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Press Release

Catholic Schools Week Highlights Importance of Catholic Education

Diocese-Green-Bay-LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (Jan. 15, 2014) -- Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Green Bay will celebrate the 41st annual Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service."

The 16 counties that comprise the Diocese of Green Bay include 7,740 students enrolled at 53 Catholic elementary and middle schools, and 2,217 students at six high schools.

Theme Captures Hallmarks

"This year's theme of 'Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service' captures the time-enduring hallmarks of Catholic education. While there is no understating the faith, knowledge and service mission of our schools, it is also important to recognize the 'Community' aspect that allows our schools to exist and excel. During this Catholic Schools Week, I would encourage every Catholic in the Diocese who attends or has attended, works or supports in any way the ministry of Catholic education, to pause and acknowledge the important responsibility our Catholic community has in moving the institution of Catholic education forward," says John Reetz, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

Schools Plan Masses and Events

Each school will hold special events and prayer services. Masses scheduled for specific school systems and individual schools are:

Green Bay Area Catholic Education System: prayer service, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist, Green Bay. All-school Mass will be at individual schools.

  • Lourdes Academy, Oshkosh: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1 p.m. at Saint Raphael Church.
  • Twin City Catholic Educational System: Thursday, Jan. 30, 1:15 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church, Neenah.
  • St. Mary School, Algoma: Thursday, Jan. 30, 8:05 a.m. (Parent/Grandparent Day with all-school Mass).
  • Assumption BVM School, Pulaski: Thursday, Jan. 30, 8:15 a.m. (open house all day).
  • St. Mary/St. Michael School, Clark Mills/Whitelaw: Thursday, Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m.
  • All Saints Catholic School, Antigo: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 8:15 a.m. at St. John Church.
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School, Shawano: Sunday, Jan. 26, 10:45 a.m. (Family Mass at with Children's Liturgy of the Word; spaghetti luncheon and Winter Wonderland to follow); Wednesday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. (Special Person Day luncheon to follow).
  • St. Gregory School, St. Nazianz: Saturday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m., and Thursday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m.
  • St. Rose/St. Mary School, Clintonville: Sunday, Jan. 26, 8:30 a.m. at St. Rose; Wednesday, Jan. 29, 8:15 a.m. at St. Rose; Sunday, Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary, Bear Creek.
  • St. Clare School, Wrightstown: Friday, Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. (school open house to follow).
  • St. John Bosco School, Sturgeon Bay: Friday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church.
  • St. Mary School, Luxemburg: Sunday, Jan. 26, 10:30 a.m.
  • St. Edward School, Mackville: Friday, Jan. 31, 8:15 a.m. (Grandparents Day Mass).
  • Kaukauna Catholic School System: Sunday, Jan. 26, 9:15 a.m. at Holy Cross; Thursday, Jan. 30, 8:45 a.m. at Holy Cross.
  • St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School, Greenville: Saturday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m. (Open house with food and beverage to follow).
  • Chilton Area Catholic School, Chilton: Sunday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 29, 8:30 a.m.
  • St. John the Baptist School, Howard: Sunday, Jan. 26, 8 and 10 a.m. (open house until noon).
  • St. Thomas More School, Green Bay: Sunday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. (open house until noon).
  • Notre Dame Academy, Green Bay: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 9:29 a.m.
  • Holy Rosary School, Kewaunee: Wednesday Jan. 29, 8:05 a.m.

Catholic Schools Week was established in 1974. It is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Catholic Educational Association.


Who We Are

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.


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