St. Peter's Students Interpret the Meaning of Catholic Schools Week Themeby Virginia Wallace
The theme for the 2015 Catholic Schools Week was Faith, Service and Knowledge. Students at St. Peter RC School in Lewiston spent the week interpreting that theme in a variety of different ways.
To represent Faith, students invited a "special person" to join them at a prayer service. In an offertory during the service, students presented paper hands on which they had written acts of kindness they would perform. Guests were invited to a reception at the school following the service. Aunts, uncles, grandmas, cousins, and babysitters enjoyed snacks and toured the school building. On Friday, special guest, Bishop Kmiec celebrated the school's weekly Mass and shared his thoughts about how blessed the students and faculty were to be a part of a Catholic school. Mass attendees shared a Communion mediation song called "Faith" during which the students acted out the songs' lyrics through hand gestures. To close the Mass, six middle school girls performed a liturgical dance to the song "Awesome God."
During the week all students were also given an opportunity to experience Service. The middle school students and their teachers traveled to six separate sites within the local community to offer their assistance with cleaning, unpacking food items and/or working with disabled children. Students from grades Pre-K through 4 made valentines for members of the armed forces and residents of a local nursing facility while fifth grade students assisted the school parent group prepare a mailing.
To fulfill the Knowledge component students either drew, wrote and/or spoke about Catholic education. The youngest students colored a picture depicting the CSW theme. The primary classes wrote about why they liked being in a Catholic school. Intermediate students composed prayers or poems thanking the Lord for the gift of St. Peter RC School. And middle school students wrote essays on the life-long dividends they have received because of their Catholic education. Several students read their pieces in an assembly for the entire student body while others read at the Masses on CSW weekend.
At St. Peter's every student learned the meaning of Faith, Service and Knowledge during Catholic Schools Week