January 28—February 3 is Catholic Schools Week in the US. The theme of this week is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Celebrate what makes your Catholic school special and use this Catholic Schools Week to grow as a community in which children learn, serve, lead, and succeed.
Share the inspiration of saints and other Christian role models through the following stories and activities:
Seeds and Promise
Use this coloring sheet of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the patron saint of Catholic schools. This wife, mother of five, widow, and foundress of the Sisters of Charity is also credited with opening the first American parish school and first American Catholic orphanage.
Share this graphic story of the life of Saint Katharine Drexel. A wealthy heiress, she chose to use her resources to help build schools for Native American and African-American communities in the U.S.
Share the stories of Saints Katharine Drexel and John Bosco. Both used their talents and resources to care for and educate needy children:
Use this activity sheet about Saint Josephine Bakhita, who first learned of Jesus in a Catholic school.
Share the story of Sister Sarah Heger, a Catholic school principal and teacher in St. Louis, Missouri.
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