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January 24, 2006

These: "Characher. Compassion. Values."

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with Catholic schools throughout the nation, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 29 through February 4, 2006. 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 is "Character. Compassion. Values." Catholic schools are proud of the intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical and social values that are emphasized in their schools.

In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia there are:
∑ 194 Parish Elementary Schools
∑ 21 Archdiocesan High Schools
∑ 5 Special Education Schools
∑ Parish elementary school enrollment is 65,711
∑ High school enrollment is 21,260
∑ Special Education enrollment is 277

Celebrating Good News: During Catholic Schools Week, students, parents and teachers throughout the five-county Archdiocese will celebrate with a variety of special religious, social and recreational activities. Following is a list of some of the activities planned.

Sunday, January 29, 2006
Sacred Heart Parish- Lewis Road and Walnut Street, Royersford - 610-948-5915 (parish p) Montgomery County
8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. - Students will read essays about Catholic Education at all of the Masses.
Conshohocken Catholic Parish School - 205 Fayette Street, Conshohocken - 610-828-2007 (p) Montgomery County 8 a.m. - Soloists perform at Family Pancake Breakfast, Book Fair, Science Fair and Student Art will be displayed.
Visitation B.V.M. Parish School - 300 East Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-634-7280 (p)
9:00 a.m. - Catholic Schools Week Mass with multi-cultural themes and dress followed by a pancake breakfast and talent show.
St. John Chrysostom Parish - 615 South Providence Road - 610-874-3118 (parish p) Delaware County
9:30 a.m. Catholic Schools Week opening Mass followed by the 50th Anniversary of St. John School
St. Anastasia Parish School - West Chester Pike and Radnor Drive, Newtown Square - 610-356-1613 (parish p) Delaware County 10:30 a.m. - Opening Mass to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Parents will speak about choosing Catholic Schools.
St. Bede the Venerable Parish School - 1053 Holland Road, Holland - 215-357-4720 (p) Bucks County
12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Open House including a band expo, choral group and bell choir demonstrations.
St. Dorothy Parish School - 1225 Burmont Road, Drexel Hill - 610-789-4110 (p) Delaware County
12:30 p.m. - Individual students will perform excerpts from the Tempest, Mac Beth and Romeo & Juliet.

Monday, January 30, 2006
St. Ignatius of Antioch School- 995 Reading Avenue, Yardley - 215-493-3867 (p) Bucks County
8 a.m. - Muffins will be given to Moms, Donuts for Dads, Goodies for Grandparents followed by a 10:30 a.m. Prayer Service
Saint John Newman and Maria Goretti Catholic High School - 1736 South 10th Street, Philadelphia - 215-465-8437
8:15 a.m. - Bishop Joseph Cistone will celebrate Patrons Mass followed by Faculty Appreciation Day
St. Anastasia School - 3309 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square - 610-356-6225 (p) Delaware County
9:30 a.m. - Students will perform a concert for the Senior Citizens in the parish.
St. Cecilia School- 525 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia - 215-725-8588 (p)
10 a.m. - Students and Faculty will gather for an assembly on "Roots of Puerto Rican Music."
St. Adalbert School - 3236 Edgemont Street, Philadelphia - 215-739-1920 (p)
10 a.m. - Students will write cards to a soldier in Iraq who attended their school.
St. Bridget School - 3636 Stanton Street, Philadelphia -215-843-2828 (p)
10 a.m. - St. Bridget Alumnus, Jack Kilduff, former CEO of the Dr. Pepper Company, will speak to the students and faculty of the school.
St. Hubert High School for Girls - 7320 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-624-6840 (p)
11 a.m. - Bishop Joseph McFadden will celebrate Mass followed by a formal presentation of the re-accreditation certificate for St. Hubert.
Queen of Peace School - 835 North Hills Avenue, Ardsley - 215-886-4782 (p) Montgomery County
11 a.m. - Bishop Michael Burbidge will be leading a prayer service with the entire student body.
St. William School - 6238 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-342-4488 (p)
7 p.m. - Students in Grades 1 to 8 will "Salute to America" by Song and Skits in Memorial Hall.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006
St. Genevieve School - 1237 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown - 215-836-5644 (p) Montgomery County
7:45 a.m. - Students will create and or wear creative hats or sneakers showing school spirit. Hats will reflect the character, compassion and commitment of students.
St. Paul School - 351 East Johnson Highway, Norristown - 610-275-2990 (p) Montgomery County
9 a.m. - Parents Open House followed by students performing "Parables of Jesus" in each classroom.
St. John the Baptist School - 119 Rector Street, Philadelphia - 215-482-0449 (p)
10 a.m. - Students research a career and come dressed accordingly. Various professionals will come in and talk to students.
St. George School - 2700 East Venango Street, Philadelphia - 215-634-8803 (p)
1 p.m. - Annual "Talent Show" followed by Family Ice Skating at the River Rink 6 to 9 p.m.
St. Martin of Tours School - One Riverstone Circle, New Hope - 215-862-2075 (p) Bucks County
1:15 p.m. Students will participate in a school wide Spelling Bee.
Sacred Heart School - 203 Church Road, Oxford - 610-932-5040 (p) Chester County
7 p.m. - Students will perform in a band concert followed by family competition night.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Sacred Heart School - Lewis Road and Washington Street, Royersford - 610-948-7206 (p) - Montgomery County 8:30 a.m. - Students in Grade 7 will perform a wax museum presentation of notable authors.
St. Francis of Assisi School - 601 Buttonwood Street, Norristown - 610-272-0501 (p) Montgomery County
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. - Grandparents tea.
St. Pius X High School - 844 N. Keim Street, Pottstown - 610-326-8990 (p) - Montgomery County
9:20 a.m. - Teacher Appreciation Day with School Adoration and Benediction with visit by Bishop Michael Burbidge.
St. Madeline/St. Rose School - 500 Tome Street, Ridley Park - 610-583-3662 (p) Delaware County
10 a.m. - School assembly with guest speakers, Mayor Eberle and the FW. The band and school choir will also perform followed by Students making cookies that will be sent to the Service Men and Women.
Holy Saviour School - 400 East Airy Street, Norristown - 610-272-8864 (p) Montgomery County
10 a.m. - Students will write cards and collect items to send to the military.
SS. Peter and Paul School - 1327 Boot Road, West Chester - 610-696-1000 (p) Chester County
10 a.m. - Students will make first live first prayer presentation on the school's new broadcasting system.
St. Katherine of Siena School - 293 Windermere Avenue, Wayne - 610-688-5451 (p) Chester County
10:30 -11:00 a .m. - 8th Grade Students teach a class for one period.
Saint George School - 2700 East Venango Street, Philadelphia - 215-634-8803 (p)
8 a.m. - Spirit Day Students can dress up in school colors Blue & Gold followed by Faculty Baby Picture Contest and Afternoon Bingo.

Thursday, February 2, 2006
St. Jerome School - 3031 Stamford Street, Philadelphia - 215-624-0637 (p)
9 a.m. - Students are celebrating the 2nd Annual "Saint Jerome Kids Reach Out to the Community". Students will be paired together to collect and package articles to be used by different charities in the area.
Visitation B.V.M School - 190 North Trooper Road, Norristown - 610-539-6080 (p) Montgomery County
9 a.m. - Students in all grades will make items to be delivered to five local nursing homes followed by a 1 p.m. Spelling Bee.
Cathedral Basicilica of Saints Peter and Paul - 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
10 a.m. - Bishop Joseph McFadden will celebrate a Mass for 1700 Student Athletes from Archdiocesan Catholic High School.
St. Maximilian Kolbe School - 300 Daly Drive, West Chester - 610-399-8400 (p) Chester County
1:15 p.m. - St. Maximilian Jeopardy game in the gymnasium.
St. Monica School - 1720 Ritner Street, Philadelphia - 215-467-5338 (p)
3 p.m. - "The Souper Bowl" for the price of a can of soup students are admitted to the Faculty-Student Basketball Game. The food will be donated to a soup kitchen.
Our Lady Help of Christians School - 1525 Elkins Avenue, Abington - 215-887-3067 (p) Montgomery County
6:30 p.m. Family Skating night at the Palace Skating Rink on Roosevelt Boulevard.

Friday, February 3, 2006
St. Cecilia School - 525 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia - 215-725-8588 (p)
7:30 a.m. - Student Council will serve breakfast to the faculty and staff.
St. Mark School - 1024 Radcliffe Street, Bristol - 215-785-0973 (p) Bucks County
8 a.m. - At the conclusion of the closing Mass Father Mooney will be honored for all of his work that he has done for the school and parish.
St. Bridget Parish School - 3636 Stanton Street, Philadelphia - 215-843-2828 (p)
8:30 a.m. - Students will dress up for their favorite sports team.
Saint Monica School - 601 First Avenue, Berwyn - 610-644-8848 (p) Chester County
8:30 a.m. - Teacher Appreciation Day Mass to commemorate 25 years of service to Miss Maybelle Laroque.
St. Adalbert School - 3236 Edgemont Street, Philadelphia - 215-739-1920 (p)
9 a.m. First Friday Liturgy and Blessing of the Throats in honor of St. Blasť Day.
Holy Name of Jesus School - 1429 East Berks Street, Philadelphia - 215-423-3334 (p)
9 a.m. - Bishop Joseph Cistone will be the main celebrant at the First Friday Mass for the closing of Catholic Schools Week.
Mary Mother of the Redeemer School - 1321 Upper State Road, North Wales - 215-412-7101 (p) Montgomery County 9 a.m. - Beta Society Induction after the 9 a.m. Mass.
Saints John Newman and Maria Goretti Catholic High School - 1736 South 10th Street, Philadelphia 215-465-8437 (p) 9 a.m. - Puttin' on the Hits talent show.
Bishop McDevitt High School - 125 Royal Avenue, Wyncote - 215-887-5575 (p) Montgomery County
9 a.m. - Mr. Tom Foley (Bishop McDevitt Alumnus), CEO of the Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter will speak to students about the Red Cross and its response to Hurricane Katrina.

Saturday, February 4, 2006
St. Michael the Archangel School - 130 Levittown Parkway, Levittown - 215-943-0222 (p) Bucks County
6 p.m. Winterfest sponsored by the Home and School Association followed by the annual Chinese Auction.
St. Hubert High School for Girls - 7320 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-624-6840 (p)
7 p.m. - Student Talent Show.

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Editor's Note: Please contact Parish/School directly if you plan to cover event.

Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist

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