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Auxiliary Bishops’ and Superintendent of Catholic School’s Visits Highlight Activities

Chicago, IL (January 23, 2007)-Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated at the 257 Archdiocese of Chicago schools in Cook and Lake counties beginning Sunday, January 28. Local school activities include special Masses, open houses and visits from Archdiocesan and civic representatives.

The first Catholic Schools Week event will be a Loyola University basketball game at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 27 at Loyola's Gentile Center, 6511 N. Winthrop, Chicago. Chicago Catholic elementary school students, employees, family members and friends are entitled to discounted tickets for the game between the Loyola Ramblers and the Wright State Raiders. For details and more information, contact the Ramblers box office at or 773-508-9653.

On Sunday, January 28, Most Rev. George Rassas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will concelebrate the 9 a.m. Mass with Fr. Patrick Brennan, pastor of Holy Family Parish, 2515 Palatine Rd., Inverness. The Holy Family Catholic Academy opened in 2002 as the first Catholic school in the northwest suburbs in over 30 years. According to principal Dr. Gretchen Ludwig, the school's grow-a-school model has led to an increase in enrollment from 29 students to 195 during this time. For more information on Holy Family's Catholic Schools Week activities and registration, visit or call 847-907-3452.

At 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 29, Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich, Superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools, will attend St. Thomas of Villanova School's Blue Ribbon Award Assembly. The school, located at 1141 E. Anderson Dr., Palatine, was one of four Archdiocesan schools to earn the award in 2006. St. Thomas of Villanova's principal, Mr. John LaRoche, was present at the Washington, D.C. award ceremonies in November. For more information on St. Thomas of Villanova's Catholic Schools Week activities and registration, visit or call 847-358-2110.

On Thursday, February 1, Dr. Wolsonovich will participate in the 8:30 a.m. Mass to honor major contributors to St. Agnes School, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights. First through fourth grade winners of the school's Nancy B. Witter Good Steward Scholarships will be named at a special benefactor's brunch following the Mass. According to the school's principal, Edward Glogowski, the school's fourth through eighth grade Junior Chefs will prepare the food served at the brunch. For more information on St. Agnes' Catholic School Week activities and registration, visit or call 708-756-2333.

On Friday, February 2, Most Rev. Francis Kane, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will lead a prayer service to dedicate the new, $300,000 J. Howard and Helen M. Reed Multi-Media Center at the Pope John XXIII School, 1120 Washington St., Evanston. The school's principal, Mrs. Rosalie Musiala, noted that the fully automated and wireless media center resulted from a design study conducted by engineering students from Northwestern University, and contains 8,800 books. For more information on Pope John XXIII's Catholic School Week activities and registration, visit or call 847-475-5678.

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