Rochester Diocese’s students to celebrate Catholic education - Catholic Courier
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Seton Catholic School second-graders Kameron Lugo (from front), Gemma Korba and Aiden Campolieto pull themselves along an obstacle course at the school in Brighton Feb. 1, 2023. (Courier file photo)

Rochester Diocese’s students to celebrate Catholic education

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Rochester will celebrate Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28-Feb 3 with a variety of special activities. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community,” which will be used through 2026.

Here are some of the events and activities the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Rochester have been planned for the week. The schools included in this list provided their schedules to the Catholic Courier. Visit the schools’ websites for more information.

Monroe County

Holy Cross School

Holy Cross School, Rochester will start Catholics School Week Jan. 28 with Sunday Mass at 10 a.m., followed by an open house from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Holy Cross Book Fair will take place in the library Jan. 28-31. Throughout the week, Sister Laurie Orman and her “prayer angels” will lead the entire school in a decade of the rosary. This year, each classroom will have a “saint sponsor,” and on Jan. 29, students are invited to dress in something that represents their classroom saint. In the evening, the Ashley Nagel Scholarship Grade 2 Basketball Game will take place in the gym. On Jan. 30, Holy Cross will be celebrating its students, who will be allowed to wear their favorite school clothing to school. Classes will decorate their doors with “Holy Cross is special because …” and there will be grade buddy projects. On “celebrate our nation day” Jan. 31, students can wear the colors of the USA or the colors on the flag of their classroom saint’s country. In the afternoon, students in second- through sixth-grade will compete in the school’s spelling bee. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will preside at a Mass at 9 a.m. Feb. 1. Holy Cross will conclude Catholic Schools Week Feb. 2 with an ice cream party during lunchtime and a students vs. teachers free-throw contest.

St. Ambrose Academy

St. Ambrose Academy, Rochester, will kick off Catholic Schools Week with a pep rally and School Spirit Day Jan. 29. They will celebrate Mass for Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 30, along with working on a prayer partner activity. Jan. 31 is Wacky Wednesday, during which students may dress in mismatched, silly outfits. It’s Souper Bowl Day on Feb. 1. Students may wear jerseys to school as well as bring cans of soup for a local food pantry. Catholic Schools Week will conclude with a fifth-grade vs. staff volleyball match and ice cream social Feb. 2.

St. Joseph School

St. Joseph School, Penfield, will kick off Catholic Schools Week with a Winter Carnival Jan. 27. A book fair will run Jan. 27-30. Mass will be celebrated Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church. On Jan. 29, there will be a presentation from Penfield Hope, and students will participate in class service projects. Jan. 30 is Red, White and Blue Day to celebrate the nation. Students may dress in red, white and blue clothing on that day. They also will receive Bomb Pop treats. Rich the Magic Man will perform on Jan. 31, and on Feb. 1, there will be alumni speakers and Benediction. St. Joseph School will conclude Catholic Schools Week Feb. 2 with Spirit Wear Day. There also will be a popcorn and movie afternoon.

St. Kateri School

St. Kateri School, Irondequoit, will begin Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28 with Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. at Christ the King, followed by a coffee hour in the gymnasium. On Jan. 29, the school will celebrate the community, and Jennifer Sahlre from St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center will visit the school. The students will make “valentine posters of love” for the center and can dress down for $1, with proceeds going to St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. There will be a prayer service at 9 a.m. Jan. 30, and there will be classroom awards and a party celebrating the students. On Jan. 31, St. Kateri will have a leadership panel during which fifth-grade students will ask questions of the panelists. The panel will feature Father Lance Gonyo, pastor of St. Kateri Parish; Anthony Reale, principal of St. Kateri School; and Andrae Evans, Irondequoit town supervisor. On Feb. 1, students can dress for their future professions. In the morning, Sisters Grace Miller and Rita Lewis from La Madonna della Strada will speak to students about their careers as followers of Jesus and how their faith guides them. In the afternoon, the Zoomobile will visit the school. On Feb. 2, it’s Souper Bowl Day. Students can dress in the attire of their favorite sports teams and donate cans of soup as a way of voting for the team they think will win the Super Bowl. Students also will write thank you notes to their teachers and volunteers. There also will be snowball-throwing games. St. Kateri will conclude Catholic Schools Week Feb. 3 with a Barnes and Noble fundraiser.

