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Saturday, January 24, 2015
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  • Mother Catherine Spalding School, a small Catholic school in Helen, Md., will close at the end of this academic year. The request to close the school was submitted to the archdiocese by the school’s canonical administrator in collaboration with the priests at the parishes that have supported the school, which include Holy Angels (Avenue), Sacred Heart (Bushwood), Our Lady of the Wayside (Chaptico), Immaculate Conception (Mechanicsville) and St. Joseph’s (Morganza). The request was accepted and the school will close its doors at the end of this school year in June.

  • Olympic champion Katie Ledecky joins fellow Stone Ridge seniors for final home swim meet

    Katie Ledecky – who won the gold medal in the 800-meter women’s freestyle swimming race in the 2012 London Summer Olympics as the youngest member of the U.S. Olympics Team at the age of 15 – had another golden moment on Jan. 10, as she joined five fellow seniors at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda in celebrating their final home swimming meet at the Stone Ridge Aquatics Center.

  • Catholic school teachers become the students at Data Conference
    While their students took the day off, Catholic schoolteachers from across the Archdiocese of Washington met at St. Pius X Regional School in Bowie to listen and learn from education experts at the 2014 Data Conference, the last of four identical conferences held throughout the archdiocese. 
  • St. Mary’s Ryken student shines in the classroom and on the basketball court
    Naiyah Thompson, a senior at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown, has been recognized on and off the basketball court and in and out of the classroom as outstanding athlete, student and member of the community. 
  • St. Francis International School honors sisters who helped found parish school
    Sixty years ago, eight sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and one lay teacher founded St. Camillus School in Silver Spring. And so this past fall, past students and faculty along with the current students of what is now St. Francis International School gathered at Mass to thank the ones who had made it all possible. 
  • ‘Joy of the Gospel,’ and coats for neighbors
    Students at Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Solomons recently completed a two-month collection of winter coats to help keep others warm this winter. 
  • St. Anthony Catholic School continues legacy of faith and learning
    The walls of St. Anthony Catholic School in Washington’s Brookland neighborhood are covered in papers: drawings of penguins by elementary school students, a smiling picture of Mother Teresa, photos of the Archdiocesan seminarians, and a sign at the door to a classroom that reads “Excuses Stop Here.” 
  • Catholic schools week will be celebrated Jan. 25-31
    Catholic schools through the Archdiocese of Washington will join their counterparts throughout the country in celebrating National Catholic Schools Week. For more than 40 years, the last week in January has been set aside to focus on the good work being accomplished in our Catholic schools. National Catholic Schools Week this year will be observed Jan. 25–31. The theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”


  • Two powerhouse soccer teams – the girls from Our Lady of Good Good Counsel High School in Olney, and the boys from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville – recently won the 2014 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships, played on Nov. 1 at the Maryland SoccerPlex.  
  • DeMatha edges Good Counsel for WCAC football championship
    In another titanic Washington Catholic Athletic Conference football title matchup, DeMatha outlasted Good Counsel, 24-20, to claim the 2014 Championship. The game was played Nov. 22 at the University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium. 
  • Maryland parish recalls doctor who died of Ebola as hero, man of faith

    Dr. Martin Salia, the Maryland Catholic doctor who died Nov. 17 after contracting the Ebola virus while serving patients in his native Sierra Leone, was remembered by his family, colleagues, government officials and friends as a man who loved God, lived to serve others and died as a hero.

  • Archbishop Carroll Food Drive gives students  a chance for ‘God to work through you’
    For most people, Thanksgiving means enjoying a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie along with friends and family. For students and faculty at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, Thanksgiving also means weeks of collecting and sorting more than 36,000 pounds of food to create the perfect Thanksgiving meal for families in need. 
  • Mourners encouraged to emulate faith  and kindness of Gonzaga’s Dominik Pettey
    Thousands of people packed the Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Nov. 8 to mourn the loss of Dominik Pettey, the Gonzaga College High School senior who was killed in a car crash on Nov. 1. He and four other students were in a disabled car on the side of the road when another car hit their vehicle, killing Pettey and injuring the other passengers. 
  • Brotherhood at center ice: Gonzaga hockey players square off to honor fallen teammate

    One by one, they skated to center ice at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena on Nov. 7, Gonzaga hockey players clad in purple uniforms on one blue line, and in white on the opposite blue line. As each player’s name was announced, the members of the school’s two varsity teams clanked their hockey sticks on ice, to welcome each teammate joining them, as the crowd cheered. Behind the net, a purple and white banner with Gonzaga’s logo read, “One Team, One Family.”

  • On a sunny, windy afternoon, Catholic Youth Organization soccer players ages 13 to 14 gathered at the Maryland Soccerplex to compete for the city title championships. The girls of St. Bernadette Parish in Silver Spring defeated the St. Joseph, Beltsville, team by 8-0, and the boys from Holy Redeemer Parish in Kensington bested St. Francis International School, Silver Spring, by a 3-1 score. 
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