Celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2020

Beginning January 26, 2020, Catholic schools from around the nation began celebrating the annual national Catholic Schools Week. This year’s theme was, “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

One way students embraced that theme was by participating in a teleconference with Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr on Monday, January 27. Catholic high schools from the Cincinnati and Dayton regions chose students to participate in this teleconference and they were able to ask the Archbishop questions about faith, Catholic schooling, and more.

Madison Meixner ‘20 asked a question on behalf of CJ, “What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had since being ordained?”

“In 1991 I was asked to put together the program for World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado and that took place in 1993,” Archbishop Schnurr said. “It was Pope John Paul II who asked that (the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) do it and because I was working at the Bishop’s Conference at the time I was asked to take the lead. It gave me many opportunities — for two years I would go to Rome and meet with the Holy Father because he wanted to know what we were doing with that program, so that was a great experience.

“But perhaps, more than anything else, that same experience, because I put two years into it. Once the event started someone asked me if the event was going the way I expected it to. And I said, ‘I don’t recognize this event — the Holy Spirit has taken this over.’ It was marvelous but I was even surprised with what was happening. For me , that was the clearest example of the Holy Spirit being active in the church, and I was grateful.”

Also on Monday, students lined the hallways and joined hands for a special 3 o’clock prayer that was also said at the same time at nearby Catholic high schools.

On Wednesday, January 29, the CJ community will gather for Mass at Emmaunel Church. That same day, select students will go to St. Luke in Beavercreek and join other students from all around the Dayton region for a Catholic Schools Week Mass.

Additionally to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, the CJ community will participate in Catholic Schools Week BINGO and on Friday, January 31, they are asked to wear a Catholic schools t-shirt or sweatshirt (can be from an elementary school, high school, CJ or college).

Posted January 27, 2020