Holy Family plans celebration
Holy Family Catholic School will mark Catholic schools week this week with a number of events, including a spaghetti lunch and talent show.
Catholic schools week is an annual event, said Jake Aubert, Holy Family’s assistant principal, observed by Catholic schools across the country.
The week is meant to celebrate the importance of Catholic schools to local education.
Holy Family, 790 26 1/2 Road, enrolls about 435 students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade.
Aubert said this year’s theme is “celebrating service.”
This year, students at Holy Family have completed a number of service events, including raising money to build homes in Ecuador, writing to deployed military personnel and collecting food for holiday baskets.
Holy Family is kicking off the week with a community meeting tonight and will hold a spelling bee for middle school grades Tuesday.
“Students have been practicing for this for the past two months,” Aubert said.
Arthur Tafoya, the bishop of Pueblo, will make the trek to Grand Junction to celebrate an
8 a.m. Mass on Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
Tafoya established the Catholic Foundation, which provides grants for various church activities.
The week will end with a spaghetti dinner Thursday, with a student-performed talent show afterward.
Aubert said Holy Family has undergone a number of changes this year, with priority given to school safety.
The school worked with local law enforcement to design a new security system, he said, that restricts access throughout the school with proximity cards.
Students and staff carry the cards, Aubert said, that grant them keyless entry to parts of the building that can be kept locked throughout the day.
“It’s a way to keep the campus locked down without actually being in lockdown,” Aubert said.