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Catholic Schools Week

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week has been the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2022 is “Catholic Schools: Faith, Excellence, Service.”

Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities, and our nation.

Catholic Schools Week 2022 runs from January 30 until February 5.

A Catholic Schools Week Message From Bishop Mark

I read a story told by a young man who had was the Valedictorian at the time of his high school graduation. In speaking about his academic success, he explained that one of the most important lessons he learned was in ninth-grade health class. Their teacher covered an entire blackboard with the names and locations of the major bones and muscles of the human body. The diagram stayed on the board throughout the term, although the teacher never referred to it.

On the day of the first quarter exam, the students entered the classroom and immediately saw that the board was wiped clean. The teacher then announced that there was only one question: “Name and locate every major bone and muscle in the human body.” All the students protested: “We never studied that!” The teacher responded: “That’s no excuse. The information was there for several weeks.” After the students struggled with the test for a while, the teacher collected the papers and tore them up. Then he told the students: “Always remember that education is more than just learning what you are told.”

In our Catholic schools, our students are encouraged to love God and neighbor and to love themselves as Jesus loves us. They are formed to be good citizens of the world. And they are urged to enrich society with the leaven of the gospel, especially by the example of faith. That faith is informed and it grows by what is studied in the classroom, and in the manner in which it is put into practice on the athletic field, in their parish, and especially at home.

The theme of Catholic Schools Week 2022 is: FAITH, EXCELLENCE, SERVICE. Those words don’t need to remain posted on the classroom wall for young people to grasp their meaning. In our Catholic schools, the truth about God and about who we are as God’s sons and daughters is posted in the minds and hearts of students. It’s a living FAITH in the person of Jesus Christ, which encourages all of our students to strive for EXCELLENCE in all of their endeavors. That living FAITH is manifested through SERVICE to others, especially the poor, and who are in need of a true friend.

I am proud to support our Catholic Schools and our students, teachers, and parents who are in search of more than what we are told. Our Catholic schools help young people to come to know who they are and what they are called to be as disciples of the Lord Jesus.

This is at the heart of our “To Proclaim and Teach” strategic planning process for Catholic schools throughout the diocese. FAITH, EXCELLENCE, and SERVICE are not simply words that hang on the wall during Catholic Schools Week. They are the blueprint for the success of all our students in discovering who they are what they are called to be. Thanks to all who teach, learn, and offer support in our Catholic schools!

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Catholic Schools

At A Glance

11:1

Student to Teacher Ratio

3,000+

Students Enrolled Annually

94%

of High School Graduates Attend Some Type of Secondary Education

4

High Schools

13

Elementary Schools

20,000+

Service Hours & Numerous All-School Service Projects Completed Annually

1 in 3

Catholic School Teachers With a Masters Degree

100%

Schools Accredited by the Middle States Association

100%

Grade Level Teachers Certified

400,000+

Catholic School Students in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Since 1840

Open House Schedule

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Saint John the Evangelist Catholic School, Bellefonte

January 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Details

Date:
January 30
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Saint John The Evangelist Catholic School
116 E. Bishop St.
Bellefonte, PA 16823 United States
Phone:
(814) 355-7859
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Years of Service Awards

