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Little Flower School to celebrate Catholic Schools Week

By Sue Sitter - | Jan 30, 2021

Submitted Photo Jenna Motl’s kindergarten students at St. Therese the Little Flower Catholic School work on assignments.

Pupils at St. Therese the Little Flower Catholic School will see a different sort of Catholic Schools Week this year.

Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated nationwide Jan. 31 through Feb. 6.

“It’ll look a little different this year because we won’t be kicking it off with our carnival due to COVID,” said Jenna Motl, who teaches kindergarten at the school.

Motl said the week will begin with a Mass devoted to Little Flower Parish.

“Each day, we’ll have a theme that goes with it. For Sunday, our Mass will have the theme, ‘Faith in our Parish,'” Motl explained. “Our parish does a lot for our school and helps to support us. We’re going to make some baked goods and have them outside of Mass that day for the parishioners to take as they leave, just to show our appreciation for all they do for us and for our school.”

“Monday is ‘Faith in Faculty, Staff and Volunteers.’ That’s where we have our faculty, staff and everyone who works in our school have a special lunch. We have parents who come and they watch our classrooms for us, usually during the kids’ lunch time as well,” Motl said.

“Tuesday is ‘Faith in our Community,'” she said. “We’re going to make cards and say prayers of thanks to the businesses that support us and our community – a lot of places like Leevers and the Cenex and anybody who makes a monetary donation or give us items for our fundraising events, so that’s a time when we say thanks for a lot of things they give us.”

Motl said Wednesday’s theme would be called “Faith in our Students.”

“Because we didn’t have our carnival this year, we’re going to do something special for our students,” Motl said. “We’re going to watch a video in our classrooms and have a pizza party. So, that’s a day to thank our students for being here and putting forth all the effort that they do.”

Motl said Little Flower students would show appreciation to the nuns who serve their school Thursday with a “‘Faith in Vocations'” theme. “That’s where we say thank you to our sisters for being here. We throw them a pantry shower, because they take a vow of poverty and they don’t have a lot of things,” she added. “We’re the only school in North Dakota that has sisters. We’re pretty lucky in that sense. There’s no other school in North Dakota that has sisters like we do,” she said of the Franciscan nuns who serve the parish school.

“Friday is ‘Faith in our Nation.’ We have Mass every Friday, but we’re going to say a special prayer for our nation that Friday during Mass,” she said. “We also go to the Al Wentz Arena that day and have a skating party with the kids.”

“Each day has a dress up theme as well,” Motl added.

“Monday, we have future careers as our dress-up theme,” Motl said. “Tuesday, we have sports and hats; Wednesday, we have mismatch day; we have Throwback Thursday and Friday, we wear our school colors for Mass.”

“It’s just something fun that the kids get to do to participate in activities the public school does Because we’re one community,” Motl added. “They really appreciate being able to be a part of the homecoming dress up days; wearing (Rugby Panther colors) and all the things they do. But this is something we get to do with our school that’s special, celebrating our faith and what we’re all about here.”

“It’s a good week for them and they get a lot out of it in addition to having fun,” Motl said.

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