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Maine Catholic Schools Week

The theme celebrates that schools are communities in their own right as well as part of the Church community and the community at large. It showcases that faith, knowledge, and service are all key elements of a Catholic education. The logo features a swirl of colors interacting around a cross, which is at the heart of all Catholic education. Learn more about the service projects and events at Maine Catholic schools below. This page will be updated.

St. Michael School, Augusta

St. Michael School in Augusta held a major clothing drive for new and gently-used clothing items which will be donated to Catholic Charities Maine’s Threads of Hope thrift stores. St. Michael students also collected aluminum can tabs to assist the Maine Ronald McDonald Houses which provide housing for families who have a child being treated at a local hospital. Students pulled off aluminum tabs from soda cans, tennis ball containers, food cans, and other items and place them in designated containers at the school. Maine Metal Recycling in Auburn will weigh the tabs, pay the current rate for aluminum, and send the money to the program. Read more

Catholic Schools Week schedule for St. Michael School

All Saints Catholic School, Bangor

All Saints students and families collected items for residents at Phillips-Strickland House, a nonprofit residential care center which offers independence in a comfortable, professionally-staffed living environment for seniors. On Monday, February 1,  fifteen All Saints students, representing grades four through eight, walked from the school’s St. John Campus to Phillips-Strickland House to deliver the items, including shampoo, body wash, lotion, chocolates, pens, and stationery. During the morning, the students spent time and played games with the residents. Full Story/Pictures

Catholic Schools Week schedule for All Saints Catholic School

St. James School, Biddeford

One month after hanging over 230 bags of donated clothing in a local park for people in need, St. James students delivered socks donated by members of the school community to the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center on 35 South Street in Biddeford. The students brought the socks to the center on Tuesday, February 2. Inside each pair of socks was a picture or message of hope created by a student. In addition to the sock drive, students wrote thank you notes to many members of the community, including priests, women religious, teachers, veterans, the Knights of Columbus, city officials, parish staff members, and alumni. Full Story/Pictures

Catholic Schools Week schedule for St. James School

St. John's Catholic School, Brunswick

St. John’s Catholic School in Brunswick helped many in need by clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, and comforting the afflicted. Throughout Maine Catholic Schools Week, students, staff, and school families gathered donations to benefit Catholic Charities Maine’s Threads of Hope thrift stores, Tedford Housing in Brunswick, the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. St. John's students also created Valentine's Day cards for homebound parishioners and nursing home residents. Read More

Catholic Schools Week brochure for St. John's Catholic School

St. John's Catholic School, Winslow

On Monday, February 1, St. John students gathered together to make Valentine’s Day cards for local veterans, police officers, and firefighters. In addition, throughout the week, the St. John school community will collect items for babies that will be given to a local organization that assists families in need. On Wednesday, February 3, students can pay one dollar to “dress down” or two dollars to wear a hat with all of the money going towards purchasing items.
Special events are also planned to honor staff, school families, and parishioners. Full Story/Pictures

Catholic Schools Week schedule for St. John's Regional Catholic School

Saint Dominic Academy, Lewiston/Auburn

Saint Dominic Academy planned a special service project to help provide comfort and solace for local boys and girls who will enter foster care. On Tuesday, February 2, students at the school’s Auburn campus assembled backpacks with a variety of items for the children, infants to teenagers, including personal hygiene items, coloring books, stuffed animals, clothes, games, and books. Dale Brown, a student at Saint Dominic Academy and a Life Scout in Boy Scouts of America Troop 116 in Lewiston, oversaw the initiative for his Eagle Scout Project. Read more

Catholic Schools Week schedule for Saint Dominic Academy (Auburn Campus)

Catholic Schools Week schedule for Saint Dominic Academy (Lewiston Campus)

St. Brigid School, Portland

In an effort to “visit the sick” and “comfort the afflicted,” St. Brigid School in Portland worked with several local agencies to offer comfort and provide assistance to many in need, including Park Danforth, The Root Cellar, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Bishop Deeley also celebrated a special Mass for St. Brigid students and families, faculty, staff, parishioners at Our Lady of Hope Parish, and others at St. Joseph Church in Portland on Wednesday, February 3. Read more

Catholic Schools Week schedule for St. Brigid School

Holy Savior School, Rumford

During a special visit from Bishop Deeley on February 1, students at Holy Savior School prepared “bags of love” for children who need to quickly leave their homes in an emergency situation, often ending up in foster care. The bags were filled with handmade quilts, stuffed animals, toys, and an assortment of personal items like toiletries. Students brought the items to a large donation table at the front of the cafeteria. Full Story/Pictures

Catholic Schools Week schedule for Holy Savior School

St. Thomas Catholic School, Sanford

Each time a student or school family performs a work of mercy during Maine Catholic Schools Week at St. Thomas, it waswritten down on a Band-Aid and placed on a large works of mercy cross. In addition to the individual works of mercy, several schoolwide initiatives were planned for the week to offer hope, healing, and kindness to many in need, including area children who lack clothing, the Sanford Food Pantry, Camp Waban, and a parish in Haiti. The school also honored a special member of the St. Thomas community.  Read more

Catholic Schools Week schedule for St. Thomas Catholic School

Holy Cross School, South Portland

All grades at Holy Cross squared off in an event called "Penny Wars." For a week, students in each classroom placed pennies in their classroom jar. Students can then went to other classrooms and deposit silver change and dollar bills which will be subtracted from the total of the other classroom. In this friendly competition, the real winners are  the Ngamo Primary School in Zimbabwe, which will receive all of the money collected. The school has been a frequent recipient of the generosity and kindness of Holy Cross families since Principal Christine L’Abbé visited the area on an African safari last March. Read more

Catholic Schools Week schedule for Holy Cross School

Mount Merici Academy, Waterville

On Monday, February 1, Mount Merici Academy will kick off the “Together, We Can” Homeless Shelter Drive. Each grade at the school has been assigned a specific item to gather during the week, including soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, and deodorant. The items will be used to fill personal care kits for residents at the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter on 19 Colby Circle in Waterville. Read more

Catholic Schools Week schedule for Mount Merici Academy