Parish schools preparing for Catholic Schools Week
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – For years, area Catholic schools have looked forward to the first week of February.
This year is no different as Redemptorist Catholic School, St. Michael’s School and Notre Dame, all in Crowley, and St. Francis in Iota have laid out their plans to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.
The four Catholic schools have each planned busy weeks for their students and communities to enjoy.
“I consider it a wonderful week to celebrate the Catholic faith,” said Redemptorist Principal Carl LeJeune. “We have a wonderful time. It’s a fun week for the children and gives us the opportunity to celebrate our school, our faith and the academic achievements of our students.”
This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools ... A+ for America.”
The week’s activities are highlighted by Grandparents’ Day celebrations at two of the schools, pep rallies and, of course, the Pro-Life March and Rally that Notre Dame puts on and St. Michael’s School upper class students participate in.
“This is the one organized effort we have to support life in all forms,” said Louisette Broussard, development of Notre Dame. “We are of course pro-life and the rally involves the students and teachers as well as various priests.”
The schools will also have contests amongst each other and St. Francis is planning dress up days for its students.
“We have the dress up days referring to themes so the kids can associate the dressing up with the message we want to get across,” said Cindy Habetz, St. Francis’ School’s principal. “Like Monday is mismatch day and the message is ‘God created people of all color and sizes.”
The schools have been observing and celebrating Catholic Schools Week since the Diocese of Lafayette instituted it.
The following are all the planned and publicized activities from the four parish schools.
Sunday, Jan. 30:
St. Michael - Student testimonials at the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. St. Michael’s Church masses.
Monday, Jan. 31:
Notre Dame - A contest among classes at 11:25.
Redemptorist - The Student Council will present letters and drawings to be sent to troops overseas in order to show their support for the troops’ dedication to the nation.
St. Michael - Kick off of the “Catholic Schools ... A+ for America” Catholic School Week celebration.
St. Francis - A morning prayer, a proclamation by Mayor Cindy McDaniel and students can dress in mismatched clothing in honor of “God created people of all color and sizes.”
Tuesday, Feb. 1:
Notre Dame - A Pro-Life march will begin at St. Michael’s School at noon. Students will march to Notre Dame’s campus. At 12:45 p.m., a program feature Pro-Life speeches and a performance by Cajun band L’Angelus, will last until 2 p.m. After the program there will be a competition between teachers and students with the loser having to “kiss a pig,” and a contest among classes.
Redemptorist - RCS gives special thanks to Fathre Matthew Higginbotham for his outstanding work in their school and community.
St. Michael - Student mass at 8:45 a.m. and presentation of the Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Graduate and Outstanding Achiever. St. Michael students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grade will participate in the Pro-Life March and Rally with Notre Dame High.
St. Francis - A morning prayer, the top three winners of the eighth grade will read their essays on “What a Catholic Education Means to Me,” and student can dress in pajamas in honor of “God Rested on the Seventh Day.”
Wednesday, Feb. 2:
Notre Dame - A Catholic Schools Week mass will be held at 8:36 a.m. Students will be dismissed early and teachers will enjoy a luncheon.
Redemptorist - Teacher of the Year, Support Staff Member of the Year and Outstanding Supporter/Achievers of the Year will be honored at faculty and staff luncehon.
St. Michael - It will be Student Appreciationg Day with treats for all.
St. Francis - School mass with teachers and participating Christian of the Month Awards. The school will also announce its Teacher, Supporter and Students of the Year.
Thursday, Feb. 3:
Notre Dame - A contest among classes at 11:25 a.m.
Redemptorist - The Beta Club will hold a ceremony to congratulate honor roll and principal’s list recipients, the 4-H Club will sponsor a food drive and there will be a pep rally.
St. Michael - The Student Council will collect change in their “Change for Miles” pick-up to support the Miles Perret Cancer Services.
St. Francis - There will be a trivia contest between classes and the students can dress up as Cajuns in honor of “God Led His People to Louisiana After Their Exile.”
Friday, Feb. 4:
Notre Dame - For the second half of lunch, there will be Catholic Schools Week cake in the quad.
Redemptorist - The school will hold its grandparents’ day celebration. Grandparents will be invited to attend their first Friday mass at 8:15 a.m. In church Students of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Support Staff Member of the Year, Outstanding Achiever/Supporter of the Year and Mr. and Miss RCS will be announced. There will be a reception for grandparents and the Beta Club will conduct interviews with grandparents. Finally, at the school library, the grandparent donation and dedication of books will occur.
St. Michael - The school will hold its Eighth Annual Faith Rally with the theme “Amazing Love.” There will also be a grandparents’ day celebration at 9 a.m. in the gym and classroom visits, school tours and a reception in the library.
St. Francis - A rosary will be recited and a pep rally will be held in the gym. Also, students can dress in jeans and school T-shirts for the day.