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Build legacy, grow tradition

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jan 31, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Norwalk Catholic and St. Paul High schools have joined with Catholic schools around the country during National Catholic Schools Week to celebrate the uniqueness of a “holistic” Catholic education.

The theme chosen for this week-long celebration is “Build Your Legacy, Grow the Tradition.”

To honor its tradition and legacy, staff and students are celebrating the spirit of the school through themed days and by undertaking activities to help the community. Staff and students especially want to honor the example of Jesus and commit to doing random acts of kindness all week long.

Activities continue despite the two days off for cold weather, including tonight’s spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 at the Norwalk Catholic School Early Childhood Center (ECC), 77 State St.

The week started off Sunday with students at the three parishes (St. Paul the Apostle, St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer and St. Anthony of Padua) thanking the parishioners for their support of Catholic schools and enjoying a pancake breakfast at the ECC open house.

Week-long activities for the students and staff included a kindness scavenger hunt and an acts of mercy project. Students are collecting school, birthday and food bank supplies for those in need. Each day also had a special dress code (these are extra special days for students who normally wear uniforms). Student ambassadors made video announcements which summed up the daily happenings of Catholic Schools Week. Each video also had a special guest (coaches, staff and community members) who gave their thoughts on kindness.

Pizza burgers are a well known legacy to St. Paul alumni. Every year the cafeteria takes extra special effort to prepare pizza burgers for the students, staff and alumni to enjoy during Catholic Schools Week. Many alumni from around the area make sure to visit the school for lunch.

One highlight for the week is the all-school and legacy Mass. Due to the weather, Wednesday’s Mass was canceled. Instead, on Friday the seniors will join the preschoolers and kindergartners at the St. Mary campus for a prayer service, while the first- through 11th-graders will celebrate the Eucharist together with a Mass.

The legacy Mass will be rescheduled at a date to be determined.

Another important part of the week is having all students from preschool through seniors pray for the local community. The preschool and kindergarten students created signs for local safety forces that the elementary classes will deliver.

The plan for the elementary through high school was to do a prayer pilgrimage to local businesses. Mother Nature changed plans this year. Instead, students will gather during religion classes in the church to pray for the health, success and continued growth of the community.

The week’s final activities happen Friday. During exchange day, seniors travel to the St. Mary campus to pray, play games, read, do activities and eat lunch with the preschoolers and kindergartners. Students in first through 11th grade will join in small groups for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, an escape room and a legacy-tree art project. The day will wrap up with a senior vs. staff dodgeball game and pep assembly.

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