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Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

Six Archdiocese of Chicago High Schools will Gather for a Service Project to Benefit Homeless Veterans

On Monday, Feb. 3., students from six Archdiocese of Chicago high schools will gather at Saint Patrick High School (Saint Patrick High School, 5900 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago) to create care packages that will be distributed to homeless veterans through Rags of Honor, an apparel company devoted to hiring homeless and at-risk veterans. Mark Doyle, founder of Rags of Honor and an alumnus of Saint Patrick, will attend the event and be joined by representatives from the organization. Students from Saint Patrick High School are hosting their peers from Brother Rice High School, De La Salle Institute, Holy Trinity High School, Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School and Trinity High School to assemble the care packages from items they collected during Catholic Schools Week, which began on Sunday, Jan. 26. Students collected travel-size toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo and deodorant as well as monetary donations to purchase winter gloves, socks and hand warmers.
Rags of Honor’s mission is to help homeless and at-risk veterans reintegrate back into civilian society after serving their country.

Background: The students participating in the service project are Haerther Scholars, recipients of the Daniel P. Haerther Charitable Trust Scholarship. This scholarship is offered at Saint Patrick High School, Brother Rice High School, De La Salle Institute, Holy Trinity High School, Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School and Trinity High School. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate financial need and show strong co-curricular involvement in clubs, fine arts, athletics and/or community service. Each year, one of the six high schools with Haerther Scholars hosts a service event for all Haerther Scholars.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Young Adult Ministry, 312-534-8600.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Archdiocese of Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich and Big Shoulders Fund CEO Josh Hale to Visit St. Genevieve Catholic School to Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Archdiocese of Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich and Big Shoulders Fund CEO Josh Hale will visit St. Genevieve Catholic School (4854 W. Montana St., Chicago) on Thursday, Jan. 30 during the school’s celebratory parent and grandparent ‘VIP luncheon’ in honor of Catholic Schools Week. Cupich will greet students and their families during the lunch.
After greeting lunch attendants, Cupich and Hale will take on-topic media questions on the historic 10-year agreement between the Archdiocese of Chicago and Big Shoulders Fund announced on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.

Background: On Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, the Archdiocese of Chicago and Big Shoulders Fund announced that the Big Shoulders Fund will donate $47.5 million and the Archdiocese of Chicago will provide $44.9 million to help ensure the continuing mission of 30 schools over 10 years. The schools, mainly on Chicago’s south and west sides, serve 5,600 children, their families and their communities.

St. Genevieve Catholic School is one of the 30 schools covered in the new agreement.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
• 11:30 a.m.: Cardinal Cupich will begin greeting guests for the luncheon and then offer remarks to students and their families
• Noon: Josh Hale and Cardinal Cupich to answer questions from media
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Sunday, Jan. 26 through Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020

Archdiocese of Chicago Schools Celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Special Masses, Events and Fun Activities

Throughout Catholic Schools Week, Sunday, Jan. 26 – Saturday, Feb. 1, Archdiocese of Chicago schools will host and participate in a variety of events, service projects and Masses. Below is a select list of activities. If interested in covering, please alert the Media Relations Department at the Archdiocese of Chicago or the school directly. This list will be updated throughout the week.

Monday, Jan. 27:
WHAT: Northside Catholic Academy, in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, kicks-off Catholic Schools Week by spreading friendly, handwritten messages from its students on coffee sleeves at two local Starbucks. Students colored 1,000 Starbucks coffee sleeves with vibrant, happy colors and sweet, inspirational words of hope to spread joy to their local community (photos of children decorating the sleeves are attached in the folder). WHERE: The two participating Starbucks, located at 3312 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, and 6350 N. Broadway St., Chicago, will distribute the sleeves while quantities last. Northside Catholic Academy encourages recipients of the coffee sleeves to share a picture of their sleeve on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #NCACares and #CatholicSchoolsWeek.
Shakira Morrissette, director of Marketing & Admissions, Northside Catholic Academy
773.743.6277 ext. 207

WHAT: 10 a.m., St. Theresa School, 445 N. Benton St., Palatine, Ill., will host Rich Green, co-author of the book “Chicago Treasure.” Green will read his book to kindergarteners, first graders and second graders with students leading a question-and-answer session with him.
“Chicago Treasure” features local children, many of whom are preschool students at The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Disabled, and their photographs have been digitally imposed into fairytale illustrations, classic works of art, and photography of Chicago landmarks to create a colorful world where every child, regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender, or age is free to see themselves take on great roles.
Mary J. Keenley, St. Theresa School principal

Wednesday, Jan. 29:
WHAT: 8 – 9 a.m., First through eighth grade students at Immaculate Conception – St. Joseph School, 363 W. Hill St., Chicago, will assemble Blessing Bags at the Middle School Campus to benefit Catholic Charities clients. Students will work in teams (upper grades with lower grades) to fill bags with donated items such as hats, socks, granola bars, hand warmers, and write letters for the recipients of each bag. At 9:15 a.m., all students will attend Mass at St. Joseph Church, 1107 N. Orleans., Chicago.
The bags will be taken to Catholic Charities on Thursday morning, Jan. 30 by sixth through eighth grades students.
Corey Jacobson, director of Marketing & Admissions, Immaculate Conception – St. Joseph School
312.944.0304 ext. 109

WHAT: 8 a.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe School’s Catholic Schools Week Mass, 9050 S. Burley Ave., Chicago. A blessing of the school’s newly rehabbed gym will take place immediately following Mass.
Bonnie Hall, Our Lady of Guadalupe School principal

WHAT: The entire student body of Saint Patrick High School, 5900 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, will make 1,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches during their lunch periods from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The sandwiches will be distributed to the homeless through Night Ministry, a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, healthcare and connection to members of our community struggling with poverty and homelessness.
Jennifer Sloan, director of Communications, Saint Patrick High School
773.282.8844 ext. 231

Thursday, Jan. 30:
WHAT: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., School of St. Mary, 185 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, Ill., will host a career day with featured guest speaker Tim Larkowski from Wenban Funeral Home. He will talk to sixth through eighth graders about his career and growing up in a funeral home and how he views his career as a ministry.
Mary Catherine Nelson, director of Development & Marketing, School of St. Mary

Friday, Jan. 31:
WHAT: 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., St. Benedict Preparatory School students, 3900 N. Leavitt St., Chicago, will host a Mini Olympics for its preschool and kindergarten students in 30 minutes intervals. Eighth grade students will lead the activities. Preschool activities include: a relay race between cones, basketball run, soccer, freeze dance and Simon Says with Benny, the school’s mascot. For kindergarteners, activities include: a tricycle race, relay race obstacle course, freeze dance and Simon Says with Benny.
Ms. Rachel Gemo, St. Benedict Preparatory School head of school
773.463.6797 ext. 1220

WHAT: 1 – 2:30 p.m., St. Procopius School students, 1625 S. Allport St., Chicago, will play Loteria (Mexican bingo). Students can dress up as their favorite Loteria character while they play the game.
Griselda Ferguson, St. Procopius School principal
312. 421.5135
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227