Students, faculty, and staff joined in the nationwide celebration of Catholic Schools Week, which starts the last Sunday in January each year.
Organized by the National Catholic Educational Association, Catholic Schools Week focuses on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. The theme for 2020 was “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”
One of the daily themes for the week included a focus on community service. Cathedral students visited our Catholic Urban Partnership school, Saint Patrick’s School in Roxbury, to read books to the children. In addition, during religion classes students penned Valentine’s cards to retired religious sisters.
Appreciation for students and for faculty are also among the week’s themes. Teachers were treated to special luncheon organized by the administration, and the students enjoyed an ice cream social from the teachers.
Mr. Jaron Green, building substitute teacher at Cathedral High School, gave a motivational talk to the entire school during a Catholic Schools Week assembly drawing on his past experiences and encouraging students to use their education to overcome adversity and achieve great things.
The week culminated in the celebration of Mass in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on the Memorial of Saint John Bosco, a priest and educator. Very Rev. Monsignor Kevin J. O’Leary, rector of the Cathedral and school trustee, celebrated the morning Mass with the students and faculty.
“We are proud of our Catholic identity at Cathedral High School,” said Paul Chisholm, interim head of school and chairman of the board of trustees. “Our faith is a central component of our school’s mission and character and so we are naturally proud to be celebrating Catholic Schools Week.”