BY JOE MARVILLI
As January marches on and New Year’s Day gets more distant in the rearview mirror, Queens’ communities are gearing up for Catholic Schools Week.
National Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education that takes place during the last week of January, which goes from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1 this year. Having started 40 years ago in 1974, the event is a time for Masses, open houses and other activities for students, parents and teachers in schools.
The 2014 theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” According to the National Catholic Educational Association, the theme incorporates several concepts that are important to Catholic education. It said that its schools are communities, both within their own individual walls, but also in terms of their diocese.
“Faith, knowledge and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged,” the association said.
The theme was also designed to be used for at least three years, a switch from the usual change of a new selection each time. Given the emphasis on community and service, the National Catholic Educational Association is asking institutions to mark Catholic Schools Week by pledging 40 hours of service to their neighborhoods.
Besides the overall theme, each day of Catholic Schools Week has its own individual celebration. Sunday will focus on the Parish, Monday will look at the community, Tuesday will be all about the students, Wednesday will center on the nation, Thursday will emphasize vocations and Friday will be a time to celebrate the faculty, staff and volunteers.
To learn more about how Queens is celebrating Catholic Schools Week, pick up next week’s edition of The Queens Tribune, which hits stands on Jan. 23.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.