BY KATIE SCOVILLE
LEE COUNTY – It’s that time of the year again; it’s Catholic Schools Week. During the week of January 31, Holy Trinity will be celebrating the school system and what a catholic education does for its members.
The week will honor faculty and staff as well as priests and parishioners as well as the students. Catholic Schools Week is a valuable time in the Holy Trinity Community and a time to reflect on spirituality.
“Catholic Schools Week allows us to celebrate our ability as a Catholic school system to focus on the spiritual side of our learning and not just the academic side,” Craig Huebner, Principal of Holy Trinity, said.
“The week allows students to think about who they want to be in the future and mold their academic and personal views with their education,” Huebner said.
Students also see the value of Catholic Schools Week and the people it serves. Seniors John Stinson and Annabelle Scheetz weighed in.
“Catholic Schools Week means unity within the school system and getting together and celebrating our differences,” Stinson said.
Stinson is looking forward to seeing the movie at Fox Theatre February 5th.
“It’s good to see the whole school together,” Stinson said.
Scheetz agreed with Stinson.
“Catholic Schools Week is important because it’s helped me grow in my faith life and has centered my Catholic faith in every aspect of my life,” Scheetz said.
Scheetz is looking forward to creating gift baskets for businesses in Fort Madison.
“Giving back to the community shows the Catholic spirit of the school,” Scheetz said.
The week will involve celebrating teachers, local parishes, as well as the students. Students will also have the opportunity to give back to the community by delivering baskets and creating Valentine’s Day cards for homebound parishioners and residents at area care centers and assisted living facilities.
Here’s a full list of activities for Catholic Schools Week:
Sunday, January 31: Celebrating Parishes
Thank you note to Holy Trinity’s supporting Parishes: Holy Family, St. James, St. Mary’s, and St. John’s.
Monday, February 1: Celebrating Teachers and Staff
Teachers and staff will be treated to a special lunch during a professional development day.
Tuesday, February 2: Celebrating Vocations
Fr. Joseph Phung, Fr. Dennis Hoffman, Fr. Dan Dorau will visit HTC classroom (special gifts will be given to the priests too). Chaplain Craig from the Iowa National Guard will speak with the Class of 2021.
Wednesday, February 3: Celebrating the Eucharist
Kindergarten-12th grade Catholic Schools Week Mass at 8:45 a.m.
Thursday, February 4- Celebrating Communities
Students will make Valentine cards for our homebound parishioners and residents at area care centers and assisted living homes. Paid dress down day at HTC Elementary for the North Lee County Food Pantry- The Houghton Knights of Columbus will match the monetary donation. HTC Junior High and High School students will deliver gift baskets to valued organizations in our community.
Friday, February 5- Celebrating 100 Days of Faith and Learning- Students Day
Free Dress Down Day at HTC Elementary. HTC Elementary will have special activities for the 100th Day of School and ice cream treats from TAPS. HTC Junior High and High School students will receive notes of encouragement from teachers and see a movie at the Fox Theatre.