National Catholic Schools Week

Since 1974 National Catholic Schools Week, January 31 to February 6, 2021, has been the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.

The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2021 was “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members.

Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and it’s contributions to the Church, communities and the nation. Here is a look back at all the ways the Diocese of Palm Beach celebrated the 18 diocesan Catholic schools during this special week-long celebration.


Jeanie Christopher, Resource teacher at John Carroll High School in Fort Pierce sits with a group of seniors, whom she also taught in kindergarten at Saint Anastasia School in Fort Pierce.

Saint Claire school students in the National Junior honor Society made sandwiches for Saint Paul of the Cross Food Ministry. The school delivered 350 sandwiches to those in need.

Once a week the pre-kindergarten for students at Sacred Heart school in Lake worth add leaves to their kindness tree that observe random acts of kindness teachers had recorded.

Advanced readers at Saint Luke in Palm Springs read to younger student buddies from their favorite books.  This fosters a love for reading in both age groups and a considerate heart for others.

Kindergarten students at Saint Vincent Ferrer school in Delray Beach pray for the needs of religious leaders in their parish.

Students at Pope Saint John Paul II Academy in Boca Raton attended Mass celebrated by Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito, who spoke to the Catholic schools week theme of celebrating students, their youth, their accomplishments, and their future.

Students at Saint Jude School in Boca Raton join in an activity about following the star, the light of Christ, in their daily lives.

Father Daniel Daza-Jaller, Director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Diocese of Palm Beach speaks to the students of Saint Anastasia School in Fort Pierce about the beauty of vocations and God’s plan for them.

Students at Saint Helens School in Vero Beach celebrated Vocation Day for Catholic Schools Week by dressing as Saints or Religious. They also joined in on a zoom call with their adopted seminarian who they pray for and chat with regularly.