Catholic Schools Week activities planned Jan. 26-Feb. 1

Friday, January 24, 2020 - Updated: 2:19 pm

By William Hill Correspondent

The Diocese of Pittsburgh will celebrate Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 26-Feb. 1, with many activities highlighting the national theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

Schools typically observe Catholic Schools 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 the church, communities and the nation.

Many schools hold “dress up” or “dress down” days in various forms. They frequently require a fee that benefits the school or a charitable organization, such as the Chimbote mission in Peru, Catholic Charities or a food bank.

Schools were invited to submit information for the week. Following is a sampling of events. Contact your school for a full schedule.


Bishop Canevin High, Pittsburgh’s Oakwood neighborhood: Showcase from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 5 provides chance to explore campus, participate in hands-on activities, view demonstrations, experience active learning. Nick Sinagra Innovation Center debuted in 2019 and is home to engineering, robotics, 3D concepts and animation classes.

East Catholic, Forest Hills: Sunday, 10 a.m. Mass followed by open house in the school, with science Projects on display; Tuesday, Vocation Day with speakers; Thursday, Kindness Travel Day, topics pertaining to kindness and students traveling from room to room to experience different kindness activities.

Holy Cross, Ross Township: Sunday, open house 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday, service day and faculty vs. eighth grade volleyball game; Thursday, state of the school parent meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Mary of Nazareth, White Oak: Monday, students collect shoes for Funds2Orgs network; Wednesday, “The Good Samaritan” by Alabaster Performing Arts, a Scripture-based tale of compassion and faith in action; Thursday, open house and science fair.

Northside Catholic Assumption, Pittsburgh’s North Side: Tuesday, Parent Appreciation Day; Wednesday, Teacher Appreciation Day; Friday, Mass and school bingo.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High, Moon Township: Tuesday, Community Appreciation Day, collecting items for Yellow Ribbon Girls and pack boxes for military; Thursday, Faith Appreciation Day, school Mass; Friday, annual Academic Challenge quiz between classes.

Seton LaSalle High, Mount Lebanon: Tuesday, Junior Achievement presentations at St. Bernard School; Thursday, school day talent show; Friday, Junior Achievement at St. Thomas More School. 

St. Therese of Lisieux, Munhall: Monday, service activities in classrooms, evening open house 6-7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Serra Catholic High students visit to lead Junior Achievement program; 9 a.m. Thursday, “Chem-Mystery Files” assembly by Carnegie Science Center.


St. Monica, Beaver Falls: Sunday, 10:45 a.m. Mass and presentation of Distinguished Graduate Award; Monday, spelling bee; Tuesday and Wednesday, fundraisers for Chimbote mission.


Butler Catholic, Butler: Saturday and Sunday, students invited to participate in parish liturgies; Monday, 1 p.m. school Mass with Bishop David Zubik; Thursday, Junior Achievement Day; Friday, talent show.


St. Patrick, Canonsburg: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Mass with school choir, followed by pancake breakfast and open house; Monday, furry creatures and reptiles visit school, dedication of new American and St. Patrick School flags; Tuesday, dress as your favorite biblical character; Thursday, Patriotic Day with lunch for police, firefighters, EMTs, military.

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