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Faith, family, and philanthropy: A recap of Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States, now entering its 49th anniversary year.

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St. Joseph’s is a private, Roman Catholic, coed college-prepatory day school for grades 6-12, with single-gender middle school classrooms.

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Last week, St. Joseph’s Catholic School buzzed with activity as it celebrated Catholic Schools Week — an annual chance to connect with the community, celebrate service, and reaffirm the school’s core values.

Throughout the week, each House of the school — named after Saints Bakhita, Drexel, Molla, and Romero — participated in a diaper drive for Birthright of Greenville, a local organization supporting women experiencing unplanned pregnancies, by bringing diapers of assigned size.

Parents were invited all week to immerse themselves in the school’s vibrant Campus Ministry program, attending regular Middle School and High School Masses followed by lunches, evening meetings, and prayer sessions.

The week kicked off on Sunday with a call for community members to attend their local parish masses and contribute as greeters, ushers, altar servers, lectors, and more.

A fun door-decorating contest and a playful St. Joseph statue hunt started the school week.

Tuesday was all about celebrating the students with a free dress-down day. Parents joined their children for lunch or the Middle School Mass, strengthening the parent-school connection. Theology classes taught by esteemed faculty members were open to the community.

Wednesday’s highlight was the All-School Mass, the heart of the week’s celebrations. A lively saint trivia competition was held during Household, and parent involvement continued with Campus Ministry meetings and a potluck dinner.

Thursday focused on vocations, and parents were invited to the TEAM (Totally Engaged in Advancing the Mission) meeting and Morning Prayer. Parents in Prayer and the Rosary, regular Thursday expressions of faith at St. Joseph’s, further nurtured the spiritual connection within the community.

The end of the week brought a final opportunity for Middle School and High School parents to participate in Campus Ministry meetings, and a weekly chance for families to receive Reconciliation.

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