Catholic schools celebrate Catholic education

February 12, 2013

HOUSTON — With a theme of “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards,” the 59 schools of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston celebrated Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 27 to Feb. 2. The annual week-long event is dedicated to celebrating the exceptional standards of Catholic schools, school achievements, individual school communities and to open the doors to parents interested in learning more about Catholic education for their children.

From a unique saints trivial game to fun science projects to a canned-goods collection involving students, staff and surprises, a variety of activities took place throughout the week at each school in the nation. 

“Each year we eagerly look forward to the national celebration of Catholic Schools Week,” said Sister Kevina Keating, CCVI, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese. “Catholic schools are essential to the good of society. From them come individuals who are not only well educated, but who are moral and service oriented individuals in society and this enables them to be significant change agents.”

Throughout the week, every school hosted a number of activities each day ranging from volunteer activities and donation collections to parent and grandparent appreciation events. Many organized fun and unique events too. At St. Pius V Catholic School, students used Skype with their sister schools across the country. The Mayor of Sugar Land visited St. Laurence Catholic School with a proclamation declaring the day as “Catholic Schools Day.” At St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, students and parents got their blood-pressure checked as part of their health initiative.

Additionally, all schools have community activities such as “Dollars for Diaper” which collects diapers and money for Star of Hope, toy drives, or making cards for a local assisted living facility. Every school will host at least one Open House during which parents interested in learning about the possibility of Catholic education for their children can come and tour their local school and have any questions answered. 

“Our schools are poised to celebrate this week with a variety of meaningful activities, and to welcome interested families to tour the schools and learn about our vision, mission, values and curriculum addressing the whole person. Persons of all faiths are welcome to apply, and tuition assistance is available to qualifying families,” continued Sister Kevina.

About the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Catholic Schools:
• The Archdiocese has the largest private school system in Texas and welcome students of all faiths.
• There are currently 59 schools throughout the counties of the Archdiocese.
• Approximately 18,000 students are enrolled.
• The schools serve students PreK-3 through 12th grade.
• All schools offer need-based tuition assistance for students. 

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston serves 1.2 million Catholics in 10 counties. It is the largest Roman Catholic diocese in Texas and the 12th largest in the United States.