Catholic Schools Week


Since 1974, 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 2019 is January 27 – February 2. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2019 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.


Daily Themes

Celebrate the following daily themes and celebrations in your (arch)diocese during Catholic Schools Week 2019.

Monday: In Our Community

A central aspect of Catholic education is learning the importance of service to others. When students take part in service activities—both local and beyond—they demonstrate the values and faith they gain through their Catholic education and learn how to make the world a better place. When they observe how others serve the community, they gain an appreciation for how they can continue to serve others their entire lives.

Tuesday:  Celebrating Your Students
Schools celebrate students during National Catholic Schools Week by planning enjoyable and meaningful activities for them and recognizing their accomplishments. They encourage students to reflect on the benefits of Catholic education and how the grounding in faith, knowledge and service it provides will help them throughout their lives.

  • Day of Giving, Online Donations Accepted

Wednesday:  Celebrating the Nation
On National Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools, students, families, educators and other Catholic school supporters communicate the value of Catholic education to government leaders. They share information with leaders on the significant contributions Catholic schools make to the nation and their role in preparing students to be good citizens. They pray for the nation and recognize all those who serve it.

Thursday:  Celebrating Vocations
By focusing on faith, knowledge and service, Catholic schools prepare children to use their God-given talents to the fullest later in life. National Catholic Schools Week offers an opportunity for students to explore the many life paths that enable them to use their talents well in the service of God and others — by answering the call to a religious vocation, by nurturing a family through sacramental marriage, by volunteering in church activities and charities, and/or by pursuing a career that makes the world a better place.

  • School Mass – Archbishop Jackels, celebrant


Friday:  Celebrating Faculty, Staff and Volunteers
On this day, schools will honor teachers and principals as well as administrators and staff who support them in their important work and thank the parents, grandparents, alumni, parishioners and school board members who provide volunteer service.

  • Parent Lunch – K, 6th at 11am
  • Parent Lunch – 1st/2nd at 11:45am
  • Parent Lunch – 3-5th, CC/PK at 12:25am


Saturday:  Celebrating Families
Parents, guardians and other family members play a vital role in Catholic education. Not only do they volunteer at the school, they instill values and expectations for academic excellence in their children at home. We acknowledge the role of families in Catholic education and celebrate their contributions to the success of our schools on the last day of National Catholic Schools Week and all year long.

Sunday – In Our Parish
Catholic schools benefit all year long from the religious guidance, prayers and support parishes provide. Many parishes join in the National Catholic Schools Week celebration by devoting a Mass to Catholic education. Schools start the week by inviting parishioners and community members to parish-centered events and school open houses that feature their outstanding academic programs, religious education and service opportunities.

  • Mass – St. Mary, 9am
  • Mass – St. Henry, 10:30am

2019 Youth Sports Sign UP

2019 Youth Sports sign up wil be Wednesday, January 23 — 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm & Saturday, January 26 — 9:00 am – Noon at Fisher Community Center Auditorium. Participating organizations of the Marshalltown Area Youth Sports Association (MAYSA) jointly provide an annual Youth Sports Sign Up to better provide information and enrollment opportunities for area youth. Contact …

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Children’s Choir

3rd-6th grade welcome! (Middle schoolers are welcome to join us too!) No audition necessary. If you’d like to come and play a percussion instrument, you’re welcome too! All activities at St. Henry Church. Contact Christine Faas, 515-460-0478, for more information Practice: Thurs, Jan 10, 17, & 24 at 6:30 -7:30pm Mass: Jan 27 at 10:30am Practice: Thurs, …

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STO 2018-2019

STO financial aid application for 2019-2020 is now open. Your personal information will be held in strictest confidence at all times. The FACTS application needs to be completed no later than April 15, 2019.  The application is available online at in both English and Spanish.  In addition to your completed application, you must include a …

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Tuition Tax Credit

The State of Iowa provides tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools. All Iowa taxpayers who send their children to St. Francis can claim this tuition tax credit. The credit is equal to 25% of the first $1000 of the total line for each child. The maximum credit per child is $250. The form …

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