Two snow days may have shortened the festivities, but that didn’t stop St. Columbkille Catholic School from ending the week with spirit.
Students at the school spent last week participating in numerous activities to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.
“It’s really a celebration of our Catholic schools,” said principal Jim Makey. “We celebrate our faith and our knowledge and our service.”
Communities of faith, knowledge and service was the overall theme for this year’s national event. St. Columbkille arranged activities throughout the week to correspond with each part of the theme.
Faith-based activities included an annual event — an eighth-grade Mass at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral. Eighth-graders from the metro area join together at St. Cecilia’s for Mass with Archbishop George Lucas.
“It’s really a cool thing to see, all the eighth-graders in the Archdiocese attending Mass in the cathedral,” Makey said. “It’s really a neat experience for them.”
Another faith-based activity St. Columbkille connected to Catholic Schools Week was a Friday morning Mass, which has become a monthly occurrence.
“We’ve been doing the First Friday devotions this year and we attend Mass on the first Friday of every month,” Makey said.
The school also held a family Mass on Monday, inviting parents to attend Mass with their children.
Similar Masses were scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, but were canceled due to weather.
“After Mass we have a doughnut reception where kids can sit with their families and enjoy some fellowship with family after Mass,” Makey said.
Knowledge-based activities included a Bible trivia event and a spelling bee, both of which were rescheduled for this week after the snow days. A talent show was held Thursday for students to show off their expertise in different areas.
Service, the final Catholic Schools Week theme, is also a recurring theme for St. Columbkille students.
“We try to do a service project every year,” Makey said. “This year, the main project we’re doing is Penny Wars. We have a sister school in Guatemala. We’re trying to raise enough money to sponsor a scholarship for a student from that school for all six years of their education, for their program down there.”