Masses in parishes that have or support Catholic schools will kick off next week’s celebration of Catholic Schools Week. “Celebrate Service” is the theme for the celebration, which is Jan. 25-31.
Scott County Catholic schools will participate in a dodgeball tournament to raise money for Café on Vine in Davenport. Third through 12th grade students will attend a Mass at Assumption High School in Davenport.
Here is a sampling of activities provided by schools in the Davenport Diocese:
An open house and chili lunch is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Lourdes Catholic School. A teacher appreciation lunch will be held and the school will host the Sisters of Humility. A buddy lunch for all grades in which students invite an adult friend, grandparent or parent to school to eat lunch with them will take place as well.
BurlingtonNotre Dame Catholic Schools will have a prayer service and lunch with buddies for grades K-12 on Monday. A school photo will be taken Tuesday. Thursday will be black- and-white dress-up day. Lunch with Sisters and priests will take place that day, along with bowling with buddies.
• John F. Kennedy Catholic School will host an open house, spaghetti dinner and chocolate rose sale following Mass Saturday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the parish center. Students can bring an adult guest to lunch Monday. The annual talent show will take place Tuesday and Wednesday. An alumni reception will take place in the cafeteria Thursday and upper and lower grades will team up to read. An Our Lady of Victory parishioner appreciation party for adults will be held Jan. 31.
• St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School students will be out of uniform Monday through Thursday. Bingo with the principal will be played each afternoon. The eighth-grade students will play volleyball against the staff Wednesday. Students will serve a meal Friday at Café on Vine.
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Thank-you notes will be sent to individuals, businesses and organizations in the communities that support the Holy Trinity Catholic School system. For global appreciation day, students will wear green and recycling will be emphasized. A state of the schools meeting will be held Wednesday night for parents. Teachers and support staff will be treated to a special lunch hosted by the T.A.P.S. Organization (Teacher And Parent Support).
Regina Inter-Parish Catholic Education Center kick off Catholic Schools Week with a Jukebox Jubilee at the Regina Education Center on Saturday.
An all-school Mass will be held in the high school gym on Monday. Other highlights include a talent show and buddy day activity.
The week concludes with a family fun night at Coral Ridge Mall.
The University of Iowa Community Credit Union is helping to sponsor Regina’s Catholic Schools Week activities week by providing a pencil to each student and a check to the school for $250 to be used toward activities.
Keokuk Mayor David Gudgel will visit Keokuk Catholic School on Monday. The American Legion will hold a flag ceremony on Wednesday. Students will bring items such as school supplies, personal care items and clothing for a boy who the school will adopt who lives in an orphanage in Bolivia.