St. Rita School

Students will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week at St. Rita School, Webster with a comfy-clothing day and extended reading time Jan. 29. It’s Tacky Tuesday on Jan. 30, during which students can wear their wackiest, tackiest outfits to school. Students will show their school spirit by wearing their spirit wear to school, or blue and gold clothing Jan. 31. Also, the fifth-grade students will be leading a school carnival. Younger students will get to play games, with the money raised being donated to St. Jude’s Children Hospital. There will be a Catholic Schools Week Mass at 9:30 a.m. and classroom movies in the afternoon Feb. 1. St. Rita School will conclude Catholic Schools Week with SOUP-ER Day Feb. 2. Students can wear their team-inspired clothing and bring cans of soup for a local food pantry. Feb. 2 also is the fourth-annual Minute to Win It.

Finger Lakes

St. Mary School

St. Mary School, Canandaigua, will kick off Catholic Schools Week with Mass Jan. 28 at 9 a.m. at St. Mary Church, followed by a coffee hour in Dougherty Hall. The school’s book fair will open Jan. 29. Also on Jan. 29, there will be a school Mass at 9 a.m., and the students will celebrate the community around them by distributing cookie trays to community sponsors. There will be bingo for kindergarten through third-grade at noon Jan. 30, and fourth- through sixth-grade students will participate in a field study. In the evening, there will be an open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 is an Open School Day for prospective families. Tours will be given at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. St. Mary School will conclude Catholic Schools Week with a dress-down day and roller skating in the gymnasium.

St. Francis-St. Stephen School

St. Francis-St. Stephen School, Geneva, will kick off Catholic Schools Week with a 4:30 p.m. Mass Jan. 27 at St. Francis Church. Following Mass, there will be a family fun night sponsored by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization in the DeSales gymnasium until 8 p.m. There will be a Scholastic Book Fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 29-Feb. 2. The book fair will benefit the school library. On Jan. 29, students may wear crazy socks and/or their favorite hats to school with their school spirit wear. On Jan. 30, each student may invite one special guest to lunch. Students may dress as their favorite book characters Jan. 31. Also, St. Francis-St. Stephen School will have its open house and ice cream social from 6 to 7 p.m. Students may dress in attire from a different decade on Feb. 2. There also will be a school dance in the DeSales gymnasium that afternoon. Students will conclude Catholic Schools Week with Mass and the Blessing of the Throats for the feast of St. Blaise at 8:30 a.m. In the afternoon, students will play bingo.

Southern Tier

St. Agnes School

St. Agnes School, Avon, will begin Catholic Schools Week with tours, games and fun at its Winter Wonderland Registration/Open House on Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. A School Spirit Family Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at St. Agnes Church, followed by a hot cocoa and cookie social. On Jan. 29, students will take part in a schoolwide prayer service and “Souper Bowl Service Project.” They are encouraged to bring cans of soup to school for the Avon Food Pantry. Students also may wear their favorite sports attire to school. On Jan. 30, students will take part in a scavenger hunt at St. Agnes Church and will learn more about the church from Father Michael Fowler, pastor. There will be a Library Career Expo on Jan. 31. Students will learn about different jobs and find out where some St. Agnes alumni are now. There also will be an ice cream sundae bar at lunch. On Feb. 1, students may wear cozy clothes to school, as it is Movie/Popcorn Day. There also will be dance lessons going on in physical-education classes. There’s no school on Feb. 2, so students are invited to participate in a family fun day.

St. Mary Our Mother School

Monday, Jan. 29, is a day off for students at St. Mary Our Mother School, Horseheads. On that day, faculty and staff will volunteer at Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Catholic Schools Week will begin for St. Mary Our Mother School students on Jan. 30. Students can dress down out of uniform and wear spirit wear. Also, first-grade students will create nose warmers to present to the entire school in the annual nose-warmer fashion show. The show will be recorded and posted on the school’s Facebook page for families to view. There also will be a loose change collection through Friday for the Horseheads Food Pantry. The class that collects the most change will have the opportunity to smash a pie in the face of the Diocese of Rochester’s superintendent of Catholic schools, Frank Arvizzigno. On. Jan 31, students will gather for their monthly Character Trait Assembly. During the assembly, the January recipients will be announced, and the character trait for February will be discussed. Students also will create cards of thanks for veterans. Also, the St. Mary Our Mother School Bake Off is back by popular demand. On Feb. 1, students will create birthday bags to be donated to the Horseheads Food Pantry to celebrate the school’s 65th birthday. Students in fifth- and sixth-grade will compete in a spelling bee, with first- and second-place receiving certificates and the winner advancing to the Diocese of Rochester’s Spelling Bee in the spring. Students also will create prayer cards for the parishioners at St. Mary Our Mother Church. Father Christopher Linsler will celebrate Mass with the students at 9 a.m. Feb. 2. The Trail Mix train is back in the station for students, faculty and staff during lunch times. Students in grades prekindergarten-3 through sixth grade will enjoy movie treats in their classrooms. St. Mary Our Mother School will conclude Catholic Schools Week with an evening of roller skating Feb. 3.

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