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.