By: Rebecca Mike
Each year at the end of January Catholic Schools across the country set aside a week to celebrate Catholic education. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2019 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Holy Name will be observing the annual event with activities that celebrate our students, families, staff and volunteers, our heroes, and our nation. These events give us a chance to highlight the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our community, and our nation.
The week kicks off with a celebration of mass on Sunday where kids will serve our parish by participating in various ministries and sharing a dance performance that they have prepared. On Monday we will celebrate our families by inviting parents to join us for a complimentary breakfast bar while students show off their favorite team attire. Tuesday sees us celebrating our students with a day of fun field trips to show off their school colors at the bounce house and the rec center for roller skating! On Wednesday students will dress as real-life heroes when we celebrate our nation by honoring the many heroes who keep us safe. The day begins with the Coast Guard flag ceremony followed by an opportunity for kids to explore a police car, ambulance, and fire engine. Thursday we will be celebrating vocations with kids dressed as a favorite career or religious vocation. On funky Friday we celebrate our staff and volunteers as the kids come dressed in their wild and wacky attire.
The journey concludes on Saturday as we gather to celebrate our community with a service project.
Holy Name Catholic School is a vital part of the mission of Holy Name Catholic Church. We provide a Christ-centered community of faith, knowledge, and service designed to educate the whole child: body, mind, and soul.
A Community of Faith
Our students and staff gather every morning to begin their day joined together as a family in prayer. Christian attitudes, morals, and actions are integrated into each aspect of our students’ time here. Weekly, each student is blessed to spend time experiencing the Montessori-based religious education program known as the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The room that this formation takes place in is called the “Atrium” and it is a scared and special area that has been specifically prepared for the child’s developmental stage. “The atrium is a community in which children and adults live together a religious experience which facilitates participation in the wider community of the family, the church, and other social spheres. It is a place of prayer, in which work and study spontaneously become meditation, contemplation and prayer.” from cgsusa.org. We at Holy Name are dedicated to the ongoing formation and spiritual growth of the next generation. This is done in order to prepare students to live out the Gospel and to meet their full potential in a life of service as living witnesses of Christ in society as we help raise the next generation of world changers.
A Community of Knowledge
Our educational philosophy is to teach as Christ taught. We strive to incorporate timeless teachings in a changing world. Holy Name Catholic School provides superior academic opportunities through a challenging curriculum designed to meet or exceed both national, state and local requirements. A strong team of dedicated and caring staff members help us to ensure that we are meeting the needs of each child. Strong foundations are enriched with a variety of hands-on projects and experiences that lead to deeper understanding.
A Community of Service
Students from preschool through 6th grade participate in regular ongoing service opportunities as they learn to follow in the footsteps of Christ, who humbled himself to serve others. Monthly, students go out into the community to feed the hungry and comfort the sick. The preschoolers make regular visits to the “grandmas and grandpas” in the Pioneer home, while the older classes take turns to share a performance and fellowship with those housed in Long Term Care at PeaceHealth hospital. The 5th and 6th graders participate together with a group of dedicated parishioners when it is Holy Name’s turn to prepare and serve a meal at the soup kitchen.
Holy Name Catholic school is a place of joy and peace, where children come to learn and to be nurtured. We are so fortunate to have a haven of high-quality Catholic education right here in Ketchikan! And so it is with glad hearts that we take the time to celebrate this sweet place during Catholic Schools Week!
You can learn more about Holy Name Catholic school support Catholic education in the Diocese of Juneau by visiting www.holynameschoolketchikan.org