ST. LOUIS - The annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week across the country and in the Archdiocese of St. Louis begins Sunday, January 25. Each school around the archdiocese will plan its own unique celebration, which include special Masses, academic and service activities, and fun for students.
Catholics built the first school in St. Louis in 1818 – 20 years before the first public school. In 1947, then-Archbishop Ritter integrated schools of the archdiocese almost 10 years before Brown v. Board of Education.
Since 1950, the archdiocese has operated its own Department of Special Education with K-8 schools, inclusionary preschools, learning centers and a school for children with autism and severe developmental disabilities. However, most of the 4,000+ students with diagnosed learning disabilities are accommodated in our general education schools with the assistance of learning consultants.
Most Catholic elementary schools will host an Open House on Sunday, January 25, or during the week. For a complete list of open houses and additional information about Catholic Schools Week, visit archstl.org/education.
Some notable special events during the week include:
Sunday, January 25, Noon-2:00
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Ferguson) Open House; Experts will be on hand to discuss BTC’s efforts to provide a choice for families in Ferguson through aggressive fund-raising and financial assistance.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School (120 N. Elizabeth Ave)
Monday, January 26, 2 P.M
Chaplet of Divine Mercy with students
Christ the King (7324 Balson Avenue)
Wednesday, January 28, 8:00 a.m.
Ecumenical Prayer Service
St. Norbert Catholic School (16475 New Halls Ferry Road)
Wednesday, January 28, 10 a.m.
Civil Servant “Thank You” and Ceremony with Holy Cross Academy
Shrewsbury Public Safety Building (4400 Shrewsbury Avenue)
Thursday, January 29
All-day Art Classes
Sacred Heart – Eureka (350 East 4th Street, Eureka, MO)
The observance of Catholic Schools Week began in 1974. This year marks the 41st anniversary of this annual event. Nationwide, about 2.1 million students are currently educated in more than 6,600 Catholic schools.