Beginning Sunday (1/30), schools in the Diocese will join Catholic schools around the nation in celebrating Catholic Schools Week.
“We have much to be proud of with our Catholic schools in the Diocese of Allentown,” said Dr. Philip J. Fromuth, Superintendent of Catholic Education. There are 36 Catholic schools in the Diocese, serving 9,000 students and staffed with 700 full- and part-time educators.
“Our schools offer a quality academic curriculum, commendable test scores, high percentages of students who go on to college, service opportunities, safe and family environments, and a variety of programs that enhance the student experience,” he said.
“Most importantly, we teach Catholic beliefs and values that provide for the growth of our students, not only as scholars, but as people of faith. This atmosphere creates centers of academic excellence where our Catholic faith is taught, experienced, and lived daily.”
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Allentown have a lot to celebrate this coming week.
Diocesan schools remain open for in-person learning, and – thanks to comprehensive health and safety plans – students, faculty, and staff enjoy a safe learning environment during this time of pandemic.
On Sunday, parishioners may notice Catholic school students at Mass as greeters, lectors, cantors, and altar servers. It’s a way for faculty, staff, and students to join with their parish families for prayer, and to celebrate the close connection between schools and parishes.
During the rest of the week, many students will engage in service projects, including collecting donations for food pantries, creating cards and letters for nursing home residents, presenting special gifts of gratitude for frontline workers, and collecting monetary gifts for local charities.
Students also will learn about vocations with visits from our priests and religious sisters, and through career day events.
In Catholic schools, children in their most formative years not only learn academically, but they also thrive spiritually, socially, and physically.
For more information on Catholic Schools Week, including information on open houses at diocesan schools, visit https://www.allentowndiocese.org/enroll.