PORTLAND---Bishop Robert P. Deeley will kick off Maine Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 28-Feb. 3) with a special Mass for St. Brigid students, staff, and school families on Sunday, January 28, at 10 a.m. The Mass, which will also be attended by parishioners, is set for St. Joseph Church, located on 673 Stevens Avenue in Portland.
The bishop’s visit will serve as the start of an unforgettable week at St. Brigid, located on 695 Stevens Avenue.
On Monday, January 29, all students at the school will participate in a massive community service effort. The younger children will hold a hat, mitten, and scarf drive for local children who may need winter accessories. The collection items will be distributed by the Portland Housing Authority. Meanwhile, the older students will collect change to donate to a heating assistance fund for local residents. Collection receptacles will be set up around the school. The proceeds will be donated through Catholic Charities Maine.
In addition to giving back to their community, the students will also have plenty of fun along the way. On Tuesday, January 30, a kindness tree, featuring kind words and gestures, will be placed in front of the main office for students to hand out to peers. A schoolwide rosary event will be held on Thursday, February 1, to celebrate the Feast of St. Brigid, and on Friday, February 2, an international potluck dinner will be held at the Father Hayes Center with school families bringing items that reflect their heritage. The week will conclude with a school ice skating night at Thompson’s Point on Saturday, February 3.
Academic competitions, theme days, and a student/faculty volleyball game are among the many other activities planned.
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.