30 a.m. - Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Elementary School, 1704 Bristol Pike, Bensalem (Bucks County
A special presentation by The Walnut Street Theater of "Aesop's Fables."

1:00 p.m. - Saint Anastasia Parish Elementary School, 3309 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square (Delaware County)
Career Day - Parents talk about their careers and give some demonstrations to the students.

1:00 p.m. - Sacred Heart Parish Elementary School, Lewis Rd. and Washington St., Royersford (Montgomery County)
‘Talent Show' - Students show off their diverse talents.

5:00 p.m. - Saint Monica Parish Elementary School, 601 First Avenue, Berwyn (Chester County)
Celebrating Our Parishioners - Bingo games and dinner for parishioners.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2003
7:30 p.m. - Saint Teresa of Avila Parish Elementary School, 2550 S. Parkview Drive, Norristown (Montgomery Co.)

Saint Teresa of Avila students perform " Broadway–A Musical Revue."

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Contact
Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

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