St. Catherine School 2019-2020 Students, Teachers and Staff

St. Catherine School in Valley City is getting ready to take part in National Catholic Schools Week (CSW) January 26-February 1. For 46 years, CSW has celebrated Catholic education in the United States with Mass, assemblies and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. The events of the week unite families, parishioners, and other community members with a focus on the value of Catholic education as it contributes to the church, local communities and the country as a whole, to “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

Josh Gow, St. Catherine School Principal and Director of Religious Education, says that the celebration is about recognizing both the big and little things.

“Catholic Schools Week is a special week because it is a time for us to celebrate our Catholic identity,” he says. “There are many things that we do daily without even thinking about it, such as praying together, participating in Mass, and studying religion. This week helps us to realize and be grateful for these unique traditions and gifts in our school.”

As St. Catherine participates in the national week of celebration, it offers a time to remember the close connection between schools around the nation.

“The added bonus is knowing that Catholic schools across the country are celebrating this week at the same time we are,” Gow says. “This brings a level of universality to the week—it reminds us that we are a part of something bigger and grander than ourselves, and that is truly special.”

Throughout the week, students and staff have fun dressing up (or down, when it’s pajama day!) and participate in activities.

Catholic Schools Week (CSW) at St. Catherine begins on Sunday, January 26, with a breakfast hosted by the Parent-Teacher-Organization from 8:30 a.m. until noon and 10:30 mass in which students and families participate and award the Friends of St. Catherine School recipients. Those awards are given in recognition of one parish member and one business in the community who support St. Catherine and offer their time and resources willingly.

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