A spelling bee, all-school bingo, Mass and a volleyball game against the staff are just some of the events that kept the students at St. Gerald Catholic School busy last week as they celebrated Catholic Schools Week.

To celebrate, the school hosted different activities each day — running Jan. 25 through Friday — that coincided with this year’s theme — Communities of faith, knowledge and service.

“I think this year more than anything, we had a balance of activities that were exciting and faith-filled,” said assistant principal Christy Keenan. “There are fun, exciting activities that you don’t normally do.”

The activities are a mix of fun-filled and faith-filled activities.

To celebrate faith, all students and staff said a rosary together in the school hallways on Jan. 26, had an all-school Mass on Thursday and a student-led closing Mass on Sunday.

Keenan said the all-school rosary really shows what St. Gerald is about.

“To come together to pray is who we are,” she said.

To celebrate knowledge, all classes had spelling bees, including a combined one for fourth- through eighth-graders.

To celebrate service, students wrote thank you cards for school volunteers and school staff.

Catholic Schools week began in 1974 by the National Catholic Educational Association as a way for students and staff to celebrate their faith. Keenan said it is important to celebrate faith and that is what makes St. Gerald special.

“We do stand out as a result of our faith,” she said. “We have the opportunity to talk about prayer and faith.”

Catholic Schools Week provides many opportunities throughout the week for students to come together and grow closer, something students like.

“I love that we do things as a family,” eighth-grader Sophie Harvat said.

“We do a bunch of fun activities but we still learn about God.”

Parents enjoy it, too.

“The thing we like the most are days where the whole school comes together,” St. Gerald parent Amy Gilmore said. “It’s comforting.”

Keenan saw it all week long that students love Catholic Schools Week and love the celebration.

“They are so excited and they share that love,” Keenan said. “There have been lots of smiles this week.”

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