SUNDAY: Celebrate Your Parish

Catholic schools benefit all year long from the religious guidance, prayers and support parishes provide. Many parishes join in the National Catholic Schools Week celebration by devoting a Mass to Catholic education. Schools start the week by inviting parishioners and community members to parish-centered events and school open houses that feature their outstanding academic programs, religious education and service opportunities.

Inspiration and Ideas

  • Host a Holy Hour of Adoration for your school.
  • Have your school community participate in a week of Perpetual Adoration.
  • Incorporate readings of St. Thomas Aquinas into your school prayers this week.\
  • Pray a novena to honor the patron saint of your school.
  • Coordinate with your music director to hold a praise and worship concert for your families.
  • Consecrate your school to the Blessed Mother.
  • Involve students in the liturgy when celebrating Mass.
  • Have students hand out prayer cards.
  • Ask for gifts of prayer.
  • Pray a living Rosary with your school community.
  • Invite your local priests to come concelebrate your school Mass this week.
  • Encourage random acts of kindness by distributing buttons or stickers.
  • Use a Gospel passage, such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan, as an inspiration for discussion or written reflections.
  • Before students head out for a day of community service, gather for a prayer service that centers everyone’s thoughts on why service is important.
  • Ask students to share how they have come to know God better through their service.
  • Incorporate a lesson in religion classes this week on community lifelong service.
  • Encourage random acts of kindness by distributing written prayers for others.
  • Have students participate in planning a candlelight prayer service in Thanksgiving for Catholic schools.
  • Hold a morning prayer service and flag raising to honor those in public service and the military who guide and protect the community.
  • Showcase student-created exhibits illustrating various aspects of Catholic faith.


Have Questions?

Want to learn more about Catholic Schools Week? Please let us know how we can help you. We can be reached at (571) 257- 0010 or via email.