Catholic Schools Week mania

Bishop Jorge Rodriguez celebrates mass for the students at St Mary's of Littleton for Catholic Schools Week.  February 2, 2017: St. Mary's of Littleton school Littleton, Colorado  Photo by Andrew Wright/Denver Catholic

The week of Jan. 29 marked Catholic Schools Week, and it certainly was a busy one this year. Special masses and celebrations happened all week at each of the schools around the archdiocese, and though it was impossible to be at every event, Denver Catholic managed to capture a few of the festivities. God bless our Catholic schools!

Denver, Colorado January 31, 2017: Senate Catholic Schools proclamation - Machebeuf High School Photo by Andrew Wright/Denver Catholic

Bishop Machebeuf High Schools students and faculty joined Bishop Jorge H. Rodriguez and superintendent Kevin Kijewski at the State Capitol Jan. 31 for the proclamation of Catholic Schools Week. (Photo by Andrew Wright)

Denver, Colorado January 31, 2017: Senate Catholic Schools proclamation - Machebeuf High School Photo by Andrew Wright/Denver Catholic

Superintendent Kevin Kijewski shows off the Governor’s proclamation of Catholic Schools Week with Colorado senator and Catholic Kevin Priola. (Photo by Andrew Wright)

Denver, Colorado January 31, 2017: Senate Catholic Schools proclamation - Machebeuf High School Photo by Andrew Wright/Denver Catholic

The official governor’s proclamation that declared the week of Jan. 29 – Feb. 4 Catholic Schools Week. (Photo by Andrew Wright)

FOXFIELD, CO - JANUARY 29: Fr. David Bluejacket (L) and Denver Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez (R) exit the new gymnasium after the dedication of the west wing of the St. Joseph Ministry Center and School Building at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish and School on January 29, 2017, in Foxfield, Colorado. (Photo by Anya Semenoff/Denver Catholic)

Father David Bluejacket (L) and Denver Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez (R) exit the new gymnasium after the dedication of the west wing of the St. Joseph Ministry Center and School Building at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish and School on January 29, 2017, in Foxfield, Colorado. (Photo by Anya Semenoff/Denver Catholic)

FOXFIELD, CO - JANUARY 29: A procession leaves mass and walks to the new west wing of the St. Joseph Ministry Center and School Building for a dedication blessing at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish and School on January 29, 2017, in Foxfield, Colorado. (Photo by Anya Semenoff/Denver Catholic)

A procession leaves mass and walks to the new west wing of the St. Joseph Ministry Center and School Building for a dedication blessing at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish and School on January 29, 2017, in Foxfield, Colorado. (Photo by Anya Semenoff/Denver Catholic)

Archbishop Samuel J Aquila celebrates mass and visits the school, February 2, 2017: Sacred Heart of Jesus school Boulder, Colorado Photo by Andrew Wright/Denver Catholic

Students of Sacred Heart of Jesus school in Boulder sing during Mass Feb. 2 (Photo by Andrew Wright/Denver Catholic)

Archbishop Samuel J Aquila celebrates mass and visits the school, February 2, 2017: Sacred Heart of Jesus school Boulder, Colorado Photo by Andrew Wright/Denver Catholic

Archbishop Samuel J Aquila awards a student of Sacred Heart of Jesus with a John Bosco award for outstanding service during Mass Feb. 2. (Photo by Andrew Wright/Denver Catholic)

Bishop Jorge Rodriguez celebrates mass for the students at St Mary's of Littleton for Catholic Schools Week. February 2, 2017: St. Mary's of Littleton school Littleton, Colorado Photo by Andrew Wright/Denver Catholic

Students at St Mary’s of Littleton participate in an all-school Mass celebrated by Bishop Jorge Rodriguez Feb. 2. (Photo by Andrew Wright/Denver Catholic)

