Assumption Celebrates Catholic School Week

Assumption Celebrates Catholic School Week
Sean Trull, Erin Trull and Emma Gallup served as alter servers during Assumption Catholic Week.

Students joined with their families, faculty, parishioners, and community members to kick off the celebration of Catholic Schools Week (CSW) with a Mass that was celebrated at Assumption Catholic Church on Jan. 31.  This event traditionally begins on the last Sunday of January and runs throughout the week with many fun and memorable activities. 

The Mass was led by Fr. Eric Stelzer.  His many words of inspiration were centered around this year’s CSW theme “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Students participated during Mass and showcased their support by wearing their school uniforms. 

Fr. Eric Stelzer was assisted by eighth grade students Christian Alligood, Evan Chau, Jonathan Rogero, and Owen Delaney. Eighth grade students Bridget Lawrence and Sebastian Raker conducted the scriptural readings, and seventh grade student Sean Trull, sixth grade student Erin Trull and seventh grade student Emma Gallup participated as altar servers.  Junior High Religion Teacher Wendy Nelms joined eighth grade students Jonathan Rogero, Owen Delaney, Christian Alligood and Evan Chau who served as ushers during the Mass.

During this week’s event, the school focused on the values of Catholic education, the contribution to its church, the community, and the nation.  At Assumption, the students began the school week on a high spiritual note with the Eucharistic Procession which traveled throughout the campus in celebration of the Lord Jesus.  Many of the other amazing activities included the annual religion Bishop’s Bowl Competition and a Student Appreciation Day with a free lunch for all students.  Parents made virtual presentations as part of STREAM Career Day. 

Students also had the opportunity to serve others during the annual Day of Service and grandparents were invited to join the classrooms virtually in honor of Grandparent’s Day.  As an act of service, students brought in jelly for Catholic Charities, made cards for JSO officers, firefighters, and Assumption parishioners who are homebound, made Valentine’s Day boxes for seniors at Fort Caroline Gardens, activity kits for children at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and pray for other students at Catholic schools around the country. The school also served as host of an essay writing contest.  Students were asked to write an essay answering the question, “How has attending a Catholic school helped you unite with others in Christ?”

Because of COVID-19, this year many of the activities were adapted or performed in a virtual environment to preserve the health and safety around the school community.

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