For more than 40 years, Catholics schools across the United States have set aside the last week of January to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. This year, the celebration starts Sunday, Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 1.
First held in 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2020 is “Discover and Celebrate” with additional daily themes for each day of the week.
"For Marylanders, Catholic Schools Week is a yearly reminder of the vital role Catholic education plays in the lives of nearly 50,000 students and their families in our state," said Garrett J. O'Day, deputy director of the Maryland Catholic Conference. "We hear year round from families who share with us the positive difference Catholic school has made for their children, both academically and personally. That is why we at the Conference work during our 90-day session to ensure that Marylanders are empowered to choose Catholic or other nonpublic schools for their children."
According to the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), schools across the country will observe the annual celebration with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. This school year, the NCEA — which organizes the annual celebration — created a new event in connection with Catholic Schools Week, "Discover Catholic Schools Week." Discover Catholic Schools Week was held in November 2019 and schools were encouraged to spend that week connecting with prospective families, donors and other community members to share about their school.
To learn more about Catholic Schools Week, visit: www.ncea.org/csw