Sacred Heart celebrating Catholic Schools Week

Bishop visit, activities accentuate observance

Sacred Heart Catholic School will be celebrating National Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 27 to Feb. 1 with the theme of “God’s Winning Team.”

Sacred Heart Catholic School is the only Catholic school in Shawano County.

The school will officially kick off the week on Sunday with a 10:45 a.m. family Mass at Sacred Heart Parish. Following Mass, the school will open its doors to the whole community for a free and family friendly open house event from noon to 2:30 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature free snacks, door prizes, school and classroom exploration, as well as fun activities for all ages and abilities, such as Kindness Rock Painting and Friendship Bracelet making. The large group activities, supersized ball pong, hungry human hippos, and Hoop Hustle will be in the gymnasium.

Enrollment information will be available during the open house and is also located in the school lobby and Sacred Heart Parish gathering space.

The school is also starting a collection of socks and large puzzle books for residents of local nursing home through a collaboration with Sacred Heart Parish’s human concerns committee. A drop box will be available in the school lobby for any one that wishes to contribute and help support the elderly in our community.

Each day of this week the students will be engaged in classroom and school-wide activities. Each class will be decorating its door around the week’s theme, too, and the doors will then be voted on at the open house with the winning classroom earning a special prize.

On Monday, the school will kick off its week long penny war in support of Habitat for Humanity, dancing with the Go-Noodle app, and singing songs.

On Tuesday, the school has Spirit Day that includes team building activities, and welcomes Bishop David Ricken of the Green Bay Diocese for his diocesan-wide update on Catholic schools at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Students, staff, and community members will honor local law enforcement officers, government leaders, and retired/active members of the military during their all-school Mass at 8:15 a.m. in Sacred Heart Parish. The Mass will include the procession of the American flag, a blessing for the special guests, and the singing of the National Anthem. All are welcome to attend.

Students and staff also get to enjoy ice skating, hot cocoa, and cookies on Wednesday.

Thursday’s festivities will include another all-school Mass celebrated with Ricken, followed by small group activities with the bishop, which the students are so looking forward to.

The school will conclude Catholic Schools Week next Friday with its Special Persons Day that includes a presentation by “Rock On, Kindness-Pay it Forward” creator and author, Stephani Curran, an all-school Mass, ham luncheon and spelling bee.

For information, call 715-526-5328, email agee@sacredheartshawano.org, or find Sacred Heart on Facebook.