Bishop Jorge Rodriguez celebrates mass for the students at St Mary's of Littleton for Catholic Schools Week. February 2, 2017: St. Mary's of Littleton school Littleton, Colorado Photo by Andrew Wright/Denver Catholic

Bishop Jorge Rodriguez celebrates mass for the students at St Mary’s of Littleton for Catholic Schools Week. (Photo by Andrew Wright/Denver Catholic)

DENVER, CO, FEB. 1, 2017: St. Francis de Sales Catholic School held a Mass Wednesday in honor or Catholic Schools Week. The Mass Celebrant was Bishop Jorge Rodriguez, S.T.D. (Photo by Nicole Withee/Denver Catholic)

St. Francis de Sales Catholic School held a Mass Wednesday, Feb. 1 in honor or Catholic Schools Week. The Mass Celebrant was Bishop Jorge Rodriguez, S.T.D. (Photo by Nicole Withee/Denver Catholic)

DENVER, CO, FEB. 1, 2017: St. Francis de Sales Catholic School held a Mass Wednesday in honor or Catholic Schools Week. The Mass Celebrant was Bishop Jorge Rodriguez, S.T.D. (Photo by Nicole Withee/Denver Catholic)

Students of St. Francis de Sales pray during the all-school Mass Feb. 1. (Photo by Nicole Withee)

COMING UP: 2017 a ‘great’ year to celebrate Catholic Schools

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LOUISVILLE, CO - NOVEMBER, 2016:  St. Louis Catholic School. (Photo by Andrew Wright/ Denver Catholic)

Superintendent Kevin Kijewski can’t wait for Catholic Schools Week this year.

“This is going to be a great year for Catholic schools,” he said. “We did a lot of foundation building last year, particularly with the drafting of two vision documents on the future of our schools, and we look forward to continuing to build on those foundations in 2017.”

He added that he is also looking forward to the opening of Frassati Catholic Academy this fall, which is slated to be a Classical academy located in Thornton.

The Archdiocese of Denver will celebrate Catholic Schools Week Jan. 29-Feb. 4 with several events underlining the value of Catholic schools, including the launch of a new vision document called “Worthy of the Investment,” and a resolution in the state Senate praising the contribution of Catholic schools to Colorado.

“Worthy of the Investment” will be released by the Office of Catholic Schools Jan. 28, just a day ahead of the first day of Catholic Schools Week. The document, which addresses the need to support Catholic education financially, is a follow-up to the similarly titled “Worthy of the Name.” Both documents outline key principles for securing the future of Catholic education in northern Colorado.

Individual schools have organized a variety of events for the week, including all-school Masses, ice-cream socials and faculty versus student basketball games.

On Sunday, Jan. 29, Our Lady of Loreto in Foxfield will launch Catholic Schools Week with the dedication of the West Wing of the St. Joseph Ministry Center, which will be used for school and religious education classrooms, house a new gymnasium, a combination stage/music room, and a new pre-school.

Bishop Rodriguez will celebrate the 11am Mass at the parish, and dedicate the new building at a 12:30pm ceremony.

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Bishop Jorge Rodriguez will lead morning prayer for the state Senate, and stay for the reading of a Catholic Schools Week Proclamation. Representatives from the Office of Catholic Schools and several Catholic schools will be in attendance.

Bishop Rodriguez will also celebrate an all-school Mass Wed, Feb. 1, at St. Francis de Sales in Denver at 10:30am.

On Thursday, Feb. 2, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila will celebrate an all-school Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Boulder at 9:30am, followed by visits to classrooms.

That same day, at 1:30pm, Bishop Rodriguez will celebrate an all-school Mass at St. Mary’s in Littleton.

Catholic Schools Week has been celebrated annually since 1974, and always begins on the last Sunday in January.

In northern Colorado, there are nearly 9,000 students enrolled in Catholic schools. An estimated 99.6% of students who attend a Catholic high school graduates, and 92.4% of Catholic high school graduates in the Archdiocese of Denver went on to enroll at a 4-year college.