A list of Catholic Schools Week activities planned across diocese Jan. 26 to Feb. 1

Following is a listing of opportunities to visit Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria during Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. This list was compiled from schedules sent to The Catholic Post and will be updated as new information is received. For more information, visit the website included at the end of each listing.

BLOOMINGTON

A Mass for students from Corpus Christi School, St. Mary School and Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, and Epiphany Catholic School in Normal is planned for 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 31. It will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington. A social for faculty and staff will follow at 12:15 p.m. at Corpus Christi School.

Central Catholic High School: Showcase Central on Feb. 5 will provide “everything you need to know about Central Catholic” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tours begin in the auditorium at 6 p.m. Area eighth-graders are welcome to visit from 7:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 for “Great To Be a Saint Day.” (blmcchs.org)

Corpus Christi School: Students will participate at Masses the weekend of Feb. 1-2, and thank you letters will be placed in the parish bulletins. Appreciation events are planned for faculty on Jan. 27, parents and volunteers on Jan. 28, and students on Jan. 30. A Vocations Volleyball Game with priests, Sisters and faculty will be played at 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 29. A service project throughout the week will make students “pantry patrons” as they donate toiletries for those in need. (corpuschristisaints.org)

St. Mary School: Coffee and doughnuts will be served after the 9 a.m. Mass on Jan. 26. Prayer Partners will play bingo at 2 p.m. on Jan. 28, and an all-school Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. on Jan. 29. The following day there will be a religion bee at 10 a.m. and family picnic lunch in the gymnasium. The week will end with an art show in the gymnasium at 5 p.m. on Feb. 1. (stmarysschool.net)

CHAMPAIGN

The High School of Saint Thomas More: For more information about Catholic Schools Week at The High School of Saint Thomas More, visit hs-stm.org.

Visit Holy Cross School: A volleyball game between the students and teachers will take place on Jan. 28. There will be an open house from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 29. Local priests and Sisters will give vocation talks on Jan. 30, and an all-school Mass and eucharistic adoration are planned for Jan. 31. (holycrosselem.org)

St. Matthew School: Registration for preschool and kindergarten will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 26. There will be an all-school Mass at 8:10 a.m. follow by eucharistic adoration until Benediction at 2:40 p.m. on Jan. 27. After praying a rosary at 3:15 p.m., the faculty and staff will make sandwiches for the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. Students will make lunches, write notes, and decorate bags for the soup kitchen on Jan. 28, and pray a rosary with special intentions for each decade. Prospective school families are invited to an open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 30. An all-school Mass will be celebrated at 8:10 a.m. on Jan. 31, and the St. Matthew Parents Club will provide lunch for the teachers. (stmatt.net)

CHILLICOTHE

St. Edward School: For more information about Catholic Schools Week at St. Edward School, visit saintedschool. org.

DANVILLE

Schlarman Academy: An art and science fair will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the South Campus, while an all-campus Mass will be celebrated at 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 27. Other activities include roller skating on Jan. 29, a parent luncheon on Jan. 30, and bowling on Jan. 31. (schlarman.com)

EAST MOLINE

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy: Students will celebrate God’s creatures with a Niabi Zoo Animal Enrichment Road Show on Jan. 28. An all-school Mass is planned for 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 30, followed by a spelling bee at 10:30 a.m., lunch out with parents, and an Honors Assembly at 1 p.m. A family dance will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 31. (olgca.org)

GALESBURG

Costa Catholic Academy: There will be an open house from noon to 1 p.m. on Jan. 26. Students will compete in an all-school spelling bee at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 29, and hear from parents about their careers on Jan. 30. An all-school Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 31. Costa Olympics and a pep rally are planned for 1 p.m. (costa-galesburg.net)

GENESEO

St. Malachy School: An open house will be held from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. on Jan. 26. A Catholic Schools Week Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. The fifth- and sixth-graders will present a “Character Day/Wax Museum” from 8 to 10 a.m. on Jan. 28. An all-school Mass at 9 a.m. on Jan. 29 will include prayers for those serving in the military, as well as the president, Congress and nation. Students will make cards for their adopted seminarian and the Priests Pedaling for Prayers — Father Michael Pica, Father Tom Otto and Father Adam Cesarek — who visited the school last fall. A spelling bee will be held at 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 31, and there will be a family skate night in the gym from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Service projects include bringing in a gently used toy, book or monetary donation for the Geneseo Food Pantry. (saintmalachy.org)

KEWANEE

Visitation Catholic School: “Bingo for Books” will be played at 3 p.m. on Jan. 26. Teachers will be treated to lunch by the parents on Jan. 28. There will be a religion bee in Goetzman Gym at 8:15 a.m. on Jan. 29, and a volleyball game between the eighth-graders and Visitation faculty at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 30. “Honorary Giant” John Hartman will be honored after an all-school Mass at 1 p.m. (visitationcatholic.com)

KICKAPOO

St. Mary School: An open house will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Jan. 26. Parents are invited to Mass on Jan. 29, and there will be eucharistic adoration from 1:10 to 2 p.m. There will be a spelling bee at 2:15 p.m. on Jan. 30. Grandparents are invited to Mass at 8 a.m. on Jan. 31 and may stay for coffee and doughnuts and an all-school musical performance. (stmaryskickapoo.org)

LASALLE

Trinity Catholic Academy: A kindergarten open house is planned for Jan. 28, and a preschool open house will take place on Jan. 29, both from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Cookie baskets will be delivered to the fire and police departments, mayor’s office and parish office on Jan. 28, and an appreciation luncheon for teachers and staff will be served on Jan. 31. An all-school Mass will be celebrated at 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 29. Students may wear jeans to school on Jan. 31 for a $2 donation to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Australia. There will be a family fun night at 6 p.m. on Feb. 1. (lasallecatholic.org)

LINCOLN

Carroll Catholic School: Lincoln Mayor Seth Goodman will present a Catholic Schools Week resolution to Carroll Catholic during an assembly at 11:15 a.m. on Jan. 27. (carrollcatholicschool.com)

MACOMB

St. Paul School: A volunteer appreciation breakfast is planned for 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 24, followed by Mass at 9:15 a.m. There will be a basketball free-throw contest at 10 a.m. on Jan. 27, and students will be treated to a dessert bar at lunch. On Jan. 31, there will be an all-school Mass at 9:15 a.m., teacher appreciation luncheon, and charity carnival from 1 to 2:15 p.m. During the week students will be writing letters to thank their parents and making cards for nursing home residents. (stpaulmacomb.com)

MENDOTA

Holy Cross School: There will be a patriotic program in the gym at 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 27. Parents are invited to lunch on Jan. 28, and there will be a bags tournament for students and staff. An all-school Mass on Jan. 29 will be followed by an act of kindness for the parish — cleaning the church. Students will write vocations letters, make cards, and watch a video on Jan. 30. Breakfast will be provided for the staff and there will be bowling for the students on Jan. 31. A book fair will take place throughout the week. (holycrossmendota.com)

METAMORA

St. Mary School: A Family Dance, sponsored by St. Mary’s Parent Teacher Organization, will be held at the school from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 1.  Snacks will be available. Disney dress attire is encouraged. (stmfalcons.com)

MOLINE

Seton Catholic School: Family and friends may visit the classrooms in preschool through eighth grade from 8:15 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 28. The open house for the afternoon pre-kindergarten classes will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. An all-school Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Jan. 30. The week will end with a spaghetti dinner and basket raffle from 5 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 31 in Culemans Hall. (setonschool.com)

MONMOUTH

Immaculate Conception School: A rosary rally and student-led Mass are planned for 8 a.m. on Jan. 26. The mayor and members of the police and fire departments will be guests at lunch on Jan. 27, and students will be involved in service projects. There will be a talent show on Jan. 28, a lunch with “special persons” on Jan. 29, and a carnival on Jan. 30. Inspirational speaker Billy Molls will visit on Jan. 31. (immaculate-conception.net)

MORTON

Blessed Sacrament School: An open house with refreshments will take place after Masses the weekend of Jan. 25-26. Students will show that “Tars Got Talent” at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 28, and the eighth-graders will face the faculty and staff in a volleyball game at 9:55 a.m. on Jan. 29. A rosary will be prayed in the gym at 8:15 a.m. on Jan. 31, with an all-school Mass following at 9 a.m. (bssmorton.org)

NAUVOO

Sts. Peter and Paul School: There will be a Mass with student participation followed by a parish breakfast on Jan. 26. Other activities include a talent show and lunch with grandparents. Students will be accepting pledges and donations for an area Honor Flight throughout the week. (stspeterpaul.org)

NORMAL

Epiphany Catholic School: From Jan. 24 through Jan. 30, students will donate items to “Pack the Van” for the St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. The School Club will have a trivia night from 6 to 10 p.m. on Jan. 25, host a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 26, and treat the faculty and staff to lunch on Jan. 27. There will be a kindergarten showcase at 6 p.m. on Jan. 28. Parents, grandparents and “special persons” are invited to have lunch with their students on Jan. 30 and attend a Catholic Schools Week assembly at 2:45 p.m. (epiphanyschools.org)

ODELL

St. Paul School: A Stewardship Mass followed by coffee and doughnuts is planned for 8 a.m. on Jan. 26, and a “Holy Hour for Life, Liberty and the Sanctity of Marriage” will be held at 5 p.m. A Living Rosary will be prayed at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 27, and an all-school Mass will be celebrated at 8:15 a.m. on Jan. 31. In addition, there will be a spelling bee at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 28, a luncheon for the teachers on Jan. 29, and a religious trivia contest at 2 p.m. on Jan. 30. (stpaulodell.weebly.com)

OGLESBY

Holy Family School: A service project is on the agenda for Jan, 27, which is “Make a Difference Monday.” Students will dress like 100-year-olds on “Way Old Wednesday,” Jan. 29, which is the 100th day of school. An all-school Mass and luminaria prayer service are planned for Jan. 31. (oglesbyholyfamily.com)

OTTAWA

Marquette Academy: For more information about Catholic Schools Week at Marquette Academy, visit marquetteacademy.net.

PEKIN

St. Joseph School: “Taste of Pekin,” a “feastival of food, music and fun,” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 25. Other events include a Scholastic Bowl demonstration at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 28, a geography bee at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 29, and a spelling bee at 10 a.m. on Jan. 31. On that day there will also be an all-school Mass with a special blessing for faculty, staff and volunteers, at 9 a.m., and a luncheon for the faculty and staff. “Special persons” may visit and have lunch with their students. (stjosephschoolpekin.com)

PEORIA

Notre Dame High School: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will celebrate an all-school Mass and meet with the students on the Bishop’s Leadership Committee on Jan. 31. He will join senior leaders for lunch. In addition, each day will begin with a Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen intercom trivia game, with the first student to send the five correct answers winning a prize for him or her and the students in their last period class. (peorianotredame.com)

Holy Family School: Students will speak at Masses on Jan. 26, and there will be an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Students will Skype with their adopted seminarian Nicholas Conner on Jan. 28. There will be a spelling bee and volleyball game between the students and staff on Jan. 29, and a blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 30. A Mass and luncheon for “special persons” are planned for Jan. 31, and everyone is invited to “Pack the Church” for the 5 p.m. Mass on Feb. 1 and then stay for a family movie night. (school.peoriaholyfamily.com)

St. Jude School: There will be an open house from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 26. Students will support the new Ronald McDonald House in Peoria by donating various items or purchasing a bake sale item on Jan. 27. Parents are invited to join their child for lunch and eucharistic adoration on Jan. 29, and a spelling bee will be held at 1:45 p.m. in the gym. The middle school enrichment students will present at Vocations Carnival on Jan. 30. Grandparents or “grandfriends” may come for Mass and lunch on Jan. 31. (Reservations required for the lunches on Jan. 29 and 31.) (stjudecatholic.com)

St. Mark School: There will be an all-school Mass at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 25, followed by a fine arts show, “Color Me a Marksmen,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Students will make cards for parishioners on Jan. 26. A Living Rosary will be led by the eighth-graders at 2:15 p.m. on Jan. 30. Other activities include a spelling bee at 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 27, and a volleyball game between the staff and students at 2 p.m. on Jan. 31. Throughout the week students will be bringing in food items for the West-Mark Food Pantry. (school.saint-mark.net)

St. Philomena School: Students will keep the church filled to pray for Catholic schools on Jan. 27, and parents are welcome to fill the Adoration Chapel. Students in fifth through eighth grades will take two days of field trips to explore well-known landmarks in the Diocese of Peoria, including St. Sharbel, the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Museum, and the Community of Saint John. The first annual St. Philomena Know Your Faith Championship is slated for Jan. 29. An all-school Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Jan. 31. (stphils.com)

St. Vincent de Paul School: A chili supper will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 25. An open house is planned after the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses on Jan. 26. There will be an all-school STREAM challenge at 1:30 p.m. in the new gym on Jan. 27. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 28. Teachers will be treated to lunch on Jan. 29, and students will have a Fiesta Lunch with ice cream sundaes on Jan. 30. An all-school Mass at 10 a.m. on Jan. 31 will be followed by a grandparent luncheon at 11 a.m. A service project will have students partnering with the St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry. (svdpvikings.com)

PEORIA HEIGHTS

St. Thomas the Apostle School: There will be an open house with school tours from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 26. Parents and grandparents are invited to lunch on Jan. 27. Matt Gross of Bread for the World will visit and talk to the students about fighting hunger on Jan. 28. An all-school assembly with Father Corey Krengiel, chaplain at Peoria Notre Dame High School, is planned for 8:40 a.m. on Jan. 29. An all-school Mass will be celebrated at 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 30. The Student Council is sponsoring a luncheon for the faculty on Jan. 31. (school.stthomaspeoria.org)

PERU

St. Bede Academy: Mass will be celebrated for each class, beginning with the seniors, from Jan. 28 through Jan. 31. Breakfast follows each liturgy. (st.-bede.com)

Peru Catholic School: Police officers will visit with the junior high students on Jan. 27, and the Student Council will send gratitude baskets to the police and fire departments. There will be an honor roll breakfast on Jan. 28. An open house will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 30. Grandparents are invited to have breakfast, tour the school, and stay for Mass on Jan. 31. (perucatholic.org)

PHILO

St. Thomas School: A celebration for the dedication and blessing of the school’s new addition on Jan. 25 will include a family dance from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. An appreciation luncheon for the teachers is planned for Jan. 28. There will be a “meet and greet” for prospective families from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29. The teachers and students will play a volleyball game for bragging rights at 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 30. An all-school Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 31. Doughnuts will be served in the new John Schumacher Gym after the liturgy. (stthomasphilo.org)

PONTIAC

St. Mary School: There will be a Student Council dance on Jan. 25. Students will serve in a variety of roles at the 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Masses on Jan. 26, and an open house is planned for 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Knights of Columbus will serve breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Knights will also provide lunch for the faculty and staff on Jan. 28. Father Tim Hepner, vocation director of recruitment for the Diocese of Peoria, will visit the students on Jan. 30, and there will be a Living Rosary for priests and religious life at 2 p.m. An all-school Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Students will be treated to a hot dog lunch. Service projects include collecting teddy bears for the Ronald McDonald House in Peoria and making tie blankets for a local pregnancy center and nursing homes. (stmaryspontiac.org)

RANTOUL

St. Malachy School: The Knights of Columbus will serve “Joe’s Fried Chicken” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 26. In addition to the fried chicken, there will be mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable, coleslaw, roll, dessert and a drink. There is no cost, but a free-will donation will be accepted. Other activities include a religion bee, homeroom movies, and a free-throw contest sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. An all-school Mass on Jan. 31 will be followed by doughnuts for the parents. Tea and cookies for religious life will be offered that afternoon. A service project will have students donating breakfast food for the Rantoul Food Pantry. (stmalachyschool.org)

ROCK ISLAND

Alleman High School: Alleman Ambassadors will attend Mass in Quad Cities parishes on Jan. 26. There will be an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 27. Father Matthew Hoelscher, chaplain, will celebrate Mass at Jordan Catholic School on Jan. 29, and faculty and staff will be treated to lunch. A luncheon for the pastors is planned for Jan. 30. (allemanhighschool.org)

Jordan Catholic School: Activities include welcoming Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms at 1 p.m. on Jan. 27, and spelling bee finals on Jan. 29. Students will hear vocations talks on Jan. 30, and offer their thanks by writing cards. There will be a basket raffle and carnival from 5 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 1. (jordanschool.com)

STREATOR

St. Michael the Archangel School: Doughnuts will be served following the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Jan. 26. A spaghetti dinner is planned from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and there will be an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 27. Registration for new students begins on Jan. 28. Faculty, staff and volunteers will be honored on Jan. 31. The Student Council will be collecting items for Guardian Angel Outreach throughout the week. (stmichael-streator.org)

WASHINGTON

St. Patrick School: Parents and grandparents will be treated to breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. on Jan. 27, and students may dress for their chosen career on this day. There will be a spelling bee in the gym at 8 a.m. on Jan. 28, and a talent show from noon to 3 p.m. on Jan. 30. Students will also honor their pastor and parochial vicar, as well as the Sisters who serve at St. Patrick. After an all-school Mass at 8:15 a.m. on Jan. 31, there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until Benediction at 3 p.m. The week will end with a spaghetti dinner and family fun night from 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 1, and a junior high dance from 8 to 10 p.m. (stpatswashington.com)

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