Montini Catholic celebrated the beginning of Catholic Schools Week (now entering its 46th anniversary year) with a special Mass on Monday, January 27th. As with every year, students began their week-long celebration by focusing on the value of Catholic education and to acknowledge and thank the community, friends and family members for recognizing this value. Celebrating the Mass with the students this year was Father Chris Lankford from SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Naperville.
National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2020 is January 26 - February 1st. The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The theme encompasses the core products and values that can be found in Catholic schools across the country. Through various events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.
"Montini Catholic is unique because we are a Catholic school," said Principal Kevin Beirne. "In attending a Catholic school, you are among the less than 9 percent of students in the country who can share and live their faith in school by celebrating our Gospel values and standing up for what we believe in."
"The world around us is an increasingly difficult place to navigate," Principal Beirne added. "You are part of something bigger than just a school community. We are called to act with more compassion, to be more inclusive, to look out for the interests of others - not just ourselves, to fight injustice. So, I ask you today - how invested are you in our Catholic community? What do you do to make our Catholic Community better? What kind of positive spirit do you provide to your classmates? You are part of this Catholic School community for a reason - why? Please reflect on that this week."