February 3, 2017, Wilmette, Illinois – Regina Dominican High School marked Catholic Schools Week, January 31-February 6, 2017, with a special Mass. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, presided at the Mass and took the opportunity to bless the school’s newly renovated auditorium, O’Shaughnessy Theater, where the Mass was held. Read the full Wilmette Life article by Kathy Routliffe.
Catholic Schools Week, organized by the National Catholic Educational Association, is celebrated nationally each year in late January to early February to call attention to the contributions that Catholic schools make to our society and to the lives of the students. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.”
Feature photo (top): Cardinal Blase J. Cupich pauses for a photo with Regina Dominican students, from left, Petra Kowalski, Lena Swabb, and Lily D’Agostino. Photo by Aidan Reedy
December 15, 2016, Wilmette, Illinois – Students at Regina Dominican High School hosted the second annual Ugandan Fair Trade Market December 12 during lunch. All proceeds benefited Noté Karacel, an organization that supports the people of Alenga, Uganda. Noté Karacel means "Unite Together" in the local language of Alenga.
One of the main goals of Noté Karacel is to provide tuition assistance for Ugandan girls and young women so that they are able to receive a quality education. Visit www.notekaracel.org to learn more about the work being done in Alenga, Uganda. Regina Dominican sponsors two girls in Alenga through the proceeds from notecards designed by National Art Honor Society students.
The same day as the market, Regina Dominican began its "Random Acts of Kindness Week." Students, faculty, and staff have been challenged to complete 701 random acts of kindness this week in recognition of the school’s address, 701 Locust Road. Random acts include buying lunch for a friend, helping someone with homework, shoveling snow for a neighbor, leaving a quarter in the vending machine, and complimenting someone.
Members of the school community will fill out ornaments with a description of their acts; the ornaments will be placed on the "Kindness Tree" in the cafeteria.
Feature photo: From left, Summer Rocha, Emily Becker, Rebecca Richards, Jenna Rozhon, and Mary Grace Stanton.
Article submitted by Sister Mary Jean Williams, OP