National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Catholic Schools Week begins on the last Sunday in January. This year, Catholic Schools Week took place Sunday, January 29 through Saturday, February 4. Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our Church, our communities and our nation.
The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2017 was “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The theme encompasses several concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are communities—small families in their own right, but also members of the larger community of home, Church, city and nation. Faith, knowledge and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged.
Our January 2017 Catholic Schools Today radio show featured three of Archdiocese Catholic schools discussing their plans for this year’s National Catholic Schools Week. For more information about Catholic Schools Week, visit the National Catholic Educational Association’s website.
Catholic Schools Week 2018 will be celebrated January 28 thourgh February 3, 2018.