RUMFORD---Students at Holy Savior School have always enthusiastically welcomed Bishop Robert P. Deeley when he arrives in Rumford to celebrate a special Mass or visit them in their classrooms, but as part of Maine Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 28-Feb. 3), the children will spend time with the bishop in a special place: swishing down the slopes!
On Friday, February 2, Bishop Deeley will join the Holy Savior students for a day of skiing and snow tubing at Black Mountain Ski Resort in Rumford starting at 9:30 a.m., providing an opportunity for the bishop to share in one of his favorite winter hobbies, skiing, with the school community.
“I think it will be a great experience for the students, many of whom love skiing and tubing, to see the bishop deriving the same enjoyment,” said Fr. Nathan March, pastor of Holy Savior Parish in Rumford. “The school has a wonderful relationship with Black Mountain and we are always looking for ways to promote the importance of exercise and the outdoors to the children, especially when you grow up in this area.”
In addition to the ski trip, students at Holy Savior will celebrate Catholic Schools Week by welcoming local police officers to the school on Wednesday, January 31, for a special “thank you” lunch and personalized cards made by the students offering gratitude for their service.
Other special events planned for the week include a schoolwide Mass on Sunday, January 28, at 9:30 a.m., at St. Athanasius and St. John Church (126 Maine Avenue); a presentation by Deacon Rodney Kuhl about overcoming fear and the power of prayer on Tuesday, January 30; and special art classes conducted by Club Neopolsi Creations Design Studio on Thursday, February 1.
Maine Catholic Schools Week celebrates the mission of Catholic Schools: to evangelize students by nourishing faith and encouraging academic excellence while accentuating the importance of community and service in a nurturing environment. For a look at activities and projects taking place at other Catholic schools in Maine during Catholic Schools Week, click here.