By Fr. Kyle Ratuiste
The tri-parish Catholic community in Walla Walla celebrated, prayed for, and showcased their local Catholic schools – Assumption School and DeSales High School – with a packed week of activities ranging from liturgical celebrations to school spirit events.
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The Sunday liturgies of January 28-29 began Catholic Schools Week on a prayerful note. In their homilies, the priests of Walla Walla emphasized the need for Catholic schools that humbly “boast in the Lord” (cf. 1 Cor 1:31) and encouraged all parishioners to spiritually support these schools through their prayers. Students, teachers, and staff received a special blessing during Mass as well. The annual Mother-Son Brunch also took place on Sunday and continued a DeSales tradition of young men honoring their mothers, grandmothers, and other influential women in their lives.
Spirit days and food drives marked the atmosphere at both Assumption and DeSales through the week. DeSales hosted their annual all-school talent show Wednesday evening. On Thursday, Assumption held its inaugural Saint Fair, with prizes awarded for best saint coloring, posters, essays, and costumes.
On Friday, DeSales welcomed alumni who visited their old classrooms and shared memories with current students. Featured guests included Fr. Jeff Core (DeSales '89), local business owners JC Biagi ('00) and Chris Huether ('96) and restaurateur and current school parent Michelle Kjeldgaard ('85), who comprised an alumni panel that addressed the students.
All three parishes of Walla Walla participated in the liturgical celebrations of the week. Assumption Parish was the location of an all-school Mass on Wednesday. On Thursday, St. Francis of Assisi Parish held a Holy Hour for Catholic Schools featuring Eucharistic Adoration and Sung Evening Prayer at which school choirs provided the music. An all-school Mass at St. Patrick Parish on Sunday, February 5 marked the end of Catholic Schools Week.