Catholic Schools Week

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Students, faculty and family members form a living rosary on Tuesday, January 28 of Catholic Schools Week. See more Catholic Schools Week photos on page 12 of the February 6, 2020 issue of the Remsen Bell.
(Photo by RSM Journalism)

Catholic Schools Week began on Monday, January 27 at Remsen St. Mary’s. The students enjoyed a prayer service with Father Shane Deman as a special guest. After the prayer service, the students were treated with cinnamon rolls before breaking out into separate girl and boy discussion groups. The girls had a discussion with the Marcus Family Faith coordinator, Kate Reidel, while the boys talked with Father Shane Deman. Sam Medina said his favorite part about Father Shane Damon’s speech was “when he related the lyrics of our everyday music to our life and our faith”.

On Tuesday, St. Mary’s students had a dress-up day and a living rosary in the afternoon. Many family members joined the students in completing the rosary, and this year it was said in memory of Ron Ruhland who made the large rosary that is used each year. His wife Ellen and son Dough also took part in the rosary.

Wednesday was the High School fun day. St. Mary’s students started the day by driving to Sioux City to play a couple of games of bowling. The students were then treated by going to the movie theater to watch “Just Mercy”. Maria Russell said “the movie really showed me how unfairly so many people were treated in our past, and how important it is to stand up for all life”. That night the students and their parents took part in a Family Fun Night. The gym was full as everyone enjoyed watching music performances, skits, and fun competitive games. The highlight was a basketball game between the seniors and their parents.

Remsen Saint Mary’s students enjoy a picnic with their families to wrap-up Catholic Schools week.
(Photo by RSM Journalism)

Thursday was student appreciation day, the parents got together and greeted the students at the door with cheers and high-fives. The students were also treated with a casual day for student appreciation day. At noon, the Remsen Saint Mary’s students had school lunch with their parents and grandparents in the cafeteria.

Friday marked the last day of Catholic Schools Week. Students sat with their parents during mass, and then enjoyed a picnic in the Jim and Lou Arens Memorial Gym afterwards. The Knights of Columbus presented the school with a $300 donation for technology. This year’s Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Al Loutsch who was surprised with the award and by family members. Spending time together at the picnic was a great way to end our celebration and love of Remsen St. Mary’s and our Catholic education.