SYRACUSE, NY – The 22 Catholic schools within the Diocese of Syracuse will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 31 – February 6, but the highlight of the week will be a diocesan-wide day of service entitled #MercyExtended: Catholic Schools Day of Service.
Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.
Diocesan Chancellor and Director of Communications, Danielle Cummings, said that, “During this Year of Mercy, it is fitting that all of our Catholic schools demonstrate how they are committed to being communities of faith, knowledge and service. The inaugural Catholic Schools Day of Service is one way we are collectively putting our Catholic faith into action by joining together with other community service agencies to help those most in need.”
School administrators began planning Catholic Schools Week months ago.
Each school chose a partner organization, including Catholic Charities, Samaritan House-Syracuse, the Missionary for God orphanage in Haiti, the Human Concern Center in Oswego, and the Oneida Healthcare Lullaby Center, to name a few.
On Feb. 2, students at each school will perform acts of service ranging from stuffing baskets with necessities for moms and babies, to creating placemats for the ill and homebound, to bagging warm socks for veterans in need.
The schools have been collecting non-perishable food items, clothing, and other necessities in the weeks leading up to the Day of Service.
Highlights from Catholic schools in each region of the diocese will be available in The Catholic Sun, on the Syracuse Catholic Television YouTube channel, and diocesan social media.
The Diocese of Syracuse includes 22 component schools, all accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
For more information, visit syrdio.org/schools.