Last week, Mount Carmel School on Saipan, Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja on Rota, and St. Joseph Catholic School on Tinian joined the rest of the nation in celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2013.
This year's CSW theme speaks to the quality of faith-based Catholic education by proclaiming, “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.”
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa prepared for the celebration of CSW 2013 with a proclamation from the Office of the Governor on Jan. 22. The proclamation announced Jan. 27 through Feb. 1, 2013, as Catholic Schools Week.
Mount Carmel School prepared a full week of events that were aligned with CSW themes for each day of the week.
On Sunday at 9am, the focus was on “Catholic Schools in our Parishes” as MCS students converged on Mount Carmel Cathedral to kick off CSW 2013 with a Mass.
On Monday, the focus shifted to “Catholic Schools in our Community.” MCS high school students engaged in different activities that supported community services, such as tree planting, beach cleanups, reading to Sister Remedios students, and helping in the public library. Elementary school students made banners expressing their appreciation for the school's many donors and supporters.
Tuesday was dedicated to “Catholic Schools in our Faculty and Staff.” On that day, MCS held an appreciation program for faculty and staff, in which the 2013 MCS Teacher of the Year was announced.
On Wednesday, MCS celebrated “Catholic Schools in our Vocations” with a Eucharistic Celebration, followed by a vocations talk and other activities honoring vocations.
MCS shifted its attention on Thursday to the rest of the country with “Catholic Schools in our Nation” as students prepared letters, cards, and donated goods for men and women in the armed forces.
Friday morning's emphasis was on “Catholic Schools in our Students” with MCS students participating in a road-side waving in the morning, followed by field activities and demonstrations.
MCS concluded CSW 2013 on Friday night, highlighting “Catholic Schools in our Families” with the school's signature CSW event, Family Night. Held on the school grounds beginning at 6pm, Family Night featured dinner, entertainment, and the announcement of the prestigious 2013 Distinguished Graduate of the Year Award.
The celebration of Catholic Schools Week began as an annual event in 1974. (PR)