Parents, guardians and other family members play a vital role in Catholic education. Not only do they volunteer at the school, they instill values and expectations for academic excellence in their children at home. We acknowledge the role of families in Catholic education and celebrate their contributions to the success of our schools on the last day of National Catholic Schools Week, and all year long.
Inspiration and Ideas
- Celebrate academic excellence by hosting classroom visits for families and community friends.
- Organize a family picnic or potluck.
- Explore and learn more about the lives of saints who are important to families: Saint Gianna, Saint Pope John Paul II, Saint Joseph, Saint Anne, Saint John Bosco, Mary – Undoer of Knots, Saint Joachim, Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Raphael.
- Invite families to attend Mass together.
- Recognize siblings within the school by posting photos of them on a bulletin board.
- Host a family board game marathon in the cafeteria.
- Host a family welcome night for new families in the parish to meet members of the school community.
- Create a large-scale family tree celebrating all the families in the school.
- Explore the World Meeting of Families website for resources and videos from the 2015 celebration at www.worldmeeting2015.org
- Host an open house for prospective families.
- Research faith as it relates to your own families culture and history. Make a spiritual tree of baptisms, marriages and ordinations – including the name of the parishes where family members made these Sacraments.
- Request a Mass to be offered in the name of a recently deceased family member.
- Share a prayer for families.