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Diocesan Schools Mark Catholic Schools Week

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The thirty-two Catholic schools and early childhood centers in the Diocese of Raleigh will celebrate Catholic Schools Week January 25-31. The 2008-2009 total enrollment in the Diocese is approximately 8,400 students.

The theme of this year’s celebration is Catholic Schools Celebrate Service. The theme ties in to the recently completed National Catholic Education Association’s (NCEA) initiative, “Birthday Blessings for Pope Benedict,” in which Catholic school students across the nation pledged more than two million hours of community service to honor the Pope’s 81st birthday.

In the Diocese of Raleigh, many of the schools and centers will mark the week with special events, such as the celebration of Mass and opening their doors to family, friends, the community and prospective students.

This year, Cathedral School and Cardinal Gibbons High School will mark Catholic Schools Week by kicking off their centennial jubilee. Both schools were started in 1909 under the same roof with the name Sacred Heart School. When the Diocese of Raleigh was established in 1924, and Sacred Heart Church was designated the Cathedral the schools became known as Cathedral School and Cathedral Latin High School. As enrollment grew, a high school facility was built in 1962 in West Raleigh and the name was changed to Cardinal Gibbons Memorial High School.

Each school will hold events throughout this centennial year. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will celebrate a Mass for the students, faculty and staff of both schools at 9:30 a.m. on January 26 at Cardinal Gibbons High School.