VENICE â€“ The week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4 will be an exciting time for the 15 Catholic schools within Diocese of Venice. That time is designated as Catholic Schools Week by the National Catholic Education Association and is a time for the outside world to get a closer look at the shining example Catholic schools are throughout the Diocese.
The week begins on a Sunday when students and faculty throughout the Diocese of Venice will be wearing their school uniforms and colors at Mass. Students will also be speaking at many of the parish Masses, explaining the wonders of their school and the reasons the parish community needs to continue its unfaltering support. The week includes taking time out to honor benefactors, including parents, grandparents, supporters, as well as the faculty and staff.
Each school will have time set aside for an Open House to allow those interested in the school to see for themselves the benefits of a Catholic education. School-wide Masses will be also celebrated during the week to include priests from all of the parishes in the area. This is done as a sign of unity and support for Catholic education.
Bishop Frank J. Dewane will be visiting schools throughout the week and will celebrate a Mass in Naples on Feb. 3 for the students at St. Ann School, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School and St. John Neumann High School. This joint Mass will be the culmination of a week of celebrations.
- St. Joseph School in Bradenton invites all parents to lunch on Feb. 1 when students will present their parents with hand-made thank you place mats.
- Father Anglim Academy in Fort Myers will participate in a service day on Jan. 31, and on Feb. 1 there will be a math-a-thon.
- St. Martha School in Sarasota will have the youngest students perform musical numbers for the entire school on Feb. 1, and on Feb. 2 the entire school will pray the rosary for vocations.
- St. John Neumann High School in Naples will include a trip for the entire school to La Salle High School in Miami on Jan. 31, the Feast of St. John Bosco, Patron Saint of the religious sisters who now lead the school.
- St. Elizabeth Seton School in Naples is having a benefit concert by Paul Todd and Friends on Jan. 30.
- St. Francis Xavier School in Fort Myers will have a Grandparents Day Mass Feb. 3, followed by stations for crafts, refreshments and a book fair.
- Incarnation School in Sarasota will have a Flag Ceremony on Jan. 31 where donations and student-made cards will be presented for the military service men and women with connections to the school.
- Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers wraps up their week with a faculty versus students basketball game on Feb. 3.
- St. Catherine School in Sebring is having a baby picture guessing contest with the teachers providing the pictures through the week.
- St. Charles Borromeo School in Port Charlotte will be collecting toiletries for the homeless in Charlotte County as a service project during the week.
- Epiphany Cathedral School has a tradition of designating a student as Principal for a Day, each day of Catholic Schools Week. The students follow Dr. Irene Lynch for the day and learn about the different responsibilities a principal has.
- Cardinal Mooney High School is Sarasota will hold a walk-a-thon Feb. 4 to benefit All Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
- St. Ann School in Naples will have a Family Picnic on Feb. 1.
- St. Andrew School in Cape Coral will have a fun run throughout the school on Feb. 2. the winner receives their favorite teamâ€™s jersey.
- Dreams Are Free at Bishop Nevins Academy in Sarasota will have a artwork on display from each student with the Catholic Schools Week theme as the subjects.
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