Students from the island’s Catholic schools, St. Theresa’s in Kekaha and St. Catherine in Kapa‘a, will be celebrating Catholic School Week starting Sunday.
A member of the Catholic Schools Week Committee, Sister Elizabeth Anne Miller, principal of St. Theresa’s School in Kekaha, said that, all week, the children at St. Theresa’s will be focusing on character, compassion, and values, for the parish and the nation.
“This will give them an opportunity to outreach to the community, and give to charity,” she said. “We chose to put Jump Rope for Heart as a way to give back to the community and the nation.” Students at the two schools will be both celebrating Catholic Schools Week separately.
Throughout the week, St. Theresa’s students, faculty and staff will be hosting a pancake breakfast, making “Welcome Home” signs for troops and writing letters to soldiers, having a family picnic, a community clean-up around the neighborhoods, and visiting a nursing home.
The week will end with a special Mass.
St. Catherine students, faculty and staff will use Catholic Schools Week as a sort of spirit week, the same way those at public schools celebrate homecoming week. They will have a “wacky” day, when the students get to dress up in their regular clothes, and wear them inside out or backwards. They will also have a hat day, and colored T-shirt day.
They will also be honoring a member of the community, which will remain a secret till the ceremony.
St. Catherine will also push Project Heifer International Drive, which donates farm animals for communities. This is a project the students participate in all year, but emphasis in participation will be pushed more so in Catholic Schools Week. Students will also be visiting patients at the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital.
Their week will also end with a special Mass on Friday.
Catholic Schools Week is celebrated across the country starting Sunday, and ending Feb. 3.
Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or firstname.lastname@example.org.