Catholic schools in the Diocese of Rochester are celebrating the Jan. 29 to Feb. 4 national Catholic Schools Week in a variety of ways. Activities include students bringing their favorite board games to school, dressing down for a day, making Valentine cards for nursing home residents, and putting on theatrical and musical performances, as well as parents making lunches for teachers.
Sister of Mercy Katherine Ann Rappl, principal of St. Rita School in Webster, noted that Catholic Schools Week is an important time to promote faith-based education.
"I value Catholic Schools Week because it is another opportunity to celebrate our students and their families," she said. "It is a time once again to instill a sense of belonging to and ownership of a very strong academic and faith community."
The following is a sampling of what’s happening in the diocese’s schools.
* St. Joseph, Penfield: The school will host a book fair on Wednesday, Feb. 1, and Thursday, Feb. 2; an open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 2; and roller-skating in the gym on Friday, Feb. 3.
* St. Mary, Canandaigua: On Feb. 1, the school will honor those serving God, and students will be able to meet with priests, deacons, women religious and lay personnel serving the church. The school will also hold a dance on Feb. 3, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
* St. Agnes, Avon: On Saturday, Feb. 4, the school is hosting a "Kindergarten Round-up" and breakfast for new and current school families from 9 to 11 a.m. The school is also holding information meetings and tours on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. and on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.
* St. Pius Tenth, Chili: On Feb. 1, the school was to host relay races, and on Feb. 2 it will host an open house from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On Feb. 3, there will be a Mass, and students will have their throats blessed for St. Blaise Day.
* St. Rita, Webster: On Feb. 1, the school was to host a senior citizens tea from 10 to 11:30 a.m. That same day, there was to be a family liturgy at 7 p.m. followed by a social in the gym.
* St. Joseph’s, Auburn: On Feb. 2, the school will hold "In Our Vocations — Vocation Appreciation Day." A priest will read a story to children in grades pre-kindergarten through second; parents will speak about their careers to children in third, fourth and fifth grades; and Father Bernard Munjalu Wakhungo, parochial vicar of St. Mary Church, Auburn, will address middle-school students.
* All Saints Academy, Corning: The school was slated to hold an International Dinner on Feb. 1, featuring dishes from various Asian countries and Native American tribes, along with dishes from England, Scotland, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Ukraine, Germany and Mexico.
* Mother of Sorrows, Greece: From 1 to 1:45 p.m. Feb. 1, the school was to hold "Bingo Buddies," which pairs an older grade with a younger grade for a game of bingo in the church hall. There also will be a Religion Fair and Open House from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 2.
* Immaculate Conception, Ithaca: The school was to host a basketball game on Feb. 1 at 12:30 p.m. between a team of parents and staff members and a team of students. The school also will have a "Quiz Bowl" for fourth through eighth grades on Feb. 2 beginning at 8:15 a.m., and host "Bring a Special Friend to School Day" on Feb. 3, which features a pizza lunch and an afternoon dance party focusing on music from the ’20s to the ’70s.
* St. John Neumann, Rochester: The school was to have roller-skating in the gym on Feb. 1; a 9 a.m. prayer service on Feb. 2; and will invite students to wear "crazy hats" all day Feb. 3. The school also will host a "Sweetheart Dance" from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 3.
* St. John Bosco, Seneca Falls: Students will be encouraged to invite a friend, grandparent, parent or neighbor to lunch on Feb. 2. Each school family is also being invited to create a small poster with a family photo or drawing and fill in the following phrase: "The … family loves St. John Bosco School because …" The posters will be used in a large display in the school.
* St. Louis School, Pittsford: The school will host an ice-cream social on Feb. 2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m; an open house on Feb. 8 from 9:30 to 11 a.m; a "Colonial Day" on Feb. 10, featuring fourth-graders singing colonial songs at 2 p.m.; and a sixth-grade Science Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 16.