CJ Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service describes the foundation of Catholic schools. It also serves as the theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week from Sunday, January 29 through Saturday, February 4.

"We are blessed to be part of  community that has strong academics, commitment to faith and service, and this week is an opportunity to celebrate those blessings," said Director of Ministry & Service Kelli Kinnear.

At CJ, the school is celebrating Catholic Schools Week in several ways throughout the week:

  • Each morning there is Christian music played before the first bell. Additionally, music will be played between all classes on Friday;
  • A special CJ reflection will be read during a different period each day. A student, faculty or staff member will reflect on why they chose CJ and how it has affected him or her;
  • A literal prayer chain is hanging from the ceiling on the first floor; and,
  • In conjunction with a Senior Capstone project, new or gently used books are being collected so they can be given to St. Benedict the Moor Catholic School.

Additionally, there are special events and activities happening on certain days throughout the week:

  • On Monday, there was a special 3 O’Clock prayer that CJ, Alter, Carroll and Fenwick all prayed together at their respective schools;
  • On Wednesday, the CJ community will celebrate Mass at Emmanuel Catholic Church. Several CJ students will also attend the All-Catholic Schools Mass being held at St. Peter Catholic Church;
  • On Thursday, students can test their CJ/Marianist/SNDdeN knowledge in a school-wide Bingo game; and,
  • On Friday, students, faculty and staff have the option to wear a Catholic school t-shirt or sweatshirt. The shirt can be from a Catholic grade school, CJ or a Catholic college. Students must wear uniform shorts or pants. Also on Friday, the school will come together for the annual Talent Show. After school, MLC will host an ice skating and pizza event for students before the men’s basketball game against Purcell Marian.

On Monday, select seniors also had the opportunity to speak to Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr via a teleconference. CJ last participated in this teleconference six years ago. The group asked the Archbishop for his position on protection in schools, such as armed guards or teachers with concealed weapons.

“I think that it was a great opportunity to speak to him directly and help fulfill his goal of getting the youth in the Archdiocese together, and I felt like he got most of his goal accomplished today,” said Andrew Holmes ‘17, who asked Archbishop Schnurr the question during the teleconference. “I think it was a great opportunity to have asked such a great and in-depth question as well, and I was thankful for all of my fellow seniors who helped me out with the conference.”

Additional details about CJ’s Catholic Schools Week activities can be found here.

Posted January 30, 2017