2020/2021

45 Years

John DeFazio

Bishop McCort Catholic High School, Johnstown

40 Years

Rosemary Batzel

Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown

Joan Donnelly

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona

Michael Harchick

Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown

Marilyn Hrzic

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Altoona/Hollidaysburg

Sandra Hunsinger

Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown

William Rhoades

Holy Name School, Ebensburg

35 Years

Rose Bassaro

Holy Name School, Ebensburg

Betty Ann Bensor

Saint Benedict School, Carrolltown

Michelle Davis

Saint John the Evangelist School, Bellefonte

Michelle Kirk

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg

Linda Mueller

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Altoona/Hollidaysburg

30 Years

Stuart Crocker

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona

Carol Fisher

Saint John the Evangelist School, Bellefonte

Kimberly Lallemand

Saint Benedict School, Carrolltown

Cathleen Lykens

Holy Name School, Ebensburg

June Riner

Saint Michael School, Loretto

25 Years

Kathleen Bechdel

Saint Matthew School, Tyrone

Kimberly Hill

Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown

Doreen Yahner

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Altoona/Hollidaysburg

20 Years

Michele Alexander

Lock Haven Catholic School

Gina Baker

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona

Victoria Byrne

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona

Marjorie Frank

Saint Michael School, Loretto

Patricia Gable

Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown

Carlye Grosholz

Saint Peter School, Somerset

Eileen Pears

Bishop McCort Catholic High School, Johnstown

Theresa Rae

Lock Haven Catholic School

Samantha Weakland

Our Lady of Victory School, State College

Sarah Zearing

Holy Name School, Ebensburg

15 Years

Thomas Graffte

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg

Jill Harris

Saint Peter School, Somerset

James Hoy

Our Lady of Victory School, State College

Robin McClure

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Altoona/Hollidaysburg

Heather McQueary

Our Lady of Victory School, State College

Jonathan Nagy

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg

Robert Sutton

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona

Evonne Yanzetich-Homway

Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown

10 Years

Jennifer Bagley

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Altoona/Hollidaysburg

Father David Bonarrigo, T.O.R.

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg

Stephen Cotchen

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg

Amanda Heck

Lock Haven Catholic School

Sara Link

Holy Name School, Ebensburg

Nancy McMullen

Saint Nicholas Catholic School, Nicktown

Heath Miller

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Altoona/Hollidaysburg

Chris Pfiel

Bishop McCort Catholic High School, Johnstown

Stephanie Salada

Our Lady of Victory School, State College

MaryAnn Stolberg

Our Lady of Victory School, State College

Laura Swank

Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown

Kristina Tice

Saint John the Evangelist School, Bellefonte

5 Years

Nick Astle

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Boalsburg

Katrina Brown

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona

Jessica Brunner

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Altoona/Hollidaysburg

Sherry Cappozi

Our Lady of Victory School, State College

Melissa Clapper

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Altoona/Hollidaysburg

Brooke Crust

Lock Haven Catholic School

Dawn Diamond

Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown

Clare Eckenrode

Saint Benedict School, Carrolltown

Carrie Garlesky

Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown

Emily George

Saint Michael School, Loretto

Lisa Groves

Our Lady of Victory School, State College

Briana Hull

All Saints Catholic School, Cresson

Shelly Kirsch

Holy Name School, Ebensburg

Alexa Kline

Holy Name School, Ebensburg

Erin Kline

Holy Name School, Ebensburg

Jennifer Kline

Holy Name School, Ebensburg

Chalsea Kowalski

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona

Mary Largent

Bishop McCort Catholic High School, Johnstown

Casey Lovette

Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown

Daniel McMullen

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg

Ashley Miller

Saint Nicholas Catholic School, Nicktown

Katelyn Mouser

Holy Name School, Ebensburg

Shannon Rados

Saint John the Evangelist School, Bellefonte

Dana Smith

Our Lady of Victory School, State College

Kelly Stehley

Saint Patrick School, Newry

Shannon Stephens

Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Johnstown

Theresa Stevens

Saint Patrick School, Newry

Laura Walker

Bishop McCort Catholic High School, Johnstown

Edie Wertz

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Altoona/Hollidaysburg

Prayer for Catholic Schools

Lord Jesus, you came into the world to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of Heaven and you call us to share that mission. Through our Catholic schools, help us to teach children and young people to know you, love you, follow you, and find their ultimate happiness in you. Increase our zeal for ensuring that our Catholic schools are places where students come to know the truth, the joy, and the dignity of being made in the image and likeness of God.

Bless the parents and families of our students. Bless the pastors, teachers, administrators, and staff; bless the committees and boards; bless the alumni, benefactors, and countless volunteers who support the mission of our Catholic schools.

Lord Jesus, we ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church,
who is the patron saint of our Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Amen.

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