Catholic Schools Week What is Catholic Schools Week? The final Sunday of every January marks the start of Catholic Schools Week in the United States. This week-long event, jointly sponsored by National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is a time to honor the mission of Catholic education, its impact on individuals and the community, and to emphasize effective marketing of Catholic schools. It is an ideal time to learn more about the history of Catholic education and what constitutes theologically sound Catholic education still today. Official dates for Catholic Schools Week (Through 2012) 2009: January 25 - January 31 2010: January 31 - February 6 2011: January 30 - February 5 2012: January 29 - February 4 About Catholic Education St. Thomas Aquinas – St. Thomas Aquinas, author of the Summa Theologica and widely considered one of the most brilliant theologians the Church has known, had a large impact on modern education. He is also considered one of the finest teachers the Church has known; his skill and clarity are, of course, evident in the clear, direct, logical style found in the Summa, his crowning achievement. Whether you are a teacher, parent, or student, you can gain invaluable information on teaching and learning from the great teacher Aquinas, in reading and studying The Philosophy of Teaching of Thomas Aquinas. The Vatican’s Teachings – You can also read about the Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools. This title, by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, covers such important issues as the current situation of America's Catholic schools, shared responsibilities, and the five essential marks of Catholic schools. College – If you or a family member is preparing for college, the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College will be of immeasurable help. This guide features detailed profiles and essential school data to help the college-bound student to select a Catholic college that is a truly orthodox environment. About Catholic Home Schooling If you are looking for information specifically on Catholic home schooling – information about home schooling, teaching materials, and more – Aquinas and More has the resources you need. Visit our Catholic Home Schooling specialty store here. In this section you will abundant teaching resources (textbooks, audio, DVDs, and more) as well as informational articles on home schooling products and other related subjects. Prayer for Catholic Schools Week Lord Jesus, Son of God, Thank you for the gift of Catholic education. Day after day, week after week, you give us many opportunities to grow and learn. Help us respond to the gift of faith so that we may be recognized as your disciples. Amen. This article includes information from Faith First and the National Catholic Education Association.