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Guardian Angels Receives Award

Guardian Angels Catholic School was, once again, awarded the title of overall school champions for the speech and forensics competition.  They have won that title each year since the inception of the diocesan competition. 

The competition was held at St. Patrick Catholic School on April 7, 2016.  Eight Catholic Schools participated in this event.



St. Cecelia Catholic School had two teams participate in a First Lego League Robotics Tournament on Saturday, January 23rd. This year’s challenge was Trash Trek, which has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a Trash Trak themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FIRST LEGO League Core Values. Our Rookie Team (Red) 22137 of 5th grade students scored very well in the Robot game.  The Middle School team 12413 (Blue) excelled in every category of the competition scoring the 2nd highest Robot score and a Champion status of the tournament.  They also won a Golden ticket to attend the Central West Florida FLL Championship to be held on February 13, 2016 in Plant City Florida.

Dunedin Vice Mayor, Visits Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School

On Wednesday, February 3rd, students along with teachers welcomed the Vice Mayor of Dunedin, Heather Gracy in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week! The excitement and anticipation was palpable as the student body, led by National Junior Honor Society members, participated in a prayer service and flag raising ceremony accompanied by several patriotic songs sung by the school’s choir.

“We are excited to welcome our local dignitaries as we celebrate National Catholic Schools Week.” Darrell W. Fulford, Principal

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, as part of the parish faith family, builds a strong foundation by developing the unique, academic, physical, social, and spiritual gifts of its students, empowering them to live the mission of Jesus.


St. Cecelia Students Collect Donations for Kimberly Home

Students of SCS celebrate Catholic Schools Week by collecting diapers and wipes for the Kimberly Home in a big way! Hundreds of Diapers and wipes were delivered to the Kimberly Home.  (Kimberly Home is a non-profit, pregnancy resource center that offers assistance to women and families in unplanned or troubling pregnancies.) The mission of our school is hearts to God, minds to learning and talents to service.


Each year the second grade students of St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School participate in several Pay it Forward projects. Throughout the year, the students learn the importance of prayer, service, and giving. In January, students helped an organization called Food for the Poor and their “We Pledge 100” campaign. Ms. Colossia Butts, the organization’s school outreach representative, came to speak with us about their work in Ti Limbe, Haiti. We were so inspired by what we heard that we painted bowls that were auctioned off at our Discovery Night held on January 20th. We sold 47 bowls and raised $1,030.00! The donation will go directly to help Food for the Poor meet their goals of: building a clean water well, building 50 homes and a new school, planting new trees, purchasing chickens, and providing food for the hungry people of Ti Limbe.

Holy Family Students Honor Loved Ones That Have Passed

Holy Family Catholic School celebrated El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) by creating a school-wide altar to honor our loved ones that have passed on. Kindergarten flowers to 4th grade skulls represented artwork associated with this holiday. 5th grade through 7th grade contributed by making commemorative skulls, picture frames and masks dedicated to a relative. 8th grade wrote about a relative that they wanted to honor with a token or picture representing that person. This beautiful holiday allowed us to appreciate the differences in our cultures and share happy memories!


Rays Baseball Foundation Provides Scholarships to St. Peter Claver

On November 5, the Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Foundation, along with Raymond, resented St. Peter Claver Catholic School with a check for $5,000 in support of their Bridge Scholarship Program.

This gift, matched by Central Park Village Youth Services, served as a challenge for the school and the Catholic Foundation to raise an additional $10,000. In all, this gift served as a catalyst to raise a total of $20,000 in support of the school’s scholarships.

The Bridge Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, works in conjunction with the statewide Step Up For Students Scholarship Program which provides funding for eligible families to access a private school education. While these grants are most helpful, they do not always cover the total cost of tuition and fees (including books, uniforms, technology, registration fees, etc.) The Bridge

Scholarship Program “bridges the gap” between the grant and the actual costs by providing 75% of the difference and asks that the family pay 25% of the remaining balance.

“This gift from the Rays, coupled with the gifts received from Central Park Village Youth Services and others in the Catholic community, will provide a values-infused Catholic education for more than 60 students who, without this funding, may not have had this wonderful opportunity. We are extremely pleased and grateful to all for this very generous gift,” said Jon Jones, Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation.

St. Peter Claver Catholic School has been a Tampa tradition since 1894, serving students from prekindergarten to 8th grade. The students receive rigorous coursework, spiritual formation and the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular sports and clubs. They offer small class sizes led by a team of highly qualified teachers.

The Rays Baseball Foundation supports youth and education programs that make a measurable difference in the Tampa Bay region. The Foundation has a special interest in serving at-risk populations throughout Tampa Bay. The Foundation strives to improve the quality of education, literacy and life skills training provided to youth in these areas by creating and supporting programming that meets their most critical needs.

For further information about the Bridge Scholarship Program, please contact Jon Jones at 727-374-0220 or at


Notre Dame Honors Our Law Enforcement Officers

Shared from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office‘s October 23 post on Facebook:

This morning, Sheriff Nienhuis and Deputy Derek Origon were invited to Notre Dame Catholic School located at 1095 Commercial Way in Spring Hill for a presentation.

Mrs. Florence Buono, the Principal of the Notre Dame, extended the invitation so the students could offer a presentation of handmade cards, letters, and pictures as well as a large basket of snacks that they put together for our law enforcement officers.

The children wanted to honor and thank our law enforcement officers for all they do in our community.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis and the men and women at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to Mrs. Buono and to the students and staff at Notre Dame Catholic School.

Our Lady of Lourdes Honors Outstanding Students!

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School honors outstanding students inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.

Congratulations to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School’s National Junior Honor Society Award Recipients, Sophia Picun, Jade Christopher, Haley Groth, Gabriella Fonseca, Cailin Dennis and Terri Moran. The areas of qualification are Character, Service, Leadership, Citizenship and Knowledge. These accomplished young ladies were presented this honor at the weekly school-led mass.




Keswick Christian hosted a volleyball tournament October 9th and 10th. In a field of 12 teams the girls from the Pinellas Youth Conference (PYC) finished strong. The PYC is a Pinellas County league comprised of 8 teams from Catholic and Christian schools in the area. There is a great emphasis placed on sportsmanship in this league. Congratulations to Espiritu Santo Catholic School (1st Place), Skycrest Christian School (2nd Place), and St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School (3rd Place). Having all three teams pictured together says a lot about the strength of this league and about sportsmanship.


The students of St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School in Clearwater, Florida celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Friday, October 2nd by bringing their pets to school for a blessing. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals. There were a variety of animals and all received a blessing. The students who did not own pets brought in their favorite stuffed animals to be blessed. The blessing of the animals is a yearly event, and one that is a favorite among all. In addition to having animals at the school the children were participating in Crazy Hair Day.

Thank a Police Officer Day

September 19 was “Thank a Police Officer Day.”  Blessed Sacrament Catholic School celebrated by honoring 17 active and retired police officers.  Their Student Council led the school in a prayer service where they asked for God’s continue blessing to watch over all of our police officers and keep them safe.  The students made cards and letters, survival bags and special treats.

Saving the World 1 Pair of Shoes at a Time!

Students & families of St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School (SCS) recently collected over 10,000 pairs of used shoes. Why you might ask would they do such a thing? SCS has partnered with an organization, Funds 2 Orgs, in order to help the environment, those in need and their school. The shoes are sent to people in impoverished nations in Central America, South America and Africa where people are taught how to run their own little business selling shoes, including shoe cleaning and repair. The first set of shoes is free to customers and the second set is at a very low cost. This allows sustainable income for their families. The philosophy of the program is giving someone a hand up teaching people to be self-sufficient. The school benefits too as they receive a set price per pound for the shoes collected. SCS is an International Baccalaureate World School which educates the students on a global level. Partnering in this project with Funds 2 Org has brought an awareness to students the needs of others throughout the world.

Bishop Lynch to Dedicate Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School in Lutz

The Most Rev. Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, will bless and dedicate Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School on September 10 at 3 p.m., following the celebration of Mass at 2 p.m. at St. Timothy Catholic Church on the school campus. The new K-8 school is located at 17524 Lakeshore Road in Lutz.

The facility currently features 14 state-of-the-art classrooms, technology and science labs, art, music and activity rooms, a multipurpose cafeteria and a gymnasium. A total of 18 classrooms are planned at build-out, which will be determined by future enrollment. The school’s student enrollment is now 340, up from 238 the previous year at its former location on East Linebaugh Avenue in Tampa.

St. Petersburg Catholic High School’s Baron Gala, “Boots & Bling”

St. Petersburg Catholic High School’s Baron Gala, “Boots & Bling”, will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in the St. John Bosco Fine Arts Center, starting at 6:30pm. Plans call for a fun-filled Country evening with music, great food, and an array of items in our Silent and Live auctions. Tickets can be purchased on the school website at or through the school office. No tickets will be sold at the door.


Students respond the Pope Francis’ call to prayer and action living the mission of Christ

The students of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School celebrated World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Tuesday, September 1st, in a school-wide morning assembly. Father Gary, students, faculty, and parents of the school community listened to the St. Francis Prayer in Praise of Creation and the school choir sang an accompanying song “Look at the World”.

Our students are committed both as individuals and a community to “implore God’s help in protecting creation and an opportunity to ask God’s forgiveness for sins committed against the world in which we live.” Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Services

We were blessed to have been able to answer Pope Francis’ call to a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Declared by the Pope to be celebrated from this year forward on the 1st Day of September like our Orthodox brothers and sisters, OLL students put faith into action through such projects and recycling and campus clean-up which are on-going throughout the school year.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, as part of the parish faith family, builds a strong foundation by developing the unique, academic, physical, social, and spiritual gifts of its students, empowering them to live the mission of Jesus.


Students of St. Cecelia Celebrate Clearwater’s 100th Birthday

Jason Poulos a 2nd Grade student of St. Cecelia Catholic School has a summer birthday and as a result does not get to celebrate his birthday during the school year.  Jason’s mother in conjunction with the 2nd grade teachers decided to plan a celebration for Jason and other classmates who also have summer birthdays.  Mrs. Poulos asked her son for ideas on how to make the celebration extra special.  Jason came up with the idea to invite Mayor Cretekos to celebrate as Clearwater was celebrating its 100th birthday on May 28th.  Jason sent the Mayor an email to attend and he accepted!  The students set to work making a banner to commemorate Clearwater’s 100th and ordered a birthday cake as a special treat.  Mayor Cretekos was presented with a school umbrella signed by the 2nd grade students as a way to demonstrate that St. Cecelia School has him covered since as the Mayor he has the City of Clearwater covered!  Happy Birthday Clearwater!

Our Lady Lourdes Catholic School Students Live the Gospel of Jesus

“The 2nd grade class from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Dunedin recently visited Nurses Helping Hands and Mease Manor Continuing Care assisted living facilities.

The students sang and engaged the residents by teaching them the songs, sign language, clapping and chant patterns. After their performance, the children interacted with the residents and drew pictures for them. The residents’ response was enthusiastic and appreciative. The class presented both facilities with school banners signed by the 2nd graders. What a wonderful experience for our young students!” Mrs. Carolyn Wong-Stark, OLL Music Director

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, as part of the parish faith family, builds a strong foundation by developing the unique, academic, physical, social, and