What a wonderful feeling to celebrate Catholic Schools Week! During the planning phase, our team realized that due to the pandemic, 50% of our students had not experienced the type of celebration we normally plan. We took great strides to communicate clearly to the students the expectations for the week as well as the purpose for celebrating CSW. Here are some highlights we are happy to share!
- Guest speakers assisted with the morning prayer each day. These included Sam King (Lafayette Journal and Courier), Deacon Rush and Sister Lenore, Phil Meyer (CC parent and Veteran) and Sophia Rebmann (Junior Class President).
- Sister Lenore and Deacon Rush along with Father Summerlin further educated our students on a life of vocations. Students were allowed to ask questions of each and their presence in our chapel was a true blessing.
- As a community embedded in service to others, the student body watched a documentary called, “Carl Erskine: The Best We’ve Got.” Every student also received a complimentary copy of his book, The Parallel. Erskine, a Hoosier, was a World Series Champion pitcher for the Dodgers. He and Jackie Robinson played baseball together and were lifelong friends. Both Robinson and Erskine experienced prejudicial behaviors-Robinson faced racial discrimination and Erskine, the father of a child with Downs Syndrome, was instrumental in creating Special Olympics programs in Indiana for students with intellectual disabilities. Both devoted their lives to promoting inclusive behaviors for the sake of diversity, dignity and respect.
- Each day we sold socks sent to us by the largest Catholic sock company in the world: SockReligious! They gave us a great discount for Catholic Schools Week and we sold out in just a few days.
- We closed out the week with a fun-filled day! Bowling was a blast! In the afternoon all students participated in 30 minutes of service learning. Students were allowed to choose from over 10 service stations: weaving mats for the homeless, creating cards for ill or isolated individuals, making rosaries-to name a few.
- The highlight of Friday afternoon was Mr. Gerrety shaving his mustache and Mr. Breyfogle shaving his beard-all for a non profit cause! They bet our students couldn’t raise $1,000 in one week for Champions Together / Special Olympics and they were wrong.. We met the goal and a few of our students also shaved or donated their hair for the charity.
- We closed the week with a prayer of gratitude: gratitude for our students, our teachers and staff, and finally for all adults who make or have worked to make our Lafayette Catholic Schools a reality and thriving community.
A big thank you to PACE for providing ice cream for our students, coffee for our teachers, and lunch for the faculty and staff. We are blessed by their generosity. If you aren’t part of the PACE Facebook group, please consider joining or stay in touch by email@example.com. It’s a great community of parents supporting our students and staff. We are grateful and blessed by God with a wonderful community of faith.
Central Catholic Faculty and Staff