Syracuse Diocese to Kick Off Catholic Schools Week with Day of Service

OSWEGO, NY – The 22 Catholic schools within the Diocese of Syracuse will once again celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 29 – February 4.

The highlight of the week will be the second annual diocesan-wide day of service on January 30.

On Monday, schools in all four regions of the diocese will focus on giving back to their communities.

“On Monday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Paul’s Church Hall, all of grades K-6 will be making fleece blankets as part of Linus Project,” Trinity Catholic School Principal Barb Sugar told Oswego County Today. “Blankets will be donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital. They distribute them to all the patients.”

Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.

School administrators began planning Catholic Schools Week months ago.

Each school chose a partner organization, including Catholic Charities, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Rescue Mission, and Samaritan Center, to name a few.

Students at each school will perform acts of service ranging from stuffing baskets with necessities for refugees, to making sandwiches for the homeless, to bagging warm socks for veterans in need.

“Our kids had a bottle and can drive right after the holidays and raised $269 to use to purchase the blankets. I was pretty happy with that. We have a great bunch of kids,” Sugar said. “On Monday, we’re pairing up our reading buddies, older class with younger class, to help with the project. Since some of the younger students can’t even tie a knot, it should be interesting.”

The schools have also 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.

Sunday, January 29, marks the beginning of Catholic Schools’ Week, the national celebration of Catholic education and its role in preparing our young people for a life of service to their families, their communities and to the Lord.

“We have a variety of enjoyable events planned, and we invite you to join us for any or all of them,” Trinity’s principal said.

Trinity’s Catholic Schools’ Week schedule:

• Sunday, January 29: Mass at St. Joseph’s Church at 11 a.m. Mass (students’  uniforms must be worn) Light lunch will be served in the parish center immediately following Mass.

• Monday, January 30: Day of Service – Priory Hall at 9:30 a.m. Students will be making fleece blankets for Project Linus

• Tuesday, January 31: School Spirit Day! Wear Trinity Catholic colors with uniforms. Sixth grade vs. Trinity Staff Volleyball Game 2:30 p.m. in the gym. William Crist, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, will serve as referee. Open Skating at the Oswego State Campus Center 6:30 – 8 p.m. The cost of skating will be paid for by Home and School Association. You must bring your own skates or pay to rent skates at the facility.

• Wednesday, February 1: Celebrate our Nation – Students will create a community poster reflecting why we love our country.

• Thursday, February 2: Joe Trionfero will perform for grades PreK-6 at 9:30 a.m. in the gym. Presentation of the Lord Mass at St. Paul’s Church will be at 2 p.m. Mass uniforms must be worn.

• Friday, February 3: Prayer Service with Bishop Cunningham at 1:30 p.m. in the gym. Students will have their throats blessed for the Feast of St. Blaise. Mass uniforms must be worn.

Guest Readers in the classrooms at 2 p.m. They will include Bishop Cunningham, Father Joe O’Connor, Father John Canorro and Deacon Nick will read to students with an ice cream party in the cafeteria to follow.

• Saturday, February 4: Trash and Treasure Sale/Bake Sale/Chicken BBQ 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the gym.