National Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. National Catholic Schools Week 2015 takes place January 25 through 31. Schools typically observe the week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. In the Diocese of Richmond, there are a number of schools – right here in our community we have Saint Joseph. How will Saint Joseph celebrate the week? Why not stop by and see what they are doing….
The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2015 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Introduced in 2014, the theme and its accompanying logo will be used at least through 2016. This gives schools more opportunities to brand National Catholic Schools Week and their year-round marketing activities with repeated use of a consistent theme and logo. The theme encompasses several concepts that are at the heart of Catholic education. Schools are not only communities themselves; they are also part of larger communities of home, church, city and nation. Faith, knowledge and service are integral components of a Catholic education and the measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged.
The logo brings the theme to life. It features a swirl of colors surrounding a cross, which is at the center of all Catholic education. The logo’s colors, movement and shadows portray the interconnectivity and community life that characterize Catholic schools.
The themes for the week are:
Sunday, January 25—Faith, Knowledge and Service: In Our Parish
Monday, January 26—Faith, Knowledge and Service: In Our Community
Tuesday, January 27—Faith, Knowledge and Service: In Our Students
Wednesday, January 28—Faith, Knowledge and Service: In Our Nation
Thursday, January 29—Faith, Knowledge and Service: In Our Vocations
Friday, January 30—Faith, Knowledge and Service: In Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers
Saturday, January 31—Faith, Knowledge and Service: In Our Families
(information from NCEA.org)