BANGOR---All Saints Catholic School in Bangor will do its share of celebrating the school community during Maine Catholic Schools Week. Fun activities, student showcases, a joint campus Mass, and “dress up” theme days fill a schedule that is equal parts joyous and reflective and also includes a schoolwide act of generosity.
On Saturday, January 27, All Saints students and parents will be at Danforth’s Down Home Supermarket (2402 Route 2 in Hermon) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., collecting food items for multiple local food cupboards.
“This time of year, area food cupboards are running low and the need is still high,” said Joseph Gallant, principal at All Saints. “We want to do what we can to help. We appreciate Danforth’s allowing us to come and collect items.”
The following week, students will continue to bring food items from home to add to the collection. People from outside the school community who would like to donate but can’t make it to Danforth’s are asked to drop off their donations throughout the week (Jan. 29-Feb. 2) at either campus of All Saints (166 State Street or 768 Ohio Street, both in Bangor). At the end of the week, all of the donations will be divided among area food cupboards.
“We really appreciate the public’s help with this,” said Gallant.
The service project is just one piece of a packed schedule set for All Saints during Maine Catholic Schools Week: a family lunch will be held on Monday, January 29, for all family members of students; games and activities will be conducted at both campuses on Tuesday, January 30; the joint Mass for students from both campuses will be held at St. John Church on Wednesday, January 31, at 9:30 a.m.; “Catholic Jeopardy!” featuring local clergy and students is set for Thursday, February 1; and prayer partners at both schools will gather together on Friday, February 2, when the parents group at All Saints will also host a brunch for the students.
A staff appreciation luncheon is planned for Friday as well.
“The parents act as servers,” said Gallant. “Two parents who are wonderful cooks prepare a four-course meal for staff. It’s awesome.”
For a look at activities and projects taking place at other Catholic schools in Maine during Catholic Schools Week, click here.