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Your Catholic Online News Magazine
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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  • Catholic education and the gift of students with special needs
    Parents welcome their children as gifts, with all the joys and challenges that come with parenting. As Pope Francis writes, “the family is the setting in which a new life is not only born but also welcomed as a gift of God. Each new life allows us to appreciate the utterly gratuitous dimension of love, which never ceases to amaze us.
  • Participants in March for Our Lives express hope for ‘a bright new future’
    When Eileen Dinn heard about the recent school shooting at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland on March 20, she was sitting in school at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, and her first thought was “not again.”
  • Puerto Rican students pursue their dreams at Catholic University after devastating hurricane
    In an effort to assist those impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria that hit Puerto Rico last September, The Catholic University of America announced in the fall that it would be accepting up to 40 students currently enrolled in colleges or universities in Puerto Rico as visiting students for the spring 2018 semester. After the hurricanes hit the island, many students found that their colleges were closed for the remainder of the semester, and were uncertain if they would be reopening for the spring.
  • Catholic schools offer prayers while participating in National School Walkout
    On the one month anniversary of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students at Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington joined others throughout the country in participating in the National School Walkout on March 14 to honor the 17 victims of the shooting and to protest gun violence.
  • More than 1,100 students gather in Annapolis for Nonpublic School Advocacy Day
    More than 1,100 non-public school students converged in Annapolis on March 13 for Nonpublic School Advocacy Day to visit their legislators and advocate for programs such as Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST), which provides scholarships for low-income students to attend the non-public school of their choice.
  • Astronaut Alvin Drew’s dream takes him from the halls of St. Anthony to outer space, and back again
    When Colonel Benjamin Alvin Drew Jr. was just 6 years old, he already knew he wanted to be an astronaut.
  • St. Andrew School hosts dance-a-thon for cancer research
    On a recent Friday evening, about 200 students gathered for a dance at St. Andrew Apostle School in Silver Spring, where they crowded together on the dance floor to do the “Macarena,” the “Chicken Dance,” the “Hokey Pokey,” and the “Electric Slide,” and danced to classic rock songs like “Shout,” “Stayin’ Alive” and “Car Wash” and to newer hits like “Thunder.” They jumped, clapped and danced to the music, and joined criss-crossing dance lines that snaked through the school’s multipurpose room.
  • The gift of a Catholic education
    Catholic education is a gift experienced every day by thousands of students and their families in schools across the Archdiocese of Washington. Catholic Schools Week is a perfect time to highlight and celebrate this gift.
  • Wrapped in a sleeping bag, topped with love
    During Catholic Schools Week, all of the students at St. Joseph Regional Catholic School in Beltsville worked together to compile “Bundles of Love” to give to people experiencing homelessness.
  • Principal of the Year cultivates St. Anthony as neighborhood school for Brookland

    Since then, he has worked on improving the school’s “curb appeal” by planting trees, starting a vegetable garden that the students help out with, improving the outdoor play area, and moving the main entrance to make it more accessible, among other projects.

  • St. Mary of the Assumption principal shows love for students through carpentry
    Scattered throughout St. Mary of the Assumption School in Upper Marlboro are desks, shelves, cubbies, step stools and statue pedestals that were created in the woodshop of Steven Showalter, the school’s principal. Showalter has a goal to build at least one item of furniture for every classroom in the school, and he is well on his way to that goal.
  • Bishop McNamara High School mourns the loss of long-time faculty members
    The Bishop McNamara High School community in Forestville mourned the recent deaths of two long-time faculty members. Rick Middleton, who worked at McNamara from 1986 until 2013, died on Sept. 22, and E. Matthew Goyette, who taught at McNamara from 1978 to 2015, died on Nov. 30.
  • Good Counsel students launch charity book drive for area children
    Four teenagers – all juniors at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney – have launched an effort to get books into the hands of disadvantaged students in Montgomery County and the rest of Maryland.
  • St. Jerome Academy band integrates music with school’s classical curriculum
    For Adam Kramer, who graduated from St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville in June, participating in the school band was an experience that challenged him to push the limit of what he thought was possible for himself. While playing the trumpet, he said he learned “the amount of growth that can be achieved through hard work.”
  • St. Martin’s teacher earns national honor for innovative science teaching
    Maria-Rose Cain, the middle school math and science teacher at St. Martin of Tours School in Gaithersburg, was named one of five national finalists for the Shell Science Lab Challenge, a competition administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), in March 2017. The award recognizes teachers who have found innovative ways to teach science labs amid limited resources.
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