In order to properly support each initiative, it is important to understand the difference between Catholic Schools Week 2020 and Discover Catholic Schools Week 2020.
Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States in January. An annual tradition that began in 1974, Catholic schools across the nation commemorate Catholic Schools Week with celebrations, Masses, open houses, and activities for students, families, parishioners, and community members. Catholic Schools Week events showcase and celebrate the rich traditions and the incredible value of Catholic education on both a local and national level.
This year, The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) is adding a second week to celebrate Catholic Schools, called Discover Catholic Schools Week. This week, to be held November from 17th to 23rd is designed to help show potential students and families the benefits of a Catholic education.
Catholic Schools and the Students They Serve
What sets Catholic schools apart? According to NCEA, there are more than 6,000 Catholic schools nationwide. These schools—serving elementary, middle, and secondary school students—are located across all regions, giving many families the opportunity for accessible Catholic education.
The Benefits of Catholic Schools
The goal of Discover Catholic Schools Week is to help families and students discover Catholic Schools and the opportunities and benefits they provide.
In 1809, Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph, set up a school for poor children in Maryland. She worked throughout her lifetime on the creation of parochial schools to educate children. For these reasons, Elizabeth Ann Seton is sometimes considered the “Mother” of Catholic education. Express your gratitude to a teacher, parent, or student with a Catholic Schools Appreciation Card featuring an inspirational quote from Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Catholic schools and religious education programs are ever the same in mission, message, and rigor; yet ever changing in delivery. Technology and the media play a big role in this new environment, thereby calling for greater flexibility. In their webinar Catholic Education—Ever the Same, Yet Ever New, Paul Sanfrancesco, MEd, and Lou DeAngelo, EdD, explore how to treat these changes and challenges in catechesis as opportunities.
Be sure to check back to the Sadlier Religion Blog in January to get Catholic Schools Week 2020 resources!