ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. Catholic Schools Week, the annual celebration of Catholic Schools and their contribution to their community and the nation is set for January 31 through February 6, 2010.  For over 35 years, the celebration centers on the excellence of the nation’s Catholic schools. 

“This year our theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools Dividends for Life,” said Sister Joanne Callahan, O.S.U., superintendent of schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre.  “A Catholic education gives our students the academic training they need, but also the faith formation that will be with them throughout their life, in good times and when sorrow comes their way.  Truly, a Catholic education is a dividend for life here and hereafter.”

As part of Catholic Schools Week, National Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools, established in 1990, will be observed Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010.  It was created to encourage students, principals and Catholic educational leaders to show elected officials on Capitol Hill the great accomplishments of Catholic schools.

Across the diocese, 53 parish, regional and independent Catholic schools will observe the week with special Masses, projects, activities and family events.  Many schools will hold open houses so that community members can learn more about the value of Catholic education.  This is also a time to raise interest in people who would like to volunteer their time at local Catholic schools.

During Catholic Schools Week, the Diocese of Rockville Centre encourages parents of children approaching school age to visit their parish or regional elementary school and to consider enrolling their children for the upcoming school year.  “Come to our schools and see what students are learning today to prepare them to live and work in the future”, said Sister Joanne.

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About The Catholic Church on Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 88,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